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Facebook: Fourth Quarter Stellar or So-So?

Facebook: Fourth Quarter Stellar or So-So?
January 29, 2015 No Comments »

The king of social media, Facebook, reported its earnings for 4Q14, showing a nearly 60% increase in revenue from 2013 to 2014. Its quarterly revenue also achieved nearly a 50% increase year over year. But financials aren’t all about revenue. ... Read More »

Progress on Carbon Nanotube Transistors

Progress on Carbon Nanotube Transistors
January 27, 2015 No Comments »

In the ongoing effort to find some practical use for carbon nanotubes (a close cousin of graphene), researchers at Stanford University have extended their work on carbon nanotube computers by creating transistors that are on par with their silicon brethren. ... Read More »

Australia: Blame Edward Snowden for Data-Retention Law

Australia: Blame Edward Snowden for Data-Retention Law
January 23, 2015 No Comments »

Who says tyrants have no sense of humor? According to Josh Taylor at ZDNet, Australia’s attorney-general department is blaming Edward Snowden for necessitating that the government impose data-retention requirements on the nation’s telecommunications companies. These companies “would be required to ... Read More »

Bigger Blues for IBM

Bigger Blues for IBM
January 22, 2015 No Comments »

Despite being the leading patent-monger in 2014, IBM still closed the calendar year with some painful financials. The company’s stock-buyback program (something ZeroHedge describes as “that last refuge of a company with no growth prospects”) has helped keep its share ... Read More »

IHS Data Center Trends Survey Continues

IHS Data Center Trends Survey Continues
January 20, 2015 1 Comment »

There’s still time to participate in IHS’s Trends in the Data Center survey. By answering a few brief questions about their IT strategies, respondents can receive a free copy of the subsequent report. The survey is broad based, taking into ... Read More »

Bill Nye Weighs In on STEM “Shortage”

Bill Nye Weighs In on STEM “Shortage”
January 19, 2015 No Comments »

Bill Nye has joined the chorus for a solution to the supposed STEM problem. In a piece at CNBC, the man well known as the “Science Guy” for his 1990s science show aimed at children said, “Science is the best ... Read More »

H-1B Legislation and American Jingoism

H-1B Legislation and American Jingoism
January 15, 2015 2 Comments »

Nothing brings out the jingo in the average American more than talk of foreign workers (except, perhaps, talk of terrorism). The response to efforts to raise the cap for immigrant workers under the H-1B visa program thus garners lamentation of ... Read More »

New CISPA Battle Looming?

New CISPA Battle Looming?
January 14, 2015 No Comments »

Given the corporatist (i.e., fascist) structure of the economy and the national-security-trumps-all mentality of government officials, it’s not surprising that bills like CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) keep reappearing. According to Zack Whittaker at ZDNet, “The White House ... Read More »

IBM Remains Patent Leader

IBM Remains Patent Leader
January 13, 2015 No Comments »

IBM stayed at the top of the list of patent recipients by garnering 7,534 approved claims in 2014, at 10.6% year-over-year increase according to EE Times. All told, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded over a whopping 300,000 patents ... Read More »

What Interview Strategies Say About IT Hiring

What Interview Strategies Say About IT Hiring
January 12, 2015 No Comments »

At first glance, a jobs site like Monster or CareerBuilder looks great to an aspiring IT professional—until her or she realizes that every other job seeker thinks so too. In the same way, commonly proclaimed interview strategies have the same ... Read More »