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Innovation’s Biggest Enemy?

Innovation’s Biggest Enemy?
July 23, 2015 No Comments »

A word comes to my mind. I’ll probably remember it by the end of this discussion. Consumers and entrepreneurs tend to be big fans of innovation. Established industry players and governments—not so much. A TechCrunch article by Clara Brenner, Julie ... Read More »

IBM Reveals Another Tough Quarter

IBM Reveals Another Tough Quarter
July 21, 2015 No Comments »

Despite having built a 7nm chip, pushing the frontiers of silicon technology, IBM is still struggling to find its footing in the market. The company is ancient by technology standards, and it has recovered from some tough times, but its ... Read More »

How Much STEM Is Enough?

How Much STEM Is Enough?
July 20, 2015 No Comments »

We are periodically treated to stories about the supposed dearth of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) candidates. Despite the fact that half of college STEM graduates take jobs in other fields according to an Economic Policy Institute study, the ... Read More »

Enterprises Still Investing in Data Centers

Enterprises Still Investing in Data Centers
July 17, 2015 No Comments »

According to 451 Research, a large majority of enterprises are still using their own data centers despite the rise of the cloud. Marcia Savage notes at Network Computing, “[T]he firm found that 83% of enterprises surveyed in North America still ... Read More »

Intel, Accounting and Moore’s Law

Intel, Accounting and Moore’s Law
July 16, 2015 No Comments »

According to a number of news outlets, Intel reported a strong second quarter (see here and here, for instance): on a quarterly basis, its revenue rose 3% to $13.2 billion and its net income rose a whopping 36%. Earnings per ... Read More »

NC Wind Farm to Power Amazon Data Centers

NC Wind Farm to Power Amazon Data Centers
July 14, 2015 No Comments »

According to a company press release, Amazon signed a contract to build a 208 MW wind farm in North Carolina. Expected to go online at the end of 2016, the company predicts it will produce some 670,000 megawatt-hours of energy—that’s ... Read More »

Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage

Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage
July 13, 2015 1 Comment »

Water is critical to operations in many data centers—specifically with regard to cooling. It’s also critical on the electricity side, particularly when power generation either requires water for cooling or requires moving water to supply energy (i.e., hydroelectric power). And, ... Read More »

Second OPM Breach, More Compromised Records

Second OPM Breach, More Compromised Records
July 10, 2015 No Comments »

A reported second breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) raised the number of compromised individual records to over 20 million, more than quadrupling the estimate of about 4 million from the first breach. According to a July ... Read More »

The Diversity Bait and Switch

The Diversity Bait and Switch
July 9, 2015 No Comments »

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel Animal Farm, the animals that formed a revolution to overthrow an abusive farmer listed as one of their commandments, “All animals are equal.” Later, when certain of the animals coopted the revolution to their own ... Read More »

Cryptographers: Encryption Backdoors a Lousy Idea

Cryptographers: Encryption Backdoors a Lousy Idea
July 8, 2015 No Comments »

Law-enforcement officials have sought access to encrypted communications under the claim that strong encryption thwarts their efforts to catch criminals. According to a panel of cryptographers, however, creating backdoors in encryption protocols for law-enforcement use weakens security and creates openings ... Read More »