Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

The Sony breach may be start of new nation-state cyberattack

It has been an exceptional year for IT security breaches, which have become part of an escalating trend in destructive attacks. And they're going to get worse.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 December, 2014 04:29

Tags: new york times, data security, security, data protection, sony, Sony Pictures

Lenovo recalls more than 500K power cords

Lenovo is recalling 500,000 power cords in the U.S. and 44,000 in Canada because they have the potential to overheat and catch fire. The company recommends that users stop using the power cord.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 December, 2014 08:08

Tags: computer hardware, hardware systems, Lenovo, Idea

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: new york times, services, The New York Times, outsourcing, Facebook, IT outsourcing

Expected Defense chief, Ashton Carter, is a physicist who wants technological superiority

Ashton Carter, now widely considered to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), shares something with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. All four have a doctorate in physics.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 06:24

Tags: white house, Government IT, Oxford, Government use of IT, government

Chromebooks make the grade among school CIOs

School system CIOs in the U.S. are embracing Chromebooks, delivering a tremendous lift to the platform. That's also its downside.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 December, 2014 01:18

Tags: Apple, Google, IDC, Chrome OS PCs, education, hardware systems, financial times, GT, industry verticals

The Internet of Things may bring a new economic boon

The Internet of Things (IoT) may be more significant in reshaping the competitive landscape than the arrival of the Internet. Its productivity potential is so powerful it will deliver a new era of prosperity.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 December, 2014 22:15

Tags: PTC, Internet of Things, Harvard Business Review, internet

Coming soon: Murder by Internet

Imagine a fleet of quad copters or drones equipped with explosives and controlled by terrorists. Or someone who hacks into a connected insulin pump and changes the settings in a lethal way. Or maybe the hacker who accesses a building's furnace and thermostat controls and runs the furnace full bore until a fire is started.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 November, 2014 22:39

Tags: Internet of Things, internet, Kno

HP's former CEO Carly Fiorina explores GOP presidential run

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who has never held public office and was fired from her HP job in 2005, is considering a run for president. And why not?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 November, 2014 03:45

Tags: business issues, HP, IT industry, personnel, Sena, washington post, Hewlett-Packard

Court okays IT worker lawsuit over student visa work program

A federal court gave a green light last week to a lawsuit by a union and IT workers challenging a student visa work program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 November, 2014 08:13

Tags: Option, services, outsourcing, sega, IT outsourcing

Does being first in supercomputing still matter?

NEW ORLEANS -- The European forecast of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was so far ahead of U.S. models in predicting the storm's path that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was called before Congress to explain how it happened.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 22:28

Tags: popular science, emerging technology

The fate of NASA's supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

NEW ORLEANS -- Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for supercomputing.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 07:31

Tags: popular science, NASA, high performance computing (HPC), Sena

Coming by 2023, an exascale supercomputer in the U.S.

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. has set 2023 as the target date for producing the next great leap in supercomputing, if its plans aren't thwarted by two presidential and four Congressional elections between now and then.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 03:55

Tags: HP, U.S. Department of Energy, high performance computing (HPC), IBM, hardware systems

U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials Friday announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 November, 2014 08:19

Tags: popular science, U.S. Department of Energy, high performance computing (HPC), hardware systems, GT

How automation could take your skills -- and your job

Nicholas Carr's essay IT Doesn't Matter in the Harvard Business Review in 2003, and the later book, argued that IT is shifting to a service delivery model comparable to electric utilities. It produced debate and defensiveness among IT managers over the possibility that they were sliding to irrelevancy. It's a debate that has yet to be settled. But what is clear is that Carr has a talent for raising timely questions, and he has done so again in his latest work The Glass Cage, Automation and Us (W.W. Norton & Co.)

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: IT careers, careers, Harvard Business Review, IT management, norton

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

Whenever IT hiring picks up, as it did last month, the default explanation from analysts is this: The economy is improving.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 November, 2014 08:25

Tags: Janco Associates, U.S. Department of Labor, IT careers, beca, careers, Computer Economics, IT management

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