Archive for February, 2012

The Death of Accountability

Computerworld reports today that WikiLeaks says it is planning to release over 5 million emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence, a provider of geopolitical analysis, whose website was hacked and emails and customer data stolen in December. Wikileaks says the emails date from between July, 2004 and late December, 2011, and allegedly contain privileged information about the US [...]

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IBM Gets it Right on Cybersecurity

             Reuters is reporting that IBM is stepping up activity in the growing Internet security market by applying its data analytics to help organizations fight cyberattacks. IBM says its QRadar Security Intelligence Platform has allowed it to analyze real-time data feeds from more than 400 different sources, says Reuters. QRadar identifies abnormal activity by combining known threats and [...]

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The Future of Computing: Paradise or Terminator?

If you’re a fan of sci-fi like your humble blogger, then you’re probably familiar with the Terminator series, in which future computers and machines become so advanced that they turn on their creators and threaten to wipe out humanity. The one thing I always thought about such future visions is that–thank heaven–we haven’t developed the [...]

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IT Salaries Gain, But Who Has the Jobs?

IT workers have been under economic seige since 2008, but it looks a bit more hopeful for 2012, at least for those who already have jobs.  The Computer Economics 2012 IT Salary Report has found that that IT organizations are planning to hand out average raises of 2.8% this year–not a windfall, but certainly a step in [...]

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Tech Devices: The Big vs. The Small

With so many portable technology devices being literally thrown at us by power-hungry vendors, one could easily become overwhelmed–wondering what all this means in the grand scheme of life.  While the answer most probably is “very little,” I did see some interesting figures in the Feb. 13  issue of InformationWeek.  The publication’s 2011 Mobile Device Managment [...]

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More Ethanol? Not So Fast, Says Congressional Committee

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology recently approved two important bills that coordinate and prioritize federal research expenditures.  One bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to coordinate with the National Academy of Sciences to comprehensively assess scientific and technical research on gasoline blends with 15 percent ethanol, commonly referred to as E15, before such fuels may [...]

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Insurers Rate on Mobile, But What About Human Interaction?

A press release from Key Lime Interactive has reported that the ability to submit bill payments, view detailed policy information, and enter detailed accident information including photos, scene details, date, etc. are the elements that mobile auto insurance property users rank most critical. “Acquisition of a price quote without the need to submit sensitive personal [...]

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Is Facebook a Questionable Long-Term Investment?

With Facebook filing for an IPO recently, even cautious insurers and financial services companies have to wonder whether or not it might be a good social media investment in the future for their particular companies.  One amazing fact that supports more Facebook involvement is that its membership is starting to creep up on one billion–that’s about [...]

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