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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

IBM prepares for a post-silicon world

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 06:45

IBM's decision to get out of the semiconductor manufacturing business may be of little consequence in a post-silicon world.

H-1B fraud may cost you your car and ‘gorgeous contemporary'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 October, 2014 07:01

In an H-1B fraud case in Texas, the U.S. is using forfeiture laws to try and extract a heavy price from the defendants.

Why datacentres can be massive, but not gigantic

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 21:43

The IT industry has long abused words, and will label almost any new product as innovative and disruptive. Data center developers, especially those who write the headlines about data centers, are particularly bad.

Despite recent gains, the best year for tech employment remains 2001

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 00:36

In 2001, the tech industry employed 6.5 million people. Then the bubble burst, and payrolls shrank dramatically.

Offshoring remark haunts GOP Senate candidate in Georgia

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Offshore outsourcing doesn't always get much attention in U.S. Senate races, but the issue is pitting two political newcomers against each other in Georgia.

Obama H-1B reform plan draws Grassley's ire

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 October, 2014 21:20

President Barack Obama plans to make the H-1B system "more efficient" through executive action, a move that's drawing negative reaction from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Once again, Congress risks allowing an Internet access tax

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 October, 2014 07:06

Putting a tax on Internet access has been compared to charging people to enter a physical shopping mall. The idea strikes many as absurd, including most lawmakers. But Congress is drifting in the direction of letting this tax moratorium expire in mid-December.

Why we live in an anti-tech age

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 October, 2014 04:46

Though it seems as if we're sourrounded by innovative products, services and technologies, there's a growing counter argument that we're living in a dismal era. Science is hated. Real technological progress has stalled. And what we call innovation today really isn't very innovative.

Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 October, 2014 06:57

The Internet of Things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead.

Microsoft's Nadella on Windows 9: 'It came and went'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 October, 2014 06:13

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Windows has been re-architected to give it a central role in the Internet of Things.

Former Infosys recruiter says he was told not to hire U.S. workers

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 October, 2014 08:08

A lawsuit alleging that outsourcing firm Infosys favored hiring Indian workers over U.S. workers now includes an account from a recruiter about the alleged practice.

One in three jobs will be taken by software or robots by 2025

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 October, 2014 07:01

Gartner sees things like robots and drones replacing a third of all workers by 2025, and whether you want to believe it or not, is entirely your business.

HP users say corporate split might work

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 October, 2014 05:13

ORLANDO - Enterprise users see Hewlett-Packard's surprise decision to split itself as a good move -- as long as it leads to improvements in prices, services and support.

Smart gun inspires smart mouse

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 October, 2014 05:54

Glenn Kaufman, a cybersecurity engineer at defense contractor Raytheon, had been searching for ways to improve computer authentication. He read about an effort to use pressure sensitive gun grips to authenticate a gun owner, and wondered if something similar might work for a computer mouse.

States worry about ability to hire IT security pros

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 October, 2014 23:35

States' efforts to improve cybersecurity are being hindered by lack of money and people. States don't have enough funding to keep up with the increasing sophistication of the threats, and can't match private sector salaries, says a new study.