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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Coming soon: Murder by Internet

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 November, 2014 22:39

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.

HP's former CEO Carly Fiorina explores GOP presidential run

By Patrick Thibodeau | 27 November, 2014 03:45

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?

Court okays IT worker lawsuit over student visa work program

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 November, 2014 08:13

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).

Obama immigration plan called vague, frustrating

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 November, 2014 08:17

WASHINGTON The immigration reforms that President Obama announced have left people on all sides of the tech immigration issue uncertain and frustrated.

Does being first in supercomputing still matter?

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 22:28

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.

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

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 07:31

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.

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

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 03:55

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.

U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 November, 2014 08:19

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.

Hypocrisy and connections help IT outsourcing firms

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 November, 2014 04:37

The liberal group Center for American Progress (CAP) advocates restricting the use of H-1B visas by offshore outsourcing firms. Its recommendations are designed to get offshore firms to hire more U.S. workers and curb their ability to move jobs offshore.

How automation could take your skills -- and your job

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 November, 2014 05:59

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.)

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 November, 2014 08:25

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

The IT freelance economy is growing, but not at large firms

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 November, 2014 07:16

The type of company you work for may have a lot to do with whether you're hired as a full-time employee or a contract or contingent worker.

GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 08:47

You can count on Republicans in the next Congress to champion less regulation on issues that matter to tech -- particularly, overreaching privacy and cybersecurity rules.

Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 06:33

WASHINGTON - Democratic candidates clubbed their Republican opponents in two of this year's election campaigns about their offshore outsourcing records, but to no apparent help.

Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 01:06

In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, five of the nation's top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral. The groups were responding to claims that the government-funded effort could help create a 1984-type surveillance state.