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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 December, 2014 22:09

The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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

By Patrick Thibodeau | 19 December, 2014 04:29

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.

Full-time IT hiring is gaining ground, finally

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 December, 2014 08:52

The end of the year is sometimes seen as an ideal time to find a new job. You pick up your year-end bonus, enjoy the holiday parties, and then plot your exit for something new.

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

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.

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

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 06:24

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.

Chromebooks make the grade among school CIOs

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 December, 2014 01:18

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

The Internet of Things may bring a new economic boon

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 December, 2014 22:15

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.

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.