HangingChad (677530) writes "Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers. Voluntary disclosures indicate Google has given money to groups like the Cato Institute, Heritage Action and the Federalist Society among others." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "The gurus at IDC have put together their market forecast for the fourth quarter of this year and they’re predicting that the worldwide smart connected device market, comprised of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, is forecast to grow 27.8% year over year in 2013. The “PC” segment includes both desktop computers and what they call “portable” computers. IDC says that PCs will still outship tablets for the 2013 calendar year, but the trend is definitely shifting toward mobile devices with tablet shipments to surpass total PC shipments (desktop plus portable PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13)." Link to Original Source top
Amazon Star Engineer Lives and Works From His Boat
HangingChad (677530) writes "Intel reported earnings on Tuesday that were down nearly 27 percent from a year ago on slumping PC sales. Worldwide PC sales dropped by 5 percent in just the 4th quarter and are down 2.5 percent for all of 2012. Intel managed to beat earnings in Q3 2012 but the numbers are still dismal.
HangingChad (677530) writes "Scientists have used nanoparticles covered in proteins to trick the immune system to stop attacking myelin and halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
The nanoparticles, about 200 times thinner than a human hair, are made from the same material as dissolving stitches. Scientists compare the process an immune system "reboot". The process keeps the immune system from treating myelin as an alien invader and to stop attacking it." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft Admits Surface Tablet Might Alienate Partners
HangingChad (677530) writes "Gary Lyndaker talks about Janine Wedel's "Shadow Elite". About how our information infrastructure is increasingly being sold off to the low bidder. Contracting in state and federal government is rampant, leaving more and more of our nation's vital information in the hands of contractors, many of whom have their own agenda and set of rules. From the article: "Over 25 years, as an information systems developer, manager, and administrator in both state and private organizations, I have increasingly come to the conclusion that we are putting our state's operations at risk and compromising the trust of the people of our state by outsourcing core government functions." I've seen the same thing in my years in government IT, ironically much of it as a contractor. My opinion is this is a dangerous trend that needs to be reversed. We're being fleeced while being put at risk." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "Now that my latest gig is winding down, I'm thinking about starting my own PC repair and network support business instead of another managerial position or going back to consulting. I've run my own business before so I'm already familiar with the realities of licensing, insurance and advertising, and I've got enough capital to get started. I'm planning on taking some classes to sharpen my hands-on skills even though I already build my own PC's. I wanted to ask some of the tech types here, what are the essential components of your black bag tool kit? What software tools would you consider essential? What's in your hardware tool bag? And what, if any, spare hardware supplies do you routinely stock (power supplies, spare hard drives and spare memory would seem to be no-brainers)? And what areas of that field are most requested (forensics, data recovery, PC repair, laptop repair)? I'm leaning toward a mobile service model instead of a bench top retail store, so I'll have to carry with me what I need.
It's almost inevitable I end up providing this service for family and friends anyway, I figured it's a good time to consider trying it for a living." top
HangingChad (677530) writes "Roger Thompson describes on his blog, also reported here, an experience that may point to banks and credit card companies aggregating data from social media sites. Before the corporate apologists step up with their usual "if you don't want to make it public don't post it" line, think about that for a second. And ask what's next? Are they going to start reading your email? Logging your cell phone calls? Is social media a public web site, or a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends and where do we draw the line on corporate data aggregation? I'm thinking right here might be a good place." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "Google enterprise division talks smack on Office. Plans 30-50 updates to Docs over the next year, including new features as well as performance enhancements. Says business users will be able to ditch Office. Oh, yeah, it's on." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "MarketWatch makes a logical case for secession. Just because we started out united doesn't mean we need to stay that way. There are a lot of advantages for letting red state America go their own way. Why not? The only thing "united" about the United States is the name." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "Republicans are mounting opposition to net neutrality as federal regulators prepare to vote this month on regulations that would prevent discrimination against certain types of internet traffic. Democrats say the rules will keep phone companies from discriminating against Internet calling services and stop cable TV providers from hindering online video applications. Meanwhile in the Senate, the top Republican on the Commerce Committee, Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, is considering legislation that would prohibit the FCC from developing net neutrality rules." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad writes "Dell has retired their 12-inch Intel Atom-powered netbooks, they said today. The official reason — "It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooksLarger notebooks require a little more horsepower to be really useful." Or is the real reason that 12 in displays on netbooks cut into Intels more profitable dual core market and Dell's profit margins on higher end machines?" top
Apparently the case files are kept on an isolated system and critical data was not impacted. Though it did force them to shut down their email and internet connections for a short time." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad writes "Once thought to be somewhat recession-proof, tech jobs have been getting slashed as companies look to trim budgets. From the CNNMoney article: "After three years of at least 2.5% employment growth in the United States, tech jobs are forecast to decline by 1.2% this year, according to Forrester Research. They have already fallen by nearly 1% since their November peak, according to the Labor Department. Year to date, 8,000 tech jobs have been slashed, including 4,100 just last month."
We're not anticipating any layoffs and I'm not seeing a lot of top flight programming talent on the bench. Not even certain how noticeable a 1.2% decline would be in our industry. Anyone else feeling the pinch?" Link to Original Source top
HangingChad writes "It appears IBM and Sun are mere days away from announcing a deal. As the details emerge it would appear to be more of an outright take over than a merger. It would mean Websphere, JAVA, StarOffice, and MySQL under one big blue roof. Dell sees it as an opportunity in the server market and Sun servers running with the IBM label on Dell hardware certainly would be an attractive combination. But it's difficult not to notice that the product stack this would give IBM could be leveraged for corporate desktops running Linux. That's provided the deal gets past anti-trust review.
Previous Slashdot coverage here." Link to Original Source top
HangingChad (677530) writes "Hang around Slashdot for five minutes and you'll discover that many in the tech field have strong opinions, frequently coupled with equally strong personalities and seasoned with a dash of ego. As a tech manager you frequently have to balance application changes management wants with difficult programmer and designer personalities who sometimes react like you're attacking their baby. What makes it tricky is sometimes both sides have a point. At times the changes management is asking for really are a poor choice. My attitude is they're paying the bills and I'll make the best counter-argument I can, but if they remain determined then give it to them, even if I personally disagree. Then I wind up getting it from the programmers and designers. These aren't necessarily issues related to ethics or security, sometimes the most vitriol arises from things as simple as a difference of opinion about a page layout.
I've consulted with a few companies in the recent past that have actually outsourced development because they had difficulty finding and retaining quality programmers and then found them difficult to work with.
One of the challenges of being a tech manager is refereeing between opposing viewpoints bumping into large egos. Replacing quality programmers is not always easy, even if they're being annoying. Productivity suffers. My questions for the other managers here, what tricks do you have for managing difficult personalities and where do you draw the line? For programmers, when you feel management doesn't appreciate your masterpiece of development, how could your managers frame communication so the topic is less threatening? There has to be some means of compromise that doesn't let developers dictate to management which is the tail wagging the dog, or being brutish and insensitive, sending valuable but bitter employees home to polish their collection of assault rifles. And is the vitriol and clash of egos we take for granted here at Slashdot discouraging some companies from in-house development?"