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Archive for December, 2010

31
Dec

Listing badly:List, while I enter the lists with lists*

The year 2010 is winding down, so everyone has been coming up with a list of top things that happened in 2010 or top things that will happen in 2011. Some are there to fill space during a slow news week. Others provide surprising insight. Here are a few:

Walt Mossberg’s 2011 to-do list for the top tech companies.

Cnet’s look back at 2010

eWeek has a bunch of lists, including this one by Chris Preimesberger on the top 10 data storage events of 2010.

Here’s a hot skills list for 2011 from Computerworld.
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23
Dec

Net neutrality bounces back: New reg has something for everyone – and that’s the problem

OK. Back in November I said that Net neutrality was showing few signs of life. Now, however Net neutrality is riding the wave of President Obama’s post-shellacking surge and is very much alive.

But as the Net neutrality measure that the FCC approved by a 3 to 2 vote comes under scrutiny, opponents on both sides of the issue are finding a lot not to like. The right is upset because it attempts to regulate the Internet at all. Republicans are saying they’ll try to overturn it in 2011. The left is having fits too, claiming it’s full of loopholes that favor big network businesses. Partisans are saying Obama sold out.
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21
Dec

‘Tis the season, and computers are in our thoughts — literally

At its best, holiday gift-giving is an exercise in thoughtful empathy – an attempt to place oneself in the position of another person to imagine what might elicit pleasure in that other person. The ability to thoughtfully interact with another person makes being human worthwhile and it’s something that people alone can do — or is it?
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17
Dec

Google polishes Chrome OS – a device for the future or blast from the past?

As Google’s Chrome OS makes its way to early testers in advance of its anticipated 2011 rollout, it’s generating a good deal of buzz, probably more than is actually warranted, given what the device does – or doesn’t do. Read more

14
Dec

IBM preps Watson to compete on Jeopardy!

To paraphrase a certain beer commercial, I don’t often watch TV, but when I do, I watch Jeopardy! So I’ll be glued to the set when IBM’s “Watson” computer takes on Jeopardy champions on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011.

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11
Dec

The Red Sox and Dell: playing the game differently

This week on the acquisitions front: The Boston Red Sox signed outfield star Carl Crawford for $142 million over seven years and Dell is in talks with storage vendor Compellent for $875 million.

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8
Dec

Do we really have a “Sputnik moment?”

In his December 6, 2010 speech, President Obama aimed for the laudable goal of lighting a fire under the country to encourage it to compete in science and engineering with rising global powers China and India. His rhetorical tool: recalling the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik earth satellite in 1957.

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4
Dec

Lessons from WikiLeaks

Is the appearance of hundreds of thousands of U. S. Department of State cables on WikiLeaks making you re-examine your corporate IT security policies and procedures? It’s a natural reaction. Whether or not your company is handling politically or technically sensitive information, there’s nothing to be gained from having confidential material aired in public.

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