In the right circumstances, a computer worm could provoke World War III. That’s exactly what could happen if a computer virus is the moral equivalent of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The position articulated by the U. S. military is logical enough, and yet it leads to some absurd consequences – setting up a tripwire for global conflict that could be far more precarious than any that existed at the height of the cold war.
There’s nothing like a good standards war. And some observers think that’s what’s happening in virtualization. This week, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, BMC, Intel, Eucalyptus and SUSE banded together to create a group called the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) to form a standard for virtualization based on the KVM hypervisor.
Unless you’re in the banking industry, you probably don’t know what mortgage lenders have been going through the past couple of years. The economic meltdown of 2008, fueled by bad mortgages, gave rise to the reaction of stringent lending practices. It’s hard to write a mortgage right now. The difficult conditions have led to some creative solutions. Signature Mortgage, a regional lender serving Ohio and Florida, put social business technologies to work – and is reaping significant rewards.
Just as the U. S. Department of Justice ends its supervision of Microsoft’s competitive behavior as mandated by the settlement of the government’s antitrust case against the company, Microsoft is showing it may need another kind of supervision – adult – when it comes to making acquisitions. The software behemoth has agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype, a hefty price to acquire a company that made $20.6 million on $859.8 million in revenue in 2010.
Just how do Tweets spread information? SocialFlow, a company that analyzes social media performance, took a close look at Tweet patterns stemming from the Osama bin Laden death news and came up with some fascinating findings that make visually impressive charts – so visually appealing, that they’re practically artworks. They call to mind renderings of galaxies in formation.