Computerworld Patrick Thibodeau News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:30:13 GMT 2014-07-24T07:30:13Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. U.S. Senator blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scathing attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-18T19:01:00Z Microsoft now leads in tech layoffs Microsoft's planned 18,000 job cuts, or 14% of its workforce, is the biggest tech layoff announced this year, surpassing Hewlett-Packard's announcement in May that it was cutting 16,000 jobs. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-17T20:12:00Z Pennsylvania, a 'Fortune 20' state, consolidates IT Pennsylvania has signed a seven-year deal with Unisys to consolidate the state's data centers and create an on-demand, cloud computing environment Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:17:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-16T18:17:00Z IBM and Apple ties go way back IBM and Apple have a history of working together that dates back more than 20 years. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:23:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-16T10:23:00Z Money talks, and that's all quantum maker D-Wave has to say The quantum computing technology developed by D-Wave gets ongoing scientific debate, but it's also getting money, $28 million last week, bringing its total funding to about $150 million. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-15T10:01:00Z Court case offers a peek at how H-1B-fueled discrimination works Outsourcing firm Infosys is being sued by for 4 IT pros who allege it discriminates against U.S.workers. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:53:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-10T20:53:00Z The top 10 paying IT jobs: IT careers can prove fruitful IT management positions generally pay quite well, but a new survey finds that so do a lot of other IT jobs. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:56:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-10T10:56:00Z Obama has big options for green card, H-1B reform without Congress With Congress refusing to move on immigration reform, President Barack Obama has options that could have broad impacts on immigration generally, and on the H-1B and green card visa systems in particular. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:25:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-09T10:25:00Z An H-1B whistleblower tries again for justice H-1B whistleblower Jay Palmer has filed a new complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging that senior executives at Infosys 'retaliated against him by denying him work, bonuses and promotions and terminating him.' Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:25:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-02T19:25:00Z Microsoft backs open source for the Internet of Things Microsoft has joined what began as a Linux Foundation effort to create an open platform for the Internet of Things. It's a move that may be a telling sign regarding Microsoft's plans for home automation, and even for the Xbox. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:35:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-02T18:35:00Z China has the fastest supercomputer, but the U.S. still rules China continues to hold the top spot in the Top500 supercomputer list, but the U.S. still dominates, with 90% of the systems on the list made by U.S. vendors. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-02T10:30:00Z How a private Dell works with customers, and sees its rivals Dell held its user conference here last month in a beach hotel next to a calm ocean with no threat of storms. For a company that wants to be known as the strong, silent type, the location may have been perfect. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:46:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-01T10:46:00Z If immigration reform is dead, so is raising the H-1B cap In a speech Wednesday on the House floor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) declared immigration reform dead. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:59:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-27T10:59:00Z A new industrial age is being built on sensors, 3D printing and the cloud There's a new industrial revolution in the offing that will rely heavily on Internet of Things technologies, the cloud and low-cost design and fabrication tools. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:31:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-26T10:31:00Z Many comments on new H-1B rule, but few are 'unique' Splunk, best known for creating systems that analyze machine-generated data, has created a tool for analyzing comments filed at Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-23T16:20:00Z Microsoft, insurer, may make home automation inexpensive -- even free If home automation can reduce insurance claims due to fire, water damage and theft, insurers may become advocates for Internet of Things technologies. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-20T20:11:00Z IT hiring rises where it counts Hiring at companies that are mostly users of technology is on the rise, according to Computer Economics. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:56:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-18T20:56:00Z U.S. looks to create an 'Internet of Postal Things' The Internet has so far delivered mostly bad news to the U.S. Postal Service, but the agency now hopes an emerging Web application -- the Internet of Things -- can help it improve efficiency. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:44:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-18T18:44:00Z Readers rant about IT worker who trained H1-B replacement The story of A. B. and the training of the IT worker's H-1B replacement struck a chord with <i>Computerworld</i> readers. It provided an opportunity for them to vent, argue and share their views about the visa and its impact on U.S. workers. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:05:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-17T20:05:00Z Roads in the future will need data standards as well as signs, says DOT's CIO Engineers, auto makers and U.S. transportation officials who gathered at the White House's SmartAmerica conference this week showed various systems and technologies that may be used to make driving safer and more efficient. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:53:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-13T19:53:00Z Meet Diesel, a cute dog and organic robot Diesel, a Labrador Retriever, appears to live in a perpetual state of glee and is unbothered by the electronics-packed vest he is wearing. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:36:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-12T19:36:00Z Cantor, a reliable 'yes' vote for raising the H-1B visa cap, is unseated Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who lost a primary bid Tuesday for re-election, was a reliable "yes" vote for increasing the H-1B visa cap. The man who beat him, David Brat, won't be. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:44:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-11T21:44:00Z This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement This is the story of an IT worker who was replaced by a worker on an H-1B visa, one of a number of visa holders, mostly from India, who took jobs at this U.S. company. <i>Computerworld</i> is not going to use the worker's name or identify the companies involved to protect the former employee from retaliation. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-10T19:10:00Z Will Apple's Internet of Things vision hurt a beautiful idea? Apple's just announced approach to home automation involves Homekit, an iOS 8 framework and network protocol for controlling devices in the home. But will it play nicely with others? Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-06T10:30:00Z Five reasons why China is attacking U.S. tech China's blistering attacks on U.S. tech firms is more than quid pro quo over cyberspying charges. It's a signal of China's growing confidence in its own technology capabilities. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:54:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-05T10:54:00Z EPA urges efficiency, many data centers still far from it The White House plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 30% seeks to meet its goals, in part, through efficiency improvements. This could put further pressure on data centers to improve efficiency, many of which are powering servers that are doing very little work or none at all. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:58:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-06-03T10:58:00Z Cyber-physical systems readied for demos by White House-led team A White House-led effort to show that the Internet of Things can save lives and create jobs is about to put on a big show. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:27:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-27T10:27:00Z The philosophy of IoT: Will it help or hurt? As the Internet of Things evolves, will it free up human potential? WIll everyone benefit -- or just a few? And how will it change the way people use technology. A conference in July hopes to find some answers. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:47:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-26T10:47:00Z A wireless network for gadgets set to arrive in San Francisco The San Francisco Bay Area and south to San Jose will soon have what may be the nation's first dedicated Internet of Things network. It may change the way you think about the future of the IoT. Wed, 21 May 2014 15:02:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-21T15:02:00Z An H-1B cap hike would mean a grim future for workers If Congress approves comprehensive immigration reform, it will likely more than double the cap on H-1B visas. What happens then sounds dystopian for workers. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-19T10:15:00Z Frustration, anger over new H-1B rule finds voice on U.S. site The U.S. is collecting comments on whether to allow certain H-1B spouses to work, and the prevailing theme is one of frustration. Thu, 15 May 2014 19:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-15T19:12:00Z An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 -- with caveats A massive survey by the Pew Research Center about the Internet of Things in 2025 is very optimistic about its future, though its responses are filled with questions, doubts and caveats. Thu, 15 May 2014 10:36:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-15T10:36:00Z Laid-off IBM workers allege age bias in lawsuit Three former IBM employees laid off last year have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they were victims of age discrimination. IBM denies the charge. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:50:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-13T20:50:00Z Wall Street's collapse was computer science's gain Here's a short history on computer science student enrollments. Leading up to the dot-com bust, computer science enrollments soared to new highs, and then they plunged. Like a rock. Mon, 12 May 2014 10:32:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-12T10:32:00Z Unplug ghost servers, save a bundle The Uptime Institute estimates that 20% of all racked IT equipment has no use other than to warm the planet. But for data center operators that do manage to unplug equipment, savings can be significant. Fri, 09 May 2014 17:09:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-09T17:09:00Z Embedded systems are a 'life form' Among the number of provocative points that Dan Geer, the CISO of In-Q-Tel, makes about embedded systems and supply chain risk, one stands out: The systems are immortal. Wed, 07 May 2014 22:49:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-07T22:49:00Z Internet of Things may make owning less appealing At an Internet of Things conference in Boston, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge. Wed, 07 May 2014 12:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-07T12:10:00Z Explained: The ABCs of the Internet of Things You've heard the term and probably read stories about smart homes where the toaster talks to the smoke detector. But what makes it all connect? These frequently asked questions help explain it all. Tue, 06 May 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-06T10:30:00Z The Internet of Things could encroach on personal privacy A recent White House report on big data wonders aloud about the capability of sensors and smart meters to turn homes into fish tanks, completely transparent to marketers, police -- and criminals. Sat, 03 May 2014 10:45:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-03T10:45:00Z HP creates a new way to sell data centers Hewlett-Packard is selling its data center services in a new way, via a program it calls "facilities as a service," or FaaS. Fri, 02 May 2014 11:51:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-05-02T11:51:00Z White House sees 'real danger' China will soon take R&D lead Although the use still outpaces the world in spending on research and development, a shrinking federal investment could allow China to soon take the lead on spending. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:46:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-29T20:46:00Z The data center of 2025 revealed A survey that challenged IT managers to imagine the data center of 2025 offers up some optimistic, even surprising, findings. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-29T12:01:00Z Career alert: A Master of analytics degree is the ticket -- if you can get into class The toughest part about earning a Master of Science in Analytics at North Carolina State University may be deciding which job to accept. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-24T10:38:00Z Microsoft takes Iowa from corn to .com Microsoft is building some 1.16 million square feet of new data center space in Iowa. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:41:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-19T12:41:00Z Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess' Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. We're here to tell you that it hasn't. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-18T10:30:00Z H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs Southern California Edison is outsourcing part of its IT operations, and the jobs may be going overseas. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:41:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-17T21:41:00Z An unnecessary path to tech: A bachelor's degree Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Edward Snowden all launched tech careers without four-year college degrees, and that may be true for a large percentage of techies. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-14T10:33:00Z H-1B applications surge to 172,500, twice the cap The U.S. received twice as many H-1B visa petitions as it can give out under its 85,000 visa cap, and is thus distributing the visas via lottery. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:10:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-10T20:10:00Z One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise Microsoft's dominance in business may be mammoth but it isn't absolute, as Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, has found. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:22:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-09T10:22:00Z Durbin warns Republicans standalone H-1B hike plan will fail A push by the high-tech industry to support a stand-alone H-1B increase is drawing the ire of U.S. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:41:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-02T18:41:00Z