A Congressional committee last month gave universities with high volumes of student piracy violations 30 days to return a survey on Internet piracy and network practices. The committee is scheduled to resume its meetings Tuesday in Washington.The letter hints that Congress is stepping up its crackdown on Internet piracy by college students in an effort to help the entertainment industry and higher education work together to prepare new legislation."The fact that copyright piracy is not unique to college and university campuses is not an excuse for higher education officials to fail to take reasonable steps neither to eliminate such activity nor to appropriately sanction such conduct when discovered," read a letter addressed to President Martin C. Jischke of Purdue University."The real problem lies with leveraging the students through their schools. We are dealing with 17-and 18-year-olds. You go to the college and accuse them of a crime and say [they] owe us money. I have a problem … [Read more...] about Big Pirate on Campus
Over the past few decades, most IT shops have followed a somewhat similar trajectory: Starting from a centralized model (i.e., the mainframe days), computing resources, much like the cosmological Big Bang, have exploded outwards to become ever-more-distributed and decentralized. This makes sense given market dynamics. Computing platforms evolve quickly, so monolithic computing platforms that require heavy up-front investment are less efficient from a depreciation standpoint (i.e., from a MIPS per dollar per year point of view) than numerous, incremental investments in lower-powered devices.So it's natural that processing would decentralize. And in fact, there have been numerous technologies invented over the years to support exactly this paradigm.By virtue of ever-more decentralized processing, it logically follows that storage would be (in general) decentralized as well. In fact, storage becomes a balancing act. Data is placed in such a way as to be centralized enough to be … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Is InfoSec Ready for Big Data?
IBM has added to the legal mix in its fight over source code claims by Lindon, Utah-based SCO Group, with a counterclaim against the smaller software company filed in court Thursday.IBM's complaint refutes SCO's arguments about solicitation of Linux licenses and returns the legal favor by claiming SCO's commercially available software has directly infringed four IBM patents."Simply put, SCO's scheme is an attempt to profit from its limited rights to a very old Unix operating system ... by introducing fear, uncertainty and doubt into the marketplace," an IBM statement said.Analysts anticipate legal maneuvering and sabre rattling in the legal fight, which began when SCO sued IBM for US$1 billion in March, claiming Big Blue wrongfully ported parts of SCO's Unix System V source code to Linux."It's certainly messy," Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner told TechNewsWorld. "It's down to the 'he said she said,' with a lot of big numbers being thrown around and very capable, high-profile … [Read more...] about Big Blue Hits SCO with Patent Counterclaim
Microsoft's long-anticipated operating system -- code-named Longhorn -- has been hard to lasso. The company has been carefully controlling disclosures about the new OS, which is slated to be released in 2005. Even developers are keeping mum, for the most part.Extreme Logic's Paul Hernacki, like other software developers, spoke cautiously about Longhorn. Hernacki told TechNewsWorld that most of what he knows about Longhorn cannot be disclosed because of the air-tight nondisclosure agreement his company signed with Microsoft.But that has not stopped some people from leaking pieces of the software to the Internet. Those leakages, plus remarks by Microsoft executives in carefully calculated speeches and off-the-record remarks by developers, are providing consumers with a glimpse of the future of personal computing."Longhorn is not just a release of a Windows client," Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a meeting with financial analysts last month. Instead, it is a "big bet" that will be … [Read more...] about TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT Microsoft’s Next Big Move: Longhorn Exposed
Hard-to-visualize functionality, extremely complex feature descriptions, an invisible presence in the network, and boring names, taken together, sum up why the enterprise Ethernet switching market does not get nearly the attention it deserves.But Ethernet switching is a multibillion-dollar market that CIOs spend a lot of time scrutinizing. And although the market is on the same rough road as other technology products, there are some bright spots. What do IT execs need to know about the big business of high-tech switching?According to the Dell'Oro Group, the Ethernet switch market declined 4 percent worldwide in 2002."The market is flat at best," Yankee Group vice president Zeus Kerravala told the E-Commerce Times. "We're not seeing any growth."IDC research manager Abner Germanow agreed, telling the E-Commerce Times that "there was tremendous purchasing in 2000, [but] a lot of companies who spent very heavily on networking equipment have stopped capital expenditures."However, there is … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT The Big Business of Network Switches
A three-month dispute between IBM and Apple over a former IBM employee has been resolved, but probably to none of the parties' complete satisfaction. The two companies have agreed that Mark Papermaster, who served as vice president of IBM's blade development unit, can go to work for Apple. However, he must certify in court that he will not be using any of IBM's proprietary information. It appears that IBM will have the final say as to whether Papermaster crosses the line: He will be obliged to check in with Big Blue in the event any question arises over the issue.Papermaster gave IBM his resignation in October 2008 in order to go work for Apple as senior vice president of devices hardware engineering. In that role, he'll be responsible for iPod and iPhone engineering. However, he had signed a noncompete agreement with IBM covering a one-year period.In November, IBM sued Papermaster in the United States District Court in Manhattan to enforce the agreement. IBM argued that during … [Read more...] about Big Blue to Look Over Apple Exec’s Shoulder
This month begins the march to 2012 technology with the Consumer Electronics Show just around the corner. Vendors have already started prebriefings for what will likely be a cascade of announcements all happening in the same one-week time frame.This will be the last year that Microsoft keynotes or has a major presence at this show. Like Apple, Microsoft is moving to an event-driven, rather than show-driven, schedule. The reason is showcased by the fact that Microsoft will be announcing Windows 8 about a month before it is really ready to be announced. This makes me wonder if we are having a Comdex moment and this could be the beginning of the end for CES and other massive shows of its type.After exploring that issue, I'll close with my product of the week: a cool new superphone from Samsung. CES will be the coming-out party for Windows 8, but the problem is that Microsoft isn't expected to begin the Beta process until more than a month later, making this show ill-timed for the … [Read more...] about OPINION Will 2012 See the Last Big, Bold CES?
Up to 30 percent of their firms' security incidents this year should have been detected by perimeter security measures -- but weren't -- said 55 percent of respondents to a SANS Institute survey.The truth is that today's attackers have become skilled at bypassing conventional defenses, which no longer can be counted on to protect enterprise networks on their own. While still necessary, these tools now need to be bolstered by more advanced defensive strategies that are closely aligned with the advanced techniques attackers use. Various terms have been applied to the concept, but on a basic level, organizations need to stop looking only at the outside of their network and instead investigate what is going on inside, in order to protect their critical assets and data.Attackers are infiltrating today's networks easily -- and malicious attacks take, on average, 80 days to discover and 123 days to resolve, according to the Ponemon Institute. This time line is way too long if we wish to keep … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Leverage Big Data to Get Rid of Network Attackers
As businesses gain a new appreciation of the power of data, they're discovering new tactics for sales and marketing that go far beyond what was possible in the past. It's not just big data and a technology-driven revolution -- it's also a shift in attitudes about data's place in the selling process, its role as a guide or as a reality check, and its ability to fuel new processes that drive greater sales performance.However, it's important to keep in mind the customer's perception of how data is being used. Otherwise, all the data-based changes you make could be worse for your business than distracting shiny objects -- they could be genuine customer turnoffs.Those turnoffs result from a failure to think like a customer. They're usually not based on privacy issues; they're more often the result of how businesses use data. Businesses are getting creative about how they use data types in conjunction with each other, and that's a good thing. Still, focusing too much on customer data, … [Read more...] about OPINION Wrangling Big Data: When in Doubt, Think Like a Customer
An appellate court on Tuesday handed a major victory to the Federal Communications Commission by upholding the agency's watershed Open Internet Order, which ensures equal access to the Internet.By a 2-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the FCC's right to impose Net neutrality rules that essentially prevent big telecom and broadband companies from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking service based on content providers' market power or willingness to pay."Today's ruling is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire web, and it ensures the Internet remains a platform for unparallelled innovation, free expression and economic growth," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.The plaintiffs almost certainly will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, who criticized the ruling."We all will rue the day the commission was confirmed to have nearly unmitigated power over the … [Read more...] about FCC Wins Huge Net Neutrality Victory Over Big Telecom