When Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States this week, he promised that his administration would "restore science to its rightful place." Whether reality will fit the rhetoric remains to be seen, and there are reasons to be both optimistic and a little wary. In his inaugural speech, the president devoted a decent 130 out of 2,402 words to technology issues such as broadband, science research, health IT, and clean energy. These highlights generally track with what is posted on Whitehouse.gov as part of his technology agenda. So how might things change in each of these areas? Right Vehicle for Health IT? When it comes to broadband, Obama is said to be ready to name Julius Genachowski as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Genachowski founded LaunchBox Digital, a Washington, D.C.-based tech startup accelerator program, and even conservative politicos seem happy with the pick. A new FCC chair with startup exposure and a decent … [Read more...] about Obama Set to Change Science and Tech
A new report released by the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation Thursday found that the U.S. has maintained its lead in the science and technology arena. "The way this project began was that we looked at congressional testimony, expert opinions, the popular press to get a sense of what experts as well as what the general perception of the public in the United States [was] about science and technology," Galama told TechNewsWorld. Although the researchers found many claims and concerns about the U.S. losing its edge in science and technology, a closer look at the data and facts indicated that these fears were overblown. That said, however, a nationwide reevaluation and upgrade of science and math education in primary and secondary schools needs to take place, they stressed. "Our starting point was that everyone said there was a crisis. There isn't a crisis, but that doesn't mean that we can relax, because there is significant change going on in the world and we need to be on … [Read more...] about RAND: Foreign Talent Helps Keep US No. 1 in Science and Tech
By Jack M. Germain Feb 26, 2016 12:32 PM PT The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted unanimously to make computer science a graduation requirement for all high school students beginning with next year's freshmen. Chicago Public Schools has become a national leader in computer science education since Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Computer Science for All initiative for grades K-12 in 2013, the board said. The five-year plan aims to make computer science a core subject taught in schools. It includes a partnership with Code.org to provide the curriculum and prepare teachers. The White House last month launched a national Computer Science for All program. Exposing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education early will provide critical skills and training for success in their careers and in life, CPS said. Demand for computing skills will be greater than the supply of qualified job takers, according to CPS. That will create a gap of 1 … [Read more...] about Chicago School Board Elevates Computer Science to Graduation Requirement
Not long ago, hackers stole about 40 million debit- and credit-card records from Target, another 56 million records from Home Depot, and nearly 5 million patient records from hospital operator Community Health Systems. And this past June, personal information about millions of federal employees was taken from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. These are just a few thunderclaps in the perfect storm of cyberattacks and data breaches making headlines recently. Despite massive efforts to guard sensitive data, hackers often manage to steal it anyway. It's a problem that's becoming especially acute, now that huge amounts of information are being concentrated on the servers of various cloud service providers. Most times we don't even know where these machines are located; how can we possibly feel that our data is safe with them? Top 10 Corporate Hacks Company[industry] Number of records stolen eBay[e-commerce] 145,000,000 Heartland[financial] 130,000,000 T.J. Maxx /T.K. … [Read more...] about How to Compute With Data You Cant See
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- "You can't go wrong in computer science," Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates told University of California, Berkeley students on Friday. Some students, however, were unhappy with the way Gates responded to questions about increasing competition for jobs from China and India. "It is a little scary for me to see people thinking of this as a zero-sum game. It is not like a war where you have one winner and one loser," Gates said. "China and India are the big change engines for the years ahead, and as we embrace that and understand our new role in that, that's the path forward." But while Gates' regular university visits are meant to evangelize the field of computer science, several students felt Gates did not address their concerns about outsourcing and the growing number of engineers in lower-wage countries like China and India. [ The Windows 10 developer’s dilemma: Go Universal or stick with the desktop? The choice won't be easy. | … [Read more...] about Gates pitches computer science, biology studies
Microsoft Corp. is planning several major changes to beef up features of Software Assurance, the company's maintenance and upgrade program that has been criticized for its expense and slow follow-up with new products. The program, started in 2002, streamlined what was often a complex and expensive licensing routine for Microsoft products. Licensees who purchased Software Assurance had the right to upgrade their programs for no cost when new versions were released, in addition to receiving training and support. But the value of Software Assurance was increasingly questioned as Microsoft delayed the release of certain key products such as its Windows Vista OS and SQL Server 2005. [ The Windows 10 developer’s dilemma: Go Universal or stick with the desktop? The choice won't be easy. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Enterprise Microsoft blog and Windows Report newsletter. ]In March, Microsoft will offer several enhancements to make customers feel they are getting more … [Read more...] about Microsoft to bolster Software Assurance program
IBM Research on Thursday is expected to uncover work it is doing to bring the brain's processing power to computers, in an effort to make it easier for PCs to process vast amounts of data in real time. The researchers want to put brain-related senses like perception and interaction into hardware and software so that computers are able to process and understand the data quicker while consuming less power, said Dharmendra Modha, a researcher at IBM. The researchers are bringing the neuroscience, nanotechnology, and supercomputing fields together in an effort to create the new computing platform, he said. [ Stay ahead of advances in technology with InfoWorld's Ahead of the Curve blog and newsletter. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe … [Read more...] about IBM tries to bring brain’s processing power to computers
Last week, HP Labs mathematician Vinay Deolalikar started circulating a startling paper that claims to have solved the preeminent open problem in computer science, known as P = NP. Er, more accurately, that P is not equal to NP (P ≠ NP). If his lengthy, complex, multidisciplinary proof holds up, one of the great unresolved mathematical questions of the 20th century has met its match. And it only took 50 years or so. [ Get the spin on key tech news that you'll find nowhere else at InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. | For a humorous take on the tech industry's shenanigans, subscribe to Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]If you slept through your … [Read more...] about Computer science breakthrough: The end of P = NP?
I remember when I broke up with Internet Explorer. Microsoft had let IE go to seed, with no significant updates in the five years after IE6 shipped in 2001. A scrappy group of brilliant programmers, led by Blake Ross and Dave Hyatt, came up with a free program that supported -- shock! -- tabs inside the browser. Firefox started gaining street cred. Knocked out of its lethargy, in late 2006 Microsoft released IE7 (with -- shock! -- tabs inside the browser) and the Firefox team released Firefox 2. It took me all of two days to dump IE and start using Firefox, almost exclusively. [ Check out InfoWorld's First look at the Internet Explorer 9 beta. | Which Web browser is the most secure? Download InfoWorld's PDF report, "Web Browser Security Deep Dive: How to stay secure on the Internet." ] [ Safeguard your browsers; InfoWorld's experts tell you how in the "Web Browser Security Deep Dive" PDF guide. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily … [Read more...] about IE9: Good enough to beat Firefox and Chrome?
This year's crop of college graduates are preparing to leave school and join the workforce, and the computer science majors among them appear to have good prospects. Development and software engineering jobs have grown significantly over the last five years, according to job site Indeed.com, with software engineers for social media, mobile applications, and cloud infrastructure currently in the highest demand. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for software engineers -- who design applications -- to grow by a third in the next seven years. Yet in one key way today's graduates are unprepared to enter the workforce: The vast majority will lack a solid understanding of computer security and how to make their applications secure, experts say. Most top computer science programs don't require students to learn the fundamentals of secure programming -- an oversight that will continue to hurt application security in the future, said David Koretz, CEO of security firm … [Read more...] about Security lessons still lacking for computer science grads
A reporter recently asked me what advice I had for kids coming out of high school. I said, "Go into computer science and you'll probably always have a job." I wonder if I should have said: "Skip college and spend all your time teaching yourself computers." Especially in America, where an education incurs tremendous debt and most educational institutions teach you so little of what really matters, you have to ask: "Can't I just do this myself?" [ Buckle up for Andrew Oliver's 6 home truths about rock star developers. | Want to cash in on your IT experiences? InfoWorld is looking for stories of an amazing or amusing IT adventure, lesson learned, or tales from the trenches. Send your story to [email protected] If we publish it, we'll keep you anonymous and send you a $50 American Express gift cheque. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | … [Read more...] about Is a computer science degree worth the paper it’s printed on?
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. Computer science graduates at Ph.D. granting institutions reached a low of 8,021 in 2007, down from 14,185 in the 2003-2004. [ Also on InfoWorld: Hotshot young techies, take heed of these 10 hard-earned lessons of a lifetime in IT. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]But it's been rising since. The number of new undergraduate computing majors at Ph.D.-granting U.S. universities rose by more than 13.4 percent last year, according to the Computing Research … [Read more...] about Wall Street’s collapse was computer science’s gain
by sdchain January 29, 2010 Technical Indicators are utilized in most stockanalysis tools or trading platforms to assist investors in anticipating or predicting price changes in the future. Technical Indicators are mathematical computations used in investing by applying them to a stock s price or volume. Some indicators follow trends. Other indicators predict the future prices. Trend following indicators may also be referred to as lagging indicators. Leading indicators predict future prices or outcomes. Most investors find it easier to trade when following the trend. However, it is simply a preference and each investor must determine his or her preferences. One investing approach uses leading indicators for trading markets and lagging indicators for trending markets. Many indicators will determine if the prices are trending or trading for the investor. Predicting future trending or trading prices is far more difficult than assessing this in the present. The MACD is a lagging or trend … [Read more...] about Introduction to Technical Indicators and the MACD Indicator
For you've mused about dipping your toe into programming but can't find the time, Code.org is about to give you one fewer excuse to procrastinate. From Dec. 8-14, 2014, Code.org is pushing to have Hour of Code events hosted around the world by its network of volunteers. The Hour is, in the organization's own words, "a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics." [ Thinking of striking out on your own? Download InfoWorld's 29 tips for succeeding as an independent developer for valuable guidance from a solo -- and successful -- solo programmer. | Keep up with hot topics in app dev with InfoWorld's Application Development newsletter. ] The tutorials, all clocking in at an hour, cover common programming languages and environments, with the subject matter and approach geared mainly for beginners or young students. (One of the lessons features Anna and Elsa from "Frozen," in a pattern-making tutorial that uses concepts … [Read more...] about Got an hour? Learn to code
Python is billed by the Python Software Foundation as being easy to learn and running everywhere. It's useful for a range of application types, including Web development, scientific computing, and education. Google and Instagram have been among the many users of Python, and the language scores well in popularity indexes. But Python has had its issues, with questions raised about its performance and design quirks. To get to the bottom of what's right -- and maybe not so right -- about Python, InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill asked dignitaries in the Python community for their input. Python pros Read it, use it with ease. "The main characteristics of a Python program is that it is easy to read," says Pierre Carbonnelle, a Python programmer and blogger who runs the PyPL language index. "This has benefits to you and to others. It helps you think more clearly when writing programs, and it helps the others who will maintain or enhance your program. In both cases, it requires less effort … [Read more...] about A developer’s guide to the pros and cons of Python
A recent survey from StackOverflow states that 48 percent of developers never received a degree in Computer Science. But when you look at the requirements for software developer jobs (at least in the Chicago area), it seems that most positions list a degree in Computer Science as a preferred item, if not a requirement. Are these 48 percent of developers without a Computer Science degree disadvantaged when it comes to their ability to perform on the job? My experience -- though with a music degree I'm a bit biased -- is that programmers without a degree in Computer Science can perform better at some technology-related tasks than their degreed counterparts. Why is that? The mismatch between Computer Science and day-to-day programming I've interviewed job candidates straight from school who had spent classes performing utterly useless programming activities (like debugging syntax errors in a text editor when free software will do that for you), making me question the value of their … [Read more...] about Do programmers need a degree in Computer Science?
In the past few years, Big Data has morphed from being yet another IT buzzword into a virtual tsunami sweeping over enterprises and consumers alike. Humans, organizations, devices, and machines of all types now contribute huge waves of data into what’s being called the data universe. And just like the other, real universe, the data universe continues to expand rapidly. It’s no surprise, then, that more data has been created in just the last two years than in the entire previous history of the human race, according to the Scandinavian research group SINTEF. A quick search of the term “Big Data” yields a tangle of statistics, some as superlative as the term they attempt to define. One statistic in particular caught my attention: By 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet, according to the annual IDC Digital Universe study. At that point, the world will be looking at digital knowledge in the … [Read more...] about Big Data: Creating the Power to Move Heaven and Earth
The long-term trend for interest in computer science at the university level is relatively bleak. As the graph at above makes apparent, interest has declined precipitously since the 2001 bursting of the dot-com bubble, leading to something of an existential crisis in the field of computer science instruction. One has to wonder whether it’s the very ubiquity of computers that has made them uninteresting to students–note the spike of interest in the early 80’s, when the advent of personal computers slaked a pent-up demand for access to the instruments that everyone believed would define the future. Robots, in contrast, are still rare in our everyday lives–plus, they’re the furthest thing from remote and abstract. So goes the reasoning behind a new effort to get them into classrooms, described earlier this month in a paper by Tom Lauwers and Illah Nourbakhsh, in which they unveiled the Finch. The Finch is cheap, simple and avoids the major complexifying … [Read more...] about Robots Make Computer Science Fun Again