Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
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One more step to Minority Report!
Japan's NTT Communications is testing a new billboard setup in January that has a built-in pair of cameras hooked up to image detection software that determines how many people are in front of the ad, and just how many are looking at it.
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Ohhh... reading articles like this feels like the "cat is out of the bag".
1. “Feel the squeeze? Actually, so do we.”2. “You’re getting less for the same price.”3. “We jack up prices where you’re least likely to notice.”4. “You can’t always believe our nutrition claims.”5. “We won’t take your coupons.”6. “Our loyalty cards help us cater to our biggest spenders...”7. “...but they’re not always your best bet for big savings.”8. “Big sales may not mean lower costs for you.”9. “We may carry local produce, but we’re no farmer’s market.”10. “We’re experts in human behavior.”
10 Things Supermarkets Won't Tell You at SmartMoney.com
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Interesting take on the role of the IT Professional from Gartner.
By 2010, IT Professionals will need to possess expertise in multiple domains, Technical aptitude will no longer be enough (BUT ASSUMED). IT professionals must prove they can understand business realities – industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment, culture and constraints. Versatility will be crucial. By 2010, the IT profession will split into 4 domains of expertise: technology, information, process and relationships (0.7 probability);By 2010, 6 out of 10 people affiliated with the IT organization will assume business facing roles (0.7 probability)By 2010, 10 percent to 15 percent of IT professionals will drop out of the IT profession (0.7 probability)
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Some humorous IT tech stories for you.
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Good list of qualities that IT organizations should have.
1. The CIO reports to the CEO or, at least, the chief operating officer. 2. There is an IT steering committee composed of C-level executives from the business units. 3. The IT shop uses up-to-date software and hardware. 4. There is a high-visibility system security team.5. There is an ongoing disaster recovery process involving users, and a documented recovery plan that is tested regularly. 6. There is an ongoing commitment to training to keep IT staffers up to date. 7. There is rigid adherence to some system development lifecycle (SDLC) that is understood by IT and the user community alike.8. There are established technical and managerial career paths that enable workers to remain technical and achieve higher pay and status within the organization.9. IT produces, at minimum, a monthly status report that shows progress on all major IT projects.10. IT sits at the long-range planning table and participates.
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Industry reaches consensus on the worst things that can happen when software is being written and calls it a big step toward making software more secure.
---------------------A group of more than 30 computer organizations has taken what some are calling a big step toward making software more secure.
Led by experts from the U.S. National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Symantec, the group plans to publish on Monday a blueprint outlining the most dangerous software programming errors.
The list represents the first time the industry has reached consensus on the worst things that can happen when software is being written.
"The top 25 list gives developers a minimum set of coding errors that must be eradicated before software is used by customers," said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer with Veracode, in a prepared statement.
More than just a list, however, the document could be used as a negotiating tool between buyers and software vendors, said Alan Paller, director of research with the SANS Institute, a security training group that spearheaded the work.