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Internet Society: Treaties Like ACTA Won’t Solve Piracy

Internet Society: Treaties Like ACTA Won’t Solve Piracy

Usually one good way to resolve a dispute among many parties is to have a mediator help everyone come to an agreement on something.  But the disparity between the way governments work and the way the Internet operates has only widened in the last year.  Now, the Internet Society’s lead policy spokesperson says that governments won’t be…

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #6: Secure Boot

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #6: Secure Boot

It’s the single greatest dilemma of modern society: How much freedom would you trade to get more security – or vice versa? Since Windows XP became the most exploited operating system in history, Microsoft has taken bold moves – not all of them very popular, but usually very effective – to sever the routes of exploit. User Account Control…

US Government Has More “Big Data” Than It Knows What to Do With

US Government Has More “Big Data” Than It Knows What to Do With

It’s a valid question: “Why has all the data the government has been collecting turned out to be too big to handle?” The results of a U.S. and state government IT survey released this week by the public sector IT community MeriTalk sheds a bright, halogen spotlight on the answer: It’s because it’s being collected in an unfiltered format and is…

No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

No, Folks, File Sharing is Not a Religion

The U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1787, guarantees freedom of religion for its citizens. Sweden’s Constitution Act, passed in 1974, grants the same freedom, but having been ratified in the electronic age, explicitly extends the right to express that freedom in “transmissions” and “recordings.” Now a Swedish group is trying to take advantage of…

The Web vs. the Cloud: Which Metaphor Survives?

The Web vs. the Cloud: Which Metaphor Survives?

Ask yourself this: Would you install ReadWriteWeb as an app? You might, if you were convinced that it did something useful for you, and if you didn’t have to pay much (or anything) for it. You may already have installed Dropbox, and services like Pinterest and LinkedIn are now smartphone apps. Can you foresee a time when you won’t need a browser to…

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #7: Client-side Hyper-V

Top 10 Windows 8 Features #7: Client-side Hyper-V

Server-side virtualization is a modern-day fact of life. Today’s data centers pool their processing, storage and even network resources to create macrocosmic virtual-machine entities that transcend the boundaries of hardware. We call that “the cloud.”
With Windows 8, Microsoft extends its server-class hypervisor platform to the desktop. And…

Oracle / Google Verdict Suggests Open-ness Must Be Licensed

Oracle / Google Verdict Suggests Open-ness Must Be Licensed

The central issue in Oracle’s Java copyright/patent case against Google, which has been lost after a million-and-one interpretations of the case over the last two years, remains this:  If Company #1 implicitly grants Company #2 the right to use technology that #1 created and owns, to the extent that it’s perfectly fine with #2 copying portions…

Top 10 Windows 8 Features No. 8: Storage Spaces

Top 10 Windows 8 Features No. 8: Storage Spaces

Your typical hard disk drive today measures its capacity in the half-terabytes. If you’ve got a 250GB drive – or maybe a half-dozen of them – you may think they’re not good for much anymore. But what if you could use them to build a private cloud just like those OpenStack folks in the enterprise? In Windows 8, Microsoft is bringing the…

BUSTED: Security Exploit Exposed by Skype “Tool” Not a Hole

BUSTED: Security Exploit Exposed by Skype “Tool” Not a Hole

News of a potential security leak in Skype’s network protocols may be overblown, an investigation by ReadWriteWeb reveals today. Though it is possible for a program to expose IP addresses that have, at some point in history, been utilized by Skype users, this particular program is not Skype itself or anything that exploits a flaw in…

First Look at Informatica’s Cloud Data Integration Apps Store

First Look at Informatica’s Cloud Data Integration Apps Store

There are two competing approaches to the emerging field of cloud-oriented data management. One is tied to the field of “big data,” and is based on the theory that unique data from disparate sources can be unified through a single repository or warehouse – this is the IBM ideal that is making advances this week at the company’s Impact 2012…

Confirmed: Too Many Open Source Projects Remain Arbitrary Mashups

Confirmed: Too Many Open Source Projects Remain Arbitrary Mashups

One benefit many developers perceive from working with a proprietary platform is that its components are generally updated and deployed according to a single agenda. (Sometimes that agenda is so slow that this fact becomes undeniable.)  By contrast, the tremendous pace of open source development can be overwhelming for some. Back…

Inside IBM’s Huge “Big Data” Buying Spree

Inside IBM’s Huge “Big Data” Buying Spree

Haven’t we seen this before: IBM making a big acquisition of a “V” company in the big data space? Indeed, last April 13, IBM purchased analytics software maker Varicent for an undisclosed amount. And then this morning, IBM announced its acquisition of enterprise search facilitator Vivisimo. 
IBM usually doesn’t…

The CISPA Amendments We Really Need

The CISPA Amendments We Really Need

The goal of CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – the latest cybersecurity legislation pending in the House of Representatives – seemed so simple in the beginning: From time to time, security companies need to provide information about possible threats to government authorities so they can take action. When you write…

Red Hat Storage 2.0 Could Bridge the File System/Big Data Gap

Red Hat Storage 2.0 Could Bridge the File System/Big Data Gap

It could be the killer combination of server technologies: unified object storage with sharded, distributed big data. Imagine Hadoop clusters whose locales transcend both geographies and clouds, and whose contents can be addressed the same way as any other file. It could help bridge the current gap between big data clusters and regulated…

Salesforce Builds a Cloud-based Apps Market Just for Governments

Salesforce Builds a Cloud-based Apps Market Just for Governments

Public sector technology workers can only look with envy on what Salesforce and its Force.com apps have been able to achieve in commercial enterprises.  Even as more and more enterprises eagerly move to the new social apps model, public sector IT functions remain solidly stuck in the 20th century, if not the 19th.
Salesforce is hoping…