I still believe that supercomputing benefits the world by encouraging engineers to pursue new definitions of excellence in entirely new ways. As I've mentioned before, faster supercomputing is made slightly faster with incremental improvements to processors, but it's made exponentially faster through improvements to interconnections and networking.
It would be nice if life came with an instruction manual. "Life," as in "The Game of," does come with one, and so does "Operation." But neither one applies to the pickle we're in now.
If Aereo isn't around to fight the battle of independent providers of access to content, then will legislators even bother to patch the holes in the law that made Aereo possible?
A genuine movement may be under way in the EU government to define a new kind of "net neutrality" as a system where no single provider of Internet service can leverage its popularity for mere financial gain.
Reassuring members of the Cisco faithful last week that his company's in the collaboration business as something more than a hobby, the CEO outlined his goals for ending remote conferencing as we know it.
It's a kind of remote exploit operating system, one of whose principal jobs is to cover its own tracks. Its existence remains a mystery, though one trail of bread crumbs points to instant messaging.
There were any number of other names that Microsoft was supposed to have called the thing, but rumors ran the only mill there was in the technology press of 1985.
Just a few years ago, BlackBerry Messenger was one of the most populated chat systems on the planet due to so many people owning BlackBerry phones. Now BB needs a collaboration service just to bring people back.
The Title II debate was beginning to look black-and-white, with major service providers wearing the black hats. Now several PR offensives could result in a new switching of the hats.
In the 1990s, Lotus was for a time the undisputed champion of corporate e-mail and scheduling. It's too late for IBM to resurrect Notes at this point, but maybe the time is right for a new composition.
Ever since science-fiction first envisioned what "telepresence" conferencing would look like, it used multiple thin screens stretched out along one side of a table. Now that vision is finally real.
For the first time in years, the battle lines are reforming around a kind of unified communications. Cisco's front line now stretches from its home territory with UC devices, all the way to the browser.
When a VentureBeat correspondent found himself moving from Oakland, California to Toulouse, France, he moved so far "outside the box," to coin a phrase, that he realized Americans may actually have an innovation problem after all.
Two organizations whose voices hold considerable sway on Internet governance issues--which appeared up until just last weekend to be speaking in harmony--now find themselves at odds.
Wouldn't it be nice if the skilled professionals who comprise the hosted online service industry were to coalesce behind sharing their skills? Sure, but does such a coalition really need--or want--an enemy?
If end users are truly the ones driving demand for better file access, then can't their goals still be met without moving file systems off-premise? Open source-driven ownCloud tries a new method.
It's good that we have a dialog on issues in the public interest. But you can't take two different sides in an argument and claim to be supported by the majority.
Brand simplification has been a key goal for Microsoft under new CEO Satya Nadella. Now that process has been extended to Skype, though certain parts of Skype and Lync may not zip together so seamlessly.
I've been down this road several times before. A private cloud, when I refer to it here and elsewhere, is a system that utilizes pooled resources (storage, memory, processing, networking) abstracted from hardware by a virtualization layer, stationed on-premise.
If Randall Stephenson's comments are to be taken at face value, the FCC chairman actively worked to avoid a Title II scenario. But those negotiations fell apart after the mid-terms.