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Submission + - SCO vs. IBM legal battle over Linux may â" finally â" be finished (

JG0LD writes: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week.

Submission + - Retired IT specialist shares inside story of botched National Park project (

alphadogg writes: A retired IT specialist with the National Park Service delivered a fiery talk (“The Moose Project: What Went Wrong? An ICT Case Study from the National Park Service”) at the recent BICSI Winter cabling/wiring conference, describing a systemic problem with architectural, engineering and construction projects within the park service that overlook involving information and communications technology experts. The result is extra work, potential communications outages and big costs to taxpayers.

Submission + - In search of IBM Verse (

alphadogg writes: It’s been almost exactly 10 months since IBM formally launched its Watson analytics-infused messaging system called Verse, and while the company’s announcement of “software for a new way to work” initially generated a relatively positive blast of press and analyst coverage, buzz about the cloud-first product has dwindled since. Network World went in search of signs of excitement, or even signs of life, for Verse at the IBM Connect conference (formerly Lotusphere, for the Notes crowd) this week in Orlando, and here's what they found.

Submission + - Cabling Installer of the Year looks to defend his title next week (

alphadogg writes: There will be bonding. There will be splicing. And there will be firestopping.
Yes, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, de-fog your goggles, climb your ladder and get ready for the 9th annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge week in Orlando, where the Installer of the Year will be crowned and awarded a $5K prize (not to mention a towering trophy). Alberto Luna, a project manager at Total Network Consulting in the Atlanta area who says he has been in the business for 18 years, will look to go back-to-back as the champ. The key to his success: “It takes some getting used to. It can be nerve-wrackingI calmed down, I was prepared.”

Submission + - NFL comes to Microsoft's defense in wake of tablet failure (

alphadogg writes: The National Football League has come to the defense of Microsoft a day after the company took a beating online for a snafu involving its Surface tablets on the New England Patriots' sideline during the AFC Championship game in Denver. Microsoft became the butt of jokes — and Patriots' fans ire — when a CBS sideline reporter said New England's coaches were not able to review plays on the tablets during Denver's second quarter scoring drive. The NFL supported Microsoft's contention that the network, not the tablets, were to blame for the problems.

Submission + - Verizon vows to build the first 5G network in the US (

alphadogg writes: Verizon says it will have the first 5G network in the U.S., a promise it probably can't fulfill until 2020 but will start working at this year. Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo made the pledge Thursday on the company's fourth-quarter financial results call. He also repeated the company's plans for so-called 5G trials this year.

Submission + - Google I/O event dates set for May in Mountain View (

alphadogg writes: The word has come from the top: Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company's annually sold-out Google I/O conference will take place on May 18-20 in Mountain View. Pichai tweeted out the news Tuesday, noting that the developer-focused event will take place in the "neighborhood where it all started 10 ys ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View." Details about conference sessions, ticket sales, etc., have not been updated yet on the Google I/O website.

Submission + - Shocker! Cape Cod cops discover iPhone stun gun (

alphadogg writes: A Cape Cod police department made what you might call a stunning discovery on New Year's Eve: A young intoxicated man illegally in possession of an electroshock device that looked an awful lot like an Apple iPhone. While it appeared initially to be an iPhone, it turned out to be "an electronic stun gun type of device which is illegal in Massachusetts except for Law Enforcement personnel," according to the cops.

Submission + - 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard approved, will underpin Internet of Things (

alphadogg writes: A new wireless standard that extends Wi-Fi’s reach down into the 900MHz band will keep the 802.11 family at the center of the developing Internet of Things, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced today. The new standard, 802.11ah, combines lower power requirements with a lower frequency, which means that those signals propagate better. That offers a much larger effective range than current Wi-Fi standards, which operate on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and lets the newer technology penetrate walls and doors more easily.

Submission + - Notable 2015 deaths in technology, science & inventions (

alphadogg writes: The networking and computing world, as well as the worlds of science and inventions, lost well-known pioneers as well as younger movers and shakers during 2015. Among them: Gene Amdahl, Ralph Ungermann and Kathryn Gould. Here’s a brief look back at these people and their contributions

Submission + - Microsoft Buys Another Ray Ozzie Company (

alphadogg writes: Every decade or so Microsoft seems to feel the need to buy a Ray Ozzie company. This time it’s Talko, a Boston-based startup dedicated to helping workgroups (or families or other sets of associates) collaborate using their smartphones. Terms were not disclosed but in a blog post, said Talko technology, at least part of it, will live on in Skype. If this rings a bell to long-timers it’s because ten years ago Microsoft bought Groove Networks, Ozzie’s then Boston area startup geared for, yes, computer-assisted collaboration.

Submission + - Quantum dots could bridge gap between electronic and quantum computers (

JG0LD writes: An intriguing type of quantum computing is one step closer to practicality with the announcement today that experts at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich have managed to solve one of the technology’s major problems using common semiconductor materials.

Submission + - Dell admits installing security hole on laptops, apologizes, offers fix (

alphadogg writes: Dell acknowledges a root certificate it installed on its laptops was a bad idea and is pushing a patch to permanently remove it. In a blog post company spokesperson Laura Thomas says eDellRoot was installed as a support tool to make it faster and easier for customers to service the devices. But some of those customers discovered the certificate and recognized it as a serious security threat.

Submission + - Dell computers shipping with potentially dangerous root certificate authority (

alphadogg writes: At least some Dell laptops are shipping with a trusted root certificate authority pre-installed, something that those who discovered the CA are comparing to the Superfish adware installed on Lenovo machines that left them open to man-in the-middle attacks. Called eDellRoot, the trusted root CA comes as part of the standard software load on new Dell machines.

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