cweditor writes: Only 26% of Americans with a four-year science, technology, engineering or math degree are working in tech jobs. So how is it that there's supposed to be a shortage of STEM workers in the U.S.? — Computerworld story
cweditor writes: That's the claim from several blog posts of late, the most recent apparently basing its argument on the fact that R is hard to learn (unlike, say, data science). Counterargument: Is it too much to ask that claims about programming for data science include, oh, some actual data?
cweditor writes: Tech salaries are up, if modestly; optimism is growing among tech workers, even though still only a minority believes a tech career is as promising as it was 5 years ago; and IT hiring is on the rise. So says this year's Computerworld salary survey.
cweditor writes: Grupo Posadas has five data centers supporting more than 100 hotels and other lines of business, but it's moving almost all of those operations to a service provider in Texas. Could cloud service providers help the US become a destination for tech outsourcing instead of an exporter of tech jobs? One stumbling block: The US finds itself on the receiving end of protectionist legislation in other countries that discourages use of non-domestic IT service providers, says the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.
cweditor writes: ESRI formally unveiled organizational subscriptions for ArcGIS online, in beta since December. ArcGIS online now lets you turn data into a map service with or without a GIS server and adds tools for application development, including both native and HTML 5 support for Android and iOS. Free personal, non-commercial ArcGIS Online accounts continue, but only let you use map services, not create them, and don't include app dev tools.
cweditor writes: Several public agencies are using the beta open-source project Weave to put data visualization and analysis into the hands of planners, community activitists and other citizens. Metro Boston's DataCommon rolled out last month, allowing users to build dataviz dashboards where mousing over one visualization module also highlights or slices data in others. Portals in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Arizona, among other places, are under development. More Weave refinements are on the way, says the project head, including real-time collaboration and connecting maps with collections of documents (whether or not they've been geocoded).
cweditor writes: The U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab has begun building a new computing center that will one day house exascale systems. The DOE doesn't know what an exascale system will look like. The types of chips, the storage, the networking and programming methods that will go into these systems are all works in progress. But what the DOE does have an idea about it is how to cool these systems: the Bay Area's crisp climate; that is, pulling in outdoor air.
cweditor writes: One afternoon this month, a hacker toured a dozen corporate conference rooms via equipment that most every company has in those rooms: videoconferencing. Rapid7 says it could 'easily read a six-digit password from a sticky note over 20 feet away from the camera' and 'clearly hear conversations down the hallway from the video conferencing system.' With some systems, they could even capture keystrokes being typed in the room. Teleconferencing vendors defended their security, saying the auto-answer feature that left those sytsem vulnerable was an effort to strake the right balance between security and usability.
cweditor writes: "Tools to extract and display useful information from mountains of data — and then display those results in a meaningful way — can often be pricey, but there are a number of compelling alternatives that are free."
cweditor writes: Is it really so much tougher to get a tech job if you're over 55? New government data says yes. The unemployment rate for younger workers in computer and tech jobs actually went down in 2010. But for those 55 and over, joblessness rose from 6% in 2009 to 8.4% last year — compared with 4.5% for those ages 25-54, Computerworld reports.
cweditor writes: Although the US economy was hemorrhaging jobs elsewhere, the number of people working in computer- and tech-related jobs last year remained almost constant in 2009 vs. 2008, according to data released yesterday by the US Census Bureau. The story wasn't the same everywhere, though, with some states showing small upticks in number of tech workers while others suffered a decline.
cweditor writes: The more you use Google — search engine, Maps, Docs, GMail — the more information about you is stored on the company's servers. For example, if you conduct searches while logged into a Google account, its servers are storing all of your queries. What can you do about it? Some steps are common sense: Don't use GMail for any sort of sensitive messages. Here are a few additional tips on maintaining some control over your privacy while using Google, such as how to remove items in your Web history or turn off Google's Web history altogether.
cweditor writes: Apple's restrictive iPhone developers' license is the last straw. Why should taxpayer money be used to help one company tighten its grip on the smartphone market? Especially when Apple says its developers can't even talk about their relationship with Apple. It's bad enough when government Web sites only work on IE, but at least you're not required to pay $39.95/month to Microsoft for access. Taxpayer money shouldn't help a company with a closed system tighten its grip on the smartphone market.