Patrick Thibodeau is a senior editor at Computerworld covering the intersection of public policy and globalization and its impact on IT careers. He also writes about high performance computing, data centers including cloud, and enterprise management. In a distant life, he was a weather observer in the Navy, a daily newspaper reporter, and author of a book about the history of New Britain, Conn.
I live and work in Washington DC and sometimes write about federal policy, among other things, hence my Twitter: DCgov
Silicon Valley’s wealth may be concentrating in firms that only hire people with ultra high-end skills. WhatsApp is a good example.
IT job cuts appear to be in progress at Northeast Utilities in Connecticut, thanks to a move to offshore a significant number of jobs. You may wonder how this happens. Why is it so easy for U.S. companies, even a utility with a captive customer base, to move jobs overseas?
Instead of beating up the government for its Healthcare.gov rollout, let’s look at what the U.S. gets right.
Northeast Utilities may have been preparing for sometime to transfer jobs offshore
The company that employed the Navy Yard shooter said its background checks failed to turn up any gun related history.
Will the immigration bill create and protect IT jobs?
North Carolina is risking its tech future by supressing the ability of some of its students to vote.
Four separate items, mostly about PCs
Did you see Ironman this weekend? Did you notice the Oracle Exadata server in the van?
No spoiler alert needed. I’m not giving anything away about the movie. It’s a decent popcorn crunching film. But what left me in awe wasn’t the film, but what may be the most outrageous product placement ever by an IT company.
The movie makes several references to Oracle databases as our hero, Tony Stark, battles the latest evil-doer.
Creative people are inventive throughout their life. For them, the creative process is about continuing advancement. But in high-tech there is a tendency to believe that creativity is the domain of youth, something that may be true at Facebook.
Norm Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Davis, makes the argument, in his most recent newsletter, that Facebook favors the young in hiring.