Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Electronics recycling may be a hazard for prisoners, workers

Breaking rocks is one thing, but breaking monitors is a potential health hazard for US federal prisoners and prison employees, according to a US government review that faulted safety practices at one correctional facility where electronics equipment ...

First there was Moore's Law; now, 'Gore's Law'?

In pushing the US to produce all of its electricity from environmentally friendly sources in 10 years, former Vice President Al Gore points to the accomplishments of the tech industry, especially the dramatic gains in computing capability, as an exam...

Virtualisation vendors start supporting common spec

Standards wars, such as the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD battle, can keep many potential users on the sidelines until a winner is declared. Virtualization software vendors are trying to avoid just such a battle over the adoption of virtual appliances.

Do 12,000 laptops go missing each week at US airports?

A study recently released by Dell and the Ponemon Institute that claims 12,000 laptops are lost, missing or stolen each week at US airports isn't easily supported by data reported by three of the airports in the study, as well as data from the US Tra...

IT sees the light on green computing

When Enterprise Rent-A-Car completes a move from PCs to thin clients this season, as part of the rollout of a new rental transaction system, it expects to cut internal energy consumption by 5 million kilowatt-hours.

For Bill Gates, antitrust fight a personal crucible

Ten years ago, Bill Gates was the new John D. Rockefeller. And from the US government's perspective at the start of its antitrust trial against Microsoft in 1998, Gates was every bit as powerful as the legendary oil baron was -- if not more so. The d...

Windows dual boots its way onto a Linux stage

Windows may never boot Linux from its dominant role in high performance computing, but Microsoft's dual-boot strategy is making some inroads. IBM says it has built what may be the largest Windows/Linux HPC dual-boot system yet for a university resear...

IBM breaks petaflop record - now, what about the exaflop?

Now that IBM has broken supercomputing's petaflop barrier with its RoadRunner system, capable of more than one thousand trillion (one quadrillion) sustained floating-point operations per second, attention among supercomputer developers turns next to ...

Inventor of Pine e-mail prepares for shift to Google

The University of Washington's technology staff demonstrated in 1989 what smart thinking and creativity can accomplish when it developed the Pine e-mail system, which quickly became widely adopted outside the university.

NASA worker suspended for political e-mails, posts

A NASA employee recently learned the hard way that federal workers can get into legal hot water if they blog or send e-mails about political issues while on the job. And others on the government's payroll may soon learn similar lessons.

NASA employee suspended for political blogging

Any employee can get in trouble for personal blogging on company time, but US government workers, as one NASA employee has discovered, can get into a special kind of legal trouble if they also write about politics. They risk violating a 1939 US law c...

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