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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Notable headlines:Intel shows off 80-core processor. Gallery.
Worth reading: James B. Stewart, most recently the author of DisneyWar, investigates HPGate, Hewlett-Packard's misguided pursuit of boardroom leakers, for the The New Yorker.
At a recent meeting with analysts, Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos reiterated what has become the Jonathan Schwartz era strategy--to become the early 21st century version of the IBM mainframe (see Nick Carr's post on the topic).
The closing keynote at RSA 2007 featured Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first-term George W. Bush administration Secretary of State.
This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the goings on at the RSA 2007 Conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Music" open letter to the world and to the record industry, Intel's vPro brand (which minimally includes a Core 2 Duo microprocessor, the Q965 chipset and Intel's 82566 Gigabit Ethernet technology), Windows Vista's outbound firewall issues and the cost of printer consumables.
If you read a recent LA Times article the way I did, then it's apparently more difficult that it seems to do the world good without relying on a bit of evil. In what appears to be a deeply researched article by Times staff writer Charles Piller, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is exposed for seeking returns on its financial investments from institutions that could simultaneously be undermining the efficacy of its altruism.
Before we go off half-cocked and blame Steve Jobs (or Bill Gates) for Digital Rights Management (my colleague, David Berlind, likes to call it C.R.A.P.) we need to ask ourselves 'Who's really to blame?'
Three British persons were convicted of cheating a casino by using an unorthodox approach to playing poker. Their setup included a miniature in-sleeve camera (for imaging cards from beneath as they were dealt); an inconspicuous earphone; a wireless video link; and a truck containing a video recorder (to slow down the footage so the cards' faces could be easily read).
Dana Gardner reports that Marc Fleury is out at Red Hat. His statement: "I have done what I can to help Red Hat succeed.