Yesterday, when my colleague Dan Farber and I interviewed VMware CEO Diane Greene for a podcast here on ZDNet, Greene noted that the licensing practices of some of today's vendors are out of lockstep with the direction that technology is taking. If you ask me, that point couldn't be better exemplified by the direction that Microsoft's anti-piracy Windows Genuine Advantage technology is heading when juxtaposed against the benefits of virtualization technology like that which VMware sells.
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Guy Kawasaki conducts a brief Q&A with marketing guru Seth Godin. In the interview, Guy asks Seth to give examples of brands build by having conversations with customers, how companies deal with criticism and what enabled him to be successful, which elicted this answer: No ulterior motive.
According to The Register's reporting on this morning's foiled terror plot, passengers looking to fly out of UK airports this morning were not only asked to stow all of their carry-on luggage, they were asked to put any electronics in that luggage. The crackdown on wireless technology apparently included "wireless keys" (often used for cars, but sometimes for other things too) fueling speculation that authorities were concerned about remote detonation.
Gartner is talking up the influence of various, so-called Web 2.0 technologies on businesses.
Here on Between the Lines, I've routinely hounded the US banking industry for not biting the bullet and moving all of its customers (regardless of whether the customers like it or not) to a multi-factor (two or more) system for authenticating users for online banking. For some banks in Europe, it's standard operating procedure.
In response to my post from earlier today about whether AOL's unfortunate release of identity-revealing search date could spark a response from the plaintiffs' bar, Raul Valdes-Perez, CEO of enterprise search solution provider Vivisimo, wrote to me with the following e-mail (edit): I read with keen interest your cited ZDNet article....The lamentable release of AOL user search data, the recent wrangling between several search engines and the U.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIAIST--apparently all the good acronyms really have been taken) has developed a carpet whose grid of electrodes tracks your footfalls. The magic comes from the analysis algorithm: It can determine your age (between 20 and 60) and gender (with about 75 percent accuracy) based entirely on your gait.
In case you missed it, AOL has been under the gun this week for releasing search data onto the Web that many thought could result in a serious privacy violation. Well, the thinking is over and the privacy violation has officially happened (probably with more to come).
Core Duo supply & demand means premium pricing. But on price/performance, Intel still has AMD beat (by a country mile)
Apparently, the law of supply and demand is kicking in with respect to Intel's new dual core microprocessors (officially, Core Duo, but previously code-named Conroe). Not only does short supply mean higher prices, but also a bit of rationing as well.
First cloned passports, then bombs, and now ATM fraud: Security problems should plague RFID's future
First, it took hackers barely two weeks to clone the new RFID-based passports. Wrote Wired of the situation:Grunwald says it took him only two weeks to figure out how to clone the passport chip.