Last year, a UK insurance company tested a "pay as you drive" insurance system that uses a GPS receiver package to track exactly what distance a car is driven and set each month's premium accordingly. It's a sensible idea: If you leave your car in the garage for a month, there's no reason why you should be charged the same as someone who drove 500 miles over the same period.
Between the Lines
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It seems like every week now there's a story about another company losing control of digital identity data. The problem, of course, is that when your identity data is lost by some company, the chances that your identity will be stolen go up.
I was reading today's news about Nokia's new 2 megapixel cameraphone. It's not the first phone of its type.
Not a year goes by where Sun and others don't extol the virtues of thin clients -- devices of limited intelligence that provide access to enterprise applications. [Sun Ray 1g Ultra-Thin Client, at right.
In my last blog entry, triggered by a correction request from a member of ObjectWeb's executive committee, I descended into the netherworld of open source Java -- a world that few people understand and even fewer know what to do about should they be considering J2EE as the basis for all or part of their software infrastructure.
In response to one of my blogs/podcasts regarding IBM's acquisition of open source J2EE provider Gluecode, ObjectWeb.org executive committee member François Letellier has not only asked for a clarification, but has taken a jab at JBOSS CEO Marc Fluery's communication style.
According to a report by News.com's Declan McCullagh, if a new bill before Congress becomes law, it's proposer, Rep.
Here's a story that slipped past my radar that's enough to make anyone sick, not just IT professionals. The New York Times has a piece regarding the latest report to detail the FBI failures that allowed two of the Sept 11 hijackers to slip through its dragnet.
Cringely offers an alternate theory for Apple getting in bed with Intel:Microsoft comes into this because Intel hates Microsoft. It hasn't always been that way, but in recent years Microsoft has abused its relationship with Intel and used AMD as a cudgel against Intel.
BEA just spent millions of dollars to develop and market a concept and a brand that will remake the company’s image. The concept, Think Liquid, and the brand, AquaLogic, “unifies what we do for a living…to bring customers simplicity and fluidity in enterprise computing,” said company co-founder and CEO Alfred Chuang during the rollout event in New York today.