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.
Ted Berger, director of the USC Center for Neural Engineering, has developed exquisitely sensitive acoustic analysis software capable of spotting gunshots (okay, probably not so hard), whispers, footfalls, and the sound of feet climbing a chain link fence, among other things. In conjunction with an array of microphones, the software could be used to guard unmanned borders or instantly pinpoint and report gun-related crime in urban environments.
Meet Miles Wade. From now on, when I hear about those serious missioncritical systems that are used in those heartland industries that drivethe economy, I will be thinking about Mr.
Paul Nixon, a Web...
The Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI's Virtual Case File application, which was developed to bring the agency?out of the paper era, appears to be a bust.?
"While companies have generally treated physical security as part of the facilities department and computer security as part of the information-technology group, employee information has increasingly become integrated, allowing businesses to link the two systems."So says Steve Hunt, an analyst with Forrester Research, according to a News.
From the day it went public, Wall Street's fascination with Google, which is trading near $200 today, continues to stymie me. Back in July, I opined:I've yet to see any proof that Google's dominant position in the [search find, and obtain]market is something it can protect.
News.com's Martin LaMonica has a story on how an increasing percentage of the traffic crossing the Net is carrying data that's encoded in the highly text-oriented Extensible Markup Language (XML).
News.com dissects the value proposition of the Mac mini, and opinion vary on whether it will be a blockbuster: According to Steve Baker, an analyst with The NPD Group, "A lot of whether (the Mini) is a good value or not depends on who it's targeted at and who is really going to buy it.
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