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Hidden Figures and the IBM 7090 computer

Hidden Figures and the IBM 7090 computer

Hidden Figures isn't just the story of three brilliant and determined women, but also of the transition from human to electronic computing. The latter stars the IBM 7090, and, as the movie shows, the transition was far from smooth.

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Are Geek Squad techs working for the FBI?

Are Geek Squad techs working for the FBI?

You send your laptop to the Geek Squad for repairs, not a search. But the FBI has paid Geek Squad techs to inform on customers - a search with no warrant. Can the government ignore the Constitution by getting private firms to do its bidding?

January 10, 2017 by in Storage

H1B visas and US Presidential Candidates: A primer

H1B visas and US Presidential Candidates: A primer

The closer we get to an election, the more heated the debates are on immigration, specifically surrounding H1B 'skilled worker' visas, of which India is a major beneficiary. Here's a look at the positions of the leading presidential candidates from both parties, some of which may surprise you.

January 28, 2016 by in Government : US

Did WikiLeaks stand a chance?

At a Churchill Club event debating the importance of WikiLeaks in Santa Clara, Peter Thiel, Co-founder of Paypal, talks about the difficulty private companies face when defending public interests. Thiel argues that vague laws grant the government excessive powers against companies and individuals and therefore need to be clarified.

January 20, 2011 in Government : US

FBI director stresses cooperation with private enterprise

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, FBI Director Robert Mueller highlights the importance of a coordinated response to cybercrime, encouraging businesses to work more closely with the government. Mueller assures companies that reporting breaches of security and going through the investigative process can be done with minimal disruption, safeguarding privacy, data, and confidentiality.

March 5, 2010 in Government : US

Homeland security secretary outlines latest online efforts

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discusses three efforts underway to ensure the security of the nation's cyberinfrastructure. This includes the development of National Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan, which will facilitate a coordinated response to cyberthreats from the federal government, local city and state governments, as well as the private sector

March 4, 2010 in Government : US

U.S. CTO outlines nation's IT strategy

At a Churchill Club event held at the Computer History Museum in Menlo Park, Calif., United States CTO Aneesh Chopra describes President Obama's plan to spur innovation through investment, align the nation's domestic priorities, and upgrade the government's own operations.

August 5, 2009 in Government : US

Debating the value of green subsidies

At a Churchill Club event in Menlo Park, Calif., Ira Ehrenpreis of Technology Partners moderates a discussion on the role of government in subsidizing green-technology ventures. The panelists are Mike Biddle, CEO at MBA Polymers; Jennifer Fonstad, managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Dirk Michels, partner at K&L Gates; and John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy.

January 31, 2008 in Government : US

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