I live in New York City and I grew up here too, and so this time of year is very special to me. Although I am in no way a major sports fan, I adore watching the (tennis) US Open, which is played in Flushing Meadows, in the New York City borough of Queens. At the end every summer since I was in high school, I have attended the Open and/or watched it on TV. Back in the 1980s, my dad's firm had a courtside box in Louis Armstrong Stadium (center court at that time) and each year my family got tickets there for a few sessions during the 4th round and quarter finals. As such, I got to sit three rows back from the action, watching the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg and others battle for tennis supremacy, and it is was quite the thrill. I’ve always tracked the many brands that have held sway at the tournament. As such, I’ve had my eye on IBM for quite a while. The technology IBM has built around the Open has become … [Read more...] about U.S. Open and IBM: Analytics Grand Slam
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An issue with Time Warner Cable's Internet backbone disrupted the company's Internet and on demand services on Wednesday morning, the company said.The disruption started at 4.30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time during routine network maintenance and affected all of the company's Internet service subscribers, said Time Warner Cable spokesman Bobby Amirshahi in an email. He couldn't say what exactly caused the disturbance. The company is still investigating the cause of the problem. [ Get your websites up to speed with HTML5 today using the techniques in InfoWorld's HTML5 Deep Dive PDF how-to report. | Cut to the key news for technology development and IT management with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]"As of 6 a.m., most customers were back online and as updates continue through the network, the vast majority should be up as of now," he said. It's not clear how long it will take to restore full service to all customers.Time Warner Cable has about 15 … [Read more...] about Widespread Time Warner Cable outage disrupts Internet service
In November 2006, Sun Microsystems began making all of its Java technology implementations open source, offering them under the GPL. More than two years later, reactions are mixed as to what exactly has been the impact of this momentous change.Some, including the chief executive at Eclipse Foundation and Sun's own James Gosling, considered the father of Java, have seen little impact. "That was mostly about community relations," says Gosling, who is CTO of the client software group at Sun. "So far, I think it hasn't had too much [effect]," says Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse, which was spawned in an IBM-based effort to build Java tools. [ Sun also has made its Solaris Unix open source, an effort belittled by the Linux Foundation. Is Solaris on its deathbed? ]But Sun's Jeet Kaul, senior vice president for the Java client group at Sun, sees it differently: "We have gotten a lot of people who have taken up the code and started building solutions with it. So the adoption … [Read more...] about Sun’s open source Java move gets mixed reviews
During a Google+ 'Fireside Hangout' on Thursday night, President Barack Obama talked about his daughters' math and science studies, the benefits of making computer programming a required high school class and the need to keep the Internet open.The hangout, which attracted more than 36,000 viewers at its peak, drew questions ranging from the state of the penny to gun violence to the minimum wage. Tech issues were also a popular subject of questioners during the nearly hour-long event.Just two days after his State of the Union address, Obama fielded real-time questions in what the administration called a "Fireside Hangout" -- a 21st century version of the famous Fireside Chats that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered over the radio airwaves in the 1930s and 1940s."We need to have more girls interested in math, science and engineering," Obama said during the chat. "We have half the population way under-represented in those fields. That means we have all that talent downstream that … [Read more...] about Obama Talks About Math, Online Privacy and an Open Internet in Google+ Hangout
(ISC)2 opened registration for classes and exams for its Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification, with the first classes beginning this month. It’s about time! Many security zealots, like me, have been emphasizing the fact that >90% of vulnerabilities are at the software layer and most exploitations take advantage of known and un-patched security holes. This is pretty much the result of insecure software production (not just coding, but bad design and testing too) yet many of the investment dollars, standards, certification, etc. continue to be spent at the network layer. Since the university system in USA won't embrace the problem of insecure software and start teaching students how (and the importance of) writing secure code, it is incumbent upon us as an industry to bear the cost of the burden. I'm glad to see (ISC)2 publicly launch the long-awaited CSSLP program -- it is a start in the right direction. We need to … [Read more...] about CSSLP — it’s about time!
An alleged future successor to Windows received renewed attention over the past week, as speculation whirled that Microsoft might open-source the new programming language associated with it.But a closer look at the project reveals it might be an attempt by Microsoft to tackle an even more significant task: namely, address the problem of computer security from the inside out and ground up. M for MicrosoftLet's start with M#, the language that's apparently being developed as an experimental project within Microsoft. It became the center of attention when Joe Duffy, billed as "an architect and developer on a research operating system" at Microsoft, blogged about M# in a post entitled "C# for Systems Programming."In what he stressed was a "research effort, nothing more," Duffy talked about developing a managed language -- like C# and its .Net compatriots -- that is designed to allow both high performance and a good margin of safety and productivity. What's more, the intended use of the … [Read more...] about Midori and M#: Microsoft’s open source bridge to better security?
This post was written by TechRepublic member Jaqui and is published here in the spirit of a "Letter to the Editor," which in this case is actually a reprint of a letter. It is his individual opinion and does not reflect the opinions of TechRepublic or CBS Interactive.I sent the following letter to my M.P. (Member of Parliament). I figure that since the Obama administration is pushing for more internet-based services from the U.S. Government, it can help remind everyone to be active and avoid serious flaws in security. This doesn't just apply to U.S. members though. Every government could easily implement a service online with as badly flawed security as this.As we discussed in our meeting, the Epass Canada service is a severe failure in ensuring security with regards to accessing personal information via Government Web Access. This is a direct result of the use of client side scripting technologies. Specifically, in this case, client side Java.Epass Canada, used to secure access to all … [Read more...] about TR member appeals to Canadian government to reorganize IT and go open source
It’s that time again! And by “that time” I of course mean time for one of Ubisoft’s infamous “open betas” a.k.a. time-limited demo periods right before a game’s launch—this time for the upcoming Ghost Recon: Wildlands. We’re about two weeks out from parachuting through drug-torn Bolivia officially, but you can get your hands on the game this weekend.You’ll have four days to explore a subsection of Ghost Recon’s map, the provinces of Itacua and Montuyoc. The former is the opening area from the full game, so it should serve as a pretty good demo, while the latter “is located in the highlands and has impressive vistas where you can watch the red lakes from above.” Montuyoc should be ideal for testing those draw-distances, which potential buyers should jump on after some reports of performance inconsistencies plagued Ghost Recon’s closed beta on the PC.Oh, and another fun fact about Montuyoc: … [Read more...] about Test your PC’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands performance in this weekend’s open beta
That’s that. We’re putting a lid on what’s possibly the most crowded September game release calendar that’s ever existed. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Divinity: Original Sin II, Total War: Warhammer II, Project Cars 2...a lot of twos, actually.But we’re done, which means it’s time to prep for October where we’ll only have Wolfenstein II, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Destiny 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Age of Empires IV, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Evil Within 2, and more to deal with. Yeeeeeeaaaah.This week you’ll find new trailers for a few of those games below, plus (finally) a new look at Red Dead Redemption 2, details on the Dark Souls community event “Return to Lordran,” a bunch of free games and free-to-try games, and a taste of Call of Duty’s funny Gesture Warfare mode. This is gaming news for September 25 to 29.Publishers continue to fill your weekends with free games, provided you … [Read more...] about This week in games: Call of Duty: WWII’s open beta, Planet Coaster gets spooky
The Seattle Sounders advanced to the round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup with a 5-0 rout of PSA Elite on June 19. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Jeremiah Oshan of Major League Soccer's official website says the Sounders were determined to break the trend of MLS teams losing to lower division opponents: "All week, the Seattle Sounders watched MLS teams struggle, or even lose, to lower division opponents in the US Open Cup fourth round. As one of the most successful teams in Open Cup history, the Sounders were determined not to have a similar experience. "They didn't. "The Sounders stormed out to a 3-0 halftime lead over amateur side PSA Elite on Wednesday before settling for a 5-0 win to advance to the round of 16. In doing so, they improved to 18-1-2 all-time in the 101-year-old tournament and also helped erase the memories of last year's loss to the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies. "'Obviously we weren't happy with the way we started Open Cup … [Read more...] about Seattle Sounders Rout PSA Elite, Advance In U.S. Open Cup