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Patrick Thibodeau

If immigration reform is dead, so is raising the H-1B cap

In a speech Wednesday on the House floor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) declared immigration reform dead.

A new industrial age is being built on sensors, 3D printing and the cloud

There's a new industrial revolution in the offing that will rely heavily on Internet of Things technologies, the cloud and low-cost design and fabrication tools.

Many comments on new H-1B rule, but few are 'unique'

Splunk, best known for creating systems that analyze machine-generated data, has created a tool for analyzing comments filed at

Microsoft, insurer, may make home automation inexpensive -- even free

If home automation can reduce insurance claims due to fire, water damage and theft, insurers may become advocates for Internet of Things technologies.

IT hiring rises where it counts

Hiring at companies that are mostly users of technology is on the rise, according to Computer Economics.

U.S. looks to create an 'Internet of Postal Things'

The Internet has so far delivered mostly bad news to the U.S. Postal Service, but the agency now hopes an emerging Web application -- the Internet of Things -- can help it improve efficiency.

Readers rant about IT worker who trained H1-B replacement

The story of A. B. and the training of the IT worker's H-1B replacement struck a chord with Computerworld readers. It provided an opportunity for them to vent, argue and share their views about the visa and its impact on U.S. workers.

Roads in the future will need data standards as well as signs, says DOT's CIO

Engineers, auto makers and U.S. transportation officials who gathered at the White House's SmartAmerica conference this week showed various systems and technologies that may be used to make driving safer and more efficient.

Meet Diesel, a cute dog and organic robot

Diesel, a Labrador Retriever, appears to live in a perpetual state of glee and is unbothered by the electronics-packed vest he is wearing.

Cantor, a reliable 'yes' vote for raising the H-1B visa cap, is unseated

Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who lost a primary bid Tuesday for re-election, was a reliable "yes" vote for increasing the H-1B visa cap. The man who beat him, David Brat, won't be.

This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement

This is the story of an IT worker who was replaced by a worker on an H-1B visa, one of a number of visa holders, mostly from India, who took jobs at this U.S. company. Computerworld is not going to use the worker's name or identify the companies involved to protect the former employee from retaliation.

Will Apple's Internet of Things vision hurt a beautiful idea?

Apple's just announced approach to home automation involves Homekit, an iOS 8 framework and network protocol for controlling devices in the home. But will it play nicely with others?

Five reasons why China is attacking U.S. tech

China's blistering attacks on U.S. tech firms is more than quid pro quo over cyberspying charges. It's a signal of China's growing confidence in its own technology capabilities.

EPA urges efficiency, many data centers still far from it

The White House plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 30% seeks to meet its goals, in part, through efficiency improvements. This could put further pressure on data centers to improve efficiency, many of which are powering servers that are doing very little work or none at all.

Cyber-physical systems readied for demos by White House-led team

A White House-led effort to show that the Internet of Things can save lives and create jobs is about to put on a big show.

The philosophy of IoT: Will it help or hurt?

As the Internet of Things evolves, will it free up human potential? WIll everyone benefit -- or just a few? And how will it change the way people use technology. A conference in July hopes to find some answers.

A wireless network for gadgets set to arrive in San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area and south to San Jose will soon have what may be the nation's first dedicated Internet of Things network. It may change the way you think about the future of the IoT.

An H-1B cap hike would mean a grim future for workers

If Congress approves comprehensive immigration reform, it will likely more than double the cap on H-1B visas. What happens then sounds dystopian for workers.

Frustration, anger over new H-1B rule finds voice on U.S. site

The U.S. is collecting comments on whether to allow certain H-1B spouses to work, and the prevailing theme is one of frustration.

An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 -- with caveats

A massive survey by the Pew Research Center about the Internet of Things in 2025 is very optimistic about its future, though its responses are filled with questions, doubts and caveats.

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Patrick Thibodeau Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Read his blog at