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Patrick Thibodeau

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.

Laid-off IBM workers allege age bias in lawsuit

Three former IBM employees laid off last year have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they were victims of age discrimination. IBM denies the charge.

Wall Street's collapse was computer science's gain

Here's a short history on computer science student enrollments. Leading up to the dot-com bust, computer science enrollments soared to new highs, and then they plunged. Like a rock.

Unplug ghost servers, save a bundle

The Uptime Institute estimates that 20% of all racked IT equipment has no use other than to warm the planet. But for data center operators that do manage to unplug equipment, savings can be significant.

Embedded systems are a 'life form'

Among the number of provocative points that Dan Geer, the CISO of In-Q-Tel, makes about embedded systems and supply chain risk, one stands out: The systems are immortal.

Internet of Things may make owning less appealing

At an Internet of Things conference in Boston, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge.

Explained: The ABCs of the Internet of Things

You've heard the term and probably read stories about smart homes where the toaster talks to the smoke detector. But what makes it all connect? These frequently asked questions help explain it all.

The Internet of Things could encroach on personal privacy

A recent White House report on big data wonders aloud about the capability of sensors and smart meters to turn homes into fish tanks, completely transparent to marketers, police -- and criminals.

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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