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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Government opens its procurement heart to IT suppliers
Government promises to do procurement better, more openly and collaboratively with suppliers. Words are cheap (especially when they are subjected to a competitive tendering process) so I wait with more hope than expectation for a positive result. Read the report, here.

Facebook users average 3.74 degrees of separation
Report finds that if you go through a ‘friend’ who goes through a ‘friend’ who goes through a ‘friend’ who goes through 0.74 of a ‘friend’ you will find anyone in the world. This grotesque simplification hides the fact that the world is getting smaller, driven by the interweb. Read the BBC report, here.

The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes
The Register report the 5 most common ways that spammers try to draw the attention of the great unwashed. Personally I am far too busy cultivating the Nigerian side of my business to worry about these. Find out what they are, here.

Companies are struggling to keep up with security management
Report finds that security updates/ upgrades etc coming through every five minutes makes it difficult for IT departments to keep up, potentially resulting in a dangerous hole in security. Call me an old cynic, but I am guessing that the company that commissioned the research probably have something to sell you that will stop this. Read the report, here.

And finally…
Best £5 you’ll ever spend? Not likely.
For a tenner an hour, online gamer promises to act as bodyguard for you in the virtual world. Should you feel that your online presence requires a backup you might conclude that seeking treatment for paranoia was a more appropriate action than hiring Geek-bo. Decide for yourself, here.

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IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Wild, wild data
Our partner, CommVault, provide an excellent graphical respresentation of the results of a survey of CIOs regarding data management. I think the response can be summarised by the phrase “not happy”. See the picture and download the associated white paper, here.

IBM’s 2011 Tech Trends report
Ed Brill blog about the release of a report by IBM about trends in technology. It’s an interesting insight into the thoughts of IT-ers across the globe. Click here and then click on the link, there.

I’ll Take ‘Curing Malaria’ for $1,000, Alex
Some of the cash won by Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, is being used to help combat malaria. The project is using volunteer computers to find compounds that might stymie the development of the disease once the victim is infected. Read it, here.

Report reveals drop between peak and off-peak surfing
Generally interesting article marred by the blindingly obvious: when more people are online, it slows down. It also shows that we are an extremely data-hungry populace and we should still be wary of some of the truth-averse claims made by advertisers. Read it, here.

And finally…
iPhone emergency get US man into hot water
Inebriated man calls the emergency services when his mobile, sorry cellphone, goes kaput. While (contrary to the popular maxim) you could make this up, there’s no point as there are always idiots like this to step up to the plate. Click whilst raising eyebrows, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

There’s no such thing as a “safe” public cloud IaaS
Thought-provoking Gartner blog about security issues in the cloud. This is further grist to the mill for people to consider whether, when and how they should migrate to the cloud. Read it, here.

London Underground software failure raises concerns about driverless trains
As a technology company based in the capital, we often have cause to use the tube. Despite assurances that the public were safe during this outage, I think a great deal more public expressions of the virtues of driver-less trains are necessary. Read the story, here.

Beating the stealth threat in IT security
The Beeb ask a Sophos big cheese three techie questions. There are no great revelations but an interesting read, nonetheless. Read it, here.

US dismantles ‘massive’ cyber crime syndicate
The FBI are instrumental in breaking up a computer fraud that had infected 4 million machines. The £9m they defrauded begs the question: what could they achieve if they focused on something constructive? Read about some extreme naughtiness, here.

And finally…
No half-baked solution to weak WiFi signal
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. This scenario doesn’t fit the bill of ‘necessary’; he could have done something else like, for example, turn off the infernal machine and look at the view. Read it, here.

Categories: News, News digest

IT News and Views – the Friday Collection

Computerworld: IBM opens up smartphone, tablet support for its workers
Ed Brill blog about IBM’s facilitation of their staff to use their mobile devices in anger at work. This is purely speculation but I would imagine that the security guys at IBM had kittens when such an innovative approach was first suggested. Read the blog and find the original article, here.

Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas
When composing your begging letter to Santa, you might want to bear in mind that a PC might be beyond the bearded bringer of pressies. All this as a result of the devastation caused by the Thai floods. Read about it, here.

Would police use malware to catch cyber-criminals?
This is all we need: both sides in the cyber war launching strikes at each other. The official attitude seems to be ‘we might use it but we’re not going to tell you about it’. Read this interesting BBC account, here.

DWP awards another big IT contract to another big supplier
Francis Maude has been given a hard time after another corporation is awarded governmental business; he once opined: “We will end the oligopoly of big business supplying government IT by breaking down contracts into smaller, more flexible projects.” In fairness to Maude, we don’t know if the original scope was wider and there’s always a chance they might deliver. Roll your eyes, here.

And finally…
1980’s style tweeting looks cool but it’s time consuming
A baby step forward, a massive lurch back. This is Twitter for the generation that is still coming to terms with the compact disc (and possibly the discovery of fire…). Read it, here.

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