Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Obama immigration plan called vague, frustrating

WASHINGTON The immigration reforms that President Obama announced have left people on all sides of the tech immigration issue uncertain and frustrated.

The fate of NASA's supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

NEW ORLEANS -- Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for supercomputing.

Coming by 2023, an exascale supercomputer in the U.S.

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. has set 2023 as the target date for producing the next great leap in supercomputing, if its plans aren't thwarted by two presidential and four Congressional elections between now and then.

U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials Friday announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

Hypocrisy and connections help IT outsourcing firms

The liberal group Center for American Progress (CAP) advocates restricting the use of H-1B visas by offshore outsourcing firms. Its recommendations are designed to get offshore firms to hire more U.S. workers and curb their ability to move jobs offshore.

How automation could take your skills -- and your job

Nicholas Carr's essay IT Doesn't Matter in the Harvard Business Review in 2003, and the later book, argued that IT is shifting to a service delivery model comparable to electric utilities. It produced debate and defensiveness among IT managers over the possibility that they were sliding to irrelevancy. It's a debate that has yet to be settled. But what is clear is that Carr has a talent for raising timely questions, and he has done so again in his latest work The Glass Cage, Automation and Us (W.W. Norton & Co.)

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

Whenever IT hiring picks up, as it did last month, the default explanation from analysts is this: The economy is improving.

The IT freelance economy is growing, but not at large firms

The type of company you work for may have a lot to do with whether you're hired as a full-time employee or a contract or contingent worker.

GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

You can count on Republicans in the next Congress to champion less regulation on issues that matter to tech -- particularly, overreaching privacy and cybersecurity rules.

Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

WASHINGTON - Democratic candidates clubbed their Republican opponents in two of this year's election campaigns about their offshore outsourcing records, but to no apparent help.

Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, five of the nation's top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral. The groups were responding to claims that the government-funded effort could help create a 1984-type surveillance state.

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open

In today's IT market, vendors tell users that engineered, converged and highly integrated systems deliver the greatest efficiency. But some users believe a heterogeneous environment is the best path to savings.

A victorious GOP would shape the Senate's H-1B debate

If the Republicans win the Senate on Tuesday, the power shift will affect the nation's on-going H-1B visa debate.

If Ebola's a problem here, just imagine it in India

As the U.S. has discovered, it only takes a few cases of Ebola to turn things upside down.

Startup aims to bring order to performance monitoring

The IT market is seeing a rush of startups that monitor apps, data, websites, servers and networks. This is a great trend for best-of-breed IT shoppers, but deployment of multiple tools creates its own problems.