Holiday Reminder

The holidays can be difficult for businesses because many people take time off to spend with their families. At the same time, most employees are preoccupied with personal issues and hectic schedules. These holidays can wreak havoc on the enterprise if companies and organizations are not prepared.

Elon Musk Claims Artificial Intelligence Is A Demon

"Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, said [...] that artificial intelligence is probably the biggest threat to humans. Musk, who addressed MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department's Centennial Symposium for about an hour, mulled international oversight to 'make sure we don't do something very foolish,' The Washington Post reported. He was not specific about any particular threat, but appeared to theorize out loud."

Sen. Hatch Declares High-Skilled Worker Shortage

This article pertains to a speech given by Senator Hatch in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Overstock.com headquarters. I agree with the author in that the Senator has likely put a divide between himself and others in his party who are more protective of our nations' existing immigration laws and expect the government to enforce the rules already on the books. Senator Hatch concludes that many companies were unable to hire skilled workers this year due to a shortage of a skilled workforce. The Senator suggests increasing the number of allowed H-1B visas granting access to our country.

Experience is King

"Although degrees and IT certifications can be great eye candy for a resume, experience is king. As you may have encountered, a lack of experience can be a major roadblock to getting interest from employers in your early years. "

10 New Social Media Scams to Watch Out For | CIO

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Scams on social networks are nothing new, but they're constantly changing to keep up with and take advantage of the latest apps, trends, and news. Here are some of the most recent scams that are making the rounds.

Intra-Team Competition and Motivation

Competition is good for a team when it is provided in a healthy way and allowed to spawn motivated team members.

Protection of IP rated higher than customer data | ZDNet

"The study...found that although there were more known data security breaches involving customer information, breaches concerning intellectual property took precedence when it came to increasing investment in security infrastructure."

MIT FastPass Arbiter | Network World

Network World article

It is interesting to see another technology which aims to speed communications within a datacenter.  Tests have been performed at Facebook's datacenter and documentation is forthcoming, but the prospects look good for this project so far.  Basically, an arbiter directs datacenter traffic in such a way as to increase flow rates through the datacenter even with the bump on the wire. 

Integrity in Sales

In my daily work, I am often on the phone with vendors or meeting with them in person for discussions over products that my organization owns or is interested in owning. In most cases, these meetings are mutually beneficial in that the sales engineer is able to show us something that we might decide to purchase while we are able to get more insight into a particular offering from that company. However, many times, these meetings are completely frustrating and lead one to feel like cutting all ties with said vendor.

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