Author Archives: Joseph Miller

Not the kind of multitasking we’re looking for

Pilot fish gets a programming assignment at a federal agency that requires a security clearance — and to his surprise, there’s no “leper colony” for new hires whose clearances haven’t yet come through.

“You were assigned a desk with the group you would be working with, so everyone could get to know one another,” says fish. “They trusted the employees with clearances to not ‘share’ with the guy who didn’t have an agency computer yet.

“They also had an extra unsecured network that everyone could use for browsing the Internet. You could bring in your own laptop, but it had to be tested and certified by the agency to be malware-free. After that, you were welcome to browse cat videos all day until your clearances came through.”

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Computerworld

Thicker or thinner: 2017 HP Spectre x360 15 vs. 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple and HP both recently redesigned their most popular machines, but how do they compare in terms of power and functionality? Here, we breakdown the biggest differences between the two devices, from their configurations to their price points.

The post Thicker or thinner: 2017 HP Spectre x360 15 vs. 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro appeared first on Digital Trends.

Digital Trends

On land and in space, IoT networks can now cover the planet

The whole idea of IoT is to connect more things, including devices far from a company’s data centers or maintenance crews. For enterprises that have things all over the world, vendors and service providers are starting to look at the big picture.

At Mobile World Congress later this month, Nokia will show off what it calls WING (worldwide IoT network grid), a virtual global infrastructure that may include multiple private and carrier networks and satellite systems, depending on what an enterprise needs to connect and how it intends to use the data that’s collected.

“A global enterprise can actually have what they think is their own virtual network of global connectivity for their IoT devices,” said Phil Twist, vice president of mobile networks marketing & communications, in a briefing this week. WING will be commercially available in the second half of this year.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

PCWorld News

US House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months. 

The House approved the bill by voice vote, and it now goes the Senate for consideration.

The Email Privacy Act would update a 31-year-old law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Some privacy advocates and tech companies have pushed Congress to update ECPA since 2011. Lax protections for stored data raise doubts about U.S. cloud services among consumers and enterprises, supporters of the bill say.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

PCWorld News