December 21, 2012

Video games to get scrutiny in U.S. gun violence review
Violence in video games and other aspects of pop culture in the U.S. will be among the areas examined as part of an investigation aimed at reducing gun violence in the country. The investigation, headed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, has been charged with producing proposals no later than the end of January on legislative action the government could take as it seeks to reduce gun violence.

12 Expert Health IT Predictions For 2013
InformationWeek Healthcare recently offered its own take on the subject. Now we've reached out to CIOs, health IT professionals, analysts, bloggers and other HIT heavyweights in a series of email interviews to get their health information technology predictions for 2013. Here's what they predicted

New Analyst Report Rips Agile: Says It's 'Designed To Sell Services,' a 'Developer Rebellion Against Unwanted Tasks'
The report includes data supporting what Voke calls the "Agile Dilemma," described as "the inherent risk and confusion created by the business desire for speed and flexibility misinterpreted as a mandate to participate in the developer-centric movement called Agile, which may not be appropriate for all organizations or projects."

2012 Dev Predictions: Hello DevOps and Cloud, Goodbye Single-Language Programmers
"When you build clouds and use cloud components," he said, "you don't just develop anymore; you develop and maintain. These things become living systems, and developers need to understand the use case a little better. They need to get comfortable with the idea of maintaining applications, rather than just building features and functionality.

What Comes First in Good BPM Design?
Clay Richardson blogs: Lately, I've become obsessed with evaluating the linkage between good process design and good experience design. This obsession was initially sparked by the primary research I did earlier this year around reinventing and redesigning business processes for mobile. The mobile imperative is driving a laser focus for companies to create exceptional user experiences for customers, employees, and partners.

Cisco IP Phones Vulnerable
“Once in, the attacker can use the phone’s microphones to stealthily exfiltrate audio data at any time, regardless of whether a phone call is in progress,” says Ang Cui, one of the Columbia computer scientists who discovered the vulnerability. The hacked phone can then infect other phones on the same network and attack connected computers and devices such as printers, he adds.

Teradata Offers Free Big Data Training
The free courses allow students to study to become either a Teradata Certified Professional (for those seeking IT careers) or Certified Associate (for business-oriented types who want a conceptual understanding of Teradata technology). The online information includes assignments, articles, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, research reports, software and other materials.

SDN Revenues to Hit $3.7 Billion by 2016: IDC
In a Dec. 19 report, IDC analysts said SDN revenues driven by sales to enterprises and cloud service providers will hit $360 million in 2013, and will grow to $3.7 billion by 2016. Those numbers includes sales of everything SDN-related, from the associated network infrastructure and applications to control plane solutions and professional services.

Can we create a Silicon Valley in India?
Over the last 50 years, Stanford faculty, staff and graduates have launched nearly 1,200 companies. More than 50 percent of Silicon Valley’s products come from companies started by Stanford alumni —and that excludes Hewlett-Packard, one of the Valley’s largest firms. Here is a round table discussion with the dean of Stanford on what does India need to do to come up with it's own Silicon Valley?

The 10X Developer in You
These creatures eschew laws of nature, compared to average Joe Programmer they produce more high quality work in less time. But are they really some special superhero? Born with a keyboard in their hands, mind made of linear algebra and visualising complex systems before they can walk? Or just normal people with an opportunity to actually¬†work?

Quotes for the day:

"Every really new idea looks crazy at first." -- Abraham H. Maslow
"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers." -- James Thurber

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