Yesterday, President Donald Trump surprised the tech world when he put out a Presidential order prohibiting the sale of Qualcomm to rival Broadcom. Trump made the move in the interest of “national security,” but it’s not clear what that means unless you know the whole story behind the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal proposal. Unless significant regulatory standards are placed on companies by the government, the President will have to step in to stop deals with foreign agents more and more in the future. Yesterday, President Donald Trump surprised the tech world when he put out a Presidential order prohibiting the sale of Qualcomm to rival Broadcom. While President Barack Obama did once step in to stop a private business deal in 2012, a sitting President intervening in private business affairs is a rare thing. Why did the President of the United States feel the need to stop one chip-maker from buying another chip-maker? Background President Trump steps in to stop … [Read more...] about Why did Trump stop the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal?
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The discovery of mysterious, 1,500-year-old egg-shaped skulls in Bavarian graves has stumped scientists for more than half a century, but now some genetic sleuthing has helped them crack the case: The pointy skulls likely belonged to immigrant brides who traveled to Bavaria from afar to get married, a new study explains. The finding indicates that these long-headed brides, who lived in the sixth century A.D., likely traveled great distances from southeastern Europe — an area encompassing the region around modern-day Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia — to what is now the southern part of modern Germany. The long trek was certainly arduous, but the reward was great: Wedlock helped cement strategic alliances in medieval Europe, the researchers wrote in the study. [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed] Great migration When the women with the alien-like skulls were alive, Europe was undergoing profound cultural change. The Roman Empire dissolved as the … [Read more...] about Why Did These Medieval European Women Have Alien-Like Skulls?
It's not just because we don't want to pay... In this wired world, hotels - especially those that cater to business travellers - should offer free internet access to their guests. Will Sturgeon counts the many reasons why. The nature of my job as silicon.com managing editor means I'm travelling a fair bit and as I write this I'm back over in the US, logged on and communicating with the office courtesy of free in-room wi-fi provided by the Four Seasons hotel in Palo Alto, California. That's right... free wi-fi, in a hotel. Whatever next? It shouldn't be remarkable but sadly it is. In my experience the Four Seasons is still much more the exception than the rule, when logic dictates internet access should absolutely be given away free, especially as hotels in areas such as Silicon Valley and similar destinations pitch themselves at the business traveller. This isn't like the in-room pornography which should remain ring-fenced on a pay-per-view basis (though it could seriously be … [Read more...] about Will’s Web Watch: Why hotel web access should be free
The .tel TLD finally went live today, in a proper, non-sunrise-period sort of way. .tel is an interesting beast - it offers its users a communications hub, rather than a website per se. The clever bit is, it stores simple text-based information, such as a user's telephone number and Facebook profile name, on the domain name system (DNS) itself, rather than using the DNS for routing (it's original purpose). So, naturally, I tried today to register a .tel domain name for myself. I went to my usual registrar, Telivo, to do this and was not surprised to find "meyer.tel" taken - I share my surname with a cookware company. I was however shocked to find "david.tel" available. Obviously, I bought it. Or, at least, thought I had. I knew that successful registration was "pending", and knew the whole "david.tel" thing was a long shot, but was still a bit disappointed when the registration failed. Telivo sent me an email to inform me of this, and said to contact them immediately. I did so, and … [Read more...] about Did I get it? You .tel me
If you look at Joe Lawrence's resume you'll see an eclectic mix of automotive jobs. Car salesman? Yep. Product Training Specialist at Nissan? Yeah, that's on there too. You'll even find 6 Series Communications Manager as well as Director of Marketing at BMW. At the top of the page is his current job, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Porsche Cars, North America.So how does a guy from El Paso, Texas go from selling cars at a Ford dealership to being the head honcho at Porsche? It started with education. Lawrence has a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I sat down with Lawrence at the Los Angeles Auto Show to hear the rest of the story.Lawrence: The first car that I actually paid for myself was a 1991 Nissan SentraSentra SE-R. I was working for Nissan and I had that as a lease car. It was a neat car as Nissan marketed it as a modern BMW 2002. It was a hopped up Sentra with a … [Read more...] about Hey Joe Lawrence, how did you get to be the COO of Porsche?
Here’s a really dull, unoriginal statement: I love Christmas. There are few things in this world that can turn my perma-frown upside down, wipe that scowl off my face, and turn me into sugar and spice and everything nice, and one of them is CHRISTMAS.Again, there’s nothing specifically unique or interesting about why I love Christmas. I don’t have some touching family story, and nothing life-changing ever happened to me because of the holiday, but it’s just really effing fun. People put crazy light displays on their homes, and we bring trees inside, and everyone’s baking and eating and drinking. We take trips and buy presents and maybe there will be snow. I get to live in scarves and baggy sweaters and I’m being weather appropriate, not lazy. It’s a magical time of year. And for some damn reason, the Internet is trying to ruin it. Here’s how.Taking away your tree hunt.Everyone who really, truly loves Christmas knows that you cannot bring … [Read more...] about WTF, Internet? Why did you have to go and steal Christmas?
College students have long complained that text books cost too much. But woe is the poor sap who has to pick up a copy of genetics textbook, The Making of a Fly, by Peter Lawrence, which was recently listed at the ridiculous price of $23,698,655.93 on Amazon.com.The absurd price of this out-of-print book, first published in 1992, was discovered by UC Berkley evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen, who went to Amazon to purchase the book. There, he found “17 copies for sale: 15 used from $35.54, and 2 new from $1,730,045.91 (+$3.99 shipping).”“At first I thought it was a joke –- a graduate student with too much time on their hands,” writes Eisen on his blog. “But there were TWO new copies for sale, each be offered for well over a million dollars. And the two sellers seemed not only legit, but fairly big time (over 8,000 and 125,000 ratings in the last year respectively). The prices looked random –- suggesting they were set by a computer. But … [Read more...] about Why did Amazon charge $23,698,655.93 for a textbook?
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to run Google’s new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. As such, it’s one of the most hotly anticipated phones of the season, but you wouldn’t know it by Verizon and Samsung’s behavior. The phone has been a ghost here in the US, with new release date and reveal rumors popping up every day. Over the weekend though, Engadget and a few other sites spotted a Galaxy Nexus in Samsung’s Experience shop in Columbus Circle, New York City and spent some time with the device. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the shop earlier today to check it out, I discovered that the phones had been removed.Wondering where the Galaxy Nexus was, I asked several employees at the shop, which doesn’t sell Samsung gear, but shows off all of the company’s latest products. The response I got was universal denial. All of the employees had a half smile because they knew what I was talking about, but all professed that … [Read more...] about Why did Samsung yank the Galaxy Nexus from its NYC showcase shop?
Someone recently asked me how I got into the field of security. It made me think about exactly how I did end up in this arena since it was not something I had ever examined. To examine this, we need to go back about 25 years to the 80’sDuring the mid-80’s while stationed in the Mediterranean area I spent time in a Surveillance and Warning Center (S&WC). This era was marked by hijackings (such as TWA 847 and the murder of Robert Dean Stethem), the massacre at Sabra and Shatila, terrorist bombings (such as the US Marines in Beirut at the airport by Imad Mughniyah), and war in Lebanon, and military activity in Libya in particular the Aouzou Strip near Chad reported to be rich in uranium. We knew as we provided SIGINT support so too we were targeted for the same. Security became a must. Any travel had to be officially sanctioned or part of a TDY (Temporary Duty Yonder) assignment. Our location was continually under protest by local communist … [Read more...] about How Did I Get Into the Security Field?
The good folks at Tech Republic gave me the green light to put together an idea I've been mulling for some time: a "Dear Abby" of sorts, targeted to those of us struggling in the management ranks and trenches of corporate IT. While I likely can't help with your marriage, solve problems regarding your intrusive mother-in-law, or provide tips to cure hiccups, I will happily take a stab at your toughest IT strategy challenges.The rules of the game are simple. Drop me an e-mail at the address in the bio at the end of this article and explain your problem. I'll change your name and any identifying details and will not mention your company name unless you specifically request that I do. I reserve the right to choose whatever submissions tickle my fancy, edit your queries for clarity and brevity, inject some humor into them, and respond to them here, although I will try and let you know if I choose your submission so you can watch for the related article. Without further ado, here comes … [Read more...] about Ask the IT Strategy Guy: Why do I get no respect?