Computer

WHAT JAMES DAMORE GOT WRONG ABOUT GENDER BIAS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

IN AUGUST GOOGLE employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to inherent biological differences. Although he admitted that implicit bias and explicit bias may exist, Damore wrote, “I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that ... Read More »

Computer scammers rip off Naples woman

A Naples woman, who wants to remain anonymous says a scammer drained $18,000 from her bank account. “He knew the license, then I thought they were legitimate,” said the woman, who received a call earlier this month from someone claiming to be a computer technician. For 200 dollars she let the expert fix the problem, and gain remote access to ... Read More »

Windows 10 S Can Now Be Installed on Any PC With New Tool

HIGHLIGHTS Microsoft is making it easier to try Windows 10 S Insiders can now test Windows 10 S on their machines Microsoft announced Windows 10 S earlier this year As Microsoft works to extend the reach of Windows 10 S, an additional education-focused variant of its desktop operating system that it announced three months ago, the company is now looking at ... Read More »

The Computer Models Say That Diversity Helps

on, that possibly could have been a fairly productive memo.” It was a flawed first draft that, after it went viral on the internet, became effectively impossible to revise and improve. As for the wisdom or lack thereof of Google’s decision to fire Damore, Page said that the company’s employee evaluation procedures are so exhaustive and sophisticated that “it’s like ... Read More »

Women Make Up Just 29% of All Israeli Computer Science Students

Computer science remains a man’s world in Israel, leaving women at a big disadvantage for jobs in the country’s booming high-tech sector. Although women account for 58% of all students pursing a bachelor’s degree at Israel’s universities and colleges, the rate among students of computer science was just half that (29%), according to figures compiled for the Council for Higher ... Read More »

You’ll Need Patience For This Computer

I’m impatient. Just ask my wife. Or anyone I play golf with. I simply like doing things efficiently and quickly. For instance, left alone to play 18 holes without anyone ahead, I can commonly finish in less than two hours. Forget practice swings — I’m always envisioning my next shot, as I drive the cart up to the ball. Hot ... Read More »

The Golden Age of Dell Computers

In 1984, 19-year-old college student Michael Dell founded his own IBM PC-compatible computer business called PC’s Limited in Austin, Texas. His breakthrough approach involved selling high-quality, custom-configured systems through mail order and telephone at a low price with customer support. Dell’s prices undercut those of its fiercest competitor at the time, Compaq, and drastically undercut IBM, whose premium PCs commanded a great deal ... Read More »

I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.

I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a woman in tech. I have known, worked for, and taught countless men who could have written the now-infamous Google “manifesto” — or who are on some level persuaded by it. ... Read More »

This Borg Cube makes your computer irrelevant

No, it’s not the only glowing cube PC you can buy. But it might be the only one that will attempt to absorb your humanity into its cybernetic collective mind. This is the Borg Cube, an officially licenced Star Trek computer with a rather distinct chassis. And it’s not just about the looks: This PC seems remarkably small considering the potent components you’ll find inside. ... Read More »

Do Schools Just Want the Cheapest Computers?

Students using Apple iPads in a middle school classroom in Wellsville, New York.  Photo credit: Education Images UIG via Getty Images Aaron in for a vacationing Adam on this muggy Wednesday in Boston. Applereported quarterly results last night and buried in all the iPhone excitement was an interesting statistic that caught my eye: iPad sales to schools jumped 32% from last year. ... Read More »