IBM’s board of directors have announced that Virginia M. Rometty will be taking over as CEO of the company in 2012, succeeding current chief Samuel Palmisano. Palmisano will stay on as chairman of the board, but at the end of the year will hand over the reins to Rometty who will become one of a few, but growing number of female chief executives (alongside Meg Whitman) in the tech industry. During her roughly decade long tenure with the company she has spearheaded the push into the services industry and in 2009 became senior vice president of sales, marketing and strategy, leading the charge into markets like China and India. The 54-year-old Rometty will look to continue Palmisano’s success, which has seen IBM become the second most valuable tech company in the world, just ahead of Microsoft and right behind Apple. Check out the full PR after the break.
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We’re back! AsiaD‘s concluding today, but we’ve got a couple of big hitters left on the schedule. Kicking things off this morning — yeah, it’s morning, we’re in the future — is Sony’s Executive Deputy President, Kazuo Hirai, and we’re guessing he’ll be shooting it straight regarding the PS Vita, those nasty “outages” and whatever else he feels like keeping us abreast on. Join us after the break for the blow-by-blow!
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Let there be no question: ours would be a very different industry, were it not for Steve Jobs. Few, if any individuals have had so profound an effect on their given spaces; a unprecedented track record that began in 1976 with the co-founding of Apple. In earliest incarnation, the company would prove the driving force of the personal computer explosion of the early ’80s, beginning with the Apple II — one of the industry’s first hugely popular microcomputers. The Macintosh shook things up yet again, a launch celebrated by the debut of the “1984″ ad during that year’s Superbowl. That line helped break both the graphical user interface and the mouse to a massive audience.
Soon after, Jobs would resign, going on to form NeXT. The company never managed sales figures anywhere near the previous endeavor, but its products would prove highly influential, forming, among other things, the basis of Apple’s paradigm-shifting OS X operating system. While Steve Jobs was focused on NeXT and The Graphic Group — the company that would later morph into the far more familiar Pixar — Apple suffered a series of defeats.
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Bad news, child pornographers: you’re now being hunted by a supercomputer. Over the course of the next year, one million processing hours on Jaguar, Oak Ridge Labs’ 1.8 petaflop supercomputer, will be dedicated to ferreting out child porn’s loathsome producers.
Overwhelmed with the prospect of ferreting out child pornographers on a big, sick internet with manpower, Grier Weeks, the executive director of the National Association to Protect Children, appealed to the computer scientists at Oak Ridge, a national computing laboratory outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. They quickly agreed to lend the help of Jaguar, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
Robert Patton, the lead investigator at Oak Ridge, has developed a series of algorithms that evaluate P2P traffic, flag child porn searches, and watch how various IP addresses respond to the queries. With time, the investigators hope, they’ll be able to determine where exactly the illicit material is coming from. I’d imagine that even the most deranged criminals will understand that hiding from a supercomputer is probably an exercise in futility. New Scientist
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