Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

Cloudy with a chance of sunshine

As stated in previous posts (Bioinformatics and cloud computing and Head in the clouds), I don't think that cloud computing wins the cost competition with local resources. However, there are several reasons why an organization should consider cloud computing. Several of the reasons I present below are discussed in a great interview with Russ Daniels of HP at ars technica, Into the cloud: a conversation with Russ Daniels, Part I and Part II. If you... Full Post

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Thief

Independent Lens has an interesting piece about copyright, music, and the nature of creativity entitled Copyright Criminals. If you get a chance to watch it, you should. Full Post

Stewart as Olbermann

WELL DONE, SIR! The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Special Comment - Keith Olbermann's Name-Calling www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis The man has become a caricature of himself… well, at the very least Jon Stewart has become a caricature of him. This is pretty funny too. The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word - Two-Faced www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes... Full Post

Corporate governance

There really are not words to describe the Supreme Court's decision yesterday to undo decades of court decisions and over a century of campaign finance law. Fortunately, some people are trying. You can help too. Some are trying a bit too hard. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Then again, this is just the first pillar to fall. There are literally no limits to the changes in law, election... Full Post

Airline security

Despite the fact that I was traveling when I wrote this, this post is not about air travel, but it is about security. One topic that continually comes up when the subject of cloud computing is discussed is security. A recent article in MIT Technology Review, Security in the Ether, discusses the issues. CNN tries to scare you with a title like A trip into the secret, online 'cloud'. Spooky stuff. It's not a cloud,... Full Post