Apple Computer was near the top of the list at No. 15, one spot below IBM but ahead of Microsoft (No. 18). Other high-tech firms included Amazon.com (19), Dell (24), eBay (27) and Intel (32), Hewlett-Packard (36) and Yahoo (37).
The women in the study opted out of a math tournament more often than the men did, despite the fact that many of the women performed the problems better or equally well. By declining the chance to compete, the women also turned down a shot at higher pay.
Most men, even those who performed poorly, chose to compete.
The NYT columnist doesn't chalk it up to a lack of confidence among the women … Read more
The video game industry is in the midst of another labor-related battle. And the workers in question may be particularly adept at making their voices heard.
According to The Associated Press, actors who lend their voices to video games are pushing to get a piece of the profits in the growing game industry. And those actors aren't acting alone. The Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists represent actors in the game industry, and claim the concept of profit-sharing, or "residuals," is widely accepted throughout the entertainment industry.
What's more, the unions … Read more
Microsoft, the contest's organizer, selected the group from among 30 U.S. teams competing for a spot at the finals in Yokohama, Japan. The Imagine Cup 2005 contest, in its third year, rewards innovative software development that uses Microsoft technology. The winning team will take home $25,000.
Money's not all that's at stake though. National pride is on the line too after the … Read more
The New York Times is running a series of stories about the way economic and social class shape the lives of Americans, with some provocative findings.
Among those that may be most startling: research indicates economic mobility decreased in the United States between the 1970s and 1990s, and that France, Canada and Denmark have more mobility than the United States.
According to the Times, Americans have a hard time accepting the notion that their society isn't terribly fluid. "Americans have never been comfortable with the notion of a pecking order based on anything other than talent and hard … Read more
Many respondents also complained about a lack of clear communication from their IT staff and poorly designed corporate intranets.
More about the survey here.
At least that's the portrait that emerges from a couple of recent reports. The first, an essay by consultant Tony DiRomualdo, discusses a conference titled the World Congress on the Future of Work. The prevailing view of attendees at this April forum was that the workplace is not a better and more fulfilling place than it was 10 years ago, he writes.
"Today, the majority of workers still go to offices every day even though information and communications technology increasingly allows them to work from anywhere," DiRomualdo says. &… Read more
The geeks need to speak.
That, in a nutshell, is advice from research firm Gartner about how to raise the performance of information technology professionals.
As companies shift gears from cutting costs to trying to generate new revenue, IT managers should help their staffs collaborate and come up with fresh ideas, argues Gartner analyst Betsy Burton. Techies are famous for lacking communication skills, but those are vital for getting the most out of an IT department these days, according to Burton.
IT managers "have to go out and talk to people," she suggested.
Gartner will be making a … Read more
The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency made an interesting point yesterday about the state of his agency's research at univerities: Yes, computer science may be losing its commanding lead when it comes to funded projects, but that's not necessarily bad.
DARPA has been under fire recently, accused of shifting its resources away from open-ended computer science research at universities. In three years, DARPA halved academic IT research to $123 million in fiscal year 2004, according to David Patterson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery.
The criticism comes amid concern that the United States is … Read more
"No Indian company is doing payroll," she said, explaining that Indian companies will prepare the payroll slips for printing, but not the actual payroll functions. "For that, we outsource to them.&… Read more