August 31, 2012, 11:54 AM —
It was a big week for conventions, what with the Republican National Convention, VMworld and LinuxCon, only one of which involved Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. Here’s your weekly summary of the top tech stories, at least as I see them; don’t blame ITworld or IDG for the following shenanigans:
On Wednesday, President Obama took part in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session, which generated over 22,000 comments and briefly crashed the site. President Obama had a busy week online; he also finally accepted Joe Biden’s Facebook friend request.
Oracle issued an emergency Java patch on Thursday to fix two rcently uncovered “zero-day” vulnerabilities. People had become so scared of Java that Starbucks’ stock hit a new low.
LinuxCon was held his week In San Diego. The most awkward moment of the conference came when a confused Clint Eastwood came on stage and endorsed Linus Torvalds for president.
Earlier this week at VMworld in San Francisco, incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger anounced the elimination of vRAM pricing, to great applause. Afterwards, Gelsinger said that eliminating vRAM was so popular, VMware has reinstated it so they can announce its elimination again next year.
The Japanese government is considering allowing emergency calls to be placed via Twitter and social media during natural disasters. Under the proposal, social media would become the primary method of communication in the case of earthquake, tsunami or a Brangelina breakup.
The U.S. is considering easing up on allowing the use of personal electronics in-flight. That’s the good news; the bad news is there are no plans to ease up on the use of snooty flight attendants.