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Issue 6 • Date June 2004

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  • The patent profiteers

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 38 - 43
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    Acacia Technologies is laying claim to the innovations that move video and music through cyberspace. Could this tiny company be the next Internet powerhouse?. View full abstract»

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  • Photo Essay: Taking Tokyo By Swarm

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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  • The network not taken

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 60 - 61
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    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh, the first widely used personal computer with a graphical user interface. Less well known is that the Mac was designed from the start as much for communicating as computing. In fact, in 1979, four years before the adoption of the Internet protocol, Jef Raskin, the man who designed the Macintosh, anticipated almost all of the contemporary uses of the Internet. He even proposed that Apple build an "Internet" of its own. However, Apple failed to capitalize on his vision and instead chose to implement a simpler network protocol suitable for connecting only a few dozen office computers and printers. IEEE Spectrum asked Raskin about the path not taken. View full abstract»

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  • The globalization of nuclear weapons

    Publication Year: 2004
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    What is it like to live in a world in which the materials and technology for making nuclear weapons are freely traded? We are in the midst of finding out. Earlier this year, investigators determined that Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan sold some of the technologies he used to build Pakistan's nuclear bomb to several governments that had long sought atomic bombs, including Iran and Libya. Clearly; the threat of the "casual" use of nuclear weapons and of nuclear terrorism has been catapulted from the abstract to the alarmingly concrete. For the right price, an entire weapon might be obtainable on the black market. Only intensive, imaginative diplomacy and a massive demonstration of collective will on the part of the worldwide community can avert this nuclear catastrophe in the making. Sadly, both are in short supply today. View full abstract»

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  • Tools & Toys: Movies on the Move

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 57 - 59
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  • Top U.S. officials successfully defend IEEE's Wi-Fi standard

    Publication Year: 2004
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    China agrees to postpone conflicting WAPI system. View full abstract»

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  • Master of convergence

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 34 - 37
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    What do cellphones and digital televisions have in common? They both trace their origins back to technologies championed by the 2004 Medal of Honor recipient, Tadahiro Sekimoto. This digital visionary championed the integration of computers and communications. View full abstract»

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  • Turning heads

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 28 - 33
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    Powered by electrically activated plastic muscles, a robotic limb will arm-wrestle humans next year. View full abstract»

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  • Samsung's plasma displays barred from Japanese market

    Publication Year: 2004
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    With global sales of large television sets soaring, competition among manufacturers of the largest TV screens-plasma display panels (PDPs)-is moving beyond the marketplace and into the courthouse and customs office. The impending legal action between Fujitsu and Samsung is an example of this. View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 8
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  • Building a in a flash supercomputer

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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    A flash mob is a group of strangers, organized over the Internet, that comes together briefly, acts out a predetermined scenario-often something as simple as clapping for 30 seconds-and then disperses. A supercomputer is a very fast and powerful computer that outperforms most mainframes, at a cost, typically, of millions of dollars. Can a flash mob build a supercomputer? It can sure try, and so it did on 3 April at the University of San Francisco's Koret athletic center. The goal was to run the Linpack benchmark, a standard method of assessing the speed of supercomputers, to achieve a speed of at least 403 gigaflops (billion floating point operations per second). This would be fast enough to earn the system a place on the list of the world's fastest 500 supercomputers. The goal was not reached. The group reached just 180 gigaflops before it was time to pack up the computers and go home. However, even though the San Francisco effort fell short of speed goal, it did ignite imaginations. View full abstract»

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  • Iran's nuclear program reaches critical juncture

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 12 - 15
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    The country's evident pursuit of an atomic bomb tests a new, more aggressive International Atomic Energy Agency. View full abstract»

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  • A wider welcome mat

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 53 - 57
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    Diversity in the workplace can benefit the bottom line. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - June 2004

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 01
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  • IEEE Spectrum - June 2004 - Vol 41 Number 6 - Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 3 - 5
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 7
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  • Sand trap

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 44 - 50
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    When hundreds of engineers, inventors, robotics experts, computer scientists, garage monkeys, and students converge on the Mojave Desert for an off-road robotic race, anything can happen. DARPA'S 320-kilometer robotic race across the Mojave Desert yielded no winners, but plenty of new ideas. View full abstract»

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  • Book review: Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 61 - 62
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