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Issue 10 • Date 15 Oct 1992

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  • Back to BASIC

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 353 - 356
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    Perhaps because of its popularity and ease of use, BASIC tends to be looked down on by many programmers. Computer scientists condemn its lack of structure and accuse it of cultivating bad programming habits. It has the image of a language for schools, nonprogrammers and hobbyists. Here, the author details how, however, its market position believes this impression: Microsoft has just launched two n... View full abstract»

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  • Solidifying fluids-the electrorheological clutch

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 348 - 349
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    Modern mechanical applications are creating a demand for faster and more controllable means of coupling and decoupling motion. The author describes one interesting approach to this problem which uses a peculiar blend of fluids and electrostatics, yielding an electrorheological clutch View full abstract»

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  • Echelon-networking control

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 363 - 367
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    Distributed manufacturing control offers more functionality than centralised systems, but normally at the cost of coordination and `intelligence'. Here, the author describes a unique solution from Palo Alto-based Echelon Corporation and its semiconductor partners, Motorola and Toshiba. Instead of simply defining a network protocol, Echelon has developed a sophisticated microcontroller (the Neuron)... View full abstract»

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  • 071/081-where next? [telephone numbering]

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 343 - 346
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    The UK National Code Change in 1995 will mark the latest chapter in the short history of telephone numbering. Here, the author reviews the origins of this change, and explores some of the principles behind the choice of numbering schemes View full abstract»

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  • Know-how as a product-creation, exploitation and national benefit

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 339 - 342
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    Alongside engineering business based on trade in physical objects, there is also significant international business based on abstracted technological knowledge-disembodied technology as it is sometimes called. An indication of its value is that this trade exceeds the total of all international passenger fares. Even more significant is the basis that it provides for trade in derived products. Moreo... View full abstract»

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  • Ownership of knowledge-the EC Database Protection Directive

    Publication Year: 1992 , Page(s): 335 - 337
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    New technologies are making information stored on electronic databases available to a much wide community than before. These databases come in a variety of media ranging from online services to CD-ROM and videotext. Inevitably, as they become such big business, questions have been raised about how they are legally protected. The European Commission has for some time been concerned that EC member s... View full abstract»

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