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Issue 9 • May-June 24 2008

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  • Engineering & Technology

    Publication Year: 2008
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    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 1
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  • Watching you [editorial]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 2
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    I counted the security cameras on my way to the office this morning. I spied over 100. They are everywhere. There are 32 of them within 200 yards of the London house where George Orwell wrote 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. What does this mean, except that CCTV is a good business to be in? View full abstract»

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  • Briefing [Latest]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):3 - 10
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    A strong focus on environment and energy issues marked the Technology Strategy Board's recent launch of its three-year strategic plan to support business innovation. View full abstract»

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  • Text messages could save your life [Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 11
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    THIS MONTH, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding a summit on the nation's current and future emergency alert systems, including ways to make best use of mobile phone services View full abstract»

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  • Ethical Bind [Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):12 - 13
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    For a company fighting to restore its good name amid corruption allegations, BAE Systems appeared remarkably naive last year in announcing that it was commissioning its own 'independent' report into its current ethical conduct. However fair and balanced the report's findings would be, they would inevitably attract media accusations of being a whitewash. View full abstract»

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  • Nineteen eighty-four unplugged [Big Brother]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):14 - 17
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    When George Orwell was writing 'Nineteen Eighty- Four' in the late 1940s, his readers would not have expected detailed exposition of the technology that underpins its main themes and plot points. Orwell himself was not interested in technology in the same way that his sometime hero HG Wells was, and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' contains scant detail about how things actually work. View full abstract»

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  • Big brother made real [Society]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 18
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    The author first read 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' in Moscow, in the late 1980s. The book, like all other works by George Orwell, was strictly banned in the USSR. A huge scandal erupted when an American publisher tried to display it on his stand during the International Book Fair in Moscow in the early 1980s. The punishment for being caught in possession of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' could be a prison term.... View full abstract»

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  • Fighting the tyrants [Espionage]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 19
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    Fleming's Bond novels, George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' also draws on its author's wartime experiences. The Ministry of Truth, for example, is based on the BBC's role during the Second World War. For Orwell, technology is an instrument of oppression: for example, the telescreens, which observe the populace. Fleming, in contrast, had an optimism over technology and gadgets. At the Imperial Wa... View full abstract»

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  • Reading the mind [Engineering Neuro]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):20 - 23
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    A mind-reading machine that could decipher what someone is seeing might soon be possible. Such a device would enable images represented in the brain to be shown on a television screen, and would perhaps even be able to take pictures from dreams, reports Cheryl Knight. View full abstract»

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  • Big brother in the big apple [Surveillance]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):24 - 27
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    Every Londoner is caught on camera on average 200 times a day, much more often than a New Yorker. Yet, terrorist threats - real or perceived - are changing US attitudes to surveillance. Due to major security concerns in America, the US is catching up to its British ally: about 3,000 cameras are being installed as part of the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, a trend echoed in many other America... View full abstract»

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  • Feedback [Opinion]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):28 - 29
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  • If you ask me [Opinion]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 30
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    Universities play an essential role in modern society. They're vital centres of teaching and research, and sources of independent and objective information and analysis. However, in the last 20 years, military sector involvement has grown, especially in the USA and the UK. View full abstract»

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  • the eccentric engineer [History]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 31
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    I DON'T KNOW why I didn't think of it before. It could put an end to our dependence on fossil fuels and solve global warming. All we need to do is crack perpetual motion. There is a long and generally less than illustrious history of perpetual motion engineering which, despite many centuries of failed experiments in the face of the unforgiving laws of thermodynamics, shows no sign of abating. View full abstract»

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  • Gadget speak [Network]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):32 - 33
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    When you consider buying a fizzy drink, you may typically opt for the brand leader, Coca Cola; and similarly, if you think about buying an MP3 player, most people will instantly picture the iPod. In the last few years, the BlackBerry device has achieved the same success in becoming the byword for smartphones. View full abstract»

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  • Books [Network]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):34 - 35
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    It represents the single largest industrial investment in human history, and the US National Academy of Engineering has declared it the greatest engineering achievement of the previous century. Yet the only time most of us give the electricity grid a second thought is on those rare occasions when it fails. View full abstract»

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  • Flying squad [Electronics]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):36 - 39
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    IT IS WITH a hint of disdain that Raglan Tribe nods across at the teams next to his company's table. "You see some of the other teams? They have all this equipment. We have just got this one vehicle," he says, pointing to the small battery-powered car sitting beside him. View full abstract»

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  • Youtube generation no match for the man [Electronics]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 41
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    Global IT spending is around $1.3tr, according to Tim Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies. An ever-increasing proportion of this is controlled by consumers: the US consumer electronics industry alone is expected to earn revenues of $170bn in 2008, says the Consu-mer Electronics Association (CEA). Consumers' influence on purchasing decisions also reaches parts of the communi-cations a... View full abstract»

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  • Come fly with me [Control]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):42 - 45
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    Fly-by-wire (FBW), a suite of hardware and software control systems that has revolutionised powered flight over the past 20 years. This paper gives an overview of the modern FBW system. View full abstract»

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  • Vision for industry [Auotmation]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):48 - 50
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    Vision systems are used on everything from controlling the semiconductor production process to number plate recognition for the London congestion charge, but lack of appropriate training by universities is seriously damaging future development and application of the technology. View full abstract»

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  • Shaping light and air [Power]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The manipulation of light has always been fundamental to the architect. Past emphasis for the lighting engineer has been on artificial lighting, but nowadays both lighting engineers and architects are grappling with natural light as a passive solar energy saver. The challenge is to capture and use daylight, without glare and without subjecting interiors of buildings to solar overheating. The last ... View full abstract»

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  • High power [Power]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 57
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    The famous 'war of currents' between Thomas Edison, champion of direct current systems, and alternating current advocate Nikola Tesla was won by Tesla. Until a few decades ago, practically all transmission systems were AC. Technological advances, however, have caused DC to gain favour and, although most systems are still AC, Edison might still have the last laugh. View full abstract»

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  • Exposed: email's worst habits [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):58 - 60
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    The cost of email inefficiency - where employees spend more and more time assessing, managing and responding to email - is costing UK businesses. Waterford Technologies' research finds that employees spend on average two hours a day 'doing' email. This equates to 55 days a year - or 11 working weeks for every email user. View full abstract»

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  • Learning curves [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):61 - 62
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    Comparisons have long been made between the skills involved in mainstream engineering and those demanded by the engineering of IT systems. Both are directed at the construction of projects for practical applications, and use technology and scientific principles to deliver practical applications. View full abstract»

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  • Tibco adds 'glue' to soa structures [IT]

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 63
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    BusinessWorks 5.4 is Tibco's implementation of an enterprise service bus (ESB), an important component in any SOA (service orientated architecture) implementation. As part of the SOA service-orchestration layer, sandwiched between the serviceenablement layer and the process-orchestration layer, the ESB has the job of routing communication between business services and processes View full abstract»

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