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Issue 5 • Date May 1980

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  • [Front matter]

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 1
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  • [Advertisements]

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 2 - 7
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 8 - 11
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  • Other meetings of interest

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 12 - 15
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 16
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 20 - 22
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 23
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 23 - 25
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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 23 - 28
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    With all the fanfare about high-level languages and concurrent processes in the technical literature, it is interesting to note that programmers at the Megadata Corp, of Bohemia, N.Y., have put in about seven man-years on a 40 000-word program written entirely in assembly language — and were they to do it over, they say they would still do it mostly in assembly language. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines: Good news amid the bad, part II

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 29
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    In a previous column, we took note of the gloomy forecasts for the 1980s, encompassing energy shortages, inflation, more crowded cities, inadequate job opportunities, drug abuse, violence and vandalism, along with a decreasing respect for property and human life. We noted that the wide application of technology and a more broadly educated populace had generated increased expectations among various segments of society. When not all these expectations are fulfilled, as they cannot be, the societal institutions are perceived by the public as ultimately responsible. View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Bubbles take on disks: Application advances for bubble memories depend upon increased density and speed, standardization, and support circuitry

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 30 - 33
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    Now that magnetic bubble memories are on the market, we can expect a deluge of manufacturer reports on their applications and rosy future. It has already started to drizzle. The drizzle indicates that bubbles are competitive with floppy disks in small systems — 300 kb to 10 Mb of resident storage — and that the rivalry will spread to larger systems in the next decade. View full abstract»

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  • Electronics in medicine: How computers talk to the blind: Sightless computer programmers provide input by keyboard and are responded to by a synthetic speech unit

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 34 - 38
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    Microcomputers, which make synthetic speech feasible, promise to open job opportunities for the blind in fields heretofore closed to them. At the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, D.C., a blind computer programmer has been using a prototype microcomputer-controlled voice generator for more than a year. It allows the host computer to communicate by synthesized voice with the programmer. The programmer interacts with the computer by keyboard in the conventional manner. View full abstract»

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  • Aerospace: Europe gets aboard the Shuttle: The European Space Agency's Spacelab is making the dream of research in space come true

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 39 - 43
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    When Spacelab goes into Earth orbit two years from now, more than radically new hardware and improved methods for handling it will be at stake, it will also mark the start of an international scientific effort in which manned experiments will range from pure research in physics and other sciences to materials processing in space. View full abstract»

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  • Communications: How Diana touched the moon: An impromptu band of Army radio experimenters established man's first contact with outer space in 1946

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 44 - 48
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    “A Jules Verne feat” … “in a class with the atomic bomb” … “Fantastic experiment” … “Applications almost beyond immediate comprehension.” These were some of the exultant phrases that hit newspaper readers on the morning of Friday, Jan. 25, 1946, as they learned how the U.S. Army had bounced a radar signal off the moon. “Man had finally reached beyond his own planet” was how Time magazine put it later. View full abstract»

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  • Sociotechnology: Engineers and politics: Seven survival commandments: A catechism to help engineers champion technology through the morass of political processes in the U.S.

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 49 - 51
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    Most religions were developed in a much simpler era than this one. Their commandments give guidance on the relationships among individual people, but they are not of much help when it comes to relations among organizations. This is an era in which technologies change and cause changes in organizations, which in turn develop new relations to one another. View full abstract»

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  • Nuclear power: TMI: An insider's viewpoint: Texas Instrument's Patrick E. Haggerty, a member of the President's Commission on TMI, reviews the nuclear outlook

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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    As one of only three engineers on the 12-member President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island, Patrick E. Haggerty saw the panel's broad citizen makeup as a blessing in analyzing the nation's worst nuclear reactor accident. In support of this view, he points to a major flaw uncovered by the investigation — poor design of control room displays — and observes: View full abstract»

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  • Software: The Russian algorithm: A second look: What was labeled a breakthrough in linear programming seems now to be largely of theoretical importance

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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    It was too good to be true. News reports last fall indicated that the world of mathematics was being “rocked” by a Russian mathematician's discovery of shortcut solutions to decisionmaking problems common in business and industry — so-called linear programming problems that sometimes require weeks or months of computer time to solve, or could even take thousands of years of computer time. View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 58 - 59
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  • IEEE tables of contents for current and future publications

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 67
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  • Meeting previews

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 68 - 71
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  • New product applications

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 72 - 72T
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  • News from Industry

    Publication Year: 1980 , Page(s): 73
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