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Issue 4 • Date April 1978

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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 1 - 2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 1
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    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 2 - 7
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 8
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 9
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 10
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 11 - 15
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  • EEs' tools & toys

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 18
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  • Coming in Spectrum

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 18 - 20
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  • Spectral lines: In praise of objectivity

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 21
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    More and more frequently, the profession of engineering is finding itself called upon to address issues that are value-laden instead of factual. One supposes that all callings are subject to this demand to a greater or lesser extent. Yet it is disconcerting to observe the inability of the profession, in some cases, to deal with these new issues with equanimity and finesse. Of course, the very fact that these issues are value-laden suggests that subjectivity, not objectivity, will predominate. View full abstract»

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  • Solid state: An update: CCD and bubble memories: Commercial units include 64-kbit charge-coupied-device and 92-kbit magnetic-bubble memories

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 22 - 30
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    Several changes occurring in computer architecture are providing the `market pull' for these memories. This articles discusses component technology. View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Electronic watchdogs for calls and copies: Unrestricted telephoning and photocopying can cost plenty through abuse or carelessness. `Office metering¿ can help

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 31 - 35
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    Computerized monitoring of telephone and photocopier use should spur increases in the productivity of office workers, but could also open management to charges of invasion of individual privacy. The systems promise to simplify allocation of telephone and copier costs, which would aid the `profit center' concept of managing large enterprises. There are other significant ways in which these computerized systems provide protection and control. View full abstract»

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  • Power: Whys and wherefores of power system blackouts: An examination of the factors that increase the likelihood and the frequency of system failure

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 36 - 41
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    An examination is presented of the factors that increase the likelihood and frequency of system failure. View full abstract»

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  • Patents: The patentability of software inventions: Computer-implemented inventions that are useful, new, and nonobvious may still not be patentable ¿ except, say courts, in certain cases

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 42 - 47
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    Are the originators of computer inventions entitled to patent protection? The answer to this question, which has spawned considerable confusion, controversy, and debate, depends on the answer to a related question: Is the programming of digital computers one of the useful arts? If the answer is no, an entire technological field may be excluded from the benefits of the patent system. View full abstract»

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  • The engineer: The engineer and public policy-making: Like a gladiator with one arm bound behind him, the engineer enters the public arena handicapped by personality and training

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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    During the French Revolution, a priest, a lawyer, and an engineer were put on trial as enemies of the Revolution. The priest tried to defend himself by explaining how he had ministered to the poor, brought food to the hungry, and tended the sick. To no avail. He was sentenced to the guillotine. In those days, when a person felt he had been sentenced unjustly, he would demonstrate his feelings by making the supreme gesture ¿ he would lie face up rather than face down in the guillotine. The priest did so. When the rope was tripped, it happened that the blade stuck in the channel about six inches above his neck. It was the rule that if ever the guillotine stuck, the victim was let free. So the priest was spared. View full abstract»

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  • Meeting preview: ELECTRO '78: Beans, brown bread, and Boston: 36 technical sessions organized by Program Chairman Brian Dale's committee promise toothsome technical fare, too

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 56 - 58
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 59 - 63
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  • Meetings

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 64 - 67
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  • New product applications: Single-board bipolar microcomputer emulates any mini- or microcomputer

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 68 - 73
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    The T-1000 is a single-board bipolar microcomputer that is designed for use in applications where software is available but computer operation is not fast enough or powerful enough for system expansion or new product development. It eliminates the cost and bother of new software and interface designs and can be microprogrammed to run the instruction set of any known minicomputer as well as any microcomputer. View full abstract»

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  • Spectrum's hardware review

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 74
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  • News from Industry

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 75
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  • News from region 1

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 76
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  • Applications literature: How to cool electronic equipment

    Publication Year: 1978 , Page(s): 77 - 82
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