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Issue 9 • Sept. 2005

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  • A U.S. energy bill at last

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper reports on a US Congress-approved comprehensive energy law to make electric power reliability rules mandatory so that the kinds of lapses on the part of utility managers that led to the big blackout of August 2003 will now be punishable. The energy bill also allocates billions of dollars for a variety of incentives to encourage energy efficiency and conservation as well as greater use o... View full abstract»

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  • A Bronx tale: broadband TV concern hooks up the 'hood

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):10 - 12, 14
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    This paper describes how Urban Communications Transport has been making a profit in the telecommunication sector by providing cable television, broadband Internet access, and Internet telephony to residents in South Bronx, New York. Operating under the business name Urban Telephone and Video, the company caters to the diverse tastes of its subscribers who can get about 300 television channels, dow... View full abstract»

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  • Spectral Lines : Learning from Software Failure

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • Books: The Earth Strikes Back

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):64 - 68
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  • Getting a jump on malaria [health care]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper discusses how data obtained from Earth-sensing satellite systems can be used in the efforts to prevent and treat malaria in developing countries especially in Africa. The paper describes how representatives from WHO and various space and oceanographic agencies have agreed to meet under the auspices of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to advance human health by bett... View full abstract»

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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 6
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  • Photo Essay: Hold Me Closer, Tinny Dancer

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):22 - 23
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  • The exterminators [software bugs]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):36 - 41
    Cited by:  Papers (18)
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    This paper describes a sound methodology developed at Praxis High Integrity Systems for detecting and exterminating bugs during all stages of a software project. To develop software, the London-based software house uses mathematically based techniques, known as formal methods, which require that programmers begin their work not by writing code but rather by stringing together special symbols that ... View full abstract»

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  • Patent watch [electronics and communications devices]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    This paper describes three new patented devices. First is a two-part device, patented by the US Navy, that uses a detector and a jammer to protect aircraft from attack by infrared homing missiles. Second, is a smart cooling system that features a fan and two thermal sensors to keep laptop from overheating. One sensor measures the temperature of incoming air, while the other measures the temperatur... View full abstract»

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  • South Korea pushes mobile broadband

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):14 - 16
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    This paper describes a new wireless technology, called wireless broadband (WiBro), a mobile version of regular broadband. Developed in South Korea, WiBro is fundamentally similar to the standard known as WiMax, except that it allows the user to work a spreadsheet or watch a movie while trucking along at near-highway speeds. WiBro promises much higher data rates than a 3G cellular system, and a dow... View full abstract»

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  • The Back Story: Acting to Free Information

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 5
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  • Tools & Toys: Home Automation For The Rest of Us

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):68 - 72
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  • The answer is blowing in the wind [hurricane prediction]

    Publication Year: 2005
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    A team of British scientists has developed a hurricane predicting technique with a forecast accuracy of about 65 to 70 percent reliable. The technique relies on hurricane correlations with July wind anomalies in regions over North America and the eastern Pacific and North Atlantic oceans to predict hurricane frequency during the main season, which occurs from August through October. Because wind a... View full abstract»

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  • Who killed the virtual case file? [case management software]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):24 - 35
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    This paper discusses how the FBI's $170 million Virtual Case File (VCF) IT project became one of the most highly publicized software failure in history. According to a report by the US Department of Justice's inspector general, VCF's failure may be attributed to several factors including poorly defined and slowly evolving design requirements, overly ambitious schedules, and the lack of a plan to g... View full abstract»

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  • Why software fails [software failure]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):42 - 49
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    Most IT experts agree that software failures occur far more often than they should despite the fact that, for the most part, they are predictable and avoidable. It is unfortunate that most organizations don't see preventing failure as an urgent matter, even though that view risks harming the organization and maybe even destroying it. Because software failure has tremendous implications for busines... View full abstract»

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  • Big and bendable [flexible plastic-based circuits]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):50 - 56
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    This paper discusses the possibility of cheap and fast fabrication of high-quality, even custom, plastic-based flexible integrated circuits with the aid of the low-cost technologies of inkjet printing. An important advantage of the inkjet print process over conventional techniques is that the jet process puts the circuit material only where it is needed, whereas the conventional process puts the m... View full abstract»

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  • How to choose a grad school [graduate studies]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):59 - 60, 62
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    his paper provides some useful tips when choosing a graduate program. While some consider curriculum flexibility when making their choice, others, especially those with established careers, consider the availability of distance or part-time learning and the presence of course materials. Still, there are those who choose graduate programs that would allow them to pursue research work or programs wi... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Sept. 2005

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents - Vol 42, No 9

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Lab for sale [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 92
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