Volume 39 Issue 11 • Nov. 2002

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  • IM means business

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):28 - 32
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (19)
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    Instant messaging (IM), no longer just a facet of teenage life, now speeds everything from naval operations to customer service. IM is moving from computers and laptops to cellphones, PDAs, and other devices. Through its prosaic "buddy list," a continuously updated window that shows who among your family, friends, or colleagues are online and available, IM connects you to your inner circle in ways... View full abstract»

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  • RISC maker

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):33 - 37
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    This article briefly describes the career of John Hennessy, who, as a computer architect, pioneered reduced-instruction-set computing (RISC). He helped evangelize RISC, in the early 1980s when most people didn't believe computers with such an architecture would ever be much use, and he started a company that proved them wrong. He led the development of a new way of organizing cache memory in multi... View full abstract»

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  • The ghosts of computers past

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):38 - 43
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    A silicon valley museum-in-the-making showcases a half-century of innovation in computing. The museum at Moffett contains perhaps the most complete collection of groundbreaking hardware and software in the world-from the Hollerith punch-card tabulating machine that rescued the 1890 US census to the LINC laboratory minicomputer to a prototype of the Palm Pilot PDA and an early copy of IBM's gigabyt... View full abstract»

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  • Gifts for the holidays

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):44 - 49
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  • Will IM aid the enterprise?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 9
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  • NASA's master plan

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):11 - 12
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    This paper describes how the author's leadership team was asked to help identify NASA's core strengths and activities and think hard about how each of them supports their mission. The purpose of the exercise is focus-and also direction. If a program or activity doesn't support one of NASA's three key objectives, one has to ask why one is doing it, even if one may be doing it rather well. Once one ... View full abstract»

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  • Power and purpose in space

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):12 - 14
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    Wood, wind, water, coal, oil, gas, and nuclear energy: of those major power sources, only one-nuclear energy-can work in space. In this paper, the author argues that exploration of the Solar System will only get serious when spacecraft can exploit the power of the atom. View full abstract»

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  • Offshore investors place their chips on Chinese foundries

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):15 - 16
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    Judging China an electronics superpower in the making, large corporations like Japan's NEC, as well as independent Taiwanese investors, are racing to set up semiconductor wafer fabrication lines within its territory. This paper examines how, all the same, given the overall downturn in the chip sector, some observers wonder whether this is the right time for companies to start building expensive fa... View full abstract»

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  • Scots tee up for semiconductor drive

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Sheep, shipbuilding, and steel were at the core of Scotland's economy for most of the 20th Century. But in the early 1990s, when the shipyards and steelworks fell silent, the Scots looked to Silicon Valley for a model of how to pair venture capital with entrepreneurs. Their hope was that technical ideas coming out of the country's prestigious universities could be brought to market. Initially that... View full abstract»

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  • A second wind for red-laser dvd technology?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 18
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  • Scho/spl uml/n shown the door [electronics research investigation]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):20 - 21
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    When charges surfaced earlier this year that work published by Lucent Bell Labs researcher Jan Hendrik Scho/spl uml/n might be seriously flawed, the general hope and perhaps even expectation was that defects would prove minor or incidental and could be attributed to mere carelessness or overzealousness. With the release at the end of September of a blue-ribbon investigative report, all such hopes ... View full abstract»

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  • Europe favors United Air Traffic Control system

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):22 - 23
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    For the last 40 years, European air traffic control has been managed by Eurocontrol. (Brussels), an organization made up of 31 European states, including the countries of the European Union. Single Sky was launched in 1999 with the idea of combining the legislative weight of the European Union with Eurocontrol's operational and technical expertise. Under the plan, the patchwork of national zones w... View full abstract»

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  • Tech slump sinks Germany's Neuer Markt

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):24 - 25
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    Germany bade farewell at the end of September to the Frankfurt based Neuer Markt, its answer to the tech-heavy US Nasdaq stock market. in its six years of operation, Neuer Markt had treated unwary investors to more of a roller coaster ride than they bargained for, and it was plagued by scandals, despite intending to set higher standards of accountability and openness. Neuer Markt's operator, Germa... View full abstract»

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  • Brazil holds all-electronic national election

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):25 - 26
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    On 6/sup th/ October 2002, in Brazils first completely electronic national election-and the worlds largest so far-more than 115 million Brazilians used them to vote for president, state governors, and legislators. The election itself inspired some turmoil. Stock markets across the world fell in anticipation of a leftist Brazilian government getting elected-a first for this South American nation. T... View full abstract»

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  • All the ills that flesh is heir to [Internet viruses]

    Publication Year: 2002
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    Bugbear, the newest Internet virus, was first spotted in Malaysia on 29 September 2002. Within 24 hours, it was found in over 100 countries; in its first week, it infected over a million computers. Its shaping up to be one of the worst viruses so far. Instead of trashing files, or overloading networks and bringing them to their knees, as did the infamous Nimda and Melissa, Bugbear can quietly log ... View full abstract»

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  • To the digital age: research labs, start-up companies, and the rise of MOS technology [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):53 - 54
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  • Creative destruction [car crash testing]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):55 - 56
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    Crashing cars-lots of them-is how Volvo safety engineer Daniel Hedqvist earns his living. Running cars into steel barriers or other cars or the sides of mountains is his job. These days the Swede rigging up plenty of Fords for crash tests. Ford owns the prestigious Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin car companies, and has made Sweden its center of excellence for vehicle safety testing. There's a good... View full abstract»

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  • A paramecium, a fish, and a rat [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 64
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