Volume 42 Issue 9 • Sept. 2005

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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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  • The Back Story: Acting to Free Information

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 6
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  • Spectral Lines : Learning from Software Failure

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 8
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  • A Bronx tale: broadband TV concern hooks up the 'hood

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • A U.S. energy bill at last

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  • South Korea pushes mobile broadband

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Getting a jump on malaria [health care]

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  • The answer is blowing in the wind [hurricane prediction]

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  • Photo Essay: Hold Me Closer, Tinny Dancer

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

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):36 - 41
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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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  • 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
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  • Patent watch [electronics and communications devices]

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  • Books: The Earth Strikes Back

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):64 - 68
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  • Tools & Toys: Home Automation For The Rest of Us

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):68 - 72
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  • Lab for sale [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s): 92
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