Volume 16 Issue 12 • Dec. 1979

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    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • Contents

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  • Calendar

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  • Forum

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  • News from Washington

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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):18 - 21
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  • Scanning the Institute

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 22
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  • Coming in Spectrum

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  • EEs' tools & toys

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  • Spectral lines: No way to run a railroad

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 27
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    It carries one-quarter of all the railroad commuters in the U.S., nearly 100 000 daily — a figure soon to be surpassed as ridership continues to increase. It is the famous and infamous and much maligned Long Island Rail Road. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, by comparison, moves 35 000 commuters daily. View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics. Higher fi by digits: Digitally encoded audio disks and associated playback gear promise breakthrough in high fidelity, low noise

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):28 - 32
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    Discusses how digitally encoded audio disks and associated playback gear promise breakthrough in high fidelity, low noise. View full abstract»

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  • Transportation. The LIRR: A system riding troubled tracks: Will the aggravations of its 100 000 commuters ever end? You are invited to help the railroad solve its problems

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    “Did you know that when you die you've got to change in Jamaica to get where you're going?” a Long Island Rail Road commuter said to the man standing next to him in the car's crowded aisle. The train was already three minutes late pulling out of New York's Pennsylvania Station, and the heating system wasn't working. Running through the minds of their fellow commuters were visions of trains stuck i... View full abstract»

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  • Communications. On the Bell System: Boom or `bust¿? For all it's done for communications and the economy, its critics recommend its breakup

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 42
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    The restructuring of the American telecommunication industry and regulatory relationships is a complex matter. But restructuring is essential, argues Walter Hinchman, former Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. As he sees it, a U.S. telecommunications industry that has become firmly monopolistic under American Telephone and Telegraph threatens an increasingl... View full abstract»

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  • On Bell: I. Time for a change: A former FCC common carrier bureau chief believes there's a better way to structure the communications industry

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):42 - 48
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    To most persons, “telecommunication” means plain old telephone service; and “information” is an abstract concept with little perceived relationship to telecommunications. The world, however, has entered what many consider to be an “information age,” in which the generation, acquisition processing, exchange, and use of information is becoming more central to social, economic, and political processe... View full abstract»

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  • On Bell: II. The system is sound: `It ain't broke, so don't fix it,' reflects the sentiments of an eminent Bell Labs emeritus executive

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Breaking up the Bell System in a way that I regard as arbitrary would make it harder, rather than easier, to harness new technology to the service of users. At present, telecommunications switching and transmission, information processing, and communication are all going digital. Unified development of this common technology would be the most efficient path to follow, not fragmented development th... View full abstract»

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  • The politics of technology. National Academy of Engineering: Is it merely an honorary society or does it have clout on Capitol Hill? A report on what it is and what it could be

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    In the 15 years since the National Academy of Engineering was established as part of the century-old National Academy of Sciences, the engineering group has grown and seemingly prospered. On paper it is part of the apparatus for advising the Federal Government on scientific and technical matters. Election to membership in the National Academy of Engineering _ which in 1979 was composed of 950 U.S.... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering ethics: How to be ethical and survive: Some engineering societies offer aid in a conflict, but competence and confidence can help mitigate trauma and duress

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    Engineers sometimes find that attempts to practice their profession ethically can lead to conflicts with their managers. Where such conflicts have involved the public safety, dramatic confrontations have resulted. Here are well-known examples: • In 1972 in San Francisco, a Bay Area Rapid Transit train overran a station and plowed into a sandpile. Immediately questions were raised publicly about th... View full abstract»

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  • New and recent IEEE publications

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):58 - 59
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  • IEEE tables of contents

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  • Book reviews

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  • Meetings

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  • New product applications

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):72 - 74FF
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    The DM-501A 4 1/2-digit multimeter measures ac and dc voltage, ac and dc current, resistance, d8V and dBm, and temperatures from “ 62 ” + 240°C. Readings on the ac scale are true rms, and the instrument offers full floating measurement capacity. View full abstract»

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  • News from industry

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  • News from the regions

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