QuoteWhile Linux is making some headway in the region, a recent survey by research firm IDC revealed more than 50 percent of Asian servers still run some flavor of Microsoft Windows. Although installed on only 6 percent of Asia-Pacific servers, Linux enjoyed the highest growth rate last year, more than double that of Unix.
QuoteATI on Thursday will announce three new graphics chips that will extend the performance lead the company established with the Radeon 9700. The Radeon 9800, set to go on sale later this month in graphics cards priced around $400, will operate at speeds of 380MHz and 340MHz, compared with 325MHz and 310MHz for the 9700, said David Rolston, vice president of engineering for ATI. The chips will also have dramatically enhanced support for shader instructions, pixel-by-pixel graphics programming that can dramatically increase the realism of animated images.
Quote"Microsoft has the highest regard and respect for all the ARB members and will continue to work with individual members of the ARB, customers and ISVs (independent software vendors) who are developing applications that run on OpenGL to ensure that they will provide a great user experience under Windows," the company said in a statement. "Even though Microsoft will be focusing more energy on evolving Windows graphics, Microsoft sees OpenGL as an important component of the Windows Platform today and in the future."
QuoteAccording to the Treasury Department, other changes will include new images of Andrew Jackson and the White House, as well as other adjustments that are being kept secret. The official unveiling will take place on March 27, with the new bill entering circulation in the fall.
QuoteTo paraphrase the opinions of the author of the Toronto Star article* , the faulty capacitors are suspected to have been rooted in the theft of an aqueous electrolyte formula which was not copied correctly. If you were to open up a capacitor you would find thin sheets of paper and metal rolled up together. The entire assembly is then wetted with an aqueous electrolyte solution. However, if the formula is not correctly mixed up, hydrogen gas can apparently build up in the aluminum can with time.
QuoteUnder a federal law called the Federal Trademark Dilution Act, actions that effectively dilute the value and distinctiveness of the trademark can be punished. Dilution is defined as the "lessening of the capacity of a famous mark to identify and distinguish goods or services."
QuoteThe law requires libraries that receive federal subsidies to use content filters such as Websense and N2H2 to filter out objectionable material. The subsidies, which have totaled nearly $1 billion since 1999 and can make up 90 percent of a library's technology budget, help pay for Internet access, automated catalogs and other services.
QuoteWindows Server 2003 Standard Edition is priced at $999 for five CALs, or $1,199 for 10 CALs. The Enterprise Edition will sell for $3,999 for 25 CALs. Microsoft would not provide pricing for the Datacenter Edition, as that version of Windows Server 2003 must be purchased with a new computer. The new Web Edition will sell for $399.
Additional CALs will be available for $199 in packs of five, or $799 for 20. Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server CALs will cost $749 for five and $2,669 for 20. Microsoft also requires what is called an external connector for people connecting from outside the network. The cost is $1,999 for Windows Server 2003, and $7,999 for the Terminal Server version.
QuoteHealth and safety will also be a concern, Nakagawa added. Three-dimensional monitors consist of two TFT panels separated by a parallax barrier. Each eye receives a slightly different image, which creates the illusion of depth.
QuoteSeveral companies, including Red Hat, IBM, SGI, Sun and Hewlett-Packard, released patches Monday. The Sendmail Consortium, the group responsible for development of the open-source Sendmail code, released Sendmail 8.12.8, an updated program that fixes the flaw.
QuoteOverall, we find that the SiS 746FX will make a good choice for budget desktops for use in the office or home. However, gamers will want to avoid using the 746FX for any serious gaming as it is definitely not delivering the performance we expected. For light gaming, it's fine, but for any complex 3D games, you'll definitely lose some frames. If that doesn't bother you and the 746FX meets your budget, there's no reason why you shouldn't adopt the 746FX as your next Athlon XP platform.
QuoteThe machine will give Japan's Sony, the world's largest consumer-electronics maker, a head start over its partners in the Blu-ray consortium, a nine-member group of industry heavyweights that unveiled a common format for blue-laser DVDs a year ago.
Quote"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :- kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."
"My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."
QuoteWorldwide PC shipments are expected to reach 136 million units this year, up 10.6% from 123 million last year, helped largely by PC replacement demand from companies in the second half of the year, according to Japan-based market research firm Nikkei Market Access (Nikkei MA). At the same time, notebook computers continue to see rising popularity, with shipments expected to account for 22.7% of PC shipments this year, Nikkei MA projects. Global PC shipments in 2002 grew only 2.5% from the previous year, the research firm added.
QuoteAnd speed tests are particularly important in Linux. Linus Torvalds, founder and leader of the collaborative programming project, has fostered an environment in which modifications are much more likely to be considered and accepted if they're submitted with accompanying proof that they speed up a system.
QuoteFor the most part, Lessig and others seemed to have more problems with the law than with the technology behind digital rights management, which regulates what people can do with information. The Stanford professor has created an organization called the Creative Commons to offer alternatives to strict controls backed by laws such as the DMCA. He and other experts taking part in the two-day policy debate, even those sympathetic to the plight of copyright holders, could cite several cases where the DMCA has been used to exert control in a way never intended by the creators of the law.
QuoteLONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2003--the number of users of advanced games consoles soared by 128 percent in 2002, reaching 56.3 million worldwide, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics' Broadband Entertainment Strategies service. 75 percent of users own Sony's PlayStation 2, compared to 13 percent with Nintendo's GameCube, and 12 percent with Microsoft's XBox. Forecasts suggest GameCube will lose ground during 2003. According to the analysts, Nintendo could build a leading position in the $12 billion software market, but it must first abandon its present console strategy.
Quote"Since last fall, we've seen a real spike in corporate customers purchasing our software because of spyware," said Pete Cafarchio, vice president of business development at Pest Patrol, whose software helps identify and eliminate a long list of "pest" programs, ranging from comparatively benign adware to viruses and Trojan horses. "Their argument is that there can be no unauthorized (network) communication."
QuoteO'Keefe was responding to a questioner who cited statements by shuttle program director Ron Dittemore that nothing could have been done to help Columbia and its crew even if Mission Control had been certain that thermal protection tiles on the space shuttle had been damaged.
QuoteWith the space shuttle fleet grounded by the Columbia disaster, Russian spacecraft will be used to exchange crew members aboard the International Space Station, NASA officials said. The next crew to live on the station will have two members instead of the usual three and will be launched in late April or early May. The crew - one American and one Russian - will deliver a fresh Russian Soyuz, the space station's lifeboat.
QuoteThe silicate grains were bound up within interplanetary dust particles collected from high up in the Earth's atmosphere using a modified spy plane. "The stardust grains we discovered are typical of the kinds of dust that were available at the beginning of our Solar System; these were the building blocks of the Sun and the planets," says Lindsay Keller, a US space agency (Nasa) co-researcher on the study.
Quote"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now president of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. "The lower 10 per cent who really have difficulty, even in elementary school, what's the cause of it? A lot of people would like to say, 'Well, poverty, things like that.' It probably isn't. So I'd like to get rid of that, to help the lower 10 per cent."
Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes influencing beauty could also be engineered. "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
Quote"This nepotistic behavior indicates that ant workers are able not only to detect kin relationships, but also to pursue their selfish genetic interests if the costs to their colony are not prohibitive," said researcher Liselotte Sundstrom.
QuoteThe coral reef, which attracts vivid tropical fish and thousands of tourists a year to view them, may be being smothered by pollution, the Productivity Commission said in a report on the health of the 2,000-km (1,200-mile) reef along the Queensland coast.
QuoteMSN and Hotmail use spam-filtering software and services from San Francisco-based Brightmail, whose techniques focus on the message's content when filtering spam. Beyond that, MSN's spam-abuse team compiles its own list of IP addresses that are known to generate unsolicited junk messages, and it blocks all messages from them.
QuoteWithout knowing the inner workings of an operating system--a fact revealed by its source code--governments like China fear that backdoors may be installed to leak sensitive information.
QuoteEarlier this month, roughly three dozen states and eight major online retailers struck a deal in which the Internet companies agreed to begin collecting sales taxes. As part of the agreement, the e-commerce shops were granted amnesty for any prior uncollected taxes.
QuoteMany designs for minuscule computers aimed at harnessing the massive storage capacity of DNA have been proposed over the years. Earlier schemes have relied on a molecule known as ATP, which is a common source of energy for cellular reactions, as a fuel source. But in the new set up, a DNA molecule provides both the initial data and sufficient energy to complete the computation. Shapiro and his colleagues describe their DNA computer in a report published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.