QuoteYet the 18th-century clergyman's theories on probability have become a major part of the mathematical foundations of application development.
Search giant Google and Autonomy, a company that sells information retrieval tools, both employ Bayesian principles to provide likely (but technically never exact) results to data searches. Researchers are also using Bayesian models to determine correlations between specific symptoms and diseases, create personal robots, and develop artificially intelligent devices that "think" by doing what data and experience tell them to do.
QuotePrescott and the Pentium-M--formerly known as Banias--will mark an evolutionary breaking point. Right now, Intel desktop and notebook chips come with slightly different capabilities, but derive from the same basic design.
By contrast, the Pentium-M will feature a distinct design geared toward reducing power consumption and will be optimized to run in wireless computers. Intel, in fact, will begin to tout how the chip and companion wireless components have been certified to work with networking gear from Cisco Systems, according to sources. By the end of 2003, the Pentium-M will become the predominant notebook chip from Intel, according to Don MacDonald, director of mobile platforms at Intel.
QuoteAfter decades of relatively ungoverned exploration and exploitation, rules of the road may be coming to the final frontier. They resemble some of the norms already long established for travelers on Earth: don't litter and stay in your lane. On Monday in Vienna, a panel of scientists from space agencies around the world will submit to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs recommendations for designing and flying space vehicles to reduce the amount of debris they produce and cut their chances of colliding with one another.
QuoteDoctoral student David Hanson of the University of Texas at Dallas displayed K-bot, an artificial human face equipped with "infinite possible expressions," which he said can mimic the human face and respond to sociably to people. Yet K-bot cost only about $400 to build, Hanson told United Press International, although its software sometimes fails to perform. Indeed, one of his attempts to display the device -- at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science -- fell apart when K-bot refused to respond to control. Nonetheless, Hanson said, a human-like face is going to be vital for many robots of the future.
QuoteThe first three Chinese to enter into orbit will be selected from a group of 12 currently receiving training, the paper said, contradicting previous reports describing a pool of 14 candidates.
QuoteEverything about the CBBS was 1970s state of the hobbyist's art: a single 173-kilobyte 8-inch floppy disk to store everything, 300-baud modem, 8-bit processor running at a megahertz or so, and -- blimey -- 64kb of memory. Christensen wrote the BIOS and all the drivers (as well as the small matter of the bulletin board code itself), while Suess took care of five million solder joints and the odd unforeseen problem. Little things were important: the motor in the floppy disk drive ran from mains electricity instead of the cute little five volts of today -- things burned out quickly if left on. So the floppy had to be modified to turn itself on when the phone rang, keep going for a few seconds after the caller had finished to let the rest of the computer saved its data, and then quietly go back to sleep. Tell the kids of today that...
QuoteThe satellite belonging to international telecoms satellite consortium Intelsat is to provide telephone, television and Internet services for the Americas, Europe and Africa for the next 13 years.
QuoteAccording to Sophos, a corporate anti-virus company, users of the KaZaA file-sharing system and IRC instant messaging are duped into opening a file that contains compromising pictures of Zeta-Jones and other sexy celebrities, such as Britney Spears, Shakira and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
QuoteRedwood can transfer data at 6.4GHz, while the current version of HyperTransport goes up to 1.6GHz, according to Rich Warmke, director of marketing for Rambus. Still, a new version of HyperTransport is expected in 2004 that will likely be faster.
QuoteIntel says it has now expanded the interpreter licensing for the GPL version, adding a variant of the BSD license, which is more liberal than the GPL. The dual licensing essentially bypasses a GPL provision that requires all improvements to GPL-covered software to also be brought under the GPL--which means now improvements may be made proprietary as well as open-source.
QuoteSilicon wafers, which serve as a base material for building semiconductors, reached shipments of nearly 4.7 billion square inches last year, up nearly 19 percent over the previous year, according to a report released late Thursday by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
QuoteWhen ENUM domains become active, users will be identified by their telephone number including the country code. What that means is a phone number such as +46-8-9761234 would be mapped to the 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.6.4.e164.arpa Internet address in a process that is expected to become automated and transparent to the user.
QuoteThe nine companies promoting Blu-ray Disc technology--a next-generation recordable DVD format using blue-violet lasers--announced Thursday that licensing will begin Feb. 17. Blu-ray Disc technology allows for 27GB storage capacities on a single-sided 12cm disc. DVDs hold 4.7GB of data. Hitachi, LG Electronics, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Pioneer, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sony and Thomson are known as the "Blu-ray Disc Founders" and have been pursuing a broad acceptance of the format.
QuoteMotorola's Linux-powered A760, an elaborate color-screen phone with a digital camera, MP3 audio player, video player and the ability to run Java programs, will go on sale in Asia in the third quarter, with introductions in North America and Europe to follow. Eventually, the company plans to move Linux to lower-end phones, said Scott Durschlag, corporate vice president for strategy and business development for Motorola's personal communications sector.
QuoteSales of digital cameras that have an LCD viewing screen hit 10 million units for the year, compared with 6.5 million units in 2002, according to a report from research firm IDC. Strong holiday demand pushed sales for the fourth quarter to 4 million units, compared with about 2.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Quote"We told our management that if they need us to stay a year, that's fine. They've got blanket approval for that. If they want us to go longer than year, just a give us a couple of months' notice," station commander Kenneth Bowersox said.
QuoteThe cosmic image, unveiled on Tuesday, was taken by the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) spacecraft during a 12-month scan of the entire sky. It is the most detailed all-sky image of the infant Universe, just 380,000 years after the Big Bang.
QuoteThe European Space Agency's project to develop the camera was first reported by SPACE.com last June. While largely unheralded, T-ray imaging does not appear to be pie-in-the sky. In fact, a camera built by a company called QinetiQ and working in similar millimetric waves already last year had demonstrated the ability to peer through clothes and reveal a concealed weapon, along with much of a person's body.
QuoteEach shuttle wing has 22 carbon-carbon sections about 26 inches long and weighing perhaps 30 pounds. In between the sections are special T-seals of the same material that allow for expansion and contraction.
The leading edge of the hypersonic space shuttle takes the greatest heat when the shuttle re-enters Earth's atmosphere. The carbon-carbon was deemed better for that than the shuttle's thermal tiles, so it was placed on the nose cone and the front edge of the wings.
Curry studied what happens to reinforced carbon-carbon when it is hit by tiny, super-fast space junk, which is another active theory for what happened to Columbia.
QuoteSomeday progress will stop. "No physical quantity can continue to change exponentially forever," Moore noted. Nonetheless, none of the current looming problems represents a wall, he added.
QuoteSpecifically, the suit, which was brought by Cathy Baker, claims that Microsoft, Symantec, CompUSA, Best Buy and other unnamed retailers don't allow people to read "shrink wrap" licenses--agreements printed inside the box or incorporated into the software itself--before they buy a product.
QuoteIBM was the chief beneficiary of Linux server revenue, taking in some $159.9 million in sales, up from $75.6 million a year earlier. Hewlett-Packard saw sales rise to $80.2 million, up 81 percent from $44.3 million a year earlier. Dell Computer's Linux server revenue grew nearly 66 percent, but fell behind HP, with fourth-quarter sales of $77.1 million, compared with $46.4 million a year earlier. Sun Microsystems, which started selling Linux servers just last year, took in $1.3 million in the fourth quarter, up from $912,500 in the third quarter.
QuoteThe world chess champion was attempting to avenge his defeat in 1987 by IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. On Saturday, he spoke with CNN technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg.
QuoteThe new 3000+ chip will list for $588, nearly $200 more than its Athlon XP 2800+. Higher prices hold the potential to translate to positive results on earnings. AMD, which put together a string of earnings report losses during 2002, expects to break even in the second quarter of this year on the strength of better sales of processors like the 3000+ and flash memory. The company hopes that a cost-saving plan put into motion at the end of the third quarter of 2002 will help it along as well.