QuoteMicrosoft believes it may have come up with a solution. The new software is called the Windows Media Data Session Toolkit. It enables music labels to lay songs onto a copy-controlled CD in multiple layers, one that would permit normal playback on a stereo and a PC. The PC layer, laid digitally on the same disc, can be modified by the content provider, so that they could prevent, for example, burning songs onto another CD, said David Fester, general manager, digital media entertainment for Microsoft.
QuoteShipments of panels made with TFT LCD technology, especially LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) panels, will grow faster than those made by other display technologies and will hold a 40.7% market share by 2005
QuoteThe flaw occurs because servers that include the GameSpy networking code automatically send responses to queries for status information and don't verify the sender's address. An attacker can just ask the server for the information, but forge the data so that the packets appear to come from a fake address. When the game server responds, the large amount of information sent in reply goes to the target of the attack instead.
Quote"The Orange SPV has not been 'hacked'," Hack wrote. "The (security measure) has, rather, been legally circumvented by exploiting existing bugs in the bundled software and operating system. This circumvention allows developers to test their applications on their own SPV prior to going through the Orange certification process. This is surely a necessity in any robust and quality-assured development scheme."
QuoteIn the final 30 minutes before blast off, all the channels chewed over Ramon's role in the destruction of the Iraqi nuclear reactor. Even the Holocaust was dragged into the debate, in the automatic context: an Israeli in space is a show of Israeli and Jewish potency, something of which to be proud, a national holiday. Another context: the attempt to build a public perception of the Israeli Air Force as the Space Force, fighting the nation's enemies outside of the earth's atmosphere, to rouse the cream of the nation's youth, to demonstrate just how tight Israeli-U.S. cooperation really is, to inculcate in the viewers a belief that Ramon's flight improves Israel's strategic position in the world.
QuoteRight now, Jupiter rises well above the horizon, to an altitude of nearly 30 degrees in astronomers' parlance, by around 8:45 p.m. local time. (Your fist held at arms length measures roughly 10 degrees. So when we say Jupiter rises to an altitude of 30 degrees, it would appear to be roughly "three fists" above the horizon.) Altitude is good for telescopic viewing because the planet's reflected sunlight passes through less atmosphere above Earth en route to an eyepiece, which means less distortion. Jupiter reaches the 30-degree height as early as 7:45 p.m. by months end.
QuoteOne physicist called the interpretation of the finding "nonsense". Others were more diplomatic, suggesting that the experiment, involving observations of the bending of light from a distant galaxy as the light sped by the planet Jupiter, had instead measured other phenomena.
QuoteFourth quarter sales declined by 28 percent from the fourth quarter of 2001 and increased by 35 percent from the third quarter of 2002. In the fourth quarter of 2001, AMD reported sales of $951,873,000 and a net loss of $15,842,000, or $0.05 per share.
QuoteHewlett-Packard, meanwhile, took back the unit shipment lead from Dell Computer by shipping 120,000 more computers than Dell in the fourth quarter. HP's surge largely came as the result of strong consumer sales and aggressive price cutting, said Jim McDonnell, vice president of marketing in the personal systems group at HP. The fourth quarter is traditionally a more consumer-oriented quarter.
QuoteAOL Time Warner on Thursday said CEO Richard Parsons will assume a newly created position of chairman and CEO following a unanimous vote by the company's board of directors, replacing outgoing Chairman Steve Case.
The move cements Parsons' authority over the troubled media giant, giving him a dual executive role at a time when a wave of business scandals has heightened concerns that U.S. corporations have not done enough to ensure adequate boardroom checks and balances.
QuoteUnder the new schedule, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker this summer will release Madison, a souped-up version of the current Itanium 2 with 6MB of level 3 cache, according to Jason Waxman, marketing manager for enterprise processors at Intel. Increasing the cache, a reservoir of memory located on the processor, generally enhances performance.
QuoteWhat excited the manufacturers here most was the prospect that all these digital devices will create even more needs to fill. Now, the companies say, people need so-called media hubs and computer servers to store and organize photos, music and video. They need wired and wireless networks to move them around their houses. And they need portable gizmos to keep all the content in their pockets wherever they go.
QuoteTwo fungal diseases, Panama disease and black Sigatoka, are cutting a swath through banana plantations, just as blight once devastated potato crops. But unlike the potato, and other crops where disease-resistant strains can be bred by conventional means, making a fungus-free variety of the banana is extraordinarily difficult.
QuoteMotz ruled on Dec. 23, 2002, that Sun had a good chance of winning its antitrust case against Microsoft, and said he would grant a preliminary injunction forcing Microsoft to include Java in its Windows computer operating system. He had ordered each side to draft a proposal detailing how to carry out the Java "must-carry" directive and then negotiate a compromise with each other.
QuoteNASA said Tuesday it needed 24 more hours of engineering analysis before clearing the shuttle for liftoff on a science mission with Ilan Ramon, a colonel in the Israeli air force. A crack in another shuttle has had engineers working practically nonstop for the past month to make sure Columbia is ready for its scheduled launch.
QuoteThe Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology questioned in a report the adequacy of FDA regulations in reviewing the risks that such transgenic fish might escape pens and taking over the habitat of nongenetically engineered varieties. Transgenic fish have genes that were added to make them grow large at a faster rate than normal fish.
QuoteThe world's largest and most ambitious comet mission, Rosetta, will miss its January take-off window and could be postponed for up to two-and-a-half years. The European Space Agency (ESA) hoped that the 1-billion-euro (US$1-billion) mission would land a probe on the comet Wirtanen in 2010.
QuoteWith the completion of this 50th spacewalk at the orbiting outpost, station construction workers have logged 312 hours and 11 minutes performing assembly and maintenance operations. The next set of spacewalks at the ISS is planned for a targeted March shuttle mission in which the Expedition Six crew will be returned home and replaced by the Expedition Seven crew.
QuoteUnlike Linux itself, which requires a certain level of technical mastery, the Lindows software is intended to let the average PC user easily install and run a variety of open-source applications. The education package comes with the operating system, Web browsing, e-mail and other basic applications, Lindows said.
QuoteIn other words, the RIAA and its allies at the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP) are happy enough with the legal status quo, or at least don't wish to risk a clash on Capitol Hill with an uncertain outcome. The movie industry, CEA and consumer groups, on the other hand, are willing to risk that confrontation.
QuoteUnder a different program called the Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft already shares Windows source code with governments and companies. Partners in that program include several branches of the U.S. government, including the State Department; Austria; Sweden; and Switzerland, said Jason Matusow, the program's manager, in an earlier interview.
QuoteThe first space mission to orbit and land on the surface of a comet has been called off because of concerns over the safety of the mission's launch vehicle. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft would have needed to launch before 30 January in order to rendezvous with comet Wirtanen in 2011. A handful of other comets are now being studied as possible replacement targets. But ESA has not revealed specific candidates or said when a rescheduled launch might take place.
QuoteNASA's shuttle fleet is considered a symbol of US financial and technological prowess and therefore a major terrorist target. Thursday's mission STS-107 will also carry an Israeli astronaut into space, potentially adding another motive for an attack by Arab terrorists. Ilan Ramon, previously a fighter pilot in the Israeli army, will make history by becoming his country's first ever astronaut.
QuoteOne set of researchers announced last week the discovery of 34 newly detected supernova, all found with the help of the Internet. A wireless Web connection allows images from Caltech's Palomar Observatory to be quickly fed into a database at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A new image is sent every 30 seconds. At the LBNL, the images are compared to other data to confirm supernovae from a list of candidates.
QuoteThe bright, blue Retech Model 150 Plasma Lab Furnace, which arrived at the lab in the fall, will melt just about anything, Jones said. It generates temperatures higher than 10,000 degrees Celsius or more than 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
QuoteAccording to a study conducted by GartnerG2, 78 percent of respondents claimed they found pop-up ads "very annoying." In contrast, only 49 percent of participants applied the same rating to banner ads.
Yet pop-ups had click-through rates almost twice as high as those of banner ads, meaning they're probably going to stick around for a while. Indeed, Nielsen/NetRatings' online-advertising rating, AdRelevance, found that pop-up impressions jumped from 1.2 billion to 4.9 billion between January 2002 and September 2002.
QuoteAs the demand for transmitting and storing digital data continues to increase, so does the need to secure these operations, especially when managing confidential information ranging from personal passwords and financial records to proprietary business data and national security secrets.
Providing secure storage of certificates and keys used for the authentication or encryption of confidential data for wired and wireless transmissions is a critical challenge facing the computer industry and end users. The storage of such information must be tamper-resistant. Current solutions, such as Smart Cards and the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance's (TCPA) Trusted Platform Module (TPM), are external components that add cost and increase both design complexity and system space requirements.
Transmeta's hardware support for DES, DES-X and Triple-DES is designed to accelerate security applications such as file and disk data encryption and the Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) algorithm commonly used in Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to secure both wired and wireless data transmissions. Transmeta will provide interfaces to this hardware encryption engine via cryptographic instructions that are an extension to the x86 instruction set architecture. Named the Transmeta Security Extensions (TSX), these instructions will support key preparation and the DES, DES-X and Triple-DES ciphers. TSX instructions allow programmers to leverage Transmeta's encryption acceleration hardware for increased performance when protecting data.
QuoteUnder the settlement terms, one-third of any unclaimed rebates will revert to Microsoft. The remaining amount will go to California public schools in a mix of cash and donated Microsoft software.
Such a settlement lets Microsoft off easy, Apple said Monday, because history shows that less than one-quarter of qualifying recipients actually claim refunds, thereby reducing the real cost to Microsoft.
At the same time, Apple said school donations would help Microsoft expand its market share in education. Apple once led the education market, but has been surpassed by PC maker Dell Computer.
QuoteInside the 13-story rocket's nose cone were ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite) and CHIPSat (Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer), a spacecraft duo in which ICESat was the primary cargo and CHIPSat -- a smaller University Explorer Class probe -- was basically along for the ride.
QuoteThe faint light of 26 young galaxies and three quasars, objects thought to be powered by supermassive black holes, were observed at a distance of some 13 billion light-years, at the time the universe was less than a billion years old and apparently just emerging from an epoch of utter darkness. Scientists said the observations could provide important clues to when and how the lights came on all over the cosmos.
QuoteAstronomers announced today the discovery of three previously unseen moons orbiting Neptune, bringing the total of satellites around that planet to 11. The moons are the first found at Neptune since the Voyager II mission in 1989 and the first detected from the ground since 1949. Each is roughly 18-24 miles (30-40 kilometers) in diameter. The research was led by Matthew Holman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and JJ Kavelaars of the National Research Council of Canada.
QuoteOn Thursday, Columbia is to lift off on a 16-day research flight crammed with more than 90 experiments and investigations that will mean round-the-clock duties for its seven-member crew, which includes the first Israeli astronaut. The countdown began today.
QuoteSoloTrek XFV is a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft that a person steps on, straps on, and flies in an upright position. The POC prototype achieved its first controlled hover flight on Dec. 18, 2001 and has since continued to undergo rigorous testing and further development. As a condition of sale, the successful bidder will have to execute an agreement warranting that they will use the aircraft for static exhibition and educational purposes only.
QuoteBig Blue was awarded 3,288 patents during the past year, making it the top recipient among private sector companies for the 10th year in a row, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Canon ranked second during in 2002 with 1,893 patents.
Quote"The bottom line is this: I love the company and will do whatever I can to make it successful. I believed in America Online when we built it; I believed in AOL Time Warner when we created it; and I continue to believe in the great potential of this company and its people," Case said. "While my role will change, my enthusiasm for what this company can accomplish won't diminish."