Computer

A FAITHFUL REPLICA OF AN EARLY COMPUTER TRAINER

Turn the clock back six decades or so and imagine you’re in the nascent computer business. You know your product has immense value, but only to a limited customer base with the means to afford such devices and the ability to understand them and put them to use. You know that the market will eventually saturate unless you can create ... Read More »

Beyond Queen’s stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research

The iconic “stomp-stomp-clap” of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was born out of the challenge that rock stars and professors alike know all too well: How to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert — or a lecture — and channel that energy for a sustained time period. Sang Won Lee, an ... Read More »

Light-based computer may parallelize 10-megabit computations

When it comes to computation, the modern approach seems to involve an enormous bucket of bits, vigorous shaking, and not a lot of explanation of how it all works. If you ever wondered how Excel became such an abomination, now you know. We don’t seem to have a problem creating and filling enormous buckets of bits, but shaking them up ... Read More »

Computer failure or HAL’s botched upgrade — what Mirage 2000 crash probe is looking at

New Delhi: The probe into the fatal 1 February Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru is focusing on the possibility of either a computer failure or a botched upgrade by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd having led to the incident. Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots testing the upgraded Mirage 2000, Squadron Leader Samir Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi, were killed in ... Read More »

Think outside the computer

An ant weighing just 1 or 2 milligrams, will navigate around obstacles and hunt for signals with a level of skill and speed that puts our most sophisticated robots to shame… And yet, with all that apparent intelligence, a few isolated ants will meander aimlessly – until the number of ants increases beyond a couple of dozen. With that, a ... Read More »

Dhoni Is Faster Than A Computer: Akhtar

London: Former Pakistan quick Shoaib Akhar said MS Dhoni is faster than a computer when it comes to cricketing acumen. “Dhoni is faster than a computer. Whatever a computer can say about playing on a certain wicket, I believe that MS Dhoni can do it faster,” said the former Pakistan pacer in his YouTube channel. Dhoni scored 34 and effected a ... Read More »

Schools, businesses grapple with schools’ computer education

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas leaders in business, education and politics are considering ways to update the state’s school curriculums to teach students computer science skills that will prepare them for how technology is changing the world. Making the changes would require overcoming several obstacles, including how to add more computer science courses without reducing time for traditional science subjects, and ... Read More »

WJEC apology after GCSE computer science exam problem

An apology has been made to GCSE pupils after a “technical issue” affected their computer science exam. Parents complained problems meant the start was delayed while pupils could not answer one of the questions. It is unclear how many schools were affected, but people in Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire and Rhondda Cynon Taff highlighted issues. The WJEC exam board ... Read More »

THE NO-CPU COMPUTER GETS A C COMPILER

C is the most perfect language and it will run on anything. It will even run on a computer without a CPU. The computer in question here is the Gigatron, a fully-functional ‘home computer’ the likes of which you would find in the late 70s and early 80s, complete with a VGA output. What makes the Gigatron exceptional is the fact that ... Read More »

The lure of computers means Americans are sitting more than before

Despite the growing alarm about the harmful effects of sitting too much, Americans are sitting more than in the past — in part because people are spending more leisure time in front of the computers. The association between lots of sitting and bad health is now well-established, but there hasn’t been a lot of data on how sedentary Americans actually are, says Yin Cao, ... Read More »