From the article:
"The tools include a snakelike robot that could enable surgeons, operating in the narrow throat region, to make incisions and tie sutures with greater dexterity and precision. Another robot, the steady-hand, may curb a surgeon's natural tremor and allow the doctor to inject drugs into tiny blood vessels in the eye, dissolving clots that can damage vision.""
So before I amble up to my Dad's for Christmas, I decided to continue to try and work out why the keypad isn't working as behaved.
Once the keypad is working, well, I have then made a real computer - input (keypad) and output (LCD).
Former Richard M. Nixon supporter and well known performer, James Brown died this AM of unspecified causes.
"Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry"
Lesson: If you want your graphics to be of the highest quality, your digital imaging to be top notch, then don't use Vista because it will degrade them in order to protect premium content and there's nothing you can do about it (other than go to OSX or Linux).
Happy New Year"
Really not sure how to express what I read over there, but will give it a try or you can just go peek.
Somehow the original article writer is convinced that no inhabited delta island has ever disappeared before and his written assertion that this can only be caused by 'global warming' convinced the journal owner too.
Apparently, if Free Software can't, none other can, as author argues in an interesting piece on Informit Friday. Chisnall argues that Desktop-ready Linux (or whichever Free/Open Source OS) poised to win over the Desktop market is not just a futile endeavor, but also "barking at wrong tree" as there is new rising trend in personal computing which demands more freedom, or else perhaps at least new kind of licensing, or new type or service.Will 2007 be the year of the Free Software desktop? David Chisnall's answer is "probably not, but who cares?" Microsoft won the desktop war; can Free Software win the next one?
There is also an interesting comment on Microsoft shooting itself into foot with more restrictive Vista license, preventing their users from new, emerging of computer usage modes.
However, I guess tinfoil hat wearers will keep their computer "virtual lairs" out of promiscuous (and snoopy, eh?) virtual machines and prying eyes of network storage service providers. OTOH, it is not like they are majority of computer users today, especially of business computer users, who may like to lift less weight — be free from heavy laptops and notebook computers they carry today.
Who knows, if free software conquer and dominate "outside world" (and likely it will), proprietary software will probably "retreat to forts" and get even more closed then today — running only on vendors' servers as subscription-based services and talking to thin free/open UI clients. But, will it be a good outcome? We may never get to see such programs become public, even after their copyright protection expire, as they will never reach us, never pass through our hands, not even in their binary form. Therefore, the practical significance of Free software movement will not be diminished, but on the contrary even more emphasized: they'll have to keep following and recreating functionalities of each useful proprietary program to assure that we don't fall victims to accident, malice or circumstances leading to Alexandria Library type loss of useful tools or knowledge we will get to rely upon."