Archive for November, 2005

Slight NSF budget increase on horizon

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) reports that NSF is slated to receive $5.65 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, $181 million more than this year and $49 million more than President Bush requested. $4.93 billion of that would go toward research.

Senate and the House came to this compromise bill late last week; NSF has operated under a continuing resolution since FY05 ended on September 30.

Revisiting digitization

Monday, November 7th, 2005

In a post from last month (http://www.ctwatch.org/blog/archives/digital-monographs), the digitization of books by Google was mentioned. Amazon and Microsoft are both in the picture as well. Bringing information to the masses, especially in the form of published material, is taking on new levels of salience with many web-based businesses (especially the book publishing industry). This article on book digitization revisits the issue. What’s not being mentioned much is the role of the hardware in the effort. E-books aren’t new nor are the technologies created to view them. But e-books have never really caught on, and a big reason is the display technology. Palm, Sony, and Philips Electronics are just three players who have tested the e-book waters, but the display technology still can’t compensate for the high contrast of print, at least not that’s widely portable and affordable. And haptics still hasn’t produced a replacement for people’s comfort with paper.

IBM slows light for emerging chip

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

The title–with a healthy “Holy Cow!” thrown in there–probably says enough.

ZDNet reports.

The article is in Nature for those with access.

Standards overload

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Standards are good. But too many are bad. Such is the case with open standards for the Grid. In this article from Grid Computing Planet, standards are touted as one of the reasons for slower adoption of Grids, or at least slower migration from academia to the business enterprise. With the proliferation of web services, grid management tools are becoming more important as the article also touches on the lack of consensus for Globus as the way to go in Grid middleware.

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