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Microsoft retires several products

Posted by baffa on Dec 10, 2003 - 09:04 AM
Microsoft will retire, from its subscribers download area, several products, including Windows 98, Office XP Developer, Windows NT 4.0, Project 2000, SQL Server 7, To comply with a court order related to its dispute with Sun Microsystems over Java. Also we remember that some of cited products will reach their commercial end-of-life in the next month and will be no more supported, as Windows 98. A C|net article can be found here.

Humanity will survive information deluge, by A.C. Clarke

Posted by baffa on Dec 09, 2003 - 05:50 PM
A nice interview of our collegue Arthur C. Clarke and his views on informations, software, ecc., can be found here.

Desktop Universe new release

Posted by baffa on Dec 09, 2003 - 05:27 PM
Main Sequence Software announced, in a press release, the availability of a new version of its software Desktop Universe.

Conference on "The Environments of Galaxies"

Posted by baffa on Dec 02, 2003 - 11:01 AM
A conference on "The Environments of Galaxies: from kpc to Mpc: First Announcement" will be held on the island of Crete, on August 9-13th 2004.

The 5th INTEGRAL workshop

Posted by baffa on Nov 24, 2003 - 11:10 AM
The 5th INTEGRAL workshop will take place in Munich from February 16 - 20, 2004 in the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The main goals of the 5th INTEGRAL workshop "The INTEGRAL Universe" are to present and discuss the scientific results obtained by INTEGRAL and co-ordinated observations with other observatories and spacecraft instruments during the 1st year of nominal mission operations. The registration deadline is on December 15th, 2003

Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology

Posted by baffa on Nov 24, 2003 - 11:05 AM
The Fifth International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology will be hosted by the Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology during Jan.5-10, 2004 in Kochi. More info here. The Conference focust topics are: 1.Quantum Aspects of Gravitation 2. Gravitational Waves 3. Cosmology. The meeting will comprise of Plenary talks, Workshops and Poster sessions.

Conference on Particle and Fundamental Physics in Space

Posted by baffa on Nov 24, 2003 - 10:49 AM
The Second International Conference on Particle and Fundamental Physics in Space (SpacePart '03) will be held in Washington, D.C. from December 10th to December 12th, 2003.

NOZOMI near the failure?

Posted by baffa on Nov 22, 2003 - 04:03 PM
NOZOMI, the Japanese Mars exploration probe, experienced severe malfunction. Ask force of scientists and engineers of the newborn The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are trying a last tentative. If they will not succeed, they will be forced to change the probe orbit far from Mars, and NOZOMI will escape from Martian gravitational sphere. The turning point will be around Dec 10Th.

ESA reduces Cosmic Vision mission

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 11:09 AM

SIRTF Observation Planning Workshop

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 10:50 AM
Following an initial in-orbit checkout and science validation period, SIRTF is scheduled to begin normal operations in early December 2003. The first General Observer Call for Proposals has been issued, and the deadline for proposal submission is currently 14 February 2004.
The SSC is sponsoring 3 workshops in January 2004 to support observers with their proposal preparation (at ESTEC in The Netherlands; at the AAS in Atlanta, GA; and at the University of Sydney, Australia - see here for more information on all of these workshops). The registration deadline is Dec. 15th 2003.

Using Natural Selection to Investigate Optimizations

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 09:45 AM
A comprehensive and enlightening article on the search of best optimization in compiling C program have been published here. It is well known how difficult is to determine the best set of optimization flags for a given program: the article gives directions and a program which explores the 2^53 possibilities by means of genetic algorithm.

A new release of PostgresSQL

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 08:58 AM
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) is pleased to announce the availability of version 7.4 of the PostgreSQL Object Relational Database Management System (ORDBMS). This major release is the work of our world wide network of hundreds of developers and contributors over the last nine months. It provides commercial-grade enterprise database functionality and performance with the flexibility and low total cost of ownership widely associated with Open Source software.

Workshop on High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy

Posted by baffa on Nov 18, 2003 - 10:31 AM
Open today (nov 18th) at ESO (Munich, Germany) a workshop on high resolution spectroscopy in infrared. more info can be found here.

Astronomical Data Analysis - III

Posted by baffa on Nov 17, 2003 - 04:19 PM
The third meeting on Astronomical Data Analysis will be held from April 29th 2004 to May 1st 2004 at Sorrento, Italy.

Educational Discount on Commercial Linux

Posted by baffa on Nov 17, 2003 - 03:57 PM
Red Hat and SuSE Linux, the top two sellers of the open-source operating system, are launching new discounts to attract students and educational institutions, a strategically important customer set for technology companies.

XXXIXth Rencontres de Moriond

Posted by baffa on Nov 14, 2003 - 12:06 PM
The XXXIXth Rencontres de Moriond, Eploring the Universe, will be held in La Thuile, a pleasant winter sport a resort located in the Italian Alps from March 28th to April 4th, 2004.

New Arecibo investigation deny Moon's Ice Caps.

Posted by baffa on Nov 13, 2003 - 05:16 PM
From New Scientist:
The thick ice sheets many astronomers thought were hidden in some of the Moon's craters almost certainly do not exist, according to observations from the world's biggest radar.

First review of Fedora Distro

Posted by baffa on Nov 13, 2003 - 10:01 AM
The first review of Fedora Core 1 was published on OsNews. The review express disappointment for the overall quality of the distribution.

China's Moon Project

Posted by baffa on Nov 12, 2003 - 03:58 PM
China's moon probing project is proceeding in full swing in a well-organized way. China's first moon probing is planned to be launched in three years.

First primary on LBT

Posted by baffa on Nov 10, 2003 - 09:21 AM

Start of site works for ALMA

Posted by baffa on Nov 08, 2003 - 12:05 PM
Frome ESO press release:
Astronomers Break Ground on Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) - World's Largest Millimeter Wavelength Telescope.
Scientists and dignitaries from Europe, North America and Chile are breaking ground today (Thursday, November 6, 2003) on what will be the world's largest, most sensitive radio telescope operating at millimeter wavelengths.

Fedora will replace Red Had Linux Desktop?

Posted by baffa on Nov 06, 2003 - 11:30 AM
We think the goal of Fedora Project is to replace the desktop version of Red Hat. Linux. Red Hat is now focused towards commercial versions of linux. From Fedora web site:
The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products. It is not a supported product of Red Hat, Inc. The goal of The Fedora Project is to replace the desktop version of Red Hat, which is focused towards commercial versions.

Voyager 1 out of Solar System

Posted by baffa on Nov 06, 2003 - 10:27 AM
After traveling through space for more than 26 years, Voyager 1 is approaching a new milestone. On November 5, 2003, the spacecraft was 90 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun (the distance is equivalent to 13.5 billion kilometers).
Recent observations indicate that Voyager 1 is in a region unlike any encountered in its 26 years of exploration, ad some measurements suggests it has crossed heliopause, thus entering extra solar system space.

Novell acquires SUSE LINUX

Posted by baffa on Nov 05, 2003 - 10:01 AM

Red Hat announce end of life dates for his distributions

Posted by baffa on Nov 04, 2003 - 10:16 AM
Red Hat has announced a change for the dates for end of support (errata, bug fixes, security fixes) for latest releases of his Red Hat Linux distibution: 1 year. The (commercial) Red Hat Enterprise Linux will have 2.5 years of full support, and 5 years for security errata and mission critical bug fixes.
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