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DiscT@2 is an exclusive Yamaha feature that allows text and images to be drawn on the unused portion of a CD-R disc. You can now etch a memo, your signature, photo thumbnails or your company's logo right onto the bottom of the disc.

In a normal recording, the recording application will supply a CD recorder with raw digital data, to which the recorder's hardware adds header and error correction information, and then converts it to what is known as EFM (Eight-to-Fourteen-Modulation) patterns. These are the little bits of data that get written to disc.

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"He encouraged me to dream about what it would take to make Waterloo the top place in the world for research in quantum information. So I started drafting what I called the quantum computing dream team."

A new University of Waterloo research institute is set to explore the brave new world of computers with unparalleled power using the best scientific minds and a $6-million personal donation from Research In Motion founder Mike Lazaridis.

Get a case wrap instead. Guaranteed to block 99% of all STDs and it's even ribbed for her pleasure. Looks nice too. It's kinda the equivalent of ricing up your Honda Civic by putting a coffee-can muffler cap on the exhaust.

Also check out their assortment of steak knives!

I know I've always wondered what these things were (Heh). Actually, this site is pretty good at laying out the basics for encoding special characters into URLS.

Basil Iwanyk is not a neo-Nazi. Lukas Karlsson isn't a shadowy stalker. David S. Cohen is not Korean.

But all of them live with a machine that seems intent on giving them such labels. It's their TiVo, the digital videorecorder that records some programs it just assumes its owner will like, based on shows the viewer has chosen to record. A phone call the machine makes to TiVo, Inc., in San Jose, Calif., once a day provides key information. As these men learned, when TiVo thinks it has you pegged, there's just one way to change its "mind": outfox it.,,SB1038261936872356908,00.html

The brain doesn.t care where visual input comes from. So why not see with a camera jacked into your tongue?

Don.t fly by the seat of your pants. That mantra is drilled into every pilot.s head in flight school. It means pay no attention to the g-forces pushing against your ass; and keep your eyes on your instruments. If you don.t, and your plane is in a spin or a loop, you could get caught thinking down is up. But as aviation technology evolves, the cockpit is filling up with new instruments, overwhelming the pilot.s ability to take it all in at a glance. Luckily, the eyes aren.t the only way to see. Pilots can now sense other aircraft from a tiny zap on their shoulders. And they.ll soon be able to land a helicopter in a dust storm with infrared images lightly buzzing their tongues.

I don't think I could come up with a funnier caption...

  We spy

Spying on Canadians' online activities will not help anyone win the war on terrorism, a University of Toronto professor told a conference Thursday.

Attendees at the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR) Information Security workshop heard a number of government and academic representatives speak about privacy and security issues. The event, organized for the third year by the Ontario Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner and University of Waterloo's CACR, focused on what effects post 9/11 legislation is having on Canadian's privacy rights.

"Don't call it antigravity research," Ron Koczor pleads. He's a physicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and he's talking about a project he's been working on for almost a decade. "Call it 'gravity modification.' 'Gravity anomalies.' Anything but antigravity. That's a red flag."

  Where's the "Any" Key?

As a tech support rep., I know people ask stupid questions, but I have to hand it to Compaq. Generally, you don't post a Knowledge Base article unless you get a lot of the same question asked. This is perfect.

Technonerds go to movies strictly for entertainment, and of course, the most entertaining part comes after the movie when they can dissect, criticize, and argue the merits of every detail. However, when supposedly serious scenes totally disregard the laws of physics in blatantly obvious ways it's enough to make us retch. The motion picture industry has failed to police itself against the evils of bad physics. This page is provided as a public service in hopes of improving this deplorable matter. The minds of our children and their ability to master vectors are (shudder) at stake.

  Asian Pyramids?

So in the aftermath of the high-tech meltdown, folks in Silicon Valley--including the newer immigrant communities--are going back to basics. That's why my "once in a lifetime opportunity" hit twice in a month.

  More Spaceship Sightings

[International Space Station]

Amateur astronomer Ulrich Beinert peered through the eyepiece of his 8-inch telescope and saw a colorful spaceship. It was moving slowly across the sky and seemed nearly as wide as the planet Jupiter. "The body of the ship glowed bright white, and its solar panels were an eerie copper color," he recalled. "Amazing!"

  New Rules for MCSEs

MCSEs can relax: Their certifications will not expire. Last year, Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MCSEs) were being required to upgrade their certifications from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 in order to stay certified. Many MCSEs viewed the requirement as onerous, especially because many have continued to work with Windows NT 4.0. Under pressure from techies and customers alike, Microsoft backed off from this requirement.

SSO is the holy grail of many organizations. With SSO, users will log in once to an SSO domain and then are never challenged again while accessing secured resources within that domain.

The problem:

Creating a common enterprise security infrastructure to replace a heterogeneous infrastructure is without question the best technical approach. This is being attempted with technologies like the OSF Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), Kerberos, and with PKI-based systems, but few, if any, enterprises have actually achieved this.

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) have formally retracted their claims for the discovery of the most massive chemical element. The synthesis of the "superheavy" element 118, comprising 118 protons and 175 nucleons, was announced in a 1999 paper in Physical Review Letters. The results appeared to confirm theories from the 1970s that predicted heightened stability for nuclei containing around 114 protons and 184 neutrons.

  Free Training from IBM

Pretty cewl. IBM will give you free training on their website. It's a tricky site to navigate, but if you're persistent, you can dig up a load of free smarts.

  Geek Fantasia

I no longer have normal fantasies. When I kick back during a Monday morning meeting and begin to watch the movies in my head, they don't involve your typical perky redheads with high breasts and low morals, or whipped-cream fights with underage twins from Munich, or midnight skinny-dips with bosomy heiresses.

When Moore's Law finally fails . and that's inevitable, physicists say . what will happen to computers? A technological breakthrough by two Ottawa physicists may provide the answer. A 'Spintronics' breakthrough could pave way to atom-sized transistors, bringing concept of quantum computing a step closer to reality.

Handspring co-founder Donna Dubinski speaks with COMDEX about the evolution of hand-held computing -- from the complexities of wireless integration, to voice-data functionality, to the focus on clever user design.

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