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mardi 9 avril 2002

When? Who knows. This is just an hypothetical question from David Berlind.

But why not? As we know, there are really two possible foundations under future Web services, one powered by Java -- i.e. Sun Microsystems -- and the other one by .Net and its different products -- i.e. Microsoft. IBM uses both software platforms, but really favours Java.

So, why not buying Sun? If it happens, I would like to have a camera filming Scott McNealy...

Source: David Berlind, ZDNet Enterprise, Apr. 8, 2002

Rooting out plagiarists with software

Copycats exist since writing was invented. Internet pushed it to a new level, where students can buy or download papers for their exams. This is good money for small companies who develop products helping teachers to detect frauds.

But now, a federal agency wants to cut grants to schools and universities when teachers or professors are convicted of plagiarism.

I always thought that only children were cheating...

Source: Margaret Kane, CNET, Apr. 5, 2002

The Internet Archive searches for a way to turn a morass into a resource

You probably read something about the Internet Wayback Machine, a project started by Brewster Kahle, the founder of Alexa. It's funny to browse it, but it's almost *useless*.

Now he wants the gigantic archive to be more useful. It will be hard. But it's a necessity to have some tools to explore this archive of Internet and all these Web sites which have disappeared.

It looks so difficult that he's asking help from the National Science Foundation.

Source: Joyce Slaton, Special to SF Gate, Apr. 1, 2002

Unix servers breaking out all over

Well, this is a good week for Unix servers. IBM unveiled the p670 series -- the smaller version of the p690 (a.k.a. Regatta) -- while Sun is showing the "Starkitty", a little "Starcat" system.

In the mean time, SGI is introducing new video servers. And Compaq is releasing new AlphaServers based on the Alpha EV7 chip. I wonder how many *new* customers Compaq will get with this model, knowing that Alpha is almost dead.

Source: Stephen Shankland, CNET, Apr. 8, 2002

Parallel Channel

This article by Esther Dyson already has been commented by Dave Winer and others. I'm including here for future references.

This is true that "blogging" using wireless networks during conferences is pretty new. And it's also true that it will become mainstream sooner or later. The implications of this phenomenon are quite amazing. The role of a conference's moderator will be changing.

Thanks to Esther Dyson for her thoughts.

Source: Esther Dyson, distributed by the New York Times Syndicate, Apr. 3, 2002

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