Items tagged with NIST

Someone at NIST is a Star Trek fan, and TOS, to boot, as they have no compunction against using references to the "Universal Translator" in this video about their TRANSTAC project, done jointly with Darpa. The project, involving three different systems. At least one of them, as seen in the video below, is none other than an HTC Nexus One (indeed, not an iPhone for once). Check out the progress on the English - Pashto / Pashto - English translator below.... Read more...
Well, not exactly. But a technology developed by British boffins to protect soldiers from chemical attack, called "ion-mask," has been released for civilian use to P2i in Oxfordshire, England. It's poised to become the method of choice for protecting electronic devices of all kinds from exposure to water. It doesn't rely on elaborate gaskets to keep moisture out of the case of a protected device. The entire device, including moving parts and circuit boards, can be coated and protected with the marvelous material. Invisible to the naked eye, ion-mask causes water to bounce off treated surfaces like... Read more...
A fun e-mail just landed in the in-box that we thought some of you would like to see.  It seems that some folks at Intel have gotten together and come up with a cool appreciation website and set of videos that will bring a tear (of laughter) to a seasoned sysadmin's eye.  Did you know that July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Enjoy new humorous videos by Christopher Guest developed for the IT guy/gal... If you are wondering why there is a random jockey in one of the videos - it's trademark Guest.  He tries to work in Jockeys, miniature... Read more...
Ryan over at PC Perspective has stumbled across a very controversial discovery when testing a Radeon X1950 XTX graphics card for another review. Here, Ryan found that the standard Radeon X1950 XTX was really using 2xAA when the user selects 4xAA in OpenGL games such as Prey, Doom3, and Quake 4! The interesting part here (and possibly incriminating) is that the Crossfire version of the Radeon X1950 XTX operated properly and used 4xAA when it was selected. Could this be a driver bug or possibly be ATI taking advantage of reviewers only testing with popular... Read more...