September 21, 2012 |
AS SEC football games go, Georgia-Vanderbilt doesn't necessarily inspire visions of BCS bowls. But that's not to say there won't be fireworks on Saturday. Vanderbilt has been the doormat of the league for some time. Last year, the Commodores nearly stunned Georgia before falling late. Afterward, Vandy coach James Franklin had an apparent altercation with a Georgia player that led Georgia assistant Todd Grantham to step toward Franklin. Quite messy. Georgia is a customary two-touchdown favorite and is very interested in showing its displeasure for how things dissolved in Nashville last season.
August 9, 2012 |
The downfall of one of Wall Street's biggest trading firms by a runaway computer should prompt investors to double-check their portfolios for some popular exchange-traded funds, whose prices were roiled on Wednesday. Knight Capital Group (symbol: KCG) is a publicly traded firm through which many retail investors' brokerage firms route their orders. For instance, until last week's debacle, when a Knight computer went rogue and wouldn't stop programmed trading for 30 minutes, Scottrade routed about a third of its customers' buy and sell orders through Knight.
June 30, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book. The program has a range of potential applications - from helping law enforcement to developing new computer programs for writers.
March 15, 2006 |
Schuylkill Elementary fifth grader Chad Komar wound a blue measuring tape around the crimped edges of a petite apple pie and jotted "32 cm" on his work sheet. Then, after pausing to sample a few crumbs that were casualties of his work, he stretched the tape across the middle of the pie and found that the center was about a third as long as the crust. And so an 11-year-old got to know a number used by ancient Egyptians and NASA scientists, one that stretches into infinity and yet is less than 4. His pie taught him pi. Yesterday was Pi Day, and students at schools across the nation celebrated by learning about this famous figure, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter - or, in the case of Chad's pie, the ratio of crust to middle.
June 16, 2005 |
We may never see Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones run a match race in real life. But there's always computer simulation. We asked racing fan and computer systems engineer Gary Darveaux to match Alex against Smarty using Horse Racing Fantasy, a computer game he developed and sells at the Web site at horseracegame.com. The game uses more than 30 performance factors to rate horses. We matched Alex, winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes, against Smarty, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, in three races, with both of them rated as 3-year-olds in their prime.
May 21, 2005 |
With much of a computer's innards extracted and set out before them, the three Deptford High School freshmen continued conscientiously, and playfully, their remove-and-replace mission. "I think we can put it back together," said Angelique Lee, 14, who was using a screwdriver to remove the floppy-disk casing from the computer. Had she and her team ever tried to "repair" a computer before? "No," said Sherri English, 14. "My dad knows how to do this. Maybe I can help him now. " The hands-on lesson of what makes a computer work - and how to fix it when it doesn't - was one of eight classes held simultaneously yesterday at Gloucester County College in Sewell.
April 18, 2004 |
If you want to know the number of streetlights in Camden, ask Josh Rivera. Rivera, 16, a sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School, along with five other members of a Camden streetlight survey team, counted them all. "Actually, we counted them twice, once to find out where they were, and the second time to see if they were working," Rivera said. The five are learning computer skills through Hopeworks 'N Camden, a program run by the Rev. Jeff Putthoff, a Jesuit priest assigned to Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Camden.
January 11, 2004 |
At the computer, kindergartner Matthew Lingerman was acing the task: Every time the word fan appeared on the screen, he was supposed to click on it, and a little green dinosaur would move a step closer to the waterfall. When other words, such as can, and and feels appeared, Matthew was not supposed to click. And he didn't. That was good news for his dinosaur pal, who soon was enjoying a virtual ride down the waterfall, much to Matthew's delight. Matthew and his classmates at Rhawnhurst Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia are using this new computer-based early literacy program, called Headsprout.
December 23, 2002
EVER SINCE shockingly high property tax assessments first started appearing in people's mailboxes, the Board of Revision of Taxes and chairman David Glancey have been the target of critics, especially on City Council. Councilman Frank DiCicco, in particular, has been especially tough in his remarks that the BRT is flawed in the way it conducts assessments. DiCicco illustrated his point when he asked the BRT for the addresses of people in his district for a mass mailing and 30,000 letters were returned with bad addresses.
July 27, 2002 |
Instead of scribbling orders for medical tests or drug administration on paper or shouting them out to nurses, physicians at some of the nation's hospitals are using handheld electronic devices to file orders. Such tools would seem to be of obvious help, but in practice, they often flop, in the view of the head of a Philadelphia firm that makes computer applications more usable. Harold Hambrose, president and chief executive of Electronic Ink Inc., said order-entry applications were not user-friendly enough or organized in a way that matched how doctors worked.