CERN’s Large Hadron Collider breaks own power record

30 March 2010

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Whether or not you believe that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will potentially answer the mysteries of the universe or be a harbinger of doom for our little blue planet, you have to admit that the world’s largest particle collider takes a lot of juice to operate. In fact, it takes a huge amount of power to get those photon beams up to near light speed and spin around the 17 mile tunnel near Geneva, Switzerland.  A record breaking kind of power.

This past Friday, the LHC was successful in breaking a previously held record for being the most powerful atom smasher in the world.  The recent ramp-up test, which only ran photons through the twin super-chilled electromagnetic tunnels, without any collisions, reached 3.5 Teraelectronvolts (TeV). This feat not only beats the LHC’s previous record of 1.18 TeV, a record that was set back in late November of last year, but the LHC has now smashed that record by a factor of three.

But that isn’t all this collider can do. After the LHC performs a series of collision experiments over the next 18 – 24 months, the system will be refitted so that the device could potentially handle photon beam runs at 7 TeV, more than doubling the current power.

Read more at PhysOrg, found via DVICE

UDDI: The Green, White and Yellow!

22 March 2010

Unlike WSDL and SOAP which are mandatory for Web services, registration of Web services instances in UDDI registries is optional and now falls with the WS-I Basic Profile 1.1.

See:

http://www.ws-i.org/Profiles/BasicProfile-1.1.html#discovery

UDDI provides programmatic interfaces into service registry repositories. This enables us to build programs and services capable of issuing dynamic discovery queries. The result is an automated process called runtime discovery.

See:

http://www.soaspecs.com/uddi.php

Thus, not to worry too much into the intricacies of UDDI as most ESB solution does provide mechanisms and toolset for service registry, discovery and invocation.

Hanging On to My Dream for iPhone 4G this June!

21 March 2010

4G iPhone: Multitasking, gestures galore, new maps, cloud iTunes

Jan. 19, 2010 (4:46 pm) By: Christian Zibreg

Article teaser (4G iPhone mockup, front - Credit: Designed by  Item)

Thanks to a new iPhone OS 4.0, the fourth-gen iPhone might multitask, run cutting-edge maps, and overlay useful information about nearby buildings on top of live video. You might be able to interact with it using a bunch of new multitouch gestures, stream your media off the cloud, and more.

New pieces of information regarding the iPhone OS 4.0 that are arriving on a daily basis in the run-up to Apple’s January 27 event help paint a better picture of the fourth-generation iPhone, simply regarded to as 4G iPhone. We’ve written quite a lot thus far about its rumored hardware features, ranging from new sensors like RDIF to front-facing camera for videoconferencing to speedy custom chips.

Beyond the hardware, though, the biggest surprises are said to be in the new underlying software and online services. An updated iPhone OS 4.0 software is the cornerstone of the next iPhone and its powerful hardware even though the software should run on the existing iPhone 3G and 3GS devices as well. A tipster in the know told Boy Genius Report that the iPhone OS 4.0 will

put Apple ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers more than any other phone to date.

iPhone OS 4.0 (Settings-General-About)

The same source said that multitouch gestures will be system-wide and used much more extensively than in the current 3.x version that only employs pinch zoom and swipe gestures in the Safari and Photos apps. Apple has also found “a few new ways,” a source said, to multitask apps. iPhone OS 3.x allows only one running app at a time and doesn’t allow third-party apps to multitask arguing that background processes drain the battery. Finally, a source made mention of “brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar apps” (perhaps syncing with third-party services like Google, not just with Apple’s $99 a year MobileMe) and UI changes that should simplify navigation.

On the service level, though, Apple is said to be breaking away from its dependency on Google by developing their own replacement services. More precisely, 4G iPhone could run cutting-edge maps called iGuide featuring more detailed overlays and live information, courtesy of Apple’s quiet acquisition of a mapping startup Placebase last July.

Various augmented-reality features also come in mind, such as the ability to detect nearby buildings and other points of interest on images and videos. Finally, as Geek reported earlier today, cloud iTunes might also allow 4G iPhone to stream your entire personal music and video library on demand, off the cloud.

iPhone OS 4.0 is expected to power not only a future iPhone model, but a rumored tablet as well. Apple invited the press to its January 27 media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to “see its latest creation.” Big media agrees that Apple will unveil iPhone OS 4.0, 4G iPhone, and a tablet at the event. Other items on the agenda could include multitouch iLife and iWork suites, Core i5 MacBooks, and more.

Article teaser (4G iPhone mockup, back - Credit: Designed by  Item)

Meanwhile, a French-language site Nowhereelse.fr has published (original in French, Google translation) an interesting mockup visualizing 4G iPhone rumors. Based on a cool rendition by an agency called Designed By Item that depicts a unibody-created 4G iPhone, the mockup lists key rumored featured with an estimated probability of ending up in the actual product:

Check out the below composition (click for the full-size version) and let us know what you think about the next iPhone and its rumored features in the comment section.

4G iPhone - (visual rumor roundup)

Napalm Death

11 March 2010

Listening to Napalm Death is so much better than Osim massagers. Gives me instant stress relieve! Nice…

EHR Viewer Standard!

10 March 2010

I was approached by CLEO to define standards required for a web-based EHR viewer 1st thing in the morning before I get the chance to settle at my desk! What a silly question! How hard can it be, its either to support JSP and Servlets for Orion or .NET framework for dbMotion. The tricky parts from EMR is:
1. How to do a context switching from the EMR to the EHR via SAML and
2. Ways to launch EHR web viewer from EMR
These have to come from CLEO’s EMR vendor to propose.