Archive for May, 2004

End of Technology?

May 11th, 2004 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on End of Technology?

The acceleration of the expansion of the universe places limits on future developments in technology according to two US cosmologists. Lawrence Krauss and Glenn Starkman of Case Western Reserve University have shown that the acceleration could put a fundamental limit on the total amout of information that can be stored and processed in the future (arXiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0404510). They also calculate that Moore’s Law will remain valid for no more than 600 years — although workers in the semiconductor industry are more pessimistic and think that the famous law will break down in the next decade or two.

It is well known that the amount of information that can be processed and stored in any device is ultimately limited by the laws of quantum mechanics. However, Krauss and Starkman have shown that the nature of the universe itself also places limits on computation because it is not possible to transmit or receive information beyond the so-called global event-horizon in an accelerating universe. Read full story here

You know what I did last summer?

May 6th, 2004 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You know what I did last summer?

Hi friends,
I spent a 3 week vacation last month at Niranam in Kerala-my home village. It was very happy to reunite with all my friends, villagers and teachers. I also attended the Orthodox Vacation Bible School-a 10 day event for children-at our church. It was great fun to mingle with the kids and teach them. Kerala is very hot this summer,probable hotte than Delhi! But this time the election fever seems to be very low there. Now I’m back at Delhi to work, dreaming of next vacation!
Jack

Relese of Version 0.5.0 is near

May 3rd, 2004 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Relese of Version 0.5.0 is near

Openbiblio version 0.5.0 is almost completed and the developers have announced its release within a few weeks. This version offers a lot of new features and a conversion utility for previous versions’ databases to the new structure.