War and the pity of war is a hefty, Homeric subject and Malick handles it superbly. As an action director, with an eye to the epic view, he has a marvellous modulation of suspense and space. He captures the nerve-racking fatigue of war as well as the breakneck fast-forward. There is also, complicatingly, the opposite pull of what nature can mean when it is anatomised in this paradisal Pacific context: the gorgeous range of colour in the plumage of a parrot (vibrant like the eye of childhood discovered all over again), the skitter of bats, the cuteness of tree kangaroos. All of this is shot radiantly, like a reproach to the very idea of action. Malick’s cinematographer John Toll is a master.


dmMining companies are using optimization techniques to save literally tons of hours and money. These techniques so far are centered around expenditures.

Expenditures that are related to time rather than to tonnage or production require careful thought, but there is a clear rule that allows you to decide which should be included:

Any expenditure that would stop if mining stopped must be included in one of the costs input to Four-D, and conversely, any expenditure that would not stop if mining stopped must be excluded.

The reasoning behind this is that, when the optimizer adds a block to the pit outline, it may effectively extend the life of the mine. If it does, the extra costs that would occur as a result


The Matrix, which explores the idea that our reality is simply a shrewdly manipulated computer program, was 1999’s biggest film prior to May 19 – The Phantom Menace launch day – yet its dank sensibility (not to mention its dread of computers) in some ways represents an anti-Lucasian voice. (It’s not a lone voice, either; also released in May was The Thirteenth Floor, based on Daniel Galouye’s sci-fi opus Simulacron 3, which finds disaffected present-day scientists escaping into a digitally idealized vision of 1937 L.A.)

existenzerBut The Matrix, for all its dire imaginings, finally succeeds thanks to its kinetic computer-enhanced fight sequences. It also gives the perverse impression that living obliviously in a virtual environment is not so bad, especially when


r1Until recently, one advantage that mainframe systems had over PC-based network solutions was a well-deserved reputation based on their ability to provide safe, secure, reliable and quick direct-access storage devices.

That technology has trickled down to the microcomputer world: The Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) drive subsystem architecture allows for data redundancy and protection using multiple drives.

At this time, there more than five levels of RAID implementation, with a few under discussion. The main five implementations are not aggregated levels, where each level builds upon the prior level; rather, they are five different methods of implementation.

RAID Level 1 uses mirrored disks to provide complete data redundancy on a one-to-one basis. Each disk has a twin that contains the same


When you talk about Wing Commander, the movie created and directed by Chris Roberts, you have to talk about the fact that it’s based on the characters and themes from the top-selling games of the same name. The $27 million film, set in the year 2564, documents the exploits of a young pilot (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) fresh from the Academy who joins the Confederate forces to quash an alien attack from the invading Kilrathians, a cat-like species who have captured a computer navigation device that will enable them to attack and destroy Earth. But the sci-fi flick is infused with many 1940s military references and style, making it, according to Roberts, “a hard-core war movie set in space in


psRecently, I overheard some programmers talking about creating a simple starfield simulation for a screen saver module. You probably have seen one of these before. The stars begin clustered in the center of the screen and move out toward the edges, producing an effect similar to what you might see while looking out of a spaceship window.

The programmers were talking about the best way to plot the path of the stars, and the general consensus was that it should be done using trigonometry and would require a great deal of floating-point calculation. Each star would occupy a given point and traverse a course which would be defined by triangulation using trigonometric functions.

These programmers knew something about trigonometry and immediately understood


tspHere’s an appropriate example of where recursion is absolute gold. How about a searching problem? Have you ever heard of the Traveling Salesman problem? The idea is that a traveling salesman must visit several cities. His time is valuable, so he wants to find the shortest route through all the cities. This problem is about as practical as they come.

Airlines, delivery services, the post office, and just about any businesses that move things welcome the discovery of a more efficient route. It’s worth a lot of money to them. How about yourself? If you travel, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to find faster routes?

An interesting application that finds the shortest routes, not by using factorials, but by applying other means, is


Many business people today consider creating a blog in order to make some money. It is a great method for advertising business and for getting to know customers. The business, which is open to customers and friendly, has the chance to be very popular among potential clients. There are many tips on how to start a blog and make money. Here you can find few that are the most important.

bnemMy first tip on how to start a blog and make money is – decide whether you want your blog to be strictly business or you want to combine business posts with those who are more private. Customers like getting to know people standing behind a blog, so sharing details from …


mcThe application itself may also test to see if a math coprocessor is installed. During initialization, it tests for the math coprocessor in the same way the BIOS does. In fact, it is becoming more common for applications themselves to test for the presence of the math coprocessor as well as other parameters, and then configure themselves automatically to operate with the hardware that is installed.

If no math coprocessor is present, the CPU will perform the math calculations using lengthy software instructions that emulate the math coprocessor’s built-in functions. While the emulation may occur within the operating system, it is more likely to occur within the application program. Thus, when a math coprocessor instruction is encountered, the application will execute the



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Help desk software automates all the processes of your help desk such as such as priorities, dynamic forms and routing rules so you can deal with incidents and issues in the most efficient way. It also helps you to manage and fully control your assets. You can trace your software, mobile assets as well as hardware and observe the inventory of your assets in just a single view. It therefore increases your …