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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning
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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning

One does not get the impression the Google Translate and DeepL translation programs are self-learning and have made real progress.

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
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The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

Hacking the Axis
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Hacking the Axis

The role of early high-performance computing capabilities in World War II.

Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?
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Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?

Herbert Bruderer asks why no information technology industry emerged in Switzerland in the 1950s, despite the appearance of computers from several sources.

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
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Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.

How Do You Calculate with the Sector?
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How Do You Calculate with the Sector?

The sector was developed in the second half of the 16th century, and was in widespread use until the end of the 19th century,

Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?
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Will We All Be Wearing Wearables?

If wearable computing products are really needed, what are the biggest practical and research challenges to mainstream adoption?

The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage
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The Model Maker of Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Charles Babbage

Discovery of a previously unknown replica of the legendary Swiss Millionaire calculating machine at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved
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Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved

Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.

Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?
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Did Albert Einstein Calculate on the 'Millionaire' in Zurich?

In 1897, ETH Zurich was the first university in the world to have a copy of the legendary four-species calculating machine Millionaire.

The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz
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The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz

There are reports of much older number systems using only two symbols that have been developed mainly in Asia.

SC16 Expands Focus on HPC Provider Community, Practitioners
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SC16 Expands Focus on HPC Provider Community, Practitioners

State of the Practice focus at SC16 expands opportunities for HPC service providers and practitioners to publish their innovations and best practices.

Intriguing Possibilities as HPC Reaches an Inflection Point
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Intriguing Possibilities as HPC Reaches an Inflection Point

SC15 is taking place at a time when high-performance computing (HPC) finds itself at an inflection point. As we approach the end of CMOS, the path forward for HPC's...

SF Reading For Computer Scientists: Summer 2015
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SF Reading For Computer Scientists: Summer 2015

Summer reading recommendations for computer scientists, courtesy of the SIGCSE 2015 Using Science Fiction in CS Courses BOF.

Learning About Parallel and Distributed Computing
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Learning About Parallel and Distributed Computing

Parallel and distributed computing are now in the core CS curriculum, and every CS program should be teaching their students about it. How can CS educators learn...

A Taste of CHI Interactivity in Seoul
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A Taste of CHI Interactivity in Seoul

Observations from CHI 2015, the first SIGCHI annual conference held in Asia.

Budget Beowulf Clusters
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Budget Beowulf Clusters

At SIGCSE 2015, five CS educators brought and live-demo'd the low-cost Beowulf clusters they had built for teaching parallel and distributed computing.

Socializing with Robots at Ginza
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Socializing with Robots at Ginza

Modern social robots are making their debut in our daily lives.

Recommended SF Reading For Computer Scientists
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Recommended SF Reading For Computer Scientists

Courtesy of a SIGCSE 2014 BOF, here are some SF books containing themes of special interest to computer scientists.

Software's Vital Role at Japan Robot Week 2014
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Software's Vital Role at Japan Robot Week 2014

Modern robots are no longer just about hardware. Software algorithms play an essential role in bringing life-like movements to industrial robots and humanoids. ...
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