Does God Play Dice – The New Mathematics of Chaos by Ian Stewart
Published Penguin Mathematics 1989 / 1990, Chaos reference work
Fundamentals – quasi-periodicity, strange attractors and Poincarre sections.
Lots of good further reading references too.
RDF, XML Schema and XML Meta-Data
Ref : “Professional XML Meta Data” by Daniel Rivers-Moore, Ann Wrightson, et al pub WROX.
ECM-Associations / Gellish-facts / ProcessML-Templates / Sentences(tm) / RDF-statements – common ground.
AT LAST – Chaos and Complexity theories reach the public consciousness as issues for management of organisations.
BBC Radio 4 Today – Analyst looking at Health Service organisation identifies these issues as blockers to predictable behaviour.
Tiny inputs – Large unpredicted outcomes, yes, but equally
Enormous inputs – No predictable outcomes.
Relevant message – Buisness rules for information management must be held separately from purely logical / deterministic codings, because these rules may turn out to be “fuzzy”.
The Learning Machine Challenge
Spin off from the AI Forum
Management Information Systems Quarterly
Academic & Research Journal on MIS
Includes “Qualitative” scope amongst more traditional aspects.
Has Mike Myers (Uni of Auckland) on the editorial board.
Previously associated with Geoff Walsham (Judge Institute, Cambridge)
Remember A.C. Clarke’s 3 stages of reaction to technological breakthroughs:
(a) It’s completely impossible.
(b) OK, it’s possible, but it’s practically useless.
(c) Well, I said it was a good idea all along.
And Douglas Adams (Quoting Bran Ferren) – “Technology is the stuff that doesn’t work yet”
Living with Windows XP
XP: Released last week
BBC News Online’s Paul Rocks explains what it has been like living with an evaluation copy of Windows XP for the last couple of months.
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My six weeks with XP have been pleasurable. No system crashes, no major problems and no phone-a-friend to sort out areas I don’t understand. Just the way it should be.
Monday November 5 2:00 PM ET
Use of Napster-Alternatives Rose in Oct. -Webnoize
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Users swapped 1.81 billion media files on Napster (news – web sites)-alternative services like Kazaa, MusicCity and Grokster, which have seen usage rise since Napster shut down in July to legal pressures, a research firm said on Monday.
Web research firm Webnoize said these services’ October levels represented a 20 percent increase from the 1.51 billion files downloaded during September.
All three applications use software licensed from FastTrack, an Amsterdam-based peer-to-peer technology company, and share the same network.
“The growth of the FastTrack network continues to be astounding,” said Webnoize analyst Matt Bailey. “During the last four months the number of users typically logged on has risen by 480 percent, and in November will likely surpass the 1.57 million simultaneous users that Napster, the popular song-swapping service, enjoyed at its peak.”
During October, 1.3 million users were typically logged on to the combined network at any one time, compared to 1 million simultaneous users in September.