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Why Software Is So Bad

July/August 2002

For years we´ve tolerated buggy, bloated, badly organized computer programs. But soon, we´ll innovate, litigate and regulate them into reliability.

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  • Categorized in 17037

    Wind Power for Pennies

    Windmills may finally be ready to compete with fossil-fuel generators. The technology trick: turn them backwards and put hinges on their blades.
  • They don’t have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.
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    Antibody Drug Revival

    The human immune system is still the best resource for fighting disease. After a decade of failed promise, drugs that exploit it are finally flooding the market.
  • The lesson from West Africa: good computers and fast modems don’t matter if you can’t get a dial tone and the power keeps going out.

  • The MIT Media Lab’s Neil Gershenfeld tours the building of the future, where interchangeable power sockets, switches and appliances snap into the walls–then plug into the Internet.

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