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He said the digital services system offerings will go well beyond standard cable” and said he expects this to be the last set top Cablevision rolls out. Asked about future plans for the system, Dolan and other Cablevision executives hinted that the Cablevision infrastructure could support IP telephony and Internet access services.

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He said the digital services system offerings will go well beyond standard cable” and said he expects this to be the last set top Cablevision rolls out. Asked about future plans for the system, Dolan and other Cablevision executives hinted that the Cablevision infrastructure could support IP telephony and Internet access services.

However, a growing number of consumers are attracted to thin, light notebooks. The form factor was made popular by Japan's Sony Corp., with its Vaio 505, a sub-three-pound computer introduced nearly two years ago with an MMX processor, 2-Gbyte hard drive, and a 32-Mbyte memory footprint.

Lighter fare

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Only about 2.08 million thin, light computers (representing about 11% of the market) will be sold this year. But demand is projected to reach 22.4 million units, or more than 15% of the market, in 2001, according to IDC, Framingham, Mass.

Thin and lights forced notebook makers to pay attention to design, and going forward, that's important,” said Randy Giusto, vice president of desktop and portable computers at IDC. Although this segment currently represents less than 10% of the market and will grow to only 12% in the coming years, most notebook makers want to play in the thin and light market.”

Dataquest's Reynolds also stressed the importance of good design. In the future, the companies that will be successful are those significantly involved in the designs of their machines. … If you want to be successful in thin and lights, you need to enlist [top-flight] designers,” Reynolds said.

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New controllers

The new Intel processors' introduction is also expected to herald a shift in video controllers used in corporate notebooks. The winner in this space is S3 Inc., whose Savage IX and MX controllers are thought to have space on the motherboards of at least five new Coppermine Pentium III notebooks.

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The reason for the shift, according to notebook designers and S3's marketing managers, is the growing use of corporate notebooks to replace desktops. In this new role, notebooks are being called on to run 3D and other high-end graphics programs and deliver performance roughly comparable to some desktops.

The move to offer large amounts of video memory is accelerating-most notebook makers plan to support at least 16 Mbytes of on-board video memory by mid-2000, reports Carrell Killabrew, marketing manager for portable products at S3, Santa Clara, Calif.

Weapons of mass disruption” could for the first time disrupt the comfortable lives of Americans,” said former congressman Lee Hamilton. We will be confronted with a lot of new challenges to U.S. national security.”

The debate over how the U.S. military should be restructured to face new technology threats comes against the backdrop of a congressional debate on weapon modernization. Some lawmakers, for example, have sought to cut off funding for the Air Force's F-22 stealth fighter. Opponents argue the costly weapon lacks a threat, while supporters say it will deter future threats.

Commissioners stopped short of endorsing either view until they complete their study in March 2001, shortly after the next president takes office. No one is saying new conventional weapons won't be needed into the next century,” said former senator Warren Rudman, the commission's other co-chairman.

Another panel member, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, said the larger question is developing a military acquisition system better able to respond to new threats. In the meantime, Gingrich said, I prefer inadequate modernization to no modernization.”

Defense Secretary William Cohen endorsed the panel's preliminary findings. To the extent future challenges and current systems are incompatible, the commission will recommend changes and draft a plan to implement them,” Cohen said.

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