Since Monday, the man behind Excel, Word and, later, Microsoft Office has
been kickin' it with astronauts on the International Space Station. In addition
to helping perform sundry experiments on the station, Simonyi also showed up
at the ISS door with a gift from Martha Stewart -- a gourmet dinner of quail,
duck breast, chicken parmentier and rice pudding that was specifically prepared
One thing is certain. The ante for enriched ex-Microsofties has officially
been upped. By about 220 miles. And it looks like Bill Gates may be taking the
orbital bait, if the second-hand account from Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin
is to be believed. You can read about it here.
Closer to home, NASA recently announced a program called CosmosCode, an open
source project designed to bring together developers to work on software for
future manned space missions. The idea is simple: Catch the kind of lightning
in a bottle that helped charge popular software like Linux, Apache Web server,
OpenOffice and Firefox.
You can find more information about CosmosCode at the NASA CoLab Web site here.
It's an intriguing concept, and one that brings up an interesting question.
Would you want your space shuttle flight software provided by a distributed,
open source project? More to the point, is there any software that shouldn't
be developed under open source? Write me at [email protected].
Posted by Michael Desmond on 04/11/2007 at 1:15 PM
Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research says the main advantage of using Gaussian naive Bayes classification compared to other techniques like decision trees or neural networks is that you don't have to fine tune model parameters.
Microsoft's Mads Kristensen showed off some advanced Visual Studio tips and tricks ranging from layouts to dev tunnels to solution colors and more.
Emphasizing its "dev" focus, Microsoft trumpeted its Dev Home, Dev Drive and Dev Box offerings at its Build 2023 developer conference this week.
It's getting easier to use natural language to have AI create your low-code business apps.
Two major themes permeating the conference are copilots -- AI assistants across a broad swath of products and services -- and plugins, which effectively transform copilots into aggregators, potentially making them one-stop shops for both enterprise and consumer customers.
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