2009年6月29日 星期一

up-to-date, TO DATE, supercomputer, High Performance Computing

This isn’t the first Iranian research organization to release specifications for a high performance computer system. In 2007, the Iranian High Performance Computing Research Center said it had assembled a Linux-based supercomputer using 216 Opteron processing cores. That center said it was the fastest system in Iran to date.

這不是伊朗研究機構首度發布高效能電腦系統的規格。2007年,「伊朗高效能電腦運算研究中心」稱,它利用了216個Opteron處理核心,組裝出一套Linux作業系統為基礎的超級電腦。該中心宣稱,這是伊朗歷來最快的(電腦)系統。



to date:片語,迄今為止。

Up to now, until the present time, as in To date we've received no word from them. [First half of 1900s]

up-to-date

adj.

  1. Informed of or reflecting the latest information or changes: an up-to-date timetable.
  2. Being in accord with the latest ideas, improvements, or styles: up-to-date technology; up-to-date fashions.
uptodateness up'-to-date'ness n.

up to date "迄今、最新式、並駕齊驅"之意。例句︰Our computer is up to date. (我們的電腦是最新款的。)

2009年6月28日 星期日

try on for size

Woman's apparel maker Dress Barn is trying Tween Brands on for size, in a $157 million deal that has some industry watchers scratching their head.
Go to Article from Barron's»


try-on
1. Test the fit or look of a garment by putting it on, as in Do you want to try on this dress? This expression is also put astry on for size , which is sometimes used figuratively, as in The teacher wanted to try the new method on for size before agreeing to use it. [Late 1600s] 2. Test the effectiveness or acceptability of something, as in The actors decided to try on the new play out of town. [Late 1800s] Also see try out.

dual citizenship

A campaign to reform rules on dual citizenship launches in Germany

A fresh campaign to reform dual citizenship laws has been launched in
Berlin. Currently, children who are born in Germany to foreign parents
must choose between nationalities by age 23.

The DW-WORLD Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ew15xpI44va89pI2

dual citizenship 雙重國籍

poli sci , political science

QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"America is changing more quickly than the government. They are lagging behind the crowd. But if I remember my poli sci from college, isn’t that the way it always works?"
LINDA KETNER on progress in gay rights.

poli sci
political science

n.

The study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and of political institutions; politics.

politicalscientist political scientist n.

2009年6月27日 星期六

Matsushita to foot 10-20 bln yen bill, squarely

You Say Toyota, I Say Toyoda
Reuters - USA
The company builds about half of its vehicles in Japan, "which works against it with the dollar squarely below 100 yen," he says. ...




In what the Los Angeles Times calls "a significant departure from the George W. Bush years," Obama barely mentioned foreign policy and focused squarely on the economy and other domestic priorities.

200708

日經

松下、電池回収に100億―200億円の費用

 松下電器産業は24日、発火発熱のおそれがあるノキア製携帯電話用のリチウムイオン電池の回収・交換に100億―200億円の費用がかかると発表した。 2007年9月中間期決算に費用計上する。これによる業績予想の修正はないとしている。一方、ノキアの日本法人であるノキア・ジャパン(東京・目黒)のタ イラー・マクギー社長は同日の記者会見で「9月中旬までに(日本での)回収作業を完了させる」との考えを示した。

 問題のリチウムイオン電池は子会社の松下電池工業製で、対象個数は4600万個。05年12月から06年11月にかけて全数がノキア向けに製造、納入さ れた。昨年12月以降、充電中に電池内部がショートし過熱、膨張する事故が全世界で約100件報告されたため、ノキアが14日に回収を発表した。

 費用の内訳は輸送費、交換電池代、コールセンター設置費用など。回収個数がどの程度まで増えるかなどは明らかにしていない。(22:43)


TOKYO (Thomson Financial) - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co will shoulder the cost of replacing defective batteries used in mobile phones made by Nokia estimated at between 10 billion and 20 billion yen, the Japanese electronics giant said Friday.

shoulder (ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb
shoulder the blame/burden/responsibility/cost, etc. to accept that you are responsible for something bad or difficult:
It is women who mainly shoulder responsibility for the care of elderly and disabled relatives.
Teachers cannot be expected to shoulder all the blame for poor exam results.

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plural noun
sb's shoulders used to refer to the responsibility that someone has or feels for something:
A huge burden was lifted from my shoulders (= I became much less worried and anxious) when I told my parents about my problem.
Responsibility for the dispute rests squarely on the shoulders of the president.




Earlier this month, the Finnish mobile phone maker recalled 46 million units of the BL-5C battery made by Matsushita after receiving reports of over-heating.

Matsushita will book the cost in its first-half to September financial statement.

However, despite the added cost, the company said it will keep its existing earnings projections for the first-half and the year to March 2008.

On July 24, Matsushita said it expects to post first-half operating profit of 181.0 billion yen and net profit of 82.0 billion. Revenue was put at 4.332 trillion yen.

For the full year, it forecasts operating profit of 477.0 billion yen and net profit of 246.0 billion on revenue of 8.78 trillion yen.

(1 US dollar = 115.95 yen)

yumiko.nishitani@thomson.com


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Japan's Matsushita to foot 10-20 bln yen bill to replace Nokia phone batteries
08.24.07, 5:52 AM ET

foot (PAY) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb [T] INFORMAL
to pay an amount of money:
His parents footed the bill for his course fees.
They refused to foot the cost of the wedding.
The company will foot her expenses.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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adverb (ALSO square)
directly and with certainty:
She refused to come down squarely on either side of the argument.
She punched him square on the jaw.

adv.
  1. Mathematics. At right angles: sawed the beam squarely.
  2. In a square shape.
  3. So as to make solid contact; firmly: struck the golf ball squarely, sending it to the green.
  4. Directly; straight: walked squarely toward the shoplifter and arrested him.
  5. In an honest, straightforward manner: spoke squarely on the topic of drug abuse.

日本語 (Japanese)
adv. - 四角に, 直角に, 真正面に, 真っ向から, 公正に, 正直に, きっぱりと