Earlier today, Google Senior Vice President of Knowledge ascended to 135,890 feet (~25 miles) above the surface of the Earth via a helium ballon, breaking the world altitude record for a skydive, previously held by Felix Baumgartner.
To complete the world record hat-trick, during the dive he also broke the world records for vertical speed reached (peak velocity of 822 mph) and total freefall distance (123,414 feet). Learn more in the article, linked below.
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A Practical Project
Here I suggest the practical steps to go to in order to find a real solution at CERN. After a preliminary discussion of the requirements listed above, a survey of what is available from industry is obviously required. At this stage, we will be looking for a systems which are future-proof:
* portable, or supported on many platforms,
* Extendible to new data formats.
We may find that with a little adaptation, pars of the system we need can be combined from various sources: for example, a browser from one source with a database from another.
I imagine that two people for 6 to 12 months would be sufficient for this phase of the project.
A second phase would almost certainly involve some programming in order to set up a real system at CERN on many machines. An important part of this, discussed below, is the integration of a hypertext system with existing data, so as to provide a universal system, and to achieve critical usefulness at an early stage.
(... and yes, this would provide an excellent project with which to try our new object oriented programming techniques!) TBL March 1989, May 1990 "
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