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ground-living rodent of the genus Marmota, of the squirrel family, closely related to the ground squirrel, prairie dog, and chipmunk. Marmots are found in Eurasia and North America; the best-known North American marmot is the woodchuck, M.
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Whistler,town (1990 est. pop. 4,459), SW B.C., W Canada, 60 mi (97 km) N of Vancouver, near Alta and Green lakes in Whistler Valley in the Coast Mts. A popular summer resort area since the 1920s, it was also developed as a ski resort in the 1960s and now lies at the foot of Whistler Blackcomb, North America's largest ski resort and the site of the Alpine events in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Garibaldi Provincial Park is there.
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An effect that occurs when a plasma disturbance, caused by a lightning discharge, travels out along lines of magnetic force of the earth's field and is reflected back to its origin from a magnetically conjugate point on the earth's surface; the disturbance may be picked up electromagnetically and converted directly to sound; the characteristic drawn-out descending pitch of the whistler is a dispersion effect due to the greater velocity of the higher-frequency components of the disturbance.
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James Abbott McNeill. 1834--1903, US painter and etcher, living in Europe. He is best known for his sequence of nocturnes and his portraits
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Windows XPThe client version of Windows superseding Windows 2000 and prior to Windows Vista. Introduced in 2001, XP was a major upgrade with many changes to the user interface. As of 2020, it is estimated that less than 1% of all Windows users are running XP.
XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and Internet sharing. XP added a personal firewall (see Windows Firewall) and functioned as both client and server (see peer-to-peer network).
Home vs. Pro
XP Home Edition was designed for the consumer, and XP Professional was aimed at the office worker with added security and administrative options. For example, XP Pro could log in to a domain-based network, and it supported Intel's Hyper-Threading. It could also be run remotely. See HyperThreading and Remote Desktop Services.
A 64-bit version became available for Intel IA-64 machines as well as AMD's 64-bit CPUs. Originally code-named Whistler, XP gained .NET support in 2002. See Windows, .NET Framework and Windows Product Activation.
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