Short for Fractal Image Format, a graphics file format from Iterated Systems, Inc. that uses fractal geometry to compress images. (Fractals are structures possessing similar-looking forms of many different sizes. They can be used to create any real-world object, like a mountain or a cloud, provided it doesn’t correspond to a simple geometric shape.) These fractals can be expressed in mathematical terms, allowing an entire image to be recorded as repeated patterns. This can reduce the file size to 1/100th of a pixellated version.
Acronym for Financial Services Instant Messaging Association, FIMA is made up of a number of leading Financial Institutions from both the buy-side and sell-side, and is open to any banking organization that would like to participate. FIMA is dedicated to understanding and promoting the instant messaging requirements of the financial services industry and to promote […]
(1) Short for Financial Information Exchange. (2) Short for Federal Internet Exchange.
Short for Free Lossless Audio Codec, a free codec developed by Xiph.org and used to compress audio files. FLAC is similar to MP3 except that it is lossless (the decoded audio is identical to what went into the encoder and is verified with a 16-bit CRC). None of FLAC��s encoding/decoding methods are covered by patents, […]
Short for floating-point operations per second, a common benchmark measurement for rating the speed of microprocessors. Floating-point operations include any operations that involve fractional numbers. Such operations, which take much longer to compute than integer operations, occur often in some applications. Most modern microprocessors include a floating-point unit (FPU), which is a specialized part of […]
(pronounced flower) It is an acronym for For-Let-Where-Order-Return. The main engine of XQuery is the FLWOR expression.