top 20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
This is material for many new books and movies, even without knowing what really happened. Your description is a possibility (better knowing, as another reader point to, that Malaysia security control are very lax
... until now at least).
These are flying by wire devices. You don't need to go to the cabin to destroy the plane, you only need to disturb the plane network to make it useless.
It is supposed the plane was turning to south before loosing contact. Could be possible it was hijacked instead of destroyed?
There are ways to disturb the satellite and GPS systems so the device believe they are in one place while they are really in a another one... but the lack of communication makes this a not so good option.
Static in te cabin
.... what about our atmosphere, that is presenting many changes lately, is developing some type of unknown new, for us, electro magnetic disturbance that could destroy the electronics in a plane? ... I expect this not to be real, because many other planes could be in trouble very soon. Errant and/or out of control Drone?
In fact, I just realised that the Drones have a very nice possible future usage. Many planes with troubles are alone in their space. What about if we "always" send a small recognisance Drone with each plane? It is "outside" the plane, so if the plane explode or lost control, the Drone can be a first class witness. Also, if there is a strange air flow or some atmospheric disturbance and the Drone is flying in front of the plane, it will be affected first. Some seconds are the difference between life and death. And, they could give a hand if the pilots have very serious situations inside the plane.
top Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
... it is not free at all.
You need to have a Windows 7 to have Windows 8.1 with Bing, and Windows 7 was not free. Also, Win7 it is not very old. They are just copying what Apple did with Mavericks, but with restrictions.
What I see is that Microsoft is in trouble because their business model from the 80s is not working well today. Apple have no problems, because they are not selling Operating Systems now, they are selling devices (many of them) ... and Microsoft almost no one, and this is why they needed Nokia. The Operating Systems, as the old days of computing, are returning to be a complementary free part of the systems, as must be.
A side note : There is a mistake with what an O.S. is. When trying to catch the market, Microsoft put every imaginable piece of technology inside the O.S. ... but this is not really an O.S., this is a "distribution". The O.S. must be a small part of the system. Look at Linux, it is really "ONE" file ... this is why people can make distributions, can put Linux in appliances, to create Chrome OS or Android on top, etc. Microsoft must evaluate to do the same, a small free element and to ask for money on the complementary parts for particular purposes. Forget the UI, forget the Server edition. Make them independent products, who knows, maybe this work for them...
top How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors
For Plasma they are using a containing magnetic field.
And this is more troublesome than radioactive material.
They have 37 years to find the way to create a strong-enough and stable magnetic enclosure that be able to surround all the infrastructure, to attach it to a rocket and to send it to the sun.
Because, I don't think that they be able to create a magnetic or any other type of enclosure that last several thousands years until the radioactivity disappear by itself.
The other option is to clean everything. I really don't know what is more difficult.
top Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
The Glass is a very obvious device. I suppose this is because they are selling the concept.
But what about a camera embedded in a pair of standard glasses?
You just turn the recording device (could be Bluetooth or stand alone) that even doesn't need to be with you, only in reachable distance, and record everything around. No wires, nothing delating what you are doing.
mm... I suppose this must be happening thousands of times just now. ... and for much less than $1500. ... Amazon, Fashion Listens Glasses Digital Video Glasses Hidden Eyewear DVR Camcorder Eyeglass $48.98
top Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
I don't think that the UI builders that create code, as a concept are bad.
The problem is not there, the problem is in the framework they are based to create the code.
In fact, if the framework is well ordered, efficient and trustworthy, they do almost nothing, very similar to create XML to run the user interface, but letting you to fill some gaps with more creative methods (when they won't destroy your own modifications when re-creating the source files).
On the other side, sometimes the UI builders really don't help you. Once I created a very complex and flexible database library directly using the VCL Delphi's framework without the usage of the UI Builder. The framework was wonderful, but the UI Builder just did't let you to go beyond some basic limit. And as I understand they never improved this, just made the particular libraries obsolete instead of trying to improve how they used them.
top Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft
.. a "smart" phone without the operating system is basically ... nothing.
top Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
I think that there is a basic fundamental problem here.
There are characteristics and there are characteristics in a device that carry you to another place.
The first ones are classified as critical and it is important to invest all possible resources to make them to work. I know one car computer could cost $100 but to develop it cost millions of dollars, so there are resources to make them well.
The other characteristics, to attach an iPod, to control the temperature in your seat, to dim the internal light, they can have bugs, nobody will die because of them.
But, please, don't make bugs in the critical areas because you like to have the superficial characteristics at hand without using money, I will name that an irresponsible design behaviour.
top Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?
At the end, what happened is that the current user-computing environments where not created to be in a connected world where resources were available through the Internet. This has been a very disordered and incomplete evolution where something must die in the improvement process.
You are the owner of your environment. But others can execute sensitive/powerful code without your permission. Must be a difference between "you" and the "others" for you to be really secure, a difference that disappear when the software is already in execution position. And this is the main problem.
This is like to have a car. If you let an unknown person to drive your car then you are doomed. You don't do that, you have keys, you have a safe place to store your car, and when other takes your car it is an abnormal behaviour. But current systems see with good eyes that other pieces of software are executed without enough control inside them, and this is their normal behaviour ... something is not logical in this equation.
top Wozniak Gets Personal On Innovation
To watch TV and to hear music is useless because they are oriented to commercial goals, they are not intended to teach anybody useful things. With clear exceptions (let me see
... BBC, BBC ... BBC ... ).
Right now I am hearing Arthur Honegger: "Une Cantate de Noël" in Youtube, and I suppose nobody knows this music because of standard TV or Radio ... even, I doubt people, in general, knows that Honegger even exist as a composer or that there is this option to find good modern music; let me see, 6801 people saw this including me. Another test ... Samuel Barber (a very important US composer) ... "Summer Music" ... 958 views ... and a last one ... Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" ... 523,997,788 views ....
I think everything is said.
top Should Everybody Learn To Code?
I use C++ every day and I understand you
... but in that case maybe what could be said is that C++ is bigger and, in that sense, more difficult to master.
In fact, you can do exactly the same you do with C++ with C, even object oriented programming. But ... and this is where things turn out, C becomes more complex tha C++ because you need to figure how to do the things with less language constructors.
At the end, returning to the original posting about education, what people needs to know is how to use effectively their computer and programming is a good way to have the maximum of such devices. What I don't see is everybody using C or C++ as daily basis because "both" are hard to use well. What the people need is to understand the concepts well and then, to use some language that permits them to have a flexible life with their devices without committing programming sins that later will take their eyes our of their orbits.
top Should Everybody Learn To Code?
Calculus is important in the sense that Mathematics is the language of science.
And our computers are based on mathematics. Of course, you can create software without mathematical background, but when you do it with a careful design based on well stablished mathematical principles ... oh, what a difference!!
The modern Patterns based programming is ... a mathematical model. The object oriented programming follows rules that are crafted according with mathematical practice. How the cycles and conditions work inside the software flow describe mathematical considerations, and it is possible to anticipate how your software will behave using mathematical theory to save you a lot of time and "money".
The problem is not to learn "Calculus". The problem is to learn when to "apply" Calculus. As an example, I have many years learning english (spanish is my native language) ... my writing is not perfect, but I am improving it every day ... but as I don't use Mandarin for daily communications, my low Mandarin knowledge is rusted and disappearing. But this doesn't mean that to learn Mandarin is not important, talking fluent Mandarin could open me many doors that today are closed.
top Should Everybody Learn To Code?
This is not true.
Both have advanced compilers, just that they are based on different principles.
You can create very complex things with C. An example are the UNIX like operating systems.
top IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
IE is a niche product in fact
... it is designed to work with Windows only.
When Windows decline, mainly because OSX and the mobile platforms (indirectly we see Linux because of Android here), IE must decline ... it is simple.
If Microsoft likes IE to grows, they need to increase their Windows sales, or they must go out their Windows bubble.
top Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance
I am from Costa Rica, so my opinions are different because I am a compromised witness.
This sunday we have national elections to choose our president and our congress. But this time it is a complex issue that makes these Windows/Linux, GPL/Apache/BSD, etc., fights to be pale in comparison.
Instead of two main candidates, as usually happens in the U.S., we have 5 main candidates from 13 (around that quantity). And our people it is now very fragmented on their opinions, going from hard core communists to liberal oriented ones, with many "nuances" in the middle. Who will win? ... today it is very difficult to say even who will be in third place, and the Congress will be a complete salad of gray, oranges, blues, etc.
The "other option" in the Snowden case could be a healthy one. To try to label somebody only as good or bad not always seems to be the best option. Today, because of this, the NSA is becoming more careful about what they do, and the general population keep open eyes on them. Also, the "watergate" style problems are coming to the table again, I think, for the best. And Snowden, yes, he broke the rules, but was he trying to commit a crime?
top Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
Oh, CSound is not for Linux, it is multiplatform. In fact, it is a programming library, so you could seriously think on this if you like to make a synthesiser as an "offline" or "high quality sound rendering" option.
For example, you use the standard midi options with latency and whatever you find to work, but when you are satisfied, then you ask the software to render a sound file. This will work for a while, but would be independent of whatever limitation your hardware could have.
For notation you also can consider Lylipond (also multiplatform). It is a language and a compiler. The output is a PDF and MIDI. For some people, the PDF quality is even higher than Finale itself can do. It is based on the same philosophy as LaTEX and PS, but taking into consideration musical nuances.
So you see, you only need to find the way of making the creation of CSound and Lylipond scripts easier, and then to call the corresponding compilers. What I don't have at hand is an option for WYSIWYG music imput; I have been trying but no one solution (commercial or not) in the market is good enough for me :-)
top Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
Something to try in your free time, could be interesting.
I was trying CSound several years ago ... by concept, latency doesn't exist.
The idea is to build the music algorithmically, so you only need a CPU, not even a Sound card ... and "if" latency exist working with MIDI software devices, that doesn't exist when creating audio files directly from mathematical definitions.
I need to return to this some day ... I was checking and they have been working to advance this technology continuously :-)
top Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?
Well, we can try with sugar (http://www.businessinsider.com/sugar-based-battery-developed-by-virginia-tech-2014-1)
With today's technology we can't reload our car's energy quick enough with the sun to compare with fossil based fuels, that are also "solar powered" but for many years, not for minutes.
But a combination - sun, sugar, brakes, plug at home or office, wind - could deliver what we really need to have a normal trip.
A perfect option would be if someone invent the way to have energy from CO2 to produce water or something similar (to complete the normally incomplete combustion our current vehicles perform). But ... let's see what happens.
about a month and a half ago
top GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models
It is a very interesting point of view
... by experience, I know several "servers" (different brands) that had one or another hardware problem before some "desktop" computers, incorrectly used as servers, had one.
In fact, I really don't remember those desktops to fail, they were replaces because simply they became not strong enough to continue backing the business they were focused on.
Another interesting thing: with the desktops, you only need to go to a regular store to find the parts and you can change them by yourself. With the servers, you need to purchase "premium" parts and, depending on your company budget, you also need to pay premium support to help you with the machines maintenance.
Good to point on this.
about a month and a half ago
top If I Had a Hammer
... let me explain myself better.
I am talking about "breakthrough" because I am trying to define the limits for computing "only" processing.
My myself, am a musician for several decades, both writing music and playing with chamber groups and complete symphony orchestras, and I am also a Systems Engineer for more than 20 years. I really appreciate the efforts to conjugate both disciplines, but I also understand their limits because I have been experimenting them for many years.
Do I like only to hear these marvellous pieces of music that change history? Of course not. I usually hear youtube when I am working on software, and there are many different types of pieces there, some good others not so good. It is common that I hear movie soundtracks when I am trying to design software. However ...
... I also understand that there is a huge difference when I consider Beethoven or Ravel string quartets compared with some of these Soundtracks. And not only because of the music by itself, but also because of who plays the music. You can't compare a well intentioned group of students with famous string players having a lot of experience.
And, it is very important to write music. You need to be in both sides of the fence to understand this. There is the people that hear, the people that plays and the people that write the music. This is like to make exercise (I am not good on this I must confess). You need to make the exercise to have a benefit from it, you can't put a machine to exercise by yourself. This is a revitalising experience, much better than just hearing it.
Taking comments from some in this thread into consideration. I prefer not to have a program that do everything for myself only to hear something, even if this is good quality material. But I would appreciate if the software permits me to express my musical feelings even if I don't have enough experience time and/or knowledge to have it ... this will be, in my opinion, the best approach to write music with computers anybody could have, and this type of assistant need to be much more complex than the current systems that create music because you need to express your feelings and the software needs to understand them, this is really difficult to do but I trust that some day this will be in our hands.
top If I Had a Hammer
I like your comment, thanks
Mr Cope's made Emily, an important advancement on information science (thanks for the reference). But look at it ... what was published in the article and what has been shown are pieces of music that are chosen by Mr. Cope. I don't say that the machine can't do a good job, the article also indicates that people can't see the difference between Bach music and Emily's music. What I say is that there is one person helping to refine and to choose the music because, at last, the human taste must be taken into consideration.
And this is very very simple. The audience are people. If the audience be machines, nobody must be involved, because between machines they communicate very well. When the material is created for people, however, always must exist some filtering. And this happens in every type of knowledge (music was only an example). If the machine can create a scientific article to be published in a scientific magazine to be read by people, somebody must review it first to define if the article worth to be published.
About the Everest ... it is dangerous to go there in an helicopter (well, in general it is not healthy to go there under any circumstances).
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