Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
Having worked for their GN&C team, it's usually due to cost cutting. OSC has been on the lower cost side to support all those NASA science and non-DOD missions--which are done on shoestring budgets.
OSC has been able to prove resuse/integration vs ground up designs can be as effective, it's just they are losing sight that QC is more important than monte carlo simulations (which sells in that business). Likely due to gov't pressure to keep the same processes in the face of SpaceX's clean sheet approach.
From the video, sure looks like a mechanical failure, not fuel pump, not control software, not ops error. Definitely a black eye for a good team of folks and a lot of questions.
What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
If Drones ...like the autonomous ones I'm working on can give you any indication, it's going to be some time.
The gov't is having a beef about FPV and manned drone flight. I already know they will have a heart attack on the autonomous ones... sort of says what they're going to think about fully autonomous cars... which uses essentially the same tech and concepts.
The Problem With Positive Thinking
Positive thinking keeps you going.
Negative thinking gets the job done.
Having both gets the job done right.
This article is definitely crafted for a targeted audience.
Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes
On a touchscreen laptop, one may want to try either:
Fedora 21 (when it's out)
OpenSuse 13.2 (RC1 or when it's out)
Wayland, though stiil buggy in opensuse (but functional in Fedora alpha), is a gamechanger for Linux desktops. It is very fast/effficient.
Gnome 3.14 finally looks/is stable, polished and works very well with touchscreens for gestures and such. Gnome maybe has redeemed some trust in this release.
Latest kernel with laptop power management is much improved in these versions(though the same could be said for ubuntu)
Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality
You use the tools the way they were designed AND purposed (folks forget the 2nd part). And you use the tools for their strengths, not their weaknesses, aka as needed--which is also known as experience.
Otherwise you're just following a religion.
The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
Guys, it's advancement of society based on our social judgement.
Gates, Jobs, Brin and Page and similar folks will be found by history to be the Henry Ford's of our time. Addressing problems of the many by bringing forward solutions of the affluent to everyone (e.g. bring access to the masses).
Musk, Bezos, maybe, just maybe Zuckerberg (or likely not) will be found by history to be the Howard Hughes and Disney's of our time. Addressing pure world problems by tackling it with new approaches (e.g. a new way of thinking).
Both groups, still, use disruption and innovation as their tool much like their fore-bearers.
I'm still waiting for the next Einstein--I'm yearning for a new way of thinking in these times, an unorthodox way.
Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Bingo, if my large project (kernel) relied on something and it broke, I'd be furious too from a technical standpoint, but from a team, dev-to-dev standpoint, if the GCC folks knew of a bug--it's just that--fix it as team.
No different on the rainy day of your wedding--everyone still works together to get it done and no hard feelings.
Just another emotional day at the office.
Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better
Happy means you have more time to focus on the task at hand vs focusing on stress things that maybe non-work related (e.g. relationship issues).
Stressful employers makes it even worse to focus on anything in general, cause it leads to worrying about your job, aka income.
Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry
Wealthier and frequent flyers will all sign up and get whisked efficiently to where they are going,
Of course, if Google also builds their own roads. Otherwise, we're sitting in the same traffic.
It's not about the service, nor the cars. It's about the infrastructure they are both running on.... the roads and whos going to really pay for them. Who uses the road more maybe a compromise (in fees). Otherwise, someone could be getting a free lunch in taxes that is...
The Military Is About To Get New Augmented Reality Spy Glasses
Hey, let's write a article with nothing but buzzwords:
WTF? These have nothing to do with the heavy/HD crappy (1080p not so good 1" away) Rift, Unusable [and 'jerk' label] Glass, Spies? This is DoD C4i not the CIA, and of course... all the geekdom in frisco (World revolves around Frisco... according to Silicon Valley).
These are glamified knock offs to the Epson Moverio. Right down to the snap-in tinted shades. Don't know what it is? Look it up. And you can buy them now (I have a pair). They are basically OSDs, which the military needs. That is all. Yes they are cool, but really, all that above hype wasn't needed.
Heck hype it up when the 1st killer app comes out. No pun intended.
US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
Yeah, and the regulation mess will shift to the DOT/NHSTA/B, which is already knee deep in the drones world (think: FAA appeal) and causing havoc to drone users. Oh also an autonomous car is essentially... a ground drone.
We're not going to get rid of this regulation interest: basically, gov't has a regulation itch to the current mobility and drone/autonomous robot scratch that the public has. And unless they show some flexibility to let these technologies grow--it will be DOA. Gov't is obviously playing catchup.
Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?
Some say that good, experienced analog designers will always be needed and currently are in short supply due to what others say technology advancements are obsoleting the need for analog engineers.
California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
It's about who gets the business and who holds the insurance.
In the drone world, you got established companies: DoD/Aerospace/Big Defense selling UAVs at 100K+ figures where a 15K unit can do better. And you get all these commercial startups and hobbyists are 9 out of 10 times flying with out insurance.... and if they do have insurance--how is an insurance company really going to pay out when your 2K DJI flies away and causes a car accident with million dollar lawsuits, e.g. a fatality in the middle of San Francisco's mission district? There's a reason the rocketry guys aren't flying their aerial cameras via launching the estes model unit in the local walmart parking lot.
These car sharing services, mind that all the resource sharing services (airbnb and aereo come to mind) have the same 2 problems: uneven competition (maybe fair OR unfair--courts will decide) to established businesses and regs, and when something goes wrong, who pays? You think uber has a walk in the park with safety and insurance? These are not mutually exclusive problems, but more tightly coupled than one would think.
Hence as a devil's advocate, Airports are controlled areas, congested x10, and have all sorts of complexities: emergency evac, pedestrians, basic security, basic logistics, lots of people not familiar with the area and a controlled taxi system. All that plays into the 2 above needs... and as like the drone world, safety is used as easy justification to put a kibosh on the whole deal.
Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?
They have a new product for under 150.
But I've been very happy with my Bitscope 10 + assortment of probes (if you can spring for that). Does everything, s/w is a bit 00's (features), but rock solid and has an API for writing your own software. If you can spring the extra 150, you can just get a real scope+analyzer vs high latency toy. Have used them on both Windows and Linux, no issues.
Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites
Hopefully they will have learned from Motorola/Iridium--considering they bought most of it.
Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?
What got you started?
I guess I started at a place called No Such Agency in the early 00's and didn't realize it until the Snowden stuff came out... go figure.
I hack for entertainment (that is the entertainment industry) nowadays...
Funny thing is I sat in the TechLA conference and the main attitude/topic of the organizers was "hacking big data". WTF? Is the term hacking a buzzword now, i.e. the next 'social' or the new 'bubble'?
LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion
a. that's a 35K copter with NO GPS (the older models didn;t have it, though this could be retro fitted) and if upgraded, has hold position and that's it.
b. that 35K copter can be trumped by a @2K DJI phantom setup--if LAPD paid over 10K for that, I say it's a complete RIP OFF.
c. LA is a urban canyon in most places, GPS and RF will likely be a question--so the use will likely be limited.
d. does LAPD have a COA?
The Internet Is Now Part of the Crime Scene
9 out of 10 times, ctrl-z usually results in a kill -9.
Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed
The pill bottle is an example of the coming Internet or things.
Much like drones and big data, there's lots of policy to abuse, and much ethics to be discussed... Much like the last boom with wireless and content (rights management).
Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds
I chuckle at the title, Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds
Just ask all those Mathematicians and Physicists considering lectures are the only form of classroom instruction as it involves breakdown of problems/past experiences from previous works. And considering a lot of the innovations use today originated from these guys says a lot.
Lectures are just a tool in the arsenal, it could be a poor performing teacher as well (one more interested in his research or tenure), putting finals at the same date, or have a critical paper due the day after thanksgiving. I recall a lot of the lectures I've been in fell in 2 camps, ones that were engaging and ones that just plain showed the teacher reading a text book. A lot of hands on stuff I don't recall anymore, the tech as changed as well, but at least lectures I can still refer to the notes and written examples. Both are good techniques of instruction, but should be used in the right context.
But what goes around comes around in my thinking:
That applied when money and politics were not in bed together. Today money and politcs are married at the hip. People have the darnst way of being ingenious. All you need is for all the rich, tax cheating folks to move to all the states with the smaller electoral counts. Then use their stores of cash to influence power (i.e. payouts, lobby, and kick backs), which is likely easy with folks not savvy and educated as the cities, and thus winning over the electorate of those states and eventually outweigh the larger states by sheer volume, original purpose of the electoral college.
Heck being rich in say BFing Idaho, you get the double benefit of lower taxes (land), lower cost of living (and cheap real estate), same services (thanks to technology), and less social drama living with poorer folks like us (i.e. social segregation). Definitely captialism based politics that's happening today as we speak. Talk about abuse of the idea.
The P2P loop hole- let Napster be reborn!
1. Now the state gov't of FL can revoke the votes of convicts faster.
2. Now all we need is for them to start a P2P service and then they can't be sued! Napster lives!