Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center
Unless somebody has changed the rules since I last looked, center handles all enroute IFR (instrument flight) traffic in a larger area, not just that above 10,000 feet. There are significant numbers of remoted radio transmitters and receivers so center can talk to all the aircraft over a wide area. Relocating the whole thing to another area doesn't just mean re-routing the radar replies, and coming up with another fully manned center, it means rerouting the audio and control to all those transmitters and receivers. It's not a trivial job at all.
To give an example of just how far away center can be, I live in far west Texas, about 70 miles from the Mexican border. When I call up center, I'm talking to people in a room in Albuquerque, NM. I believe their remote transmitter for this area may be in Ft. Stockton, TX, about 70 miles from here.
A nasty problem it is, and quite possibly one with no affordable solution.
FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff
All this drone stuff will be fine until one manages to crash into an airliner, bringing it down. Then the FAA will be swamped with people demanding to know why the drones were allowed in the first place.
TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
Sometimes I ask them which specific machine they have in mind, as there are several. That usually addles them fairly well. Alternately, I tell them all our machines run Linux.
Interviews: Dr. Andy Chun Answers Your Questions About Artificial Intelligence
The best comment I think I have seen on artificial intelligence was at a company I worked for in the 1960s. The company advertised for "artificial intelliigence," when what they meant was that they wanted a specialist in artificial intelligence. Someone pinned the ad on the bulletin board, circled the desire for artificial intelligence, and wrote under it: "too much in the company already."
Geographic Segregation By Education
I really thought this was rather obvious, and that everyone already knew it, whether they discussed it or not.
FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage
I doubt there are any safe uses for a drone. Do we really want a remotely controlled small aircraft flying around our homes and communities?
NASA Beams Hi-Def Video From Space Via Laser
What? I can't even escape the internet on the moon?
Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
Why would anyone want to start anything on Windows 8?
For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist
We just can't have things flying in populated areas without hte proper goverment controls. Pigeons and starlings are next!
Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses
It won't last. 3D has never managed to keep the attention of the masses, and mantis' will be no different. Soon, they'll be preying for normal vision again.
Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
My wife and I are grandparents, although a few years short of the 82 mark. I'm hesitant to recommend any flavor of Windows to anyone who just wants email, a web browser, and maybe a spreadsheet or word processing capability. I've had fair luck getting older XP users to transition to Zorin, which I believe may be intended for that purpose. Mint Linux, which I use, would come in a close second.
But some Windows users just must have Windows, possibly because they think they're familiar with it. Being forced to use Windows 7 or 8 may change a lot of that.
Terrafugia Wants Their Flying Car To Be Autonomous
I've lost count of the number of flying car designs I've seen over the years. It's always seemed a good idea on the surface, but almost no one buys them. Is there a reason to believe this will be different? Other than a "smoke and mirrors" or "whisling in the dark" answer.
Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
It strikes me that this is Oklahoma's business, and they can do it however they want to.
US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
If Kerry can be taken in by climate change, there can't be much to it,
NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut
Everyone knows Mars is just the Venusian's Area 51. It's just a remnant of some secret high tech project.
Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
And who pays (and how?) for the initial students who will later pay the tax?
Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages
Everyone said they were no frackin' good!
Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
Joe Stalin passes Hitler in popularity.
Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
1) NSA MAY have broken the law.
2) He definitely broke the law.
NSA may need some government action, because it isn't clear if they actually broke the law, or some individuals' interpretation of the constitution. Mr. Snowden definitely broke the law, and needs to be prosecuted.
Any altruism which might have been his objective - and I question if there really was any - is way overshadowed by his blatent disregard for the law. He didn't just release information about spying on US citizens; he released a lot of other information which has nothing to do with whistleblowing. This man did severe damage to our country, and needs to be punished accordingly.
Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa
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