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First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January 59

Posted by timothy
from the every-inch-of-seat-matters dept.
jones_supa writes The wait is finally over for aviation aficionados wanting to book a flight aboard the Airbus A350 XWB. Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the plane, accepted delivery of their first A350 of 80 in order, during a ceremony at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning. This particular A350-900 will enter regular commercial service in January, operating daily flights between its Hamad International Airport hub in Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany. There are three different iterations of A350 XWB being built: the A350-800, the A350-900 and the A350-1000, which seat 270, 314 and 350 passengers, respectively, in three-class seating. The "XWB" in the name means "extra wide body." The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Curious what it was like to be on the Tuesday delivery flight? Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren was onboard that flight and chronicled the landmark trip in photographs.

Comment: Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (Score 2) 162

by AmiMoJo (#48672707) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

Well, someone did DDOS their entire country offline, taking down their official news outlets etc, so apparently they do need some kind of cyber security force.

In fact they do have an internal network, used by universities and companies, and a 3G mobile network. There is something to defend.

Comment: Re:the real mystery (to me) (Score 3, Informative) 37

by jbengt (#48672475) Attached to: 300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision
Most mammals can see color. They (except some primates) are colorblind in the sense that they can't tell the difference between red and green, but they can tell the difference between red and blue. Because of the similarites in the proteins expressed, it is believed that human ancestors inherited a mutated gene for red that had a peak receptivity at green together with the original red gene from another parent. That's why most people now have both red and green cones.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 2) 358

by AmiMoJo (#48671815) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

The US is a paragon of free speech â" not because there is no room for improvement, but because all (certainly most) other societies are worse in this regard.

European countries consider themselves more free than the US, it's just that they have a different concept of what freedom is.

In Europe freedom is seen as a two sided coin. You have negative freedom, that is freedom from interference and limits on your behaviour. That includes freedom of speech. Then you have positive freedom, the freedom to participate in society and to prosper. That includes things like the right to vote, the right to a family life, and the right to education.

In the US you can protest loudly outside someone's home day and night. Some people go and protest at the funerals of soldiers, and good natured bikers have to come and form a line to keep them away. In Europe that kind of thing would clash with a person's freedom to have a private life, i.e. to privately grieve for their loved on at the funeral.

We also see the right to a private life clashing with US company's desire to profile everyone and use their personal data for commercial gain, which Europeans consider to be a massive loss of freedom but Americans consider to be a corporation exercising its free speech rights.

Comment: Re:not really likely (Score 3, Interesting) 280

by AmiMoJo (#48671795) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What makes it suspicious is that the hackers seem to have access to Sony's system for an extended period of time before going public. If their goal was to prevent the release of this movie they left it rather late in the day. It doesn't seem to have been their primary goal, and in fact they tried to extort money out of Sony first which seems like an odd thing for a nation state to do.

The only evidence that the FBI has offered are some Korean strings, which by themselves tell us very little.

Comment: Re:Implausible Deniability (Score 4, Insightful) 280

by AmiMoJo (#48671787) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

As another example, since the UN Charter as passed, open wars of aggression have been outlawed. As a result, there have been a whole lotta agressive "self-defense."

Which is why we can't believe the US either. It's Iraqi WMD all over again, a lie designed to create an excuse for an attack.

Comment: Re:Cut Down On Olympic Bloat (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by AmiMoJo (#48670023) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Almost all sports are judged to some degree, even if it is only a referee making decisions. In any case, those sports are all in there because they have large international competitions and structures, with well defined rules that many athletes feel are worth competing under. If they were just a pure judgement call people wouldn't bother participating since there would be no clear and objective way to measure and improve their performance, but that's not how they work.

The judges use very specific criteria, just like an examiner does to mark papers in an academic setting. For example, in rhythmic gymnastics there is a list of moves, ranked by difficulty and judged on how well the athlete meets the prescribed forms. It's not about looking good, it's about doing the motions correctly and with a high level of skill.

Sony

Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? 280

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Many security experts remain skeptical of North Korea's involvement in the recent Sony hacks. Schneier writes: "Clues in the hackers' attack code seem to point in all directions at once. The FBI points to reused code from previous attacks associated with North Korea, as well as similarities in the networks used to launch the attacks. Korean language in the code also suggests a Korean origin, though not necessarily a North Korean one, since North Koreans use a unique dialect. However you read it, this sort of evidence is circumstantial at best. It's easy to fake, and it's even easier to interpret it incorrectly. In general, it's a situation that rapidly devolves into storytelling, where analysts pick bits and pieces of the "evidence" to suit the narrative they already have worked out in their heads.""

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