How many satellites heard the pings? And each satellite has an array of antennas, each with a different field of view. How accurately can the service place a device given the size of each beam?
It may be possible to calibrate the receivers' timing and signal strengths by comparing the MH370 ping characteristics with those from known ground locations received at more or less the same time.
That's it! ATC got the call signs crossed up and the plane is still holding, waiting for a landing slot at Beijing.
Be patient... the right bugs will eventually get in there, may just take a while.
They'll be back. Bigger. And they'll eat Kiev.
feudalism and robber barons
This is just one form of wealth distribution. And it is less a matter of who receives the proceeds than of who has it taken away.
1. Different licensing terms.
2. Differing technical hurdles involved in the digitization process.
Both have merits to some degree. If text conversion is more costly than that for audio and the rights negotiations represent a higher risk barrier to overcome, then fewer people will undertake the time/capital expenditure to digitally re-publish text works. Since the legal underpinnings of copyright are in part for the benefit of society as a whole, than it would behoove us to lower this cost/risk barrier. Using both a carrot and stick approach, give the holders of copyright a tax incentive to revising their publishing agreements to include ePub and other future formats. For those that drag their heels, revise the terms of copyright law to expire rights that don't keep up with publishing technologies.
Equality is really only seen in hunter-gatherer tribes small enough not to require some sort of hierarchical governance or specialization in various crafts. What disrupts societies (wealth-wise) is actively inhibiting its members from receiving the compensation that their particular skill sets command. And one of the prime methods of interference is wealth redistribution.
Maybe not. Why fly for five hours to commit suicide? If the object is to confuse the search, that will only be temporary. The search will continue until some evidence is found. And crash reconstruction forensics is pretty good. The story will come out.
Perhaps the aircraft landed someplace. Locals are a lot less likely to report an uneventful landing nearby than an aircraft that dives into the jungle. Take the maximum 5 hour range, draw a circle from the last known position and look for territories with low political stability. I'm pretty sure various countries' military intelligence services have already made a good inventory of abandoned airstrips or other places suitable for landing. Photograph them from satellites and look for activity.
Flipping a circuit breaker off is that hard?
You have to have some understanding of the systems involved to know which ones to disable which will leave the aircraft in a flyable state but unable to communicate. The average technologically adept person will probably think of the radio. But then there are three or more different comm types with redundant channels. People familiar with aviation will get the transponder. But if you said ACARS to the average person, they'd probably respond, "Duh??"
I must have classic view selected. Because I still see the pinkish background (and no yellow icons).
To be honest, I'd rather have the icons. The background color is difficult to see on crappy monitors.
It took 4 days to notice this?
Look at who is taking the lead in this investigation: Malaysia. It could be that they just aren't as organized as other countries' aviation authorities when it comes to managing this sort of event.
Also keep in mind that many of the passengers are Chinese. And China, being the major power in the region, Malaysia doesn't want to start jumping to conclusions to upset them.
Given an information vacuum, lots of people are stepping in, making seemingly contradictory or confusing statements.