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Comment: Re:Editing? English? (Score 1) 319

by PhireN (#39837843) Attached to: Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

In a Boeing plane, the control columns (Big huge steering wheel like thing between each pilot's legs) are mechanically linked so when the pilot moves one, the other one moves as well.

In an Airbus plane, they have a joysticks next to each pilot on the outer side of the plane. When the first pilot moves his stick, the second pilot's stick doesn't move at all, it just stays centred. And because of the way the joysticks are positioned, the second pilot can't easily see what the first pilot is doing with the stick without a bit of effort.

Comment: Re:Fly by wire.... (Score 2) 319

by PhireN (#39837741) Attached to: Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster
Newer Airbus planes don't have Stick Shakers. Instead the input computer will modify (or reject) the pilots commands so the plane doesn't stall.

Unfortunately, this whole situation started because the pitot tubes froze over so the plane had no idea how fast it was going. Instead of risking making the wrong correction the input computer fell back into safe mode where the pilots had full control.

So the plane was left with no real measures against stalling.

Comment: Re:More to it than that (Score 5, Informative) 319

by PhireN (#39837137) Attached to: Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

the pilots flying were so disoriented that it probably would have taken a giant flashing sign saying "you're falling out of the air, dummies!" to get them to nose down.

There was a recorded voice yelling STALL, STALL, STALL over and over again. They would have ignored the giant flashing sign too and blamed it on a computer error.
They were just that disorientated.

Comment: Re:Evil commenting on evil (Score 1) 378

by PhireN (#34877870) Attached to: Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates
Implementing a whitelist is going to be hard, because there have been so many releases that its simply impossibly to fit the entire database into an isolated loader, and streaming one in leaves more room for bugs to creep in.

And updating metldr will be a nightmare, current the update process is entirely offline, because not everybody has their console connected to the internet which means Sony have to remove yet another feature. And Sony is not going to want to do that until they have worked out how on earth geohot exploited metldr for its keys, which is probally why the Temporary Restraining Order is demanding that he should turn every single computer or disk that he has to sony. Also, there is no way to revoke metldr. If you have a valid metldr for your console you can downgrade.

So yes, it might be possible for sony to patch things up, but it will be really, really hard.

Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011 153

Posted by Soulskill
from the to-boldly-stay-home dept.
A publisher based in Germany has announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, a browser MMO based on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game will be free-to-play, and it's planned for sometime in 2011. "Gameforge also contracted Michael Okuda, who served as scenic art supervisor for every live-action Star Trek series except for the original program, as a consultant. His wife Denise Okuda, who was a video supervisor and scenic artist for several of the sci-fi series' films and shows, will serve as a consultant, too."

Comment: Re:RTFLDP (Score 1) 347

by PhireN (#29340909) Attached to: Running Old Desktops Headless?
No, a USB to serial adapter requires USB drivers, which grub just doesn't have.
Other options include:
  • Installing a separate copy of linux as the a 2nd option in grub. GRUB can be configured to change its default boot option before booting. Then configure your first linux copy to set the grub default back to its self after networking is up and running.
  • Enable network booting in your bios, and configure another computer to act as a BOOTP server to serve a copy of grub and a configuration file.
  • Some motherboards which might not have a serial port on the backpane will still have a serial port header on the motherboard. Its just a matter of getting an adapter.

Comment: Re:The Upside? (Score 1) 275

by PhireN (#28913745) Attached to: Apple Keyboard Firmware Hack Demonstrated
Yeah, I like the feel of the apple keyboards, but I use Linux, and I don't like the scan code mappings.
It shouldn't be too hard to create an alternate layout which reports the expected key codes for the F1-F12 keys, remaps Fn to Insert, F13 and F14 to Print Screen/Sys Req (So I can use the magic Sys Req key when my computer crashes) and Pause/Break.
The remaining F15-F19 keys can be remapped for extra features.
Then the keyboard would be fully compatible with Linix and Windows machines without the need for special drivers.

Comment: Re:Can't wait to (Score 1) 84

by PhireN (#28330609) Attached to: Intel Eyes Smartphone Chip Market
The LCD on my EEEPC 1000he uses way less than 6-15w.
With linux, a stripped down window manager (awsome), screen at ~30% brightness and bluetooth, wifi, sd slot and webcam powered down, it idles at 8.1-8.3w. (I think the hdd is spun down at this point)
Turning the backlight off only gets me down to 7.9w, and If I put the screen at full brightness the entire power load only increases to ~9.2w.
Clearly the Screen isn't using the bulk of the power.

Comment: Re:origin (Score 1) 146

by PhireN (#28111325) Attached to: Pulsar Signals Could Provide Galactic GPS
No matter where you define the origin, your going to have the same problems.
Everything is going to move, at different velocities in different directions, even the origin.
To find a planet you will need know:
  1. Where it was at the time of origin
  2. Relative to the point of origin at the time of origin,
  3. How much time has passed since the time of origin,
  4. The velocity/acceleration of the point of origin
  5. The velocity/acceleration of planet.

This isn't hard for a computer to calculate. But you will never be able to locate a planet to just by a set of coordinates like you can do with GPS, you will also need to include a series of vectors regarding velocity and acceleration, which could get complex if you need describe complex orbits.

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