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US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System 160

Posted by samzenpus
from the upgrade-complete dept.
coondoggie writes: The Federal Aviation Administration this week said it had completed the momentous replacement of the 40-year-old main computer systems that control air traffic in the US. Known as En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the system is expected to increase air traffic flow, improve automated navigation and strengthen aircraft conflict detection services, with the end result being increased safety and less flight congestion. The FAA said the Lockheed Martin-developed ERAM systems “uses nearly two million lines of computer code to process critical data for controllers, including aircraft identity, altitude, speed, and flight path. The system almost doubles the number of flights that can be tracked and displayed to controllers.”

Comment: Loopholes... (Score 1) 342

by amoeba1911 (#49286075) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'
I draw a line on the floor. I say you're not allowed to step over this line, your actions will be punished if you do. Then you find a clever way to get on the other side of the line without actually stepping over the line. This is what these companies are doing. They're getting on the wrong side of the law. The fact that they found a crack to squeeze 1 billion pounds out without actually breaking any laws doesn't change the fact that they escaped without paying tax on a billion pounds. What they did is simply tax evasion. They should be punished accordingly, for tax evasion. Their accountants should be punished as well and their lawyers that approved of this kind of lawlessness.

Comment: ISIS idolizes Hebdo's caricatures of prophets? (Score 1) 206

by amoeba1911 (#48837073) Attached to: 19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

Here's the irony of the situation: the whole idea behind forbidding drawings/sculptures of their prophet is to prevent idolatry. The prohibition of idolatry applies only to Muslims creating/worshiping religious idols. Unless these ISIS guys greatly admired Charlie Hebdo's caricatures, they have no religious justification for what they did. These guys are simply murderers even under their very own Islamic rules.

Comment: Re:We reap what we sowed (Score 1) 206

by amoeba1911 (#48837035) Attached to: 19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks
Yeah... you fail to see this isn't a retaliatory attack against France. If it was in retaliation against French involvement in destroying Libyan targets, they would have attacked military installments, or at the very least government buildings. No, instead they killed 12 innocent people for drawing a picture of some guy they hold very sacred because their bible strictly forbids idolatry... yes, idolatry. Do Muslims all over the world secretely idolize Charlie Hebdo's caricatures?

Comment: camera gun (Score 1) 219

by amoeba1911 (#48781409) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers
We have cameras on our phones. Why can't we get cameras on our guns too? It could activate simply when you draw the gun. One of the biggest problem is that dead people can't tell their version of the story. The gun with the built-in camera would record the events immediately before the shot was fired, you can determine from that if the assailant was really coming towards the officer or if he had his hands up in self-defense.

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 1) 495

by amoeba1911 (#48267229) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

You bring up a good point about much higher levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. But you have to keep in mind: all of these changes in the past are associated with mass extinctions. The faster the change happened, the more species died.

The change from Permian to Triassic period caused a 95% extinction. The next biggest extinction was the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction, also due to rapid climate change.

Comment: who cares about how it looks? (Score 1) 209

by amoeba1911 (#48192851) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Seriously, if you want it to look different, just get windowblinds and you're done.

What could microsoft do better? get functionality like windowblinds built-in and make it easy to use
incorporate ability to mount ftp drives
fix built-in defrag too to allow it to move page file so you can shrink partition to minimum size
get rid of the abysmal ribbon and change menus in office to allow typing (ie. type commands/keywords instead of browsing through menus/toolsbars)
how about improving built-in notepad to not suck ass? year 2014 and notepad still chokes while opening large files
same with ms paint, is this a joke? it hasn't changed since 1996! either improve it by adding modern features to it, or get rid of it.
get rid of IE intergrations. wasn't there a lawsuit about this
include a pdf reader that's not a full-screen piece of shit, get rid of fullscreen craps, this is a desktop os, not a phone/tablet/phablet.
how about an ability to run exes in sandboxed mode? ie. catch all file/registry access, report it, undo it.
.. and many more!

no, instead they're adding "eye candy"...

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