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Transportation

+ - Partial Panel Panic

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes "A normal part of every pilot's training consists of 'flying under the hood', where a hood that looks like a way oversized ball cap is placed on your head so that all you can see is the instrument panel. And during this phase, the instructor will cover up some of the instruments to simulate their failure.. However, under actual conditions, all this training seems for naught in the resulting loss of situational awareness, one of the single biggest causes of incidences of every kind, not just in the cockpit. So here we have the preliminary findings of Air France 447.. If this is true, I would consider it a major failure of the training process itself. It's time to make these guys sweat a little bit more in the simulators to burn this into their heads in a more permanent fashion, until they can learn how to fly with only the magnetic compass and a pencil hanging from the ceiling... and keep it together when the stewardess reports that the coffee maker is broken"

+ - TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program 1

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes "In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased security in GA operations against the individual liberties of GA pilots, Pistole announced that new self-administered pat-down program would be mandatory in the very near future. Acceptance has been (at best) mixed within the GA community. While most pilots knew that enhanced steps were going to be forthcoming from TSA, as a 'necessary counter' to security threats, most complain that the new procedures go too far.
*GA =General Aviation"

+ - Internet 'kill switch' attached to defense bill?

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes ""A federal cybersecurity bill that critics say creates a presidential "kill switch" for the Internet could be added on to a defense spending bill and passed without much debate, technology news sources report.

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), one of the sponsors of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, told GovInfoSecurity.com that the Senate is considering attaching the bill as a rider to a defense authorization bill likely to pass through Congress before the mid-term elections.

"It's hard to get a measure like cybersecurity legislation passed on its own," Carper said.

Carper, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced the bill in June in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism. Critics say the bill would allow the president to disconnect Internet networks and force private websites to comply with broad cybersecurity measures. Future US presidents would have those powers renewed indefinitely."

I see no point in even arguing about it. The vast majority does not care.. any more than it does about the wars, the corruption, the patriot act, the wiretapping, the new x-ray vans... The government already has the authority to do this. They just want to codify it into law... For appearances more than anything else. So I suggest that you all just lie down and enjoy it. There is no one with the power that's even remotely interested in putting a stop to it."

+ - U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes "Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs."
News

+ - Man Claims Ownership of Facebook 1

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes ""A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, following a suit by a New York man who claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.

Paul D. Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court of New York's Allegany County on June 30, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to ownership of the company and monetary damages...

In his suit, Mr. Ceglia claims he signed a contract with Mr. Zuckerberg on April 28, 2003, to develop and design a website, paying a $1,000 fee but getting a 50% stake in the product. The contract stipulated that Mr. Ceglia would get an additional 1% interest in the business for every day after Jan. 1, 2004, until it was completed...

A copy of the contract seen by The Wall Street Journal says it is "for the purchase and design of a suitable website for the project Seller [Mr. Zuckerberg] has already initiated that is designed to offer the students of Harvard university [sic] access to a wesite [sic] similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title of 'The Face Book.'"

The date of the contract appears to conflict with previous accounts of the creation of Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg built a predecessor to Facebook called Facemash in October and November 2003, but Mr. Zuckerberg didn't register the domain thefacebook.com until January 2004...

  Victor P. Goldberg, who teaches contracts at Columbia University's Law School, said the Facebook contract lawsuit may get tripped up by the statute of limitations, which is six years in New York.

He also said the contract itself was unusual, because it doesn't stipulate what else Mr. Zuckerberg would have gotten from Mr. Ceglia aside from $1,000."

Evidently this Ceglia is an interesting character

"In 2009, New York's Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo accused Mr. Ceglia of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.

The state claimed that he took more than $200,000 from consumers and then failed to deliver any products or refunds.""
Hardware

+ - Dude, where's my mouse?

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes "...researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there.

Cup your palm, move it around on a table and a cursor on the screen hovers. Tap on the table like you would click a real mouse, and the computer responds. It’s one step beyond cordless. It’s an invisible mouse.

The project, called “Mouseless,” uses an infrared laser beam and camera to track the movements of the palm and fingers and translate them into computer commands...

A working prototype of the Mouseless system costs approximately $20 to build, says Pranav Mistry, who is leading the project."

+ - Judge Rejects Approval of Biotech Sugar Beets

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countertrolling
countertrolling writes "A federal judge has ruled that the government failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of genetically engineered sugar beets before approving the crop for cultivation in the United States. The decision could lead to a ban on the planting of the beets, which have been widely adopted by farmers.
Beets supply about half the nation's sugar, with the rest coming from sugar cane. About 10,000 farmers grow about 1.1 million acres of sugar beets, Mr. Markwart said. That makes it a small crop compared to staples like soybeans and corn.

The Agriculture Department did conduct an environmental assessment before approving the genetically engineered beets in 2005 for widespread planting. But the department concluded there would be no significant impact, so a fuller environmental impact statement was not needed.

But Judge White said that the pollen from the genetically engineered crops might spread to non-engineered beets. He said that the "potential elimination of farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food" constituted a significant effect on the environment that necessitated an environmental impact statement.

In March, Judge White had asked the federal government if the Obama administration would take a different stance in the case than the Bush administration had. The new administration said there would be no change.

There's still hope, isn't there? That we can at least get this stuff labeled properly?"

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