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Comment: Re:Now if only... (Score 1) 41

by jones_supa (#49377567) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build
I still find Windows Update to be one of the most flaky components of Windows. There's a too high chance of updates failing to install, and the Windows Update dialog in Control Panel can be stuck displaying 0% while the backend is making progress just fine. Also they removed the "New updates are available" system tray icon, which I find disappointing. Also you have to keep automatic updates turned on so that the Windows Defender malware definitions are kept up to date.

+ - German Paper's Timeline of Flight 9525's Final Moments->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "German tabloid newspaper Bild has released what is claims is a summary of the timeline from downed Germanwings flight 9525 (4U9525/GWI18G). The timeline is based on the data recorded on one of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage. An official transcript of the cockpit voice recording has not been released, so Bild cites sources close to the investigation for the information. CNN translated Bild's report, but cannot independently verify the information. The timeline provides one of the most detailed descriptions of the plane's final moments, and makes it seem that the crash was indeed intentional."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Let me guess (Score 1) 61

by jones_supa (#49372391) Attached to: India Mandates Use of Open Source Software In Government

Some nerds have now sold them this idea, but when it eventually comes to deployment, everyone will realize "Oh my god the desktop is buggy, and LibreOffice constantly screws up the formatting of documents. We can't actually use something like this." After that, there will just be the ugly flag symbol and a spinning pearls animation when people start their computers.

Any counterarguments?

+ - Final Moments Inside Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "There's no video footage from inside the cockpit of the Germanwings flight that left 150 people dead — nor is such footage recorded from any other commercial airline crash in recent years. Unlike many other vehicles operating with heightened safety concerns, airline cockpits don't come with video surveillance. The reason, in part, is that airline pilots and their unions have argued vigorously against what they see as an invasion of privacy that would not improve aviation safety. The long debate on whether airplane cockpits in the U.S. should be equipped with cameras dates back at least 15 years, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) first pushed regulators require video monitoring following what the agency called "several accidents involving a lack of information regarding crewmember actions and the flight deck environment". The latest NTSB recommendation for a cockpit image system came in January 2015. Should video streams captured inside the plane become a standard part of aviation safety measures?"

+ - Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A rather interesting product, Ikea's line of flatpack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week. The lightweight Better Shelter was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and beta tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which typically last about six months. The product is important tool in the prolonged refugee crisis that has unfolded across the Middle East. The war in Syria has spurred nearly 4 million people to leave their homes. The UNHCR has agreed to buy 10,000 of the shelters, and will begin providing them to refugee families this summer."

Comment: FPGAs (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by jones_supa (#49356127) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

We really should be preserving old computers in HDL in a form as loyal as possible to the original. Then we could always reimplement them in FPGA and make "real" hardware cheaply enough until the sun burns out.

It's doable, although these are big efforts.

There is already this Japanese guy who has done it for the SNES.

+ - Intel Helps Coreboot With Broadwell Support Code

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Intel Linux developers have landed a lot of Broadwell CPU architecture enablement code into Coreboot. While there has been basic Broadwell support code within Coreboot for a number of months, pushed in the past few hours has been a lot more Broadwell code. This is likely an indication that more Google Chromebooks based on this latest-generation Intel architecture should be surfacing soon. See the patches in Coreboot Git browser."

+ - Germanwings Crash Prompts Requirement of Two Personnel in Cockpit

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After a co-pilot appeared to deliberately crash Germanwings flight 4U9525, some airlines are to change their rules to ensure two crew members are in plane cockpits at all times. Two low-cost European carriers EasyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle are going to roll the new policy into effect almost immediately. The latter company said that they had already been discussing about such scenario before. Air Canada and the Canadian charter airline Air Transat also said they would go with the new rule. Many more carriers are likely to follow. Airlines in United States already follow the "rule of two"."

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.