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Submission + - Dreamliner: Boeing 787 aircraft battery 'not faulty' (bbc.co.uk)

SternisheFan writes: "Airline safety inspectors have found no faults with the battery used on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, Japan's transport ministry has said. The battery was initially considered the likely source of problems on 787s owned by two Japanese airlines. The world's entire fleet of 50 787s has been grounded while inspections are carried out. Attention has now shifted to the electrical system that monitors battery voltage, charging and temperature. Transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said "we have found no major quality or technical problem" with the lithium-ion batteries. Shares in GS Yuasa, which makes the batteries, jumped 5% on the news. "We are looking into affiliated parts makers," he said. "We are looking into possibilities.""

Comment Re:Cosmci Ra (Score 1) 283

The sad part is not that some people get that idea at all, but that that was the largest newspaper in Europe, with the sixth-largest circulation world-wide. And they have a reputation to pull stunts like that.
I remember an "giant aliens playing football" article about some rounded rocks found in Antarctica.


Comment Re:FAIL! (Score 1) 492

Just one quick correction:

1. Probably the most amazing and useful feature ever in a phone--auto synchronization between Gmail, Google calendar, contacts, and photos. Yes blah blah Mobile Me. Well Google is free--Apple is $100/yr. And please, the functionality and features of Gmail and Google calendar absolutely crap on the lame excuse of the Apple offerings. Don't even try to argue this one.

You can also connect to Gmail as if it were an Exchange server using ActiveSync. This allows for full two-way synchronization of your mail, calendar and contacts with the native applications on the device - not that awful web interface. It actually works very well - although, I'm sure the integration still isn't as tight as it is with Android (of course).

Comment Not without precedent (Score 2, Interesting) 278

Well, this is not entirely without precedent. Even the field of Physics employes this method of specifying things that are complex enough that warrant a "model" which is highly dependent on what the model chose to include or exclude. For example, in tracking satellites, you would think that you should be able to use Physics and the myriad of formulas alone to come up with the position of satellites. But because real world physics (think drag, friction, N-body G forces etc) is too hard to figure out and are often hand-waved away (thus the model), NASA had to devise a set of algorithms to communicate a way to track satellites. They then publish the telemetry at regular intervals which are then run through those algorithms to find out where any of the satellites are at any given time. Last I worked on it, I was looking at Fortran programs which was used as the spec for the algorithm. Now, think about it, how better to describe an algorithm than an actual working program?

see: SGP4 and this in particular.

Comment From the article: (Score 1) 405

You may not and you agree not to, or to enable others to, copy (except as expressly permitted by this License), decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of, decrypt, modify, or create derivative works of the iPad Software or any services provided by the iPad Software, or any part thereof
This License is effective until terminated. Your rights under this License will terminate automatically or otherwise cease to be effective without notice from Apple if you fail to comply with any term(s) of this License. Upon the termination of this License, you shall cease all use of the iPad Software

In other words, jailbreaking is a good way to indicate that you want to terminate the licence. After which you are no longer bound to its terms.

Comment Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 67

Perhaps my understanding of physics is lax, but in what way does this suggest conflicting evidence towards the field equations any more than what we already know about singularity type constructs? We already know that the field equations break down when dealing with the infinities inside black holes, but as far as large amounts of cosmic radiation ripping apart the galaxy forming elemental seeds on the macroscale, I don't see the discontinuity (pun intended) with the field equations. What statement gave you the impression of 'suggested conflicts'? Any astrophysicist care to clarify? IMO, this supports the field equations in that the energies imparted the 'seed clouds' create explosive chaotic forces larger than their internal gravitational attraction, hence the 'ripping apart' that we observe; with energy of this radiation being a byproduct from the mass gobbled up by the black hole.

Comment Re:Consoles? (Score 1) 510

I am willing to bet your internet connection is faster/more stable than his. I would also be that you are both using a different version of the 360. (There are how many different motherboards now?)

I have had "two" 360's. A launch and one built in the last year. The launch "one" (it was replaced several times do to RRoD) was significantly slower when installing updates or pretty much anything. I even measured the delay between action sent to the console (like hitting a button) and display on an output device (TV, computer, timing device). The old system had a consistent 40% larger delay on average.

Comment Re:No Xboy (Score 1) 232

In case you didn't know (and probably you don't, or you'd likely have mentioned it), there are actually two Advance Wars sequels on the DS: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (which came earlier), and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (which came later). Strangely, Dual Strike has almost perfect touchscreen controls (except for the bottom row of the map, where the menu pops up in the wrong place), but it was somehow messed up for Dark Conflict, where I go back to using the D-pad. (Dark Conflict is considerably better in terms of gameplay, though, and even has some semblance of a plot if you're into that sort of thing.)

Comment Re:When governments cease to represent their citiz (Score 1) 410

Most of the GDP of the United States is consumed. Some of it is turned into wealth (An amount that is smaller than it seems, things like land often increase in value with no input of productivity).

Deciding if the distribution is fair is a big job (even coming up with some sort of measurement of the fairness is a tough job), but I guarantee you that the distribution is not skewed so that 1% are collectively getting more than the other 99% (certainly there is a 1% that individually have obscene access to resources, but the group of people getting more than a 'fair' share is likely to be much larger than that, depending on how you define fair, and so forth).

Comment Re:Was it a cause of his legal trouble? (Score 1) 691

(complexity of laws creates complexity of loopholes...) You've even advocated that activity right here, but for some reason there are people decrying "Tax Avoision."

No, I have not advocated avoidance. In reading the tax background with respect to independent contractors, and specifically the "20 questions" the IRS supposedly uses to determine just how independent a contractor is from their hiring entity, I think that making a partnership or hiring other employees, and changing business practices so that the contractor has multiple income streams are ways to ensure one is truly an independent contractor in the eyes of the IRS. In other words, change business practices to be more like a business rather than an employee. My comment presented one way to clarify one's employment role; it's an obvious approach when one reads the subjective IC criteria.

Comment Re:Nicely Written Brief (Score 1) 525

Especially given the fact that others are willing - no, begging - to be allowed to be a distribution channel these days. Take iTunes for example. All they have to do is provide them with a license and a master copy. No maintenance costs, no bandwidth costs, no electricity costs, nothing at all. They literally have to invest a few dollars at most for each song they allow iTunes to sell. Meanwhile, they sit back and claim $.70 for every copy of every song that sells. I don't know how much of that goes to the artist, but it's not much.

They don't actually have to worry about advertising or marketing either - between radio stations, bloggers, other fans, word-of-mouth, etc. it's pretty much guaranteed that their product will sell. They don't need to worry about hiring new artists - there's a list of musicians at least a mile long (literally) that would consider it the best thing in the world to be hired on by an RIAA label. Their business has literally grown to the point where they can sit back and do nothing but the paperwork.

Most industries would KILL for that kind of ROI.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"