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Submission + - US Jets Scramble to Intercept Russian Planes near Aircraft Carrier

HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that the US Navy launched four armed F/A-18 fighter jets to intercept two Russian Tu-142 Bear aircraft that were flying near the 100,000-ton aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan while itwas participating in a bilateral training exercise with South Korea in the Pacific Ocean. "It is standard operating procedure for U.S. planes to escort aircraft flying in the vicinity of U.S. Navy ships," says Navy Cmdr. William J. Marks. "This type of interaction is not unprecedented. Overall I would characterize the interaction as safe." The Nimitz-class nuclear powered USS Reagan is essentially a floating airport, complete with an air traffic control center that tracks and communicates with nearby aircraft. When the carrier engages in flight operations, it institutes a carrier control zone, which extends up to 2,500 feet and within a five-mile radius, according to the Navy’s flight training instruction carrier procedures.

The lack of communication by the Russian aircraft conflicted with general aviation practice. Even commercial airports of any significant size generally expect two-way radio contact when aircraft fly as close as the Russians did, according to international aviation guidelines. Encounters such as these were common during the Cold War. They subsided with its end but picked up again under current Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Over the last few years and particularly this year and last year, with the start of the Ukraine crisis, Russia has picked up the number of sorties," says Nick de Larrinaga. adding that Putin wants to show Russia is "still a global military power and a force to be reckoned with."

Submission + - Did we just find a Dyson Sphere being built? (slate.com)

gurps_npc writes: Note, as always, the answer to a headline question is usually "no". But Phil Plait just wrote a very interesting article about a star that is extremely variable. We generally look for cyclical minute (1%) variations in star light to detect planets. But we found one that has a variable variation in starlight of over 20%. We don't have a very good explanation for this and some people are proposing it is caused by a civilization building a Dyson Sphere around the star.

Submission + - Linus: "2016 Will Be the Year of the ARM Laptop" (softpedia.com)

jones_supa writes: Linus Torvalds took the stage at the latest LinuxCon 2015 that took place in Dublin, Ireland, and talked about a number of things, including security and the future for Linux on ARM hardware. There is nothing that will blow your mind, but there are a couple of interesting statements nonetheless. Chromebooks are slowly taking over the world and a large number of those Chromebooks are powered by ARM processors. "I'm happy to see that ARM is making progress. One of these days, I will actually have a machine with ARM. They said it would be this year, but maybe it'll be next year. 2016 will be the year of the ARM laptop," said Linus excitedly. He also explained that one of the problems now is actually finding people to maintain Linux. It's not a glorious job, and it usually entails answering emails seven days a week. Finding someone with the proper set of skills and the time to do this job is difficult.

Submission + - Adblock Plus 1.0 for iOS Released (adblockplus.org)

unencode200x writes: Adblock for iOS was finally approved by Apple and released to the App Store today. This in on the heels of the recent and much-discussed controversy with the first ad blocker in the App Store. Will Adblock Plus face new problems now that the web advertising industry, including Google, is working to circumvent ad blockers especially on mobile?

Submission + - SPAM: Windows Marketplace Reaches 30,000 Apps, As Analys

kyl3x writes: Microsoft should be pleased with the amount of positive talk surrounding Windows Phone this week, as not only is their application store filling up with content, but analysts are saying the smartphone OS has a great chance of becoming the third choice for customers.
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Submission + - Measles Resurgent Due to Fear of Vaccination (eurekalert.org)

florescent_beige writes: In the September Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Gregory Poland, M.D. writes that "More than 150 cases of measles have been reported in the United States already this year and there have been similar outbreaks in Europe, a sign the disease is making an alarming comeback. The reappearance of the potentially deadly virus is the result of unfounded fears about a link between the measles shot and autism that have turned some parents against childhood vaccination..."

Meanwhile, in spite of Mr. & Mrs. Great Unwashed`s opinions, the search for the true causes of autism goes on in spite of the best efforts of old Playboy bunnies.


Submission + - Why Amazon Can't Manufacture A Kindle In The USA 1

theodp writes: Ever wonder why all those job listings for Amazon subsidiary Lab126 — the internal group behind the Kindle and, by all accounts, an upcoming Android tablet — have travel requirements? Over at Forbes, Steve Denning explains why Amazon can't make a Kindle in the USA, and why that really does matter. 'The idea that there is a lot of outsourcing going on is hardly news', writes Denning.'The idea that it is irreversible and destructive of the economy's ability to grow is less well known. Even so, it’s not exactly new news: the HBR article that I cite is two years old. What is really new news is that (1) these fairly obvious truths haven’t yet dawned on economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CEOs, accountants, politicians, among others and (2) the way to manage in a radically different way to deal with these issues is now more fully articulated than it has been before.' Denning concludes his trilogy-of-management-terror by noting that the decline is also occurring in software.

Submission + - Office 15 development to go JavaScript (i-programmer.info) 1

mikejuk writes: Programmers have had to put up with Microsoft dithering over Office development for a long while. The macro language VBA has been on its way out ever since .NET was introduced and yet it is still the only macro language available. Now it looks as if Microsoft plan to put JavaScript and HTML5 into Office 15. And how do we know this? By reading job ads to discover what projects Microsoft is hiring for. Clearly communication between Microsoft and its developers has reached an all time low.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller