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Submission + - PLM: Boeing's Dream, Airbus' Nightmare

lizzyben writes: Could a piece of software be a key ingredient of Boeing's success — as well as a major contributor to Airbus' troubles? This long piece from Baseline sheds light on how the two jet-makers used the same type of technology — product life-cycle management software — with radically different results.

In October 2006, Airbus chief executive Christian Streiff announced that the company's A380 superjumbo would be delayed by at least two years. "The delay and resulting changes to the program were expected to cost Boeing's fiercest competitor as much as $6 billion in lost profits. The cause, Streiff said, was due to compatibility issues with the sophisticated computer-aided design software used by engineers to architect the A380."

More from the article: "Airbus' lax enforcement of a single lingua franca for design was at the heart of the A380's later problems. While there are many ways that different CAD systems, and even different editions of the same CAD programs, can trip up a product's design, those ways become multiplied with the complexity of the end product and the increased number of suppliers creating parts or components for its manufacture.

"By contrast, Boeing management is taking no such chances. Well before Airbus' problem became public, the U.S. aerospace manufacturer had put into place a rigorous set of requirements to ensure that the same edition of Catia is used by everyone connected with the shaping of the Dreamliner."
Censorship

Journal Journal: Wikipedia Censorcracy 7

Howard Tayler over at Schlock Mercenary writes about how Wikipedia editors are using "notability" or the lack there-of to delete webcomic articles they don't find worthy of their fine encyclopedic tradition. This personally touches a nerve, as I've seen articles that I read and updated deleted as spam (with claims that I'm being paid to post such articles), not notable (how great a catch-all is
Space

NASA May Have to Buy Trips to Space 256

MattSparkes writes "Budget cuts could leave NASA without a Space Shuttle replacement, and leave it reliant on private firms to get payloads into space. A similar scenario happened between 1975 and 1981 when NASA made the transition from Apollo to the Space Shuttle. It seems like a strange state of affairs when a magazine can take people to space, but the USA can't."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Stallman sits down for multidimensional interview

marcfiszman writes: "Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement and the man who put the GNU into GNU/Linux, sits down for his first multidimensional podcast interview. Topics range from the "amoral" Linus Torvalds and "evil" Steve Jobs, to the impact of free software on the evolution of consciousness. http://nearthwort.com/2007/02/04/nearthwort-podcas t-11-richard-stallman-founder-of-the-free-software -movement/"
OS X

Submission + - Apple has Daylight Saving wrong in parts of Canada

unrulymob writes: Mac OS X 10.4.8 has the start of Daylight Saving wrong in some Canadian timezones — Pacifc and Mountain at least. Linux distros (RedHat anyway), Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have all released patches that correct for the earlier start of Daylight Saving Time in Canada/Pacific and Canada/Mountain — but Apple thinks it got timezones correct last year. "zdump -v Canada/Pacific|grep 2007" shows PDT starting on April 1st — but it starts 3 weeks earlier — on March 11th. I called them under my MacBook 90 days of free support — but got a little bit of condescension from the support guy (and no updated zoneinfo files to date). I could chose to run under America/Los_Angeles and it would work. Maybe if I'd bucked up for AppleCare they would have listened?
Moon

Submission + - Anti-Scientology Activist Keith Henson Arrested

kulakovich writes: "One of the founders of the L5 Society, Cryonics advocate, and well known anti-Scientology activist Keith Henson, was taken into custody yesterday in Arizona, on an outstanding warrant for picketing a Scientology office back in 2001. There is much concern over his current condition at this time due to medication requirements as well as fear for his well-being. He and his family had been receiving death-threats prior to the arrest. The Extropy Institute immediately set up a Henson Legal Defense Fund on his behalf. Henson is also known for his work with the US Congress on Lunar policy in the early 80s."
Announcements

Submission + - Silicon Valley Works to Find Missing Colleague

ubermiester writes: "The NY Times is reporting on the massive effort among Silicon Valley's "best and brightest" to aid in the search for missing MS researcher James Gray, who went missing on Sunday while sailing the Pacific on his private boat, "Tenacious". The Coast Guard suspended its search of more than 100,000 square miles of ocean on Thursday, but "dozens of Dr. Gray's colleagues, friends and former students [continued the search] with the tool they know best: computer technology... A veritable Who's Who of computer scientists from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, NASA and universities across the country spent sleepless nights writing ad hoc software, creating a blog and reconfiguring satellite images so that dozens of volunteers could pore over them, searching for a speck of red hull and white deck among a sea of gray pixels." One Coast Guard official noted, "This is the largest strictly civilian, privately sponsored search effort I have ever seen". Go geeks go!"
Graphics

Submission + - Crystalspace 1.0 released

Qbertino writes: The high-end open-source 3D engine Crystalspace has reached Version 1.0. From the website: "After almost 10 years of development we finally release Crystal Space and Crystal Entity Layer 1.0!" Crytalspace has several sub-projects: A game engine called CEL, a scripting exstension for that game engine called Cellstart, and CrystalCore, a single-player FPS Demo-Game built to show off Crystalspaces features. Crystalspace is generally considered a modern and extremely powerfull 3D engine and allready is in use in commercial products.
Media

Submission + - The semantics of climate change

gollum123 writes: "A nice article on the BBC talks about the difficulty in curbing the growth of greenhouse gases because scientists and politicians are speaking a different language ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own _correspondent/6324357.stm ). Quoting the author " I have wondered long into many nights why it always ends up like this; why it is so difficult to curb the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions which now runs above 2% per year. I have been concentrating on semantics. And it has brought me to a conclusion which is so simple I cannot believe I missed it years ago. The crux of the matter, it seems to me, lies in the different ways that scientists and politicians use language. Science is nothing without precision... political language, on the other hand, is a triumph of misrepresentation. When a scientist talks about 'reducing greenhouse gas emissions' he or she means just that; actually reducing them. But what it is coming to mean in the political lexicon is something very different. The emissions will still rise, but a bit less quickly than they would have done otherwise. Having them grow less fast becomes equivalent to reducing them.""
Security

Submission + - VA Loses another HDD with data on 48,000 veterans

Saqib Ali writes: "Seems like VA has managed to lose another hard drive containing data on 48,000 veterans. The hard drive was stolen from a employees home. The good news is that hard drive was partially encrypted. So it is expected that no more then 20,000 records were impacted. Which is still a high number. My question, why the partial encryption? If you are going to encrypt, just encrypt the whole drive."

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