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Comment Translation of article (Score 1) 324

The damage control computer of Spanair aircraft had a virus

The central computer of Spanair, which recorded failures of aircraft was contaminated with malicious software when, two years ago today, Flight JK 5022 crashed. The computer, located at the headquarters of the airline in Palma de Mallorca, emits an alarm signal on its monitor when it registers three similar technical problems in the same device (plane). The plane that crashed at Barajas two years ago today -killing 154 of its 172 occupants- had already accumulated three incidents, which were not registered in time on the computer.

The summary (legal documentation), with two defendants, now occupies 46 volumes and nearly 12,000 pages

An internal document of the company, dated the day of the accident, indicates that the monitor was contaminated, "with trojans." These malicious programs can cause damage and facilitate attacks by hackers. Indeed, the association of victims of the crash has intervened in the case, and asked the investigating judge, Juan David Perez, to ask Spanair for all the pertaining entries in that computer on the days before and after the incident. The judge has just given an order in which it ordered the airline to provide this data.

Besides the stated virus on the computer, it has been added that Spanair took about 24 hours to input data about failures of its planes in the computer, according to declarations made by two mechanics from the airline in front of a judge. This is not a trivial matter, specially since flight JK 5022 would not have taken off from Barajas Airport in Madrid had its data been on the computer that day. It would have triggered the alarm, two incidents (deficiencies) had been spotted the day before the accident, August 19 and a third on the 20th, the latter defect was what motivated the flight to return from the runway, when the commander determined that a tube had overheated without justification. The mechanics are required to notify Spanair in Palma de Mallorca each defect immediately after detecting it. In this case, when employees tried to input the information on the computer to write these three incidents, they noticed that the monitor was useless due to the invasion of Trojans. By then, the plane had crashed.

The summary of this accident occupies about 12,000 pages. At the moment there are two defendants who are Spanair technicians. The judge is still waiting for the experts he appointed to report on the causes of the accident. A first analysis of the Commission of Inquiry into Accidents and Incidents of Civil Aviation (CIAIAC) revealed that the cause of the catastrophe was that the pilots forgot to turn on takeoff flaps and slaps, which are some small spoilers on the wings that help the vessel to rise. The aircraft has an alarm that warns the driver if you forget to turn on those fins. That day, the alarm did not sound (go off). The judge investigates whether there is a relationship between the failure of the alarm and the defects detected on the plane before the accident.

Did I just say that?

Submission + - Sir Paul McCartney favors Pirate Bay verdict

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Comment Jabber or Openfire (Score 1) 360

Well, in my experience I have used Openfire and Jabber (via ebox). Both are easy to install and use. Ebox is a bit harder, but if you don't already have a server with SSO, it is the best option in my opinion. I have scaled both at companies with ~200 employees.

Word of warning though, I only use communications internally, have not tried to connect either solution via Internet (only as corporate intranet), though it is possible.

For the client, I find Pandion works best on XP clients, if you do not need other protocols as MSN, Yahoo, etc.

Comment Rare indeed ... (Score 1) 233

Well, I have to agree with parent post on this. I have lived on the Dominican Republic for 33 years, and had never even heard of these solenodons. Guess it's time to leave the office and see my surroundings every once in a while...

KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Released 249

dbhost writes "Along with this morning's cup of coffee and log reviews, I discovered that the KDE team is moving forward with a long awaited beta release of KDE 4.0 beta release of KDE 4.0. The most interesting item I found in the notes is that the file manager in KDE is being separated from Konqueror into a component called Dolphin. Also, according to the announcement, konsole has been treated to a number of improvements such as split view, and history highlighting."

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