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."
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.
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.
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. Link to Original Source
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.
Thinkcloud writes: Adobe has a history of infuriating Windows and Mac users with nagging update notifications. The latest in the fray is the automatic installation of McAfee security software along with updates to Flash Player.
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.
zacharye writes: Apple just pushed iOS 5 beta 5 out to developers and wouldn’t you know, we’ve got the full change log for you to feast your eyes on. Hit the jump for all the iOS 5 changes you can handle.