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Submission + - U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights out of LAX 2

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Reuters reports that last week's computer glitch at a California air traffic control center that led officials to halt takeoffs at Los Angeles International Airport was caused by a U-2 spy plane still in use by the US military, passing through air space monitored by the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center that appears to have overloaded ERAM, a computer system at the center. According to NBC News, computers at the center began operations to prevent the U-2 from colliding with other aircraft, even though the U-2 was flying at an altitude of 60,000 feet and other airplanes passing through the region's air space were miles below. FAA technical specialists resolved the specific issue that triggered the problem on Wednesday, and the FAA has put in place mitigation measures as engineers complete development of software changes,” said the agency in a statement. “The FAA will fully analyze the event to resolve any underlying issues that contributed to the incident and prevent a reoccurrence.” The U.S. Air Force is still flying U-2s, but plans to retire them within the next few years. The U-2 was slated for retirement in 2006 in favor of the unmanned Global Hawk Block 30 system, before the Air Force pulled an about-face two years ago and declared the Global Hawk too expensive and insufficient for the needs of combatant commanders.

Comment Re:The death of (Score 3, Informative) 334

I'm not sure what you mean by a "release group" but suspect you mean illegal distribution. The fingerprint is of the first few seconds of the audio of the file. A legal download from emusic or itunes or amazon has the same fingerprint.


Unless the RIAA subtly change the music to fingerprint every CD uniquely, and then track from the point of sale with your information and watch for that fingerprint on the internet. (Dang, haven't quite got the conspiracy theory thing down quite yet!)

Comment Re:The death of (Score 2, Insightful) 334

If the story is false, who will read TechCrunch again?
Actually, quite a few people, I guess. The attraction of this sort of thing for certain people is a "well known fact" as they say. It is relatively easy to post things and enjoy the notority they bring. I'm not saying it would ever happen on /., but you never know where else this might happen.

I'm not sure that using a TechCrunch story to verify a TechCrunch story is any sort of unbiased confirmation. Also, a picture of an email is not the type of "proof" that I'd be willing to accept from anyone I knew personally, let alone a provocative website.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Rush Limbaugh Begs Steve Jobs For Bug Fixes 689

jlgolson writes "Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh complained on his radio program about some problems that he was having with his Mac: 'Mr. Jobs, please help me. I know we don't agree on anything ... But can you put me to somebody that can get this going, because I know it's gotta work for most people. What am I doing wrong?' Eventually he shared that he was running into actual problems with Time Machine and Back to My Mac. Can you fix them?"

Submission + - Atlantis Shuttle flight scrubbed (

An anonymous reader writes: During tanking, two of four LH2 Engine Cutoff (ECO) sensors failed to respond appropriately. The launch was scrubbed and the next attempt will be tomorrow, at 4:09 p.m.

Submission + - Granny Hackers make History (

Catbus writes: "During World War II the Army ran out of male mathematicians and turned to six women to program the world's first computer — ENIAC. Historian Kathy Kleiman has recorded oral histories of these women — now in their 80s — in her upcoming documentary film, "Invisible Computers.""

Lenovo Announces ThinkPads Preloaded With XP 192

BBCWatcher writes "Lenovo just announced new ThinkPad T61 models preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP. Ironically they're called ThinkPad T61 'TopSeller' models. Lenovo says they're aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The XP TopSellers are available immediately, and the part numbers are 6465-03U, 7658-04U, and 7664-06U (PDF links). "Lenovo recommends Windows Vista Business"? Not so much."

Submission + - Users, Web developers vent over IE7

Spinlock_1977 writes: "ComputerWorld is running a story about developers frustration with IE 7, and Microsoft's upcoming plans (or lack thereof) for it. From the article:

But the most pointed comment came from someone labeled only as dk. "You all continue to underestimate the dramatic spillover effect this poor developer experience has had and will continue to have on your other products and services. Let me drive this point home. I am a front-end programmer and a co-founder of a start-up. I can tell you categorically that my team won't download and play with Silverlight ... won't build a Live widget ... won't consider any Microsoft search or ad products in the future."

Submission + - WGA servers down to cause all problems(XP & Vi (

Ant writes: "Boing Boing and Digg report that Microsoft (MS) Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) servers (which every Windows XP and Vista install phones home to) all failed sometime earlier today. The result? Every single Windows XP and Vista installation — except possibly those with volume license keys — is being marked as counterfeit when it tries to check in. Installations which are flagged as counterfeit switch to a "reduced functionality mode" which results in features being disabled... MS acknowledge the problem in its forum thread."

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