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Transportation

Vienna Airport Says Glitch That Disrupted Dozens Of Flights Resolved (reuters.com) 16

On Sunday, Vienna Airport was at the receiving end of a number of flight delays and cancellations due to data transmission issues. On Monday, it announced that all the issues have been resolved. Reuters reports:"Austrian air traffic control has solved the issue," the airport said on its website early on Monday. "At the moment there are no delayed or canceled flights. We advise passengers to contact their airline." The automated transfer of flight planning data between air traffic control centers in Brussels and Vienna collapsed completely for a while on Sunday afternoon, said a spokesman for Austro Control, which monitors Austrian air space.

Comment Re:OMG, a months rent! (Score 1) 242

I've very seldom met anyone who didn't spend at least some money each month that wasn't necessary to live. Nobody owes you (or Pfhorrest) a nice apartment in a big city. If you want to live in a big city or on a nice island while making minimum wage, get a roommate or three. Either he couldn't live enough within his means to have a rainy-day fund, or he thought his case wasn't worth dipping into that, neither of which tells a lawyer that his case is likely to turn out well.

IOS

iPhones and iPads Fail More Often Than Android Smartphones (softpedia.com) 175

An anonymous reader writes: The main question when picking a new phone is whether to choose an Android one or an iPhone. A new study coming from Blancco Technology Group sheds some light on which devices are the most reliable, based on reliability. The study entitled State of Mobile Device Performance and Health reveals the device failure rates by operating systems, manufacturers, models and regions, as well as the most common types of performance issues. The report reveals that in Q2 2016, iOS devices had a 58% failure rate, marking the first time that Apple's devices have a lower performance rate compared to Android. It seems that the iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate of 29%, followed by iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus. Android smartphones had an overall failure rate of 35%, an improvement from 44% in Q1 2016. Samsung, Lenovo and LeTV were among the manufacturers with the weakest performance and higher failure rates. Samsung scored 26% in failure rate, while Motorola just 11%. The study also reveals that iOS devices fail more frequently in North America and Asia compared to Android. Specifically, the failure rate in North America is 59%, while in Asia 52%. The failures could be influenced by the fact that the quality of smartphones shipped around the world varies.
Windows

Windows 10 Computers Crash When Amazon Kindles Are Plugged In (theguardian.com) 259

It appears that many users are facing an issue with their Windows 10 computers when they plug in an Amazon Kindle device. According to reports, post Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation, everytime a user connect their Amazon Paperwhite or Voyage, their desktop and laptop lock up and require rebooting. The Guardian reports:Pooka, a user of troubleshooting forum Ten Forums said: "I've had a Kindle paperwhite for a few years no and never had an issue with connecting it via USB. However, after the recent Windows 10 updates, my computer BSOD's [blue screen of death] and force restarts almost as soon as I plug my Kindle in." On Microsoft's forums, Rick Hale said: "On Tuesday, I upgraded to the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10. Last night, for the first time since the upgrade, I mounted my Kindle by plugging it into a USB 2 port. I immediately got the blue screen with the QR code. I rebooted and tried several different times, even using a different USB cable, but that made no difference."

Comment Re: Big surprise some jackhole Silicon Valley (Score 1) 242

The algorithm won't be able to tell whether a random person's suit has merit. Suits brought by natural persons are a lot more variable than suits brought by firms in that respect (although some firms, such as those with gold-painted logos saying "You're fired!", are unusually litigious). That's probably also why lawyers wouldn't take the case on contingency: If the client can't provide even basic evidence for their theory, it might take a lot of time to find out whether there's a colorable case at all.

Comment Re:Pro tip (Score 2) 242

I have some other questions:

  • If you're going to point to federal court rulings, why use a broken Twitter link?
  • If a court decides that you did $115M worth of tort damages to someone's career, is it fair that you only pay $25M in punitive damages after crowing about how you will ignore court orders, "joking" that a 5 year old's sex tape would be newsworthy, and generally holding a double standard about leaking sex tapes?
  • Which serious lapse does this guy want Gawker to get a pass on? Publishing a tape that broke state wiretapping laws, publishing a tape that was stolen by a third party, publishing a tape that was being shopped around as part of a blackmail scheme, or one of the things I mentioned above? Can he count serious lapses when they smack him across the face?
  • How ignorant of law is this "Trevor Timm", that he thinks having to post a bond before appealing a verdict is unusual or unfair?

I could continue, but I got bored of debunking such shoddy apologetics.

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 252

I am not sure what you are objecting to: The idea that customers don't have firmly stated requirements when they sign an outsourcing contract? The idea that good contractors should work with customers to clarify, elaborate, and refine requirements, resolving conflicts between stated requirements when they occur? The idea that contractors shouldn't blame the customer if they don't get a sufficiently complete set of requirements? The idea that an MVP can be deployed to help advance the overall contract's progress?

Conflicting requirements are a different problem than being unable to provide requirements (or articulate them correctly). It's lucky when a customer empowers exactly one person (at least for a given scope) to resolve such conflicts. More often, for the political reasons you mention, the customer wants to have too many cooks, and they spoil the requirements soup.

Comment Re: Outsourcing vs Inhouse (Score 1) 252

"The customer('s management) couldn't provide requirements" is the excuse of incompetent contractors out to bleed the client dry. The customer almost never has very clear or necessarily realistic requirements -- if they knew enough to create those, they'd probably be able to do the work in-house. Good contractors need to be good at eliciting requirements, and be able to build a set of requirements that will support at least a minimum viable product.

Comment Re:When everything you do (Score 1) 538

No, that's the weakness of optimizing your data store for simplicity and then sticking with the choice for decades after people identify scalability problems. The format you choose for storing email is not a "component".

Also, databasing email doesn't break "everything but MTAs". Commonly used MUAs use IMAP or something web-oriented to talk to the mail store, so they never know about the change. You're asking for an MDA change, so of course the MDA will change -- but not break.

Comment Re: Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 1) 538

Do you have numbers or case studies to support your claim about the "on average" outcome? You're talking about a business model of moving valuable (or even critical) information into a third party's control, where you still have the same number of internal end users, the same operational requirements, the same amount of data stored -- but you now have to control the pipe to and from that service, trust in the vendor's employees, and live with their deployment schedules and glitches.

It's like owning your own car versus relying on public buses. You may feel like you're saving money by taking a bus, but you're more exposed to strangers peeking in, it doesn't cover most of the world, you have no real input on available destinations, and you're at the mercy of a third party to go anywhere at all.

Comment Re:When everything you do (Score 1) 538

Yeah, I get that you don't like email, but basically the entire stack of brokenness that you are complaining of there derives from the fact that mbox is a terrible format for storing email with concurrent read/write access. It's almost impossible to design a good software stack on top of a fundamentally mistaken architecture.

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