Boeing experienced some software issues on its unmanned test of the CST-100 Starliner. One of the flaws prevented the Starliner from docking with the International Space Station. A second identified flaw could have potentially had catastrophic effect on the return from orbit. Boeing has been criticized for taking shortcuts in its software testing.
The program manager in charge of Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule program said Friday that additional checks would have uncovered problems with the spaceship’s software that plagued the craft’s first unpiloted orbital test flight in December, but he pushed back against suggestions that Boeing engineers took shortcuts during ground testing.
Mulholland said Boeing engineers performed testing of Starliner’s software in chunks, with each test focused on a specific segment of the mission. Boeing did not perform an end-to-end test of the entire software suite, and in some cases used stand-ins, or emulators, for flight computers.
Hmmm… It would seem to me that not performing an end-to-end test and using stand-ins or emulators in place of actual flight computers ARE SHORTCUTS!
I am calling BS on this one…
According to NASA the next Mars rover, the Mars 2020, is looking for a name.
The names under consideration are:
Endurance, Tenacity, Promise, Perseverance, Vision, Clarity, Ingenuity, Fortitude and Courage.
Previous rovers have been named Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiousity.
ALL of those are nice words, but all of them speak to human traits. These rovers are machines, not humans. They aren’t even supporting humans. The nearest humans are over 30 million miles away. None of these fine words convey any sense of character or meaning to these marvelous machines. Why not give them names that provides some descriptive character?
My name proposal for the Mar 2020 rover? How about:
Do you have ad an blocker? Do you want to read an article on forbes.com, but they insist you turn off your ad blocker?
Don’t do it! Forbes.com is littered with ads, most annoying, but many malicious! So do you just forgo forbes, or risk getting infected with some malicious software?
I acknowledge that some websites depend on ads for revenue, but sites like forbes.com is the real reason ad blockers exist. It only takes a couple bad apples (like forbes) to ruin it for the sites who depend on legitimate ads.
14 January 2020
NSA Finds Major Security Flaw in Windows 10, Free Fix Issued
Microsoft said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have used the technique.
That sure was nice of the NSA. I mean, when was the last time the NSA cared so much about individual security? To the best of my recollection, the last time was — NEVER!
Microsoft promptly fixed the issue…. a WELL PUBLICIZED issue.
I have three questions, just for thought…
1) Do you trust the NSA?
2) Do you trust Microsoft?
3) Is it possible there was no flaw, but the NSA was having trouble clandestinely accessing certain parts of Windows 10 machines and needed a system modification from Microsoft to give them such access, thus the urgent “fix”?
I am making NO accusations here, just asking a question no one seems to be asking.
Remember the saying “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” It is very possible that there really was a flaw in Windows 10 (there are, after all, LOTS of flaws in Windows 10), and the NSA was indeed being nice and Microsoft indeed fixed an unused but potentially serious security problem.
However, considering the reputations of both the NSA and Microsoft, there needs to be room for suspicion.
Here are the answers to the Christmas song quiz:
–HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
–THE FIRST NOEL THE ANGLES DID SAY
–GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY
–IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
–SILENT NIGHT HOLY NIGHT ALL IS CALM ALL IS BRIGHT
–ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
–DECK THE HALLS WITH BAWLS OF HOLLY FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
–YOU BETTER WATCH OUT YOU BETTER NOT CRY
–JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME
–YOU KNOW DASHER AND DANCER AND PRANCER AND VIXEN COMET ND CUPID AND DONDER AND BLITZEN
–I SAW MOMMY KISSIN’ SANTA CLAUS UNDERNEATH THE MISSLETOE LAST NIGHT
–CITY SIDEWALKS BUSY SIDEWALKS DRESSED IN HOLIDAY STYLE
–HARK THE HEARLD ANGLES SING GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING
-GRANDMA GOT RAN OVER BY A REINDEER
–O HOLY NIGHT THE STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING
–ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH
–DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
–WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
–I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW
–CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE JACK FROST NIPPING AT YOUR NOSE
–IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
–O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHAM HOW STILL WE SEE THEE LIE
–SLEIGH BELLS RING ARE YOU LISTENING IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING
–I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
–WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
–I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
–FROSTY THE SNOWMAN WAS A JOLLY HAPPY SOUL
–JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS LEAN YOUR EAR THIS WAY
–GOOD KING WENCESLUS LOOKED OUT ON THE FEAST OF STEPHEN
–UP ON THE ROOFTOP REINDEER PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS
–JINLGE BELL JINGLE BELL JINGLE BELL ROCK
–I’LL HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU
–WAY UP NORTH WHERE THE AIR GETS COLD
–JUST HERE THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINGING TING TING TING TINGLING TOO
–COME THEY TOLD ME PA RUM PUM PUM PUM
–ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
–HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
–AWAY IN A MANGER NO CRIB FOR A BED
-DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR
–GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
-CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE TIME FOR TOYS AND AND TIME FOR CHEERS
–ROCKIN AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
–OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO
–O CHRISTMAS TREE O CHRISTMAS TREE HOW LOVELY ARE THY BRANCHES
–I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN ON CHRISTMAS DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY
How many of the following Christmas songs can you identify by the initials of the words of the first line of the song ? ( For Example: OCAYF = O Come All Ye Faithful).
(Answers in January.)
Here are listed 67 TLD’s (top level domains) which have provided me pure spam. I have never gotten a single legitimate email from any of them. This doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate users of any of these, but it DOES indicate, to me at least, that those legitimate users are few and far between. As a result, these are all blocked outright. This hasn’t eliminated spam, but sure as **** taken a HUGE bite out of the mess (80%+).
After several years of improvements and enhancements to Sphider, we have decided to do something different. We are going to produce a scaled back edition!
All security and indexing improvements will remain, but the indexing and search capabilities will be removed for images and RSS feeds, resulting in SphiderLite.
A good number of users don’t need image or RSS capability. SphiderLite will be smaller, simpler, more compact.
Look for SphiderLite later this year, perhaps early November.
Version 3.3.0-MB of Sphider has been released. As far as indexing and searching functionality is concerned, this version is IDENTICAL to version 3.2.1.
What HAS changed is that the database has been altered to include the use of foreign key restraints. With the database thus being able to maintain key relationships on its own, some admin functions have been simplified as the code no longer needs to maintain the relationships. Database maintenance functions are accelerated and more reliable.
The BEST way to implement this newest version is either with a clean install, or to empty the database, upgrade, and re-index. It IS possible to upgrade in place, but the larger the database, the larger the risk. The upgrade process will attempt to back up the data only, delete the tables, recreate the tables with the foreign key restraints, then restore the data. This has been tested numerous times, but as previously mentioned, the more data there is, the higher the risk of data loss.
There is a file, “README_FIRST.” You are definitely encouraged to do just that for the simple reason that not all MySQL installations are created equal.
I was trying to install a codec for Windows Media Player. (I know what you are thinking… WINDOWS? I usually work with Ubuntu, but confess I do sometimes use Windows…). Anyway, low and behold I happen to discover something called Segurazo Antivirus running on my machine!
Supposedly, it is a good, lightweight antivirus… But I have a question…
IF Seguarazo is SO good, why do they have to do a clandestine install, without asking for permission, or ANY notification? I have to suspect, that claims to the contrary, there is nothing ANTI about this Segurazo Virus!
And it wasn’t easy to get rid of, either!
So remember SEGURAZO, a product to shun, avoid, stay away from… and uninstall if you find yourself victim. After the uninstall, there was STILL a lot of Segurazo crap in my registry.
Segurazo is NOT an antivirus, it IS a virus, an unwanted program, possibly spyware or adware. No reputable program needs to secretly install itself.
Segurazo… you need to be ashamed of yourselves!