It is being widely reported that the FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) requiring that Boeing 787 Dreamliners must be rebooted every 21 or so days.
This is not a hoax.
This is the AD issued by the FAA 0n 2016-09-24, I obtained a copy of this AD from here.
The AD states:
This AD requires repetitive cycling of either the airplane electrical power or the power to the three flight control modules (FCMs). This AD was prompted by a report indicating that all three FCMs might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
A little investigation indicates that this isn’t the first time the FAA has had to do this. The last time they had to do something like this was in 2015-09 when they issued this
AD which I obtained from here
. That AD was more specific about the reason for the problem, stating
This condition is caused by a software counter internal to the GCUs that will overflow after 248 days of continuous power.
It has been widely rumored that the present AD about the 21 day action is similarly motivated, and the logic is that a timer with millisecond precision which will overflow at about 24 days.
This is all very droll, and I hope to hell that they power cycle their planes on the ground regularly and all that. My only question is this, since they are in fact running Windows under the covers, how on earth are they able to keep the thing going for 21 days?
With Windows 7 that was a piece of cake but this new Windows 10 that I have wants to reboot every night and I don’t have any say in the matter.
So whatever Boeing did to keep the damn thing going 21 days, it would be great if they shared that with the world.
In May 2015, I wrote about the risks of handing out your email address and making a mistake. (That post appeared on facebook at the time).
Well, it appears that the person handing out my gmail address isn’t just one person; we now have a second.
Someone handed out my email address and applied for life insurance. And the agent promptly emailed the entire application packet to me!
This time, it had a phone number so I called the guy. After explaining (what seemed like an eternity) that I had his application packet, I asked him what his email address was.
His answer “amrith something dot com”.
About three years ago I received an email from the large Indian Cell phone provider AIRTEL with the subject “Your airtel Bill for airtel number: 0444*******”. Now, I don’t have an AIRTEL phone number, and I figured this was odd but it looked like a real bill. I still have the email, billing period 11/4 to 10/5/2012. And that was the start of my saga.
It said my airtel ebill was protected with a unique password and all that so I couldn’t do much so I ignored it.
But I called the number and spoke with some dude. His name is also Amrith. And I told him that he must have accidentally given Airtel my email address so would he please fix it. He muttered something and hung up.
Shortly thereafter I received email from ICICI with a life insurance policy for “BEENA P”. There was some link which took me to their online site and I’d have to login and register and stuff which I didn’t have any way of doing.
Over the past three years I have received numerous emails from Airtel asking for payment on the landline which I replied to and said I wasn’t the person. Later I replied and said they should cancel the telephone line. They sent me email saying they were sorry to see me go. I called Airtel support and told them what was up and the dweeb I spoke with couldn’t figure out what to do with me so they said they’d email the customer. And yes, I got that email.
Over the years, I have canceled the phone service numerous times, it gets reactivated. I have received numerous statements for Beena’s insurance policy but now they send encrypted PDF’s with a password. The password is the first four letters of Beena’s name (BEEN) presumably and the date of birth as DDMM. OK, I’m bored but not that bored and I didn’t have the patience to try the 366 possible combinations to figure out what the right one was so I ignored it.
And each time this dipshit gives ICICI and Airtel my email address.
Today I got an email from ICICI wishing Beena P a happy birthday!
Would someone who knows someone at ICICI who has a slightly non-trivial job title please put me in touch with that person?
Oh, the PDFs which are all sitting in my GMAIL (we all know google never deletes anything) contain a policy number and all you need to create an online profile with ICICI is a policy number and a date of birth.