Amazon’s demented plans for its warehouse blimp with drone fleet 

Amazon’s demented plans for its warehouse blimp with drone fleet http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/amazons-demented-plans-for-its-warehouse-blimp-with-drone-fleet/?amp=1

Shit like this is what gives patents a bad name!

4 Beginner Tips for Doing Architecture Photography

4 Beginner Tips for Doing Architecture Photography http://digital-photography-school.com/4-beginner-tips-for-doing-architecture-photography/

A great article from Digital Photography School. I especially like the picture of the temple at dusk, wonder where that is.

Another look at IFTTT

In March 2012 (that’s a while ago) I wrote this article about a new service I’d discovered called IF-This-Then-That.

Now, almost five years on, IFTTT has come a long way. Just looking at the channels (they now call them services) it is amazing how far they’ve come. Quite amazing.

Time to go revisit IFTTT. It still amazes me that they are a free service.

Facebook at a Crossroads

Interesting article in MIT Technology review at https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603198/facebook-at-a-crossroads/.

More than half of the 3.4 billion people with Internet access log on to Facebook each month. Revenue in the first nine months of 2016 jumped 36 percent to $19 billion; profit nearly tripled, to $6 billion. Yet the company’s founder has spent the year talking up his plans to become something much larger and more meaningful.

With the election now over, the coming crackdown on fake news, and getting mired in the censorship controversy after blocking the video stream of Philando Castile after he was shot in Minnesota surely didn’t help.

I wonder how much all these things will affect Facebook, and how much that is driving the urge to do unnatural things.

Drones, Virtual Reality, get a grip …

The case(s) for and against PGP

When I read I’m throwing in the towel on PGP, and I work in security, which appeared as an Op-ed in ArsTechnica, I felt that it certainly deserved a response. While Filippo Valsorda makes some valid points about PGP/GPG, I felt that they were less about shortcomings in the scheme and rather usability issues that have been unfortunately ignored.

Then I read “Why I’m not giving up on PGP“,  an excellent article, also in ArsTechnica, and it does a much better job of refuting the article than I could ever have done.

Both are well worth the read.

May I please get whatever Windows version powers the Dreamliner?

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.dreamliner

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.