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How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer

Design shortcuts meant to make a new plane seem like an old, familiar one are to blame

spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/av

Pick a number from 0 to 15.

The final number will be computed by summing the choices which more than ⅛ of the respondents have picked.

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@codeHaiku yeah, all these techo cults seem great until you try to leave. But in this case, I’m not even trying to leave. Just moving countries. Region locking junk. The family group thing is silly. They make it seem like removing an association is like forcing a child to be an orphan or stateless or both. Lol.

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My hypothesis is that the memory stick's microcontroller is running software that repeatedly retries the flash memory until it works, to compensate for a systematic manufacturing defect. This explains the slow-down, and the fact that no read errors occurred despite the rampant data corruption.

If this microcontroller is also acting as a FAT emulation layer, this also explains how the data's so corrupt without the filesystem appearing corrupt. It also explains why it disconnects on unmount.

Cheap memory sticks are fun.

I'm trying to recover data from a red "THIS WEEK" memory stick that doesn't seem to have a partition table (just one raw partition). Half the files are completely corrupt.

The story so far:

* The drive refuses to be imaged unless it's mounted; unmounting it results in the drive ceasing all communication with the computer.
* Whilst the drive is being imaged with ddrescue, transfer speed reduces by an order of magnitude.

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[Serious] When work begins to be overwhelming, how do you keep calm/stay cool/ stay focused?

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I hereby irrevocably dedicate the contents of this message to the public domain and waive and surrender all current and future copyright and related rights thereto in all jurisdictions worldwide, to the greatest extent permissible under applicable law and for the longest term permissible, including any future extensions.

I can write legalese.

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Oh good. Facebook gives advertisers your two factor authentication phone number.

<< They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks. >>

gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/faceboo

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Someone: [a paradoxical question]
Me: Error: Malformed query.

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@mike @sarahtrieseverything you're not the only one, but at the moment, we're in thy extreme minority. We need to get our family on open, decentralized networks. They won't do it if presented as an alternative to Facebook. We need to give them specific, personal reasons. With NextCloud, we can start them off with family controlled and encrypted photo and video backups, and extend from there. Maybe spin up a mastodon node just for family, as one of many examples.

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I have an idea to replace both and with something that makes more sense.

Basically, we build a stand-alone WebAssembly runtime with some UI framework (Qt?) and portable OS interfaces. With that done, it's just a matter of porting the runtime to as many platforms as possible and now you can do an actually good version of Write-Once-Run-Anywhere using a variety of pre-existing tools and languages.

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@njha
Anything closed source I just assume has had zero security audits. Not that it matters really- there's always N+1 bugs, and consequently a similar amount of security vulnerabilities.

The difference is my computer doesn't have the kinetic energy my car does on the highway. And I'm not strapped inside it.
@rtwx

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RT @qikipedia

Over the past summer, researchers tracked the movements of seven GPS-collared wolves from different packs living in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, and created this map, showing how territorial wolves are. (Source: Voyageurs Wolf Project, facebook.com/VoyageursWolfProj.)

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@joseph There is still the , which, honestly, I find a much more nobel and difficult project than anything has imagined. Librem seems perfectly content to exploit the market in order to make a quick buck. Fairphone also seems to have a pretty vibrant community and supports a variety of OSes, including, I think, Ubuntu Touch.

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Being honest and being unfiltered are two wildly different traits.

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