TECHNOLOGY: Airlander 10 originally developed as part of a US Army project

Friday, February 12, 2016

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3438477/World-s-largest-aircraft-gets-ready-300ft-long-Airlander-10-final-preparations-ahead-month-s-flight.html

World’s largest aircraft gets ready for take-off: 300ft-long Airlander 10 is put through its final preparations ahead of next month’s flight

  • Airlander 10 was originally developed as part of a US Army project which was then abandoned in 2012
  • A British company is now converting the aircraft – a cross between an airship and an aeroplane – into civilian use
  • It recently took off inside its hangar in Bedfordshire for the first time so engineers could add the finishing touches
  • Engines and fins are being fitted this week and the 300-ft (93 metre) craft will make its debut test flight next month 

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 9 February 2016 | UPDATED: 05:54 EST, 9 February 2016

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Three years since work began on the Airlander 10, engineers are putting the final touches on the giant aircraft described as ‘part plane, part helicopter.’

The 300ft-long (93 metres) Airlander was originally developed as part of a US Army project but was scrapped by military bosses. It is now being converted to provide business and leisure flights in a hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire.

The vessel was filled with 1.3million cubic feet of helium – enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools -in a test run last October and now the engines and fins are being fitted ahead of next month’s flight.

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Wow, some beautiful piece of work!

Speechless.

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TECHNOLOGY: Worried about remote overrides to stop stolen car?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/01/31/tech-q-saving-money-on-internet-finding-wi-fi-dead-spots.html?intcmp=hpff

TECHTech Q&A: Saving money on Internet, finding Wi-Fi dead spots
By Kim Komando  Published January 31, 2016  The Kim Komando Show

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Q. I love the technology coming out in high-end cars. When do you think I’ll get it in an affordable car?

A. You can expect high-end features like autopilot, “driver overrides” that take control before a crash, and remote overrides to stop stolen cars, in most cars by 2020. However, add-ons like heads-up-displays, fingerprint key fobs and dash cams should be available sooner, and you can even find some now. Learn more about car tech you’ll see soon that will keep you safe.

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Well, they better improve security before they do this. 

I can see the bad guys following a pretty young girl until they come to an “opportune location” and hitting the “remote override stop”. Instant victim.

Yes, maybe I’m paranoid who sees monsters behind every turn.

“Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” — Andy Grove

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SOFTWARE: IOS “health app” can NOT accept BP

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I happened to click on the IOS IPHONE “HEALTH” app. Just out of curiosity. 

It can interface with other apps to record steps for example.

But you can’t input BP.

That seems to be a glaring oversight. And, something I would have used.

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: iMessage on the MAC OS X doesn’t report completely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Found a confusing “use case” with iMessage on the MAC OS X:

Sent two texts this morning, one worked and one failed repeatedly.

Figured out why it was failing, duh.

I text from the mac because I like the full keyboard. I text X and Y every morning and night. (“I’m alive … still!”)

This morning X’s went through to her iPhone as usual, but Y’s didn’t.

Then I realized iMessage uses the iPhone to text Y with SMS. And my iPhone was out of power. And, the MAC version of iMessage just reports: “not sent”.

Which technically is true, but it should say something like “no response from your Iphone, dummy”. Argh!

Strike one for a poor design. Or is that “a feature”?

Argh!

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OPERATINGSYSTEM: Google drops CROMEOS?

Monday, November 2, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/10/29/google-plans-to-kill-chrome-os-fold-it-into-android.html?intcmp=hpff

Google plans to kill Chrome OS, fold it into Android
By Matt Smith  
Published October 30, 2015

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Cutting Chrome OS likely makes sense for the company’s bottom line, since it wasn’t making any money off the operating system. The development of concept was a way for the company to hedge its bets in case thin-client PCs took off — it was developed during the time netbooks were popular, after all. But Chromebooks have developed a loyal following over the years, and fans are sure to be unhappy about this news.

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I’m sure unhappy about this move.

Bet a lot of schools will be too.

Cheap, easy, virus-free — what was not to like.

Argh!

I think Google is making a mistake.

There was a reason that Apple donated computers to schools.

They generated “mind share”.

Ditto for chrome books and chrome boxes.

Dumb move.

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Cutting Chrome OS likely makes sense for the company’s bottom line, since it wasn’t making any money off the operating system. The development of concept was a way for the company to hedge its bets in case thin-client PCs took off — it was developed during the time netbooks were popular, after all. But Chromebooks have developed a loyal following over the years, and fans are sure to be unhappy about this news.


SOFTWARE: Can’t shift “content” that I bought to something useable

Friday, October 30, 2015

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/its-still-illegal-to-rip-dvd-and-blu-ray-discs-for-personal-use/#p3

It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use
Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.
by David Kravets – Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

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Because there is no encryption on CD music discs, however, owners of them are free to make backup copies or shift the tracks to a digital format under the concept of fair use. “These results continue to show the flaws in the law and the process of the DMCA. Even though the law clearly allows consumers to move their media between their personal devices, the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights allow the smallest mote of uncertainty to keep a common-sense activity illegal,” said Sherwin Siy, the vice president for legal affairs at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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I am STILL <synonym for having produced urine output> off.

I have tons of “content” and I can not easily, quickly, or legally transform it to something useable.

Argh!

I PAID for it. But I can’t “have” it.

That’s just wrong.

The Law is an idiot.

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OPERATION SYSTEM: OS X El Capitan resets password to iCloud’s

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015-Oct-18

Upgraded to OS X El Capitan.

Ran for about an hour and then wouldn’t let me sign on to my primary id.

Argh!

Luckily, I have always followed a rule of thumb with all OS’, “create multiple admin and regular User accounts”.

So I was able to log on an alternate administrator account, so the problem was limited to the MAIN administrator account.

I could not reset the MAIN admin account from the ALTERNATE admin account.

Strange?

So since I use LASTPASS and keep all my old passwords, I just found the prior one which was the ICLOUD password.

Bingo that was it.

So, make sure you know that one, because OS X El Capitan resets it back when you upgrade.

I guess that’s a “feature”.

Argh!

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