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More about the Boeing 737 max crashes.

Critics say Boeing shod have done a better job on informing pilots..

Boeing knew there was a problem and did not make an issue about it. Apparently some pilots did not get the message.

If yu want to read more details, you can do your own search on your favorite search company. I have used the phrase:

Truth about 737 max

and found lots of informative reports using Bing.

Here are just three of many:

http://zimbabwehuchi.com/the-truth-behind-the-crash-of-ethiopian-737-max-8-plane-revealed/

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=truth+about+737+crash&view=detail&mid=3EC596BB533409341AF03EC596BB533409341AF0&FORM=VIRE

Some of these stories are old, before the second crash.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=truth+about+737+crash&&view=detail&mid=F61EDFF6C91F698D22AEF61EDFF6C91F698D22AE&&FORM=VDRVRV

You can decide for yourself. Bear in mind that Boeing is a very large company and has its friends and enemies. Read the news  very carefully.

The 737 max problem was lack of a safety option.

Boeing made a very bad mistake.  It put a price on human like.

That sounds like an overstatement. No, it is not. Somme way a simple feature was not implemented on all of the 737 max aircraft that was sold. Management diced to make the era measure of safety a option the customer could order.

This is not a bad joke. It now has been confirmed. They knew there was a potential flaw in the system. The intent was to make the aircraft stable and easy to fly. But to do that and not draw attention to a design meekness, they added a new untested feature. The new feature could fail and drive the plane down into the ground. That happened twice.  So the entire world fleet was grounded.

Here is a link that explain the problem with some detail.

The DLC: feature that could’ve prevented 737 crashes was sold as an option

You really need to read this. The implication is very broad. After this more people are going to avoid air travel. Yes, air travel is not as risky as driving a car. But people have options in an automobile. You can always stop and get out. You can not do that on a airplane in flight.

Some keys words you can use for a search:

Boeing 737 max,  Anti-stall software,  Angle of Attacks sensors.

Check it out. There has never been anything like this since the terrorism attack back in September of 2001.  This is horrible.

Tragic 737 crash might be Software Flaw.

A second 737 Max 8 aircraft just went down. The government of China ordered all aircraft of that model stop.

A news release for Boeing, the maker, says a new software update is coming. Apparently the pilots were unable to prevent the crash. This would suggest Boeing did not warn the pilots about some of the unusual features of the new aircraft.

Here are some links fro news sources that closely follow this story:

Planes grounded after Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing to Make Key Change in 737 MAX Cockpit Software

US refuses to ground Boeing 737 Max crash aircraft

Besides the tragic loss of life, this will hurt the reputation of the Boeing Aircraft Company. This may change the progress of aviation everywhere.

 

Worst Ever CPU Design Flaws.

Meltdown and Spectre: are  CPU bugs.

The report linked below says it does not matter what brand of computer you have.

Meltdown and Spectre.
The flaws, named Meltdown and Spectre, were discovered by security researchers at Google’s Project Zero in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries. Combined they affect virtually every modern computer, including smartphones, tablets and PCs from all vendors and running almost any operating system.

Don’t worry. There is nothing your can do. So don‘t worry.

Three billion computer chips are vulnerable to a security flaw .

Most likely your Apple, Winmdows or Smartphone has a chip flaw.

Just now, this week, chip maker Intel released inmformation about major flws in the hardware itself. It is not a software issue.

This means that even if you use a new operationg system or even do a complete imnstall of your computer, tablet or smartphone, the flaws are still there. The flaws are in the chips inmside.

Here is one link:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609891/at-least-3-billion-computer-chips-have-the-spectre-security-hole/

Here is another:

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358249/intel-chips-have-a-major-design-flaw-and-the-fix-means-slowe

 

Clicks on the limnks above for more details.

Microsoft is going to kill Windows 7 soon.

The Big Software Giant wants you to switch.

Windows 7 will soon drop out of normal support .

No more  bug  fixing. And in 2020 no security support. But Microsoft wants you  to quit before that. Right now, it is hard to get a legal copy of Windows 7. Major retail stores can not get any new copies.

On eBay, and some other places  you buy ‘leftover’ versions of Windows 7 product keys that might work. It seems that Microsoft does not stop such selling, but does not let the big stores do it. Well, that is what it looks like.

So how does that prevent people for confining to use Windows 7? Well,  many companies want to expand  a  successful business by getting new computers that will work like the old ones. But Windows 7 is not available. So they have to make use of a provision of Windows 10 that lets you  ‘roll back’ to Windows 7. Fine, but where do you get the Windows 7 to roil back?

Windows 7 download is available over the Internet. That is good. But each version of Windows 7 requires a certificate that proves it is authentic and bust have a product key.

Some users, maybe just a few, report they have trouble using a legal product key. Microsoft support gives very limited help.  Reportedly it is near impossible to talk to a real person and get everything right.

Here is a quote:

The general term is its “Lifecycle” and the details for Windows 7 can be found here. They could of course withdraw a particular version from sale at any time as it is currently “To be determined”.

In other words they can break any promises to continue helping people out with defects that are found in the software. If that happens, it might bring an early end to the widespread use of Windows 7 on home and office computers.

Really, you still can get Windoss7 on a new computer. Nut it is not always easy. There are some who claim they represent Microsoft and will tell  yum that you can not get Windows 7 unless you violate  the law. That is not the truth.   And those people do not officially represent Microsoft, but hey otherwise work for the company.


What do you think? I think the company wants employees to say that and them deny it has such a policy that would mike old copies of  W windows 7 unlawful.

Get Windows 7 at a very low price.

Is  Microsoft now letting some vendors  sell Windows 7 for a very low price?

We found this ad on Bing.com, which is a search tool owned by Microsdft.

You can make the image larger and see the prices go way down for just the product key itself.

You can downloasd the ISO files of Windows  7 yourself in about an hour or two. If you don’t pay yourself a salary, it is free. The product key is needed to properly activet Widdows 7.

Heer is a link to the site taht offers the bargain product key.

I have not tried this, but the fact taht it is advertised on a search tool under Microsft control would suggest that Microsft aloows thisto happen.
But the Winjdows 7 doe NOT let you have a free Windows 10. That train has left the station long ago.

Google helps NASA finsd a planet far away .

These stories indicate taht AI was used to find a planet.

This helps ilusstrate the power of computerxs in sc i ence.

The planet mentioned is very far away and it is remarkable that a computer was able to fid it by working only with numbers, not actual photographs. Just numbers.

Sources:
Google discovers new planet which proves Solar System is not unique

Google’s AI found an overlooked exoplanet…

NASA has discovered an eighth planet around a distant star, which means we’re no longer the largest solar system we know of. The discovery was made thanks to some artificial intelligence help from Google, which found the planet by scouring previously overlooked “weak” signals in data captured by the Kepler Space Telescope. The newly found planet is located in the solar system around Kepler-90, a star about 2,500 light-years away from Earth that was previously discovered in 2014.

 How can they find another solar system so far away?

Here is a artiscti redition of out system and the far away system. It is not a real phootographo, but is base on NASA data.

Windows 10 Update makes computers crash.

It can happen to you. Windows 10 Update can lock up your personal computer.

You need to have a backup plan if you use automatic updates. Microsft is now using customers computers to test things that have not been fully tested in the laboratory.

Yes, it is true. Microsft, the company that created Windows, is no letting home users test out new features taht have the potential to lock up you computer. If this happens to you, you hve to restore your system from a backup you had made earlier.

It is a good idea to mkadea backup at least once a week.  And  backup your dailt work to a remote storage thing. Wither a clound service or a portable device lyu have.

What can you do to stop this from happening? AFor one, hyou can turn off the auto-update feature in Windows 10.

Just now I found pthis:

Interestingly, there is a simple option in Wi-Fi settings, which if enabled, stops your Windows 10 computer from downloading automatic updates. To do that, search for Change Wi-Fi settings in Start Menu or Cortana. Click Advanced Options, and enable the toggle below Set as metered connection.Aug 14, 2015
Source for above:
Of course, eventually you will want to insll the updates, but only after you have made backups and set restore options on you system. Truning off the updates gives you time to do your work and gfinish your backups.

A New Silicon Surprise – AMD and INTEL together!

INTEL and AMD  are rivals. Not anymore.

Hard to believe.But They both have said they have a new product that will impact how we use personal computers for entertainment.

For the first time ever, soon you can get a personal computer that has the beet Intel CPU  and the best AMD graphics. Really? How?

Earlier this year the California based chip maker did  announce cw some new research into how chips can communicate without the need for motherboard wires.  It is a method of interconnect via he silicon substrate.

Think of a woman gibing birth to twins. The might be identical. Or not. That is sort of like the new silicon design troll Intel has invented.  For the first time two silicon chips that are not identical can be created on the samde silicon base material. And the work independently, yet can transfer data via the silicon base material.

OK.  That is just too simple. But you get the idea. Intel says that the two  different chips can be down with different trace size. The chips are separate, but are created at the same time and on the same base materiel. They have the ability to transfer data directly without the need for external wires.

If this is true, speed will increase and price will go down. Sometime next year expect to see some kind of home computer that is really fast with action games and can run high definition without an jerks or delays.

Here is a picture from Intel.

On the left are the chips needed to connect the main processor to the graphics interface often found on high speed gaming computers. On the right is the new design from Intel and AMD.

Small size can mean better results. You can expect  Better speed, lower cost. Potentially it could make it possible to build a tablet PC with the speed needed for action games and movies.

How to enlarge the image above.

Put  the mouse  over image. Right click, then select the ‘view image’ item. The will make the image go full screen.