Merriam Webster definition of a whistle blower:: one who reveals something covert or who informs against another, especially : an employee who brings wrongdoing by an employer .... I don't think he is a self-described whistle blower, but one by defintion...
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Looks like NASA is listening to you, they just published a nice blog post:
"As NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope makes its way out to its intended orbit, ground teams monitor its vitals using a comprehensive set of sensors located throughout the entire spacecraft. Mechanical, thermal, and electrical sensors provide a wide array of critical information on the current state and performance of Webb while it is in space.
A system of surveillance cameras to watch deployments was considered for inclusion in Webb’s toolkit of diagnostics and was studied in-depth during Webb’s design phase, but ultimately this was rejected.
“Adding cameras to watch an unprecedently complicated deployment of such a precious spacecraft as Webb sounds like a no-brainer, but in Webb’s case, there’s much more to it than meets the eye,” said Paul Geithner, deputy project manager – technical for the Webb telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “It’s not as straightforward as adding a doorbell cam or even a rocket cam.”
First of all, Webb is big, undergoes many configuration changes during deployment, and has many specific locations of import to deployment. Monitoring Webb’s deployments with cameras would require either multiple narrow-field cameras, adding significant complexity, or a few wide-field cameras that would yield little in the way of helpful detailed information. Wiring harnesses for cameras would have to cross moving interfaces around the observatory and add more risk of vibrations and heat leaking through, presenting a particular challenge for cameras located on the cold side of Webb.
Then there’s the issue of lighting. Webb is very shiny, so visible cameras on the Sun-facing side would be subject to extreme glare and contrast issues, while ones on the cold, shaded side would need added lighting. Although infrared or thermal-imaging cameras on the cold side could obviate the need for illumination, they would still present the same harnessing disadvantages. Furthermore, cameras on the cold side would have to work at very cold cryogenic temperatures. This would either require ‘ordinary’ cameras to be encapsulated or insulated so they would work in extreme cold, or development of special-purpose cryogenic-compatible cameras just for deployment surveillance.
Notwithstanding these challenges, engineers mocked up and tested some camera schemes on full-scale mockups of Webb hardware. However, they found that deployment surveillance cameras would not add significant information of value for engineering teams commanding the spacecraft from the ground.
“Webb’s built-in sense of ‘touch’ (for example, switches and various mechanical, electrical, and temperature sensors) provides much more useful information than mere surveillance cameras can,” said Geithner. “We instrumented Webb like we do many other one-of-a-kind spacecraft, to provide all the specific information necessary to inform engineers on Earth about the observatory’s health and status during all activities.” Engineers can also correlate years of data from ground testing with telemetry data from flight sensors to insightfully interpret and understand flight sensor data."
"I have absolutely NO doubt that every single major nation in the world is engaged in similar brain research." Probably, but the way it is done is important too. But somehow, and this is probably prejudice, i feel that the Chinese government is a little bit easier on the ethical issues than most western powers.
The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom
Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'
If you can see this headline, you're certainly not reading it on Twitter: All tweets, notifications vanish
the amount of hostility towards the platform here. Because, or you hate it, and you stay away from it, so no problem. Or, you follow whoever/whatever you want to follow (say el reg...) and then there is no problem either. Feel like a lot of people think it's cool to say how horrible twitter is. (and don't get me wrong I know there is a LOT of bile and vitriol and misinformation on there, but most of us are quite good at thinking for ourselves and so in skipping that)
Tracking President Trump with cellphone location data, Greta-Thunberg-themed malware, SharePoint patch, and more
"The case highlights the egregious way in which telcos in the US are profiting from selling off location data to almost anyone with the money. "
Did you actually read the (very interesting) article? Cause it was talking about companies like foursquare, since the telcos are bound to rules after some fiasco..
Quote: "The data reviewed by Times Opinion didn’t come from a telecom or giant tech company, nor did it come from a governmental surveillance operation. It originated from a location data company, one of dozens quietly collecting precise movements using software slipped onto mobile phone apps. You’ve probably never heard of most of the companies "
You'll never get Huawei with this, FCC tells US telcos: Buy Chinese kit and you won't see another dime from us
Fitbit fitness fans furious following flummoxing flawed firmware float, fleeting feedback, failed fixes
Re: "a full factory reset of their Fitbit device and re-installation of the app"
Unfortunately Fitbit has also learned from big software companies and, as mentioned above, just forces the upgrade to you. I could keep it of for a few weeks and then it was just pushed onto my device. (app behaves, for me, not worse than before though)
Re: Hurt Google more than Huawei?
The degoogling would not be the biggest challenge, getting popular android apps an board will. Huawei can make a good messenger app, but if it doesn't talk to whatsapp, nobody is going to use it... And seeing how low the penetration in western countries is, that may take a lot of persuasion from Huawei...
Re: You couldn't make this up!
Guess, if you want to show the world what's going within the NSA, people want proof. Since he was only a third party contractor employee, he needs this info from his "co-workers". Can't really see why that is "fucking over your colleagues". Lets not forget those colleagues are/were the ones doing the actual spying on everybody. And I really can't have any warm feelings for those f*ckers.
Google in its turn will say: "OK, we will not list any content of you in the search results"? I think in the end the publisher will suffer even more. And google could start asking money for indexing their website and showing it in the results. And as a side note, are these the same publishers who make their online money through Google AdWords?
re: Gotta love that logic
And the best part is that the police, especially at this moment, has nothing better to do than go sifting through a couple of million of texts, so they can arrest those _really_ innocent members.
Well at least learns me a lesson, even if some group does something "Good" (defacing a scary nationalistic website) they still can be thick and stupid as hell!
isn't it ironic?
Well ... that is the ironic part; they weren't. Actually when the modern patent system was coming into place somewhere at the end of the 19th century it was because there were a lot of people inventing a lot of stuff. But nobody wanted to disclose his secrets because of fear for the competition. That is why patents came: you could show your invention and keep getting money for it!
I don't know when or where it went all wrong, all i know now is: please kill this system!
Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?
Only if you have nice new iMac, because Apple in all its wisdom decided you can not replace your HDD with any other and put on some proprietary connector... (the rest of the article is just such bullsh!t that i do not know where to begin (and luckily others already have pointed thart out))
May i suggest
That, now it is clear that any report from a `lobbyist group` is used as proof for one´s own theory/opinion, that you change your tag line from `Biting the hand that feeds IT ` to `Getting nourished by the dick it sucks`?
From the IAEA site; `The IAEA's mission is guided by the interests and needs of Member States`
(Although probably only for conspiry theorists nice detail; the current boss of the IAEA is... Japanese!)
yeahr, but no
As far as i can remember this was not a power plant, just a "factory". Which gave me the following question - please try to be objective if willing to answer my question - What would have been the implicatiuons for the Gulf if Fukushima would have been sunk into that same site? And i am thinking both long and short term, anybody?
spin it up?
Will not say that they falsefied any reports or something like that, but it is funny to see that an organisation who first critized EPCO for being very untransparant, now says that the information and openness of all parties is so great... Typical case of `We from the nuclear lobby recommend the nuclear lobby`.