Oct 13 2011

dmr, Sept. 9, 1941 – Oct. 9, 2011

Tag: (i)realidad,01Joaquim Anguas @ 11:29 am

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (username dmr) died past weekend.

From the Wikipedia:

Ritchie was best known as the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, and as co-author of the definitive book on C, The C Programming Language, commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie).

Ritchie’s invention of C and his role in the development of Unix alongside Ken Thompson has placed him as an important pioneer of modern computing. The C language is still widely used today in application and operating system development, and its influence is seen in most modern programming languages. Unix has also been influential, establishing concepts and principles that are now well-established precepts of computing.

Ritchie was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988 for «development of the ‘C’ programming language and for co-development of the UNIX operating system.»

In 1983, Ritchie and Ken Thompson jointly received the Turing Award «for their development of generic operating systems theory and specifically for the implementation of the UNIX operating system.» Ritchie’s Turing Award lecture was titled «Reflections on Software Research«.


Oct 11 2011

NYTimes sues DOJ

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 9:30 pm

Remember this?

The New York Times has filled a FOIA suit seeking to get the secret report declared public and released (at least redacted after an in camera review).

The suit deserves a good reading.

From Lawfare:

The suit itself presents the question whether legal analysis, as distinct from details of the program itself, warrants protection under FOIA exemption 1.  The complain calls for release of at least a redacted version of the DOJ/ODNI report, if not the whole thing.  If successful, of course, this strategy could have significant implications across a range of settings involving internal government legal advice.

Via Lawfare, via Techdirt.

Oct 07 2011

“We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 8:50 pm

MQ1 Predator

Crew: none on-board, Length: 8.22 m, Wingspan: 14.8 m (MQ-1B Block 10/15: 16.84 m), Height: 2.1 m, Wing area: 11.5 m², Empty weight: 512 kg, Loaded weight: 1,020 kg, Max takeoff weight: 1,020 kg, Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 914F turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 115 hp (86 kW), Maximum speed: 217 km/h, Cruise speed: 130–165 km/h, Stall speed: 100 km/h, Range: 1,100 km, Endurance: 24 hours, Service ceiling: 7,620 m, 2 hardpoints: 2 × AGM-114 Hellfire (MQ-1B) or 4 × AIM-92 Stinger (MQ-1B) or 6 × Griffin air-to-surface missiles.

MQ9 Reaper:

Crew: None onboard, Length: 11 m, Wingspan: 20 m, Height: 3.6 m, Power Plant: Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine, 900 shp (671 kW), with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC), Maximum speed: 482 km/h, Cruise speed: 276–313 km/h, Range: 5,926 km, Endurance: 14–28 hours, Service ceiling: 15 km, 7 Hardpoints: Up to 680 kg on the two inboard weapons stations, Up to 340 kg on the two middle stations, Up to ¡68 kg on the outboard stations (Up to 14 AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground missiles can be carried or four Hellfire missiles and two 230 kg GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, 230 kg GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) can also be carried)

Creech Air Force Base hosts some AFSOC units operating Predator and Reaper drones. Well, it looks like they have had a virus infection going on there for a couple of weeks…

Noah Shachtman from WIRED reports at Danger Room that:

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.»

And he cites a source familiar with the network infection at Creech:

We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”


Oct 06 2011

Steve Jobs, Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011

Tag: (i)realidad,01Joaquim Anguas @ 8:01 am

No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there, and yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new … Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”