FAA chief tests a Boeing 737 MAX—including its infamous flight control software
- The FAA head was positive about the aircraft during the two-hour flight, as he told reporters at a post-test press conference, "I liked what I saw...
- The FAA's test flight comes roughly a year and a half after two high-profile deadly crashes of Boeing's 737 MAX—one in October 2018 and a second in March 2019—resulted in more than 300 individuals losing their lives.
- “[The two crashes] were the horrific culmination of a series of faulty technical assumptions by Boeing’s engineers, a lack of transparency on the part of Boeing’s management, and grossly insufficient oversight by the [Federal Aviation Administration]—the pernicious result of regulatory capture on the part of the FAA with respect to its responsibilities to perform robust oversight of Boeing and to ensure the safety of the flying public," the report stated.
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Microsoft updates its Arm-based Surface Pro X tablet with a faster CPU
- Microsoft today announced the second generation of its Arm-based Surface Pro X tablet.
- It’s also launching three new colors for the Pro X keyboards: Ice Blue, Poppy Red and Platinum.
- But more importantly, Microsoft notes that more software partners are now optimizing their Windows apps for the Arm architecture (Microsoft still spells it ARM in its materials, but Arm PR will surely reach out to them and correct them).
- When it launched the first iteration, Microsoft saw its fair share of negative reviews because support for third-party drivers was lacking and with that, some apps also failed, while others were simply running slow because they had to rely on emulation – unless their developers released Arm-compatible versions.
- In addition, Microsoft also noted that it would increase support for running x64 apps with a new x64 emulation rolling out to Windows Insiders in November.
This could be the worst day of job losses in aviation history
- Earlier in the day, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told CNN he hoped that the job cuts might be avoided if the airline saw signs that Congress and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be able to reach a deal.
- The third quarter has come to an end — and for stocks, the period marked another three months of massive gains, despite wobbles in September.
- Palantir Technologies, the secretive data company best known for taking on controversial work for the US government, and Asana, which makes workplace software, both made their Wall Street debuts on Wednesday using unconventional direct listings.
- What happened: Palantir's stock started trading at $10 per share, giving the company a valuation of roughly $21 billion on a fully diluted basis.
Playboy to Go Public Again in Deal With Blank-Check Firm
- Playboy is going public again after being acquired by a blank-check firm, a deal that valued the brand made famous by its iconic adult magazine at $415 million, the company said Thursday.
- Playboy, which was taken private in 2011 by founder Hugh Hefner and private-equity firm Rizvi Traverse, will return to the public markets by merging with Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp.
- , a special acquisition company, or SPAC, set up earlier this year that trades on the Nasdaq exchange.
- As part of the deal, Playboy will receive $58 million that Mountain Crest had raised, plus another $50 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE, proceeds brought in from institutional investors.
- Blank-check companies turn the traditional IPO model on its head by going public as a shell and raising large pools of cash with the sole purpose of acquiring a business.
Can the Pixel 5 camera still compete using the same old aging sensor?
- The Pixel cameras have been in a weird spot for a couple of years; the Pixel 2 in 2017 was an incredible leap forward for smartphone photography, but features like Night Sight aside, the 3 and 4 were mostly evolutions on the same hardware and software formula, making what sometimes felt like subjective tweaks more than clear improvements to image quality.
- The importance of the sensor hardware itself has been downplayed by Marc Levoy, the former distinguished engineer at Google who led the team working on much of the Pixel camera software, including breakthrough features like HDR+.
- Google tells The Verge that this is because Pixel phones since the Pixel 3 have a Super Res Zoom feature to improve the resolution of digitally zoomed shots, while ultrawide lenses can capture whole new perspectives.
The Pixel 5 and 4A 5G play it safe
- And with every new small detail it became clear that Google has decided to play it extremely safe with these phones.
- The new Pixels aren’t just playing it safe in terms of pricing for a bad economy; Google is also being quite conservative in their design.
- I’ll admit one surprise for me today is that Google announced several new camera software features that take advantage of those algorithms.
- That’s the right choice, in my opinion — Google can get something good enough for telephoto in software with its super res zoom capability, but as a PM told me yesterday you can’t use pixels that aren’t captured by a sensor in the first place.
- Right now, though, I’m just looking at all the ways that Google chose to play it safe with these new Pixel phones and trying to think through what it could mean.
The Worst Decision of My Career
- Let's be honest, most of us aren't building life-changing products that wouldn't have been possible ten years ago, so let's not jump straight into another shiny technology that just came out and is going to solve all of our problems.
- Think about it, how many times were you sold a new programming language, technology, or a concept like microservices, serverless, event sourcing, clean architecture, micro frontends.
- There are so many companies, with a handful of experienced developers, that don't know what they are building, don't have a clear business yet, but their product is already built on complex architectures and technologies such as microservices, Kubernetes or event-sourcing.
- For instance, when I'm part of the team that's starting a product, the technology we pick will depend on how we'll hire: if you want to build an office in Portugal, we have to make sure we have developers for that technology available.
Windows XP leak confirmed after user compiles the leaked code into a working OS
- The Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 source code that was leaked online last week on 4chan has been confirmed to be authentic after a YouTube user compiled the code into working operating systems.
- According to videos shared online, the amateur IT technician was successful in compiling the Windows XP code over the weekend, and Windows Server 2003 yesterday.
- Still, last week's leak also included source code for several other Windows operating systems, such as Windows 2000, Embedded (CE 3, CE 4, CE 5, CE, 7), Windows NT (3.5 and 4), and MS-DOS (3.30 and 6.0).
- NTDEV told ZDNet they already compiled the NT codebase earlier this year, when it first leaked online, and that they now plan to focus on compiling the MS-DOS 6.0 code next.
Aurora Labs ramps 'self-healing' software with $23M from LG Technology Ventures, Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho
- This upward trend has created risks for automakers; it’s also opened up opportunity for burgeoning startups like Aurora Labs, which developed a platform that can spot problems with software in cars and fix it on the fly.
- Earlier this month, the Tel Aviv-based startup raised $23 million in a Series B round jointly led by LG Group’s investment arm LG Technology Ventures and Marius Nacht, co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies.
- Porsche SE invested $2.5 million and Toyota Tsusho put $1.5 million into Aurora Labs, according to the companies.
- While Aurora Labs’ primary customer base is automotive, the company says it’s also preparing to enter new markets such as connected homes and smart cities with support from its investors that have products across several industries, including Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho, LG Tech Ventures and UL Ventures.