Random links #13

Written on 19 March 2019, 10:20am

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Biohack is just a fancy buzz-word for common-sense advice about improving your life. The most important ones are:

  • sleep well
  • eat well
  • move
  • spend time in nature
  • socialize

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I am currently reading Solenoid, by Mircea Cartarescu, a surrealist novel that shows, among others, the challenges of growing up in Bucharest during the communist era.

In a nutshell, the novel is presented as a manuscript of a failed writer who teaches Romanian at an elementary school in Bucharest, hates his job and wishes to find an escape route from the confinement of his body and the three-dimensional world around it.

https://theuntranslated.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/solenoid-solenoide-solenoid-by-mircea-cartarescu/

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MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) seem to be the faulty mechanism behind the Boeing 737 Max recent failure.
If an outside sensor measuring the angle-of-attack reports that its nose is aimed too high, the MCAS is programmed to automatically lower it, allowing the plane to regain speed and lift. But if this sensor is broken (and it looks like there was no redundancy), then the MCAS will be incorrectly trigerred, causing the aircraft to dive.
A longer explanation here.

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– If you could convince an organization to take only one action to be more secure what would it be?
Collect less data and get rid of it faster.

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A good reason to use the dark theme whenever you can

About MH17

Written on 18 July 2014, 01:41pm

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About airlines:
– it will be very difficult for Malaysian Airlines to recover after 2 major aircraft losses 4 months apart
– all the airlines claim that the safety comes first, but it took 298 lives to avoid the airspace over the conflict area
– about the Air Traffic Control (both Eurocontrol and Ukrainian ATC): they have their part of the fault in the sense that they could have requested the traffic to be diverted out of the conflict area. The only thing that they did was to ask the aircraft to climb 1000 meters feet above the normal cruising altitude; still insufficient to avoid the missile.

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Image: Boston.com
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