Archive | March 11, 2014

Malaysia Flight MH370 — Note I Already Said On Sunday That It Could Have Landed Somewhere Remote. Plus Transponders.

Click to access excellent coverage of this 'black man' issue at 'The Root'.

Click to access excellent coverage of this ‘black man’ issue at ‘The Root’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>> MH370 and poor IBM —
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Mar. 10, 2014.
>> ‘Black guy’ Iranian?
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Mar. 11, 2014.

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Click for latest coverage from CNN, including course change and transponders getting turned off.


Note that my #1 point in Sunday’s post was that the plane could have landed and has been hidden away — like a grand scale carjacking. Go check.

»»»» I know that they can be turned off, but why on earth would you make it possible for anyone to turn off a transponder. The more you think about it, the stupider it gets. If it is a question of transponders creating too much clutter on radar, turning off the ‘squawk’ data from the transponder should be a function performed by the radar software. So maybe that would be one thing we get from this unfortunate mystery, airplane transponders that CANNOT be turned off; i.e., permanently on (with multiple backup batteries).

»»»» I said it earlier today, and I will say it again because it is becoming clear to all by the minute. Malaysians are best known for their ability to perform manual work. This whole complicated puzzle, with lots of moving parts, with the whole world watching is way, way beyond the ‘pay scale’ they are used to operating within. Let the U.S. and Boeing find the plane. The Malaysians will be great and clearing the debris.


2nd Plane Crash On Alton Bay (N.H.) Ice Airport — The Close-Up Pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Mar. 9, 2014.
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Click to access WMUR (Channel 9) coverage and video.

Click to access WMUR (Channel 9) coverage and video.


2nd plane crash at the Alton Bay Ice Airport in three days. First on Saturday (Mar. 8) and then this, the second, on Monday (Mar. 10).

I kind of suspected and speculated last night, in my first post, that the FAA might step in and close the airport.

My hunch was right. The FAA did close the airport, temporarily at least, on Tuesday (Mar. 11) moring.


Click to ENLARGE to full size.


The yellow plane that crashed Saturday, by the bandstand, has been carted off the lake.
This is what the bandstand looked this Tuesday, mid-day.


Web Browser Based Kindle ‘Cloud Reader’ — YouTube Video Tutorial (For Macs & Google Chrome Users)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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>>Mar. 9, 2014.
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>>Mar. 1, 2014.
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Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


This, i.e., Kindle Cloud Reader, was a serendipitous find for me. It blew my socks away.

As an author of Kindle books I have a vested interest in making sure that people can access those books on as many platforms as they can. This Cloud Reader, in that respect, makes a HUGE difference.

So I am motivated to make sure that people know about it.

Please try it out. Get it for FREE, one-click, from Amazon.


How Did Categorically Stated ‘Black Guy’ On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Turn Out To Be Iranian — And Rather Pale?

Click to access excellent coverage of this 'black man' issue at 'The Root'.

Click to access excellent coverage of this ‘black man’ issue at ‘The Root’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>> MH370 and poor IBM —
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Mar. 10, 2014.

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Asiana 777 crash II —
>> July 8, 2013.

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This coverage, in ‘The Root‘, which I cited yesterday in my post is pretty unequivocal and categorical.

This Malaysian ‘chief’ says the guy was black.

Now he turns out to be an Iranian, with middle eastern, if not caucasian looks.

What gives? Talk about ZERO credibility.


Click to ENLARGE. Use either of the links above (inc. top right image) to access 'The Root' coverage.

Click to ENLARGE. Use either of the links above (inc. top right image) to access ‘The Root’ coverage.


This is pretty amazing. Yes, in my own personal ranking of other Asians (just for my reference), Malaysians are not near the top of the list. Very nice people like those from the Philippines, and as is also the case, I don’t associate them as having produced too many intellectual heavyweights. Enough said. This ‘chief’ definitely needs to get his eyes checked and stop smoking whatever he has been smoking.

This was NOT an easy mistake to make. And poor ‘Balotelli‘. What an insult.

I think the U.S. will have to step in and put the Malaysians out of their misery. They are way out of their league — and the whole world is watching.


As Blessed Pope John XXIII Canonization Draws Close More Relics Making It To eBay.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access eBay listing IF it hasn't expired.

Click to access eBay listing IF it hasn’t expired.

‘ex indumentis’ means from the clothing.

I am not an expert on relics. So I don’t know how bona fide these ebay relics are.
Some would, however, argue that it is more the faith you have in them
as opposed to their authenticity that matters.
(Kind of a placebo argument when it comes to relics).

Not sure if the Vatican or the Diocese of Rome is giving out FREE
relics as they did when John Paul II was beatified.
I got one of those, which was also ex indumentis.

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From page 153 of my "Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia" book which talks about a relic such as this which featured in the miracle that cemented the canonization.

From page 153 of my “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia” book which talks about a relic such as this which featured in the miracle that cemented the canonization.

 


Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Bad News For ‘Poor’ IBM!

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts
>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>>
Asiana 777 crash II —
>> July 8, 2013.
>> Pilot error & ‘Korean Air 007’ — July 8, 2013.
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Yes, the one known adult American on the bewilderingly missing flight HM370 worked for IBM. As an ex-IBMer I feel bad. It is possible that we crossed paths. But, for IBM, while this is indeed a loss, this is not, alas, the main ‘issue’ with the phrase ‘370’ getting bandied about, with abandon, by the news media.

Prior to this unfortunate and as yet inexplicable disaster, the term ‘370’ stood for one and one thing only: IBM’s iconic, epoch-setting System/370 mainframe family (S/370), introduced in June 1970, which pioneered (with a hardware feature known as ‘Dynamic Address Translation’ (DAT)) groundbreaking ‘Virtual Storage’ (VS) (something we now take for granted on PCs). S/370 went onto become, indubitably, the best known mainframe family ever — the term ‘S/370’ becoming, like ‘Hoover’ or ‘Biro’, a generic term to refer to IBM mainframe computing. The S/370 is special. The S/370 family responsible for making IBM mainframes (including all of the clones) the mainstay of 20th century mission-critical computing. The S/370 was the follow-on to IBM’s S/360 — the ‘360’, referring to the number of degrees in a circle, used to denote the all-round, full-spectrum capabilities of that family of history-changing machines.

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A smaller (to me) S/370 Model 145. Click to ENLARGE to see it in its full glory. Those are the IBM Winchester 3030 disks — with the twist tops, both in their curved front drives and in the moving cart. A mechanical card reader/punch in the foreground.

The S/360 was introduced on April 7, 1964.

Get it? Next month is the 50th anniversary of IBM mainframes — and the S/370 is still the ‘name’ most associated with that family though we went onto have: 303x, 43xx, 308x, 4381, 3090, 937x, ES/3090, ES/4381 and now the zSeries. (I, during my 30 years as Mr. SNA, IBM big-iron guru, did some work on all of these, including some old 360s, though when I joined IBM, in 1974, 370s were the mainline computers at IBM).

IBM, quite rightly, has gala plans for this golden jubilee.

Now we have this unrelated ‘370’ in the news.

Yes, minor in the scheme of things compared to the loss of life and the loss of a wonderful plane. But, for me, having spent half of my life working with 370s, it is jarring to hear 370 mentioned in a ‘disaster’ context like this (though to be fair, some of the work I did had to do with disaster recovery plans for S/370 data centers (where the criteria we would most often cite was: ‘what would happen if a 747 landed on your data center’)).

This in 1975 – 1976 could have been me, sans the glasses and a much better tan. I used to spend many a Sunday morning (on double time) seated at a 168 console driving it — with glee. The two large flat screens on the left were microfiche readers so we could read operating system listings, on microfiche, while we debugged the system. Those were the days. The 168 had the most awesome HUM when you IPLed off an 3030 Winchester (yes, named after the gun).


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