Melania Says Comey’s Book Not as Mean as the One She Is Writing | The New Yorker


Speaking to reporters at the White House, she said that she had obtained an advance copy of Comey’s book because she “couldn’t wait to read it,” but said that she found its tone and contents disappointingly mild.

“It felt like he was pulling his punches,” she said. “No one will say that when they read my book.”

She said that, as a fellow-author, she had sympathy for Comey. “Clearly, he was trying very hard to be nasty, and he deserves credit for effort,” she said. “But I will show him how it is done.”

Source: Melania Says Comey’s Book Not as Mean as the One She Is Writing | The New Yorker

Encryption vital to protecting our data in the modern age | Military & Aerospace Electronics

At a recent speech, CIA Director Mike Pompeo touched on the traditional national security topics, but then he ventured into the surreal. The CIA director offered, “Cyber is another vector — it’s not a threat of its own, but it is a means by which many non-nation-state actors can inflict incredible costs on the United States of America.”

The alarming part is when he attaches the proliferation of end-to-end encryption as part of the challenges his agency faces when tracking these non-nation state terrorists.

Source: Encryption vital to protecting our data in the modern age – Military & Aerospace Electronics

AT&T 5G Tests Go Gaga for Gigabit | Light Reading

In Waco, Texas, AT&T says it “provided 5G mmWave service to a retail location more than 150 meters away from the cell site and observed wireless speeds of approximately 1.2 Gbps in a 400 MHz channel.”

While in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the operator “observed more than 1 Gbps speeds under line of sight conditions up to 900 feet,” yet seeing “no impacts on 5G mmWave signal performance due to rain, snow or other weather events.” Millimeter wave connections are noted to suffer signal attenuation due to some weather conditions, or when penetrating foliage or certain building materials. (See Nokia Bell Labs & Verizon Stretch Fixed 5G to the Home.)

As usual, however, the trade-off for high-band gigabit downloads is limited coverage range. Note that AT&T lists fixed wireless 5G ranges between 900 feet and 150 meters.

Source: AT&T 5G Tests Go Gaga for Gigabit | Light Reading

Google Has Intent to Cut Humans Out of Network | Light Reading

In a presentation at today’s MPLS, NFV and SDN World Congress in Paris, he revealed that Google has about 10,000 switches in operation in a typical large data center and is now handling around 30,000 configuration changes every month. Its search engine currently processes about 3.5 billion searches every day.

“What really stresses out the network is humans,” Vijoy Pandey, Google’s head of engineering for data centers and backbone networks, told his audience at a keynote presentation in Paris. “It is actually humanly impossible to do changes in the size of the network we have. Humans are looking at the design elements but software needs to handle the nitty-gritty.”

Pandey estimates that about 70% of failures happen when a management operation is in progress. The apparent aim is to make improvements through even greater reliance on automation

Source: Google Has Intent to Cut Humans Out of Network | Light Reading

How A Rural Electric Co-Op Connected A Community | KUNM


Their casita is one of about 6,300 homes and businesses in northern New Mexico connected to a high-speed fiber-optic internet network run by an unlikely source: the local electric cooperative.

By the 1930s, 90 percent of urban dwellers in the U.S. had easy access to electricity. Not so in the rural parts of the country, where only 10 percent of the population had electricity in their homes. Major electric companies said it was too hard to extend electric service to those areas; they couldn’t make enough money.

The New Deal established rural electric cooperatives to do the work the big companies would not. The U.S. set out on a massive subsidy program, offering low-interest loans to rural electric coops.

“Essentially, rural infrastructure has generally been delivered by nonprofits,” said Chris Mitchell, a researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance who studies cooperatives and other community-led broadband networks.

Source: How A Rural Electric Co-Op Connected A Community | KUNM

Latin America: DTH Wrestles for Mindshare | Via Satellite

Carlos Miranda, CTO of Dish Mexico, told Via Satellite that he believes pay-TV penetration in Mexico is around 60 percent, which means all operators in the market can participate in growing the 40 percent of the rest of the market.

However, he concedes that pay-TV is not necessarily the preferred way to spend leisure time.

“Right now, the spare time that we all have is ‘distributed’ for things like gaming, social networks, watching videos, enjoying music, etc. There are many ways to spend your free time. What I am saying is that talking about pay-TV is talking about part of the way people entertain themselves in their spare time.

“They have many options and a lot of those activities are not separated anymore. When you think about the new way in which people access entertainment, you find devices like cell phones, tablets, computers, etc. The personal devices are a very important way to spend leisure time,” he says.

Source: April 2018 – Latin America: DTH Wrestles for Mindshare | Via Satellite

The Top 5 Dangerous Assumptions Embedded Software Engineers Make | Design News


It’s not uncommon for a software engineer to be suspicious of prototype hardware that they are starting their software development on.

We all know that hardware, just like software, goes through several iterations until it works as the design engineer intended it to. Once the hardware gets to a solid revision though, we often assume that we won’t have any problems with it, which is a dangerous assumption.

Even perfectly designed hardware can still experience latch-ups, single event upsets, and other potential issues. The odds of seeing these issues during development in a few dozen prototypes under controlled conditions is minimal but once thousands or maybe even hundreds of thousands of devices start to be deployed around the world in various environments, the chances are much higher that the system will experience these issues.

The question then comes down to whether the system and software is designed to recover or handle such events.

Source: The Top 5 Dangerous Assumptions Embedded Software Engineers Make | Design News

NASA X-Plane Aims to Stifle Sonic Booms | Design News

When a “normal” airplane travels through the air, a set of pressure waves that travel away from the airplane at the speed of sound are created ahead of and behind it, sort of how the wake of a boat forms. As the airplane travels faster and nears the speed of sound the waves are forced together and at the speed of sound (Mach 1.0) they merge together to form a shock wave. Typically, in smooth flight the shock wave starts at the nose of the aircraft and ends at its tail.

To an observer on the ground, two sonic booms are typically heard after the aircraft passes overhead—the first boom occurs when the initial pressure shock wave hits the observer, followed almost immediately by a second boom when the pressure returns to normal as the shock wave passes.

The size or intensity of the shock wave and thus the sonic booms depends the amount of air accelerated by the shock wave, which is largely determined by the size and shape of the aircraft. Thus, the Concorde produced significantly more intense sonic booms than would a smaller military fighter aircraft.

Source: NASA X-Plane Aims to Stifle Sonic Booms | Design News

Innoviz Designed a LIDAR to Make Any Car Autonomous | Design News


LIDAR has been and is going to continue to be one of the key technologies behind self-driving cars.

That’s where Innoviz comes in. The Israeli company, one a new crop of automotive startups to appear around the autonomous vehicle space in recent years, is focusing on creating a LIDAR sensor that is affordable, powerful, and can be implemented into any car to provide level 3 through level 5 autonomy.

“The onset of autonomous vehicles sets a very ambitious timeline for development and commercialization. In order to meet this aggressive timeline, an automotive-grade LiDAR that meets the industry’s stringent requirements for performance, affordability, reliability, and size must become available in order to help the industry reach mass commercialization,” Omer Keilaf, CEO and co-founder of Innoviz told Design News.

Source: Innoviz Designed a LIDAR to Make Any Car Autonomous | Design News

Asia-Pacific airlines to install Astronics AES aircraft power systems in cabin, cockpit | Intelligent Aerospace


“Airlines throughout the Asia-Pacific region continue to invest in upgrading and expanding their narrow-body fleets, incorporating a ‘bring-your-own-device’ entertainment strategy that requires convenient access to power,” affirms Astronics President and CEO Peter J. Gundermann.

For more than 20 years, Astronics has developed and delivered intelligent power management systems to the world’s aerospace industry. With more than 1 million outlet units delivered, the patented EmPower in-seat power system is currently in service with over 230 airlines.

Source: Asia-Pacific airlines to install Astronics AES aircraft power systems in cabin, cockpit – Intelligent Aerospace