COTS in space: the 100 percent testing risk | Intelligent Aerospace


The Resistance to Change party members explain the wear out deterioration obstacle by saying: Commercial demand is for more and more performance for less and less financial cost. Many of the end equipment that the components go into have quite short lives (mobile telephones, PCs, satellite receivers, etc.); it is, therefore, possible to reduce the long-term requirement in the design of any semiconductor and assume that a specific component wear out mechanism is acceptable for the specific application.

Theoretically, the above scenario can be true for certain EEE commercial components. Nobody supporting the move to COTS suggests that all COTS components can be used for space applications. Nobody suggests that all space-level or military-level components can be used for space applications. Nobody suggests that selected space/MIL EEE components are not suitable for space applications.

EEE COTS components are not a homogeneous population. A wide range of requirements (e.g., subject service life, criticality, etc.) exists for different commercial applications. In addition, a wide range of component manufacturers are involved in the commercial components industry.

Source: COTS in space: the 100 percent testing risk – Intelligent Aerospace

Raytheon, MetTel Establish Alliance to Secure Government, Industry Communications Networks | Light Reading

This alliance is well-positioned to support the Administration’s IT modernization and cybersecurity priorities, including the emerging security challenges posed by internet-connected devices, including computers, routers and security cameras.

“Security is foremost on everyone’s mind today, especially with the constant emergence of new threat forms compounded by the exploding array of devices and network access points,” said Ed Fox, vice president of Network Services for MetTel. “The world needs a network that meets the highest government security standards and together, MetTel and Raytheon are committed to delivering that network.”

Source: Raytheon, MetTel Establish Alliance to Secure Government, Industry Communications Networks | Light Reading

NIST computer scientist stresses importance of safety, security in software programming | Intelligent Aerospace

We can create software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities than we do today,

say NIST computer scientists, who recommend coders adopt the approaches they have compiled in the 60-page NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8151: Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities.

The report is a collection of strategies gathered from across industry and other sources for reducing bugs in software. While the report is officially a response to a request for methods from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, NIST Computer Scientist and co-author of the report Paul E. Black says its contents will help any organization that seeks to author high-quality, low-defect computer code.

Black and his NIST colleagues compiled these ideas while working with software assurance experts from many private companies in the computer industry as well as several government agencies that generate a good deal of code, including the Department of Defense and NASA.

Source: NIST computer scientist stresses importance of safety, security in software programming – Intelligent Aerospace

The false argument against higher education funding | TheHill


Many of the tax benefits help students who otherwise would not qualify for federal assistance because of their family’s income.The current tax debate prompts a deeper look at the entire annual federal support for higher education.

The higher education community is now engaged in a heated debate about whether the current tax benefits for college students should be eliminated as part of tax reform. The House Republican plan says they should. Many in higher education disagree.

But one thing becomes very clear in this debate. Middle and upper income students enrolled — and graduating — from traditional colleges and universities have long benefited from significant financial support through tax laws, outside of federal student financial aid. Many of the tax benefits help students who otherwise would not qualify for federal assistance because of their family’s income.

The current tax debate prompts a deeper look at the entire annual federal support for higher education.

Source: The false argument against higher education funding | TheHill

Emerson sweetens bid for Rockwell Automation to $29 billion


Emerson’s strength is in process automation, helping power plants and factories in sectors such as mining and cement operate more efficiently.

Rockwell is a leader in so-called discrete automation, helping assemble component parts to manufacture items such as automobiles, household appliances and computer systems.

Rockwell caters to its discrete automation customers using a programmable logic controller platform it calls Logix. It has been seeking to expand this control platform to process automation and cater to so-called hybrid customers using a combination of process and discrete automation.

Source: Emerson sweetens bid for Rockwell Automation to $29 billion

Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets


News of competing interest in some of Murdoch’s assets broke even though the U.S. Justice Department was preparing a lawsuit to block AT&T Inc, the largest pay-TV provider in the United States, from buying Time Warner Inc for $85.4 billion, according to a source. This raised questions about the U.S. government’s willingness to allow large media industry mergers.

Source: Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets: sources

Route Fifty | Cities Warn That Rising Inequity Will Threaten Long-Term Social Stability of Urban Economies


The NLC report, entitled “The Future of Equity in Cities,” points to increasing segregation despite increasing diversity in cities.

“If this trend is brought to its ultimate conclusion, cities will become increasingly segregated, with entirely different economies found within a few miles of each other,” the report states.

“This will have profound implications for economic access, as opportunities are increasingly only available in the most expensive cities, which debt-burdened students or lower-income families will not be able to afford.”

Source: Route Fifty – Cities Warn That Rising Inequity Will Threaten Long-Term Social Stability of Urban Economies

Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training | Nextgov.com


The U.S. has never gotten job training and retraining right.

Under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, the federal government invested billions of dollars in programs aimed at helping Americans adjust to a changing economy, such as the automation of the steel industry in the late 20th century and foreign competition in places like Japan and China.

Successful apprenticeship programs aren’t impossible.

The apprenticeship model thrives in European countries such as Germany, partly because wages vary less across industries than they do in the U.S. In the U.S., apprenticeship programs are difficult to institutionalize because employees are more likely than their European counterparts to leave a job for a different one that offers better wages. Investing thousands of dollars in someone who may leave for a better wage opportunity is a risk few employers are willing to take.

Source: Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training – Nextgov.com

5 Signs of Trouble in the Stock Market | Money


The following five indicators point to a stock market facing real troubles — and a potential downturn ahead.

  1. Junk Bonds Are Flashing a Warning Sign
  2. The Market Is Literally Running on Fumes
  3. Valuations Are Beyond Worrisome
  4. Small Stocks Are Lagging Badly
  5. Stock Market Exuberance Isn’t Waning at All

Source: Stock Investing: 5 Signs of Trouble in the Stock Market | Money

Tokyo train company’s apology for 20-second-early departure is one of the best things about Japan | SoraNews24


Japanese trains are awesome for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how amazingly punctual they are. But on Tuesday, a train on the Tokyo-area Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company’s Tsukuba Express line failed to stick to its timetable.

The line connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, and on weekday mornings there’s supposed to be a northbound train that leaves Minami Nagareyama Station at 9:44 a.m. However, on November 14, the train instead left at 9:43:40, 20 seconds earlier than it’s supposed to.

Source: Tokyo train company’s apology for 20-second-early departure is one of the best things about Japan | SoraNews24