Airlines Grapple with New Customer Demands on Connected Aircraft | Via Satellite


The world of In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) is entering a new era as airlines and suppliers prepare to grapple with new customer demands. David Bartlett, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Panasonic Avionics, told the Passenger Experience Conference in Hamburg, Germany this week that the traditional ways of providing content to airlines is changing.

“The traditional way with a server on the plane doesn’t scale. So a cloud based solution is the way to go. We can tailor content for every flight. We want to provide a predictive capability. The industry is moving very fast. People’s preferences are moving very fast. The important thing is we have to learn more cohesively as a industry,” he said.

Source: Airlines Grapple with New Customer Demands on Connected Aircraft – Via Satellite –

Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions


Humans apparently targeted big species for meat, while smaller creatures such as rodents escaped, according the report examining trends over 125,000 years.

In North America, for instance, the mean body mass of land-based mammals has shrunk to 7.6 kg (17 lbs) from 98.0 after humans arrived.

Source: Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: study

PM Narendra Modi Served An Uncomfortable Message By IMF Boss Christine Lagarde


Christine Lagarde said she had told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he did not mention the women of India enough in his speech to the summit and “it’s not just a question of talking about them”.

“I was hoping he would have said a bit more. Wish he had talked a bit about girls and Indian women,” she had then told NDTV.

Source: Kathua rape: PM Narendra Modi Served An Uncomfortable Message By IMF Boss Christine Lagarde

U.S. Is Still Segregated Even After Fair Housing Act | The Report | US News


Before signing the Fair Housing Act of 1968 into law, Johnson called it “among the proudest [moments] of my presidency.” Because of it, he predicted, “Negro families [will] no longer suffer the humiliation of being turned away because of their race.”

Then, reality set in: Uneven enforcement, deep-seated, cultural bias and the bill’s own flaws allowed bigoted mortgage bankers and unscrupulous landlords to preserve – and profit from – the status quo.

Source: U.S. Is Still Segregated Even After Fair Housing Act | The Report | US News

Myanmar policeman describes ‘trap’ to arrest Reuters reporter


A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him “secret documents”, prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.

The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether the pair will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Source: Myanmar policeman describes ‘trap’ to arrest Reuters reporter

‘I Don’t Get Confused:’ How Nikki Haley’s Feminist Clapback Could Cost Her a Job | GovExec.com


Nikki Haley was just doing her job.

On Sunday (April 15), Haley, who serves as the US ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the Trump administration was planning to impose new sanctions on Russia. Haley said the sanctions would go into effect the following day.

But unbeknownst to Haley, the White House had reportedly decided to change direction—without telling her.

In an effort to fix the situation, and hopefully hide the evidence that no one in the Trump administration knows what’s going on, the White House resorted to a classic move: Blame the mistake on the woman involved.

Given Haley’s refusal to be patronized, the time of her exit may be drawing near.

Source: ‘I Don’t Get Confused:’ How Nikki Haley’s Feminist Clapback Could Cost Her a Job – Defense – GovExec.com

The Inside Story of the BICEP2 Experiment


For more than 30 years, inflation remained frustratingly unproven. Some said it couldn’t be proven. But everyone agreed on one thing: If cosmologists could detect a unique pattern in the cosmos’s earliest light, light known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB), a ticket to Stockholm was inevitable.

Imagine finding out the entire IRS is obsessed with your tax return. Not just one rogue auditor, but everyone, from the Secretary of the Treasury on down, fixated on your Form 1040! It was petrifying.

Source: The Inside Story of the BICEP2 Experiment

What lies behind the simplistic image of the happy Buddhist? | Aeon Essays


This diversity of practices and perceptions of them speaks to the fact that, contrary to popular Western perceptions, Tibetan Buddhism is hardly monolithic.

The Dalai Lama is not the pope of all Tibetan Buddhism, as many seem to believe, but the head of one of four major schools, the Gelugpa. The current Dalai Lama just happens to be a particularly famous frontman whose charisma has united diverse Tibetan Buddhists into one movement.

Today, he preaches cooperation between different forms of Tibetan Buddhism, but until the 1970s he embraced the veneration of an exclusively Gelug protector spirit – one that punished anyone who polluted the school with teachings from other traditions.

Source: What lies behind the simplistic image of the happy Buddhist? | Aeon Essays

Kim Jong-un has a maximum pressure and engagement strategy of his own


As it turns out, Kim’s not just good at maximum pressure, he’s also pretty good at maximum engagement.

Just a few months ago, the world braced for a possible war on the Korean Peninsula. But now Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly planning to announce an official end to the Korean War as they enter the final days of planning for a summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

(An armistice ended the military conflict that lasted from 1950-1953, but the two Koreas are technically still at war.)

How did we go from belligerence to bear hugs?

Source: Kim Jong-un has a maximum pressure and engagement strategy of his own

Global debt now worse than before financial crisis, says IMF | The Guardian


The IMF said a prolonged period of low interest rates had stimulated a build-up of debt worth 225% of world GDP in 2016, 12 points above the previous record level reached in 2009.

Growth in the global economy is expected to be 3.9% in both 2018 and 2019, but the IMF thinks the better-than-predicted performance will not last and that countries that reduce budget deficits now will be best placed when tougher times arrive.

Source: Global debt now worse than before financial crisis, says IMF | Business | The Guardian