- Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers - Bloomberg:
Multiple investigations – including a Justice Department criminal probe – are trying to unravel how and when critical decisions were made about the Max's software. During the crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes that killed 346 people, investigators suspect, the MCAS system pushed the planes into uncontrollable dives because of bad data from a single sensor. That design violated basic principles of redundancy for generations of Boeing engineers, and the company apparently never tested to see how the software would respond.
- NBN Co floats its own 'Netflix tax' - Telco/ISP - iTnews. NBN Co quietly floating a fucking terrible idea, particularly as this inherently requires snooping on users' web traffic.
- Bitter coffee today? Try changing the colour of your cup:
In one experiment, the white mug enhanced the rated “intensity” of the coffee flavour relative to the transparent mug – but given slight physical differences in the mugs used, a second experiment was conducted using identical glass mugs with coloured sleeves. Once again, the colour of the mug was shown to influence participants’ rating of the coffee. In particular, the coffee was rated as less sweet in the white mug as compared to the transparent and blue mugs.
- How Right-Hand Drive Japanese Imports Took Over Siberia
- Federal resources minister Matt Canavan backs Queensland bid to reject scientific reports that interfere with mines | Business Insider:
Canavan said he believed science shouldn't be left to dictate mining approvals. [...] It's unclear on what grounds “Office of Science Quality Assurance” would reject a scientific study provided to the government. Former state LNP minister Andrew Cripps, who moved the motion, said it was necessary to fight restrictions which seek to limit farming and mining runoff into the Great Barrier Reef.Corrupt vandals upset that science doesn't also love coal and reef bleaching.
- Sydney Football Stadium without a builder as Lendlease loses project - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
While Lendlease has successfully demolished the stadium, leaving a giant hole in the ground, the company looks unlikely to finish the project due to a dispute with the Government.Sydney Football Stadium rebuild in chaos as Lendlease leaves project:
[Lendlease] said it was only ever contractually obligated to complete stage one but would not comment if it would put in a revised offer to carry out the rebuild.The Libs were so desperate to rush the demolition in before the election, they knocked the stadium down without having a contract to rebuild it. We all knew this project would be yet another disaster, but this might be a record for how quickly it got there.
- Entrepreneurs don't have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money — Quartz:
While it seems that entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks. And this is a key advantage: When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take risks.
- Sydney Modern art gallery's future in doubt after Lendlease withdraws initial bid - ABC News:
There's a culture in NSW of cost-overruns, Sydney Light Rail, Sydney Football Stadium, Powerhouse Museum [and now] we're concerned about Sydney Modern.
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