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March 31 2014

Archimedes
13:11
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Good design is bad for business:
Why Facebook skipped the new News Feed

http://t.co/iURrxB3BlB
Archimedes
03:23
The "q." in "q.e.d." did (obviously?) not refer to the statement "There was a backdoor in the avionics of MH370." but to my objection to your previous claim that by design of the 777 it is technically impossible that there could have been a backdoor.

I'm glad we both share the same dismissive attitude towards conspiracy theories, and that we both share the same assessment of reasons which should actually speak against the idea of an backdoor implementation, while technically such an implementation is certainly possible.

But with all evidence in public so far the option of a simple and convincing explanation doesn't exist any more. Your idea of a suicide flight by the pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah (in line with the Diamantina Deep Theory, cf. http://archimedes.soup.io/post/416265350/) has severe shortcomings, too:

1) As mentioned before: 40 passengers and 7 crew of "United Airlines Flight 93" knocked out 4 hijackers within 30 minutes after they found out that they were on a suicide mission. Are you claiming that all security efforts after 9/11 did not only fail to be effective but actually weakened the defense against airplanes on suicide missions? Such that today it becomes possible for a single person to take 238 passengers and crew on a suicide flight for 7 hours with no chance to intervene?

2) If the pilot aspired a maximum spectacular murder-suicide mission he could easily have crashed the plane into the Petronas Towers or into the Pedana Putra Palace of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, but he did not.

3) If the pilot yearned for a mysterious death without a trace, leaving all friends and relatives puzzled and confused forever, it wouldn't make sense to additionally kill 238 innocent people. A person of Zaharie Ahmad Shah's intelligence and skills would find better ways without smutching his moral integrity by murder.
 
4) Hypothetically, if presented with evidence of indubitable certainty that Zaharie Ahmad Shah is the sole responsible person for the abduction of MH370, psychological reasoning would suggest a different story: That his motive was to perform a sophisticated prank - like most pranks by geeks cruel and unpleasant to those involved, but not implying murder. Until proven wrong I would assume that he did in fact somehow find the trick to fool all the rest of the world (including the people from Inmarsat), and safely landed his plane at some deserted place where nobody would expect it (like in the middle of Borneo's jungle). And ever since he played his Robinsonade with his former passengers and crew members, secretly laughing at the corrupt and incompetent Malaysian authorities for not finding the plane on their own territory. --- I admit, this is a very unlikely speculation, but on psychological reasons still more plausible than a 7 hours suicide flight into the middle of the Indian Ocean.

It doesn't make sense to continue speculating with no new evidence available. If we are lucky, debris from MH370 will some day be washed ashore Australia's beaches including messages in bottles written by passengers in the last hours of their lives explaining all.
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March 30 2014

Archimedes
15:00
Much simpler, Eglerion. Does switching to Direct Mode mechanically separate higher level electronics? No.  q.e.d.

"Any remote-control / zombie plane mode, any kind of weapon, kill-switch, anything against hijackers or terrorists you introduce into the design of an aircraft can and will be used against you, so it is absolutely not rational to implement such a back-door."
- You know this and I know this. The Snowden-files suggest that American security authorities are much more optimistic that back-doors implemented by the NSA cannot be hacked by unauthorized individuals.
Archimedes
04:01
To my understanding, the "Direct Mode" is just another (the most simple) electronic flight mode. It does not mechanically disconnect the electronics nor start a mechanical control of the steering. A rootkit in the Actuator Control Electronics could without doubt also in "Direct Mode" disconnect the pilot inputs from control over spoilers, ailerons, flaperons, etc.

In a way, the implementation of such rootkits in all passenger jet avionics would have been a quite rational thing to do after 9/11 since this clearly is the most simple and efficient method to avert future terror attacks of the 9/11-kind.

However, whoever is in control of a backdoor into the avionics of passenger jets would know that this could be a "one shot"-option only. The first time this backdoor is used to prevent a terrorist attack the existence of it becomes public and quite likely public pressure will force the manufacturers of passenger planes to remove it.

The only chance for a "second shot" is the complete disguise of the first one: Disconnecting all communication means, flying above the cell phone range while over populated areas, and crash-landing the plane at some remote place where the black box or fragments of the aviation electronics would most likely never be found. The absence of hard evidence would then allow to drown all speculations about a backdoor in the avionics in a sea of weird conspiracy theories.

Obviously, a suicidal pilot could have the same idea to completely disguise the track of his final journey. But I find it hard to believe that 238 fellow passengers including the co-pilot and the other trained crew members would not notice and violently interfere with this intent. (A co-operative suicide of the pilot and co-pilot and all other crew members who know how to open a locked cockpit door from outside I find even harder to believe.)

I agree that "the culprit was unaware of the existence of [the SATCOM handshakes] or did not anticipate that Inmarsat records much more information about timing and frequency than is needed for digital communication, and is able to reap more data from the raw information than we ever thought to have to rely on." Unfortunately you are also right that it is still quite unlikely that this great work of brilliant amateur experts world wide co-operating on the internet will be crowned with success and the crash site be found.

There is, to my knowledge, not the slightest clue to substantiate any speculation why this backdoor (if it does exist) was activated with this specific flight MH370. Was it authorized, or was it hacked? In principle, however, it is possible to fantasize some scenario in which rational authorities feel compelled and morally entitled to sacrifice the lives of innocent passengers. The public would not know if - just as an example of an unsubstantiated speculation - one of the passengers of MH370 was an evil twin of Edward Snowden threatening to publish the complete list of all American spies abroad after landing in Beijing - thus giving thousands of American citizens over to torture and execution in foreign prisons and blinding the American security authorities for years. How would the person in charge of such backdoor decide with such knowledge?

March 29 2014

Archimedes
22:44
"Compass-drawn designs are among the most common of all graffiti motifs recorded in English medieval churches. Many of these are believed to have acted as ritual protection markings – to ward off the 'evil eye'. Various ancient churches in East Anglia"
(http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/mar/29/medieval-graffiti-pictures-lydgate?picture=433231687)
Archimedes
04:19
Some comments from blogs

Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM by "airlandseaman"

New time data. Quite a bit different from the public story.

Inmarsat Analysis
MH370 measured data against predicted tracks
Times of Doppler measurements

1. 00:30 ACARS Message
2. 00:41 Takeoff
3. 00:43 ACARS Message
4. 00:55 ACARS Message
5. 01:07 ACARS Message

GAP >1 hour gap in ACARS and Handshakes

6. 02:25 ACARS Message or Ping?
7. 02:27 ACARS Message or Ping?
8. 02:29 ACARS Message or Ping?

GAP > 1 hour gap in ACARS and Handshakes

9. 03:40 Handshake Ping
10. 04:40 Handshake Ping
11. 05:40 Handshake Ping
12. 06:40 Handshake Ping

GAP >91 minute gap in
ACARS and Handshakes

13. 08:11 Final complete Handshake Ping
14. 08:19 Final, “Partial” transmission (no Doppler yet)
15. 09:15 Final Ground Station attempt to shake (unsuccessful)

Posted March 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM by "Gene"   

[...] In final you seem to really want me to come up with some sort of scenario. Conspiracy or otherwise. So here goes… Let’s suppose the plane was a zombie plane. But only the plane was a zombie. Perhaps a virus get’s introduced or some sort of cascading electronic glitch get’s into the AIMS system or electronics bay of that plane. Knocks out communication. Scrambles both navigation and attitude control. Disables the manual flight control inputs and override for the fly by wire. The plane makes heading and altitude changes until finally the auto pilot/FMS lock into a southerly heading and stays there until fuel is exhausted. However, for the entire time both crew and passengers are powerless to do anything. This solves:
Fire - Something on fire does not stay aloft for 7 hours.
Decompression - Passed out crew and passengers don’t make turns.
Suicide - Unlikely someone intent on dying waits 7 hours. [...and 238 fellow travellers not interfering; Archimedes]
Terrorists - Like to be public and messy not mysterious.
Hijacking - Where are the ransom notes?
Insurance - Value of used plane is not enough to cover financial troubles of an international carrier.
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Archimedes
03:40
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The Diamantina Deep theory by "FrequentFlyerPilot".
(23 images, http://imgur.com/a/ROy9o)
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March 27 2014

Archimedes
22:36
Thank you! Could explain it.
Archimedes
17:11
Understanding the “satellite ping” conclusion
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Archimedes
16:49
Universität Konstanz, Presseinformation Nr. 28 vom 26. März 2014

Teurer als die Wissenschaft erlaubt
Universität Konstanz bricht Lizenzverhandlungen mit Wissenschaftsverlag Elsevier ab

Aufgrund der erheblichen Verteuerung der Leistungen des Wissenschaftsverlages Elsevier in den vergangenen Jahren beschließt die Universität Konstanz, ihren Lizenzvertrag mit dem Großverlag für wissenschaftliche Fachzeitschriften nicht länger fortzuführen. Elsevier war bereits 2012 wegen seiner aggressiven Preispolitik in die Schlagzeilen geraten, als Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler international im Rahmen der Initiative "The Cost of Knowledge" zu einem Boykott dieses Verlages aufgerufen hatten.

„Für die Universität Konstanz verschlechterte sich das Kosten-Nutzen-Verhältnis mit Elsevier in den vergangenen Jahren erheblich. Aufgrund der geringen Verhandlungsbereitschaft des Verlages sehen wir keine andere Möglichkeit als den Abbruch der Verhandlungen“, erklärt Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüdiger, Rektor der Universität Konstanz.

Fachzeitschriften bilden in der Wissenschaft eine unabdingbare Grundlage für den wissenschaftlichen Austausch. Der Bezug von Wissenschaftsjournalen ist daher essentiell für die Forschung und Lehre einer Universität. „Universitäten sind in gewisser Weise gezwungen, in Form von Abonnementgebühren ein Gut teuer zurückzukaufen, das eigentlich von ihren Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern produziert wird“, veranschaulicht Petra Hätscher, Direktorin des Kommunikations-, Informations-, Medienzentrums (KIM) der Universität Konstanz.

Der Großverlag Elsevier, der aktuell jährlich mehr als 2.500 wissenschaftliche Zeitschriften publiziert, betrieb in den vergangenen Jahren eine erhebliche Preissteigerung. Der Durchschnittspreis einer bei Elsevier lizenzierten Zeitschrift lag an der Universität Konstanz zuletzt bei 3.400 Euro pro Jahr und damit fast dreimal höher als beim zweitteuersten großen Verlag. „Die Universität Konstanz kann und will bei dieser aggressiven Preispolitik nicht länger mithalten und wird ein solches Vorgehen nicht unterstützen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir uns entschlossen, den Lizenzvertrag mit Elsevier durch alternative Beschaffungswege zu ersetzen“, so Ulrich Rüdiger weiter.

Die Universität Konstanz zählt zu den international führenden jungen Universitäten (bundesweit auf Platz 1, weltweit auf Platz 20 im internationalen Hochschulranking „THE 100 Under 50“). Bereits seit 2007 ist sie eine von derzeit elf deutschen Universitäten, deren „Zukunftskonzepte zum Ausbau universitärer Spitzenforschung“ im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes und der Länder gefördert werden. Die forschungsstarke, junge Campusuniversität vereint Spitzenforschung und hervorragende Lehre in ihrem Leitbild der „Kultur der Kreativität“.
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Archimedes
16:18
Why this build up of search buoys prior to March 8 in the area of the presumed plane crash?

(Sources: New York Times / Luca Centurioni and Lance Braasch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Office of Naval Research)
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Archimedes
03:13
... Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Sedna, 2012VP113 ...

In 2003, astronomers unexpectedly discovered the planetoid Sedna, orbiting the sun beyond the Kuiper Belt, an area of frozen objects just outside Neptune’s orbit. Astronomers have now discovered a second object in this region, which has the current designation 2012 VP113.
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March 26 2014

Archimedes
14:14
Wandgemälde im "Fitcher's Vogel" by Leonard Riegel
Warschauer Str. 26, Friedrichshain, 10243 Berlin

(http://www.grimmstories.com/de/grimm_maerchen/fitchers_vogel)
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Archimedes
13:56
Kapital ist (ein scheues Reh)
Oderberger Str. 2, Prenzlauer Berg, 10435 Berlin

"Weil Kapital ein scheues Reh ist beschäftigen wir uns nicht weiter damit hinter Rotwild durch den Wald zu jagen sondern machen lieber ein Café auf! Nach einigen Wochen des Renovierens wird es endlich Zeit die Bar einzuräumen und die Tür zu öffnen. Kommt vorbei und feiert mit uns!"
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Archimedes
13:40
Selfish Gene Cafe, Singapore

"Gene has always been rather selfish when it comes to food. It is not that he will never share his food, but rather he will not serve anyone food that he would not eat himself. The incessant search for his local cafe has hardly produced results, so he decided to start his own. Situated at 40 Craig Road on the edge of the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area and sharing the same backyard of the Pinnacle@Duxton, Selfish Gene Cafe presents its customers with the perfect setting to be themselves and enjoy themselves – be it having a morning brunch with girls, catching up over a cuppa with buddies or simply some alone time with a book and one’s thoughts."
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March 24 2014

Archimedes
01:12
Vielleicht - Rundgesang der Pachtherren

Gleichgültige Ruhe,  gelangweilte Gedankenfetzen, erhabenes Konzentrationswasser Thomas Schmitt, Blixa Bargeld, Pachtherren der 80er schweigen sich 6 Min. lang  in den Suff.

Directed by Kirsten Glauner & Erik Sick, 1999
Music by Oliver Augst, Marcel Daemgen & Christoph Korn

http://www.scopitone.de/Vielleicht.mp4
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March 21 2014

Archimedes
23:56
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Translation by Jaspreet Singh Boparai, Cambridge University, in London Review of Books (14. March 2014):

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http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2014/03/14/nick-richardson/translating-lorem-ipsum/
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March 19 2014

Archimedes
21:53
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A Medieval Multiverse: Mathematical Modelling of the 13th Century Universe of Robert Grosseteste

Richard G. Bower, Tom C. B. McLeish F.R.S., Brian K. Tanner, Hannah E. Smithson, Cecilia Panti, Neil Lewis, Giles E. M. Gasper

Abstract

In his treatise on light, written in about 1225, Robert Grosseteste describes a cosmological model in which the Universe is created in a big-bang like explosion and subsequent condensation. He postulates that the fundamental coupling of light and matter gives rises to the material body of the entire cosmos. Expansion is arrested when matter reaches a minimum density and subsequent emission of light from the outer region leads to compression and rarefaction of the inner bodily mass so as to create nine celestial spheres, with an imperfect residual core. In this paper we reformulate the Latin description in terms of a modern mathematical model. The equations which describe the coupling of light and matter are solved numerically, subject to initial conditions and critical criteria consistent with the text. Formation of a universe with a non-infinite number of perfected spheres is extremely sensitive to the initial conditions, the intensity of the light and the transparency of these spheres. In this “medieval multiverse”, only a small range of opacity and initial density profiles lead to a stable universe with  nine perfected spheres. As in current cosmological thinking, the existence of Grosseteste’s universe relies on a very special combination of fundamental parameters.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1403.0769v2
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Archimedes
19:30
Open Letter to The Guardian (18 March 2014):
We need more scientific mavericks

"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts," said Richard Feynman in the 1960s. But times change. Before about 1970, academics had access to modest funding they could use freely. Industry was similarly enlightened. Their results included the transistor, the maser-laser, the electronics and telecommunications revolutions, nuclear power, biotechnology and medical diagnostics galore that enriched the lives of virtually everyone; they also boosted 20th-century economic growth.

After 1970, politicians substantially expanded academic sectors. Peer review's uses allowed the rise of priorities, impact etc, and is now virtually unavoidable. Applicants' proposals must convince their peers that they serve national policies and are the best possible uses of resources. Success rates are about 25%, and strict rules govern resubmissions. Rejected proposals are usually lost. Industry too has lost its taste for the unpredictable. The 500 major discoveries, almost all initiated before about 1970, challenged mainstream science and would probably be vetoed today. Nowadays, fields where understanding is poor are usually neglected because researchers must convince experts that working in them will be beneficial.

However, small changes would keep science healthy. Some are outlined in Donald Braben's book, Promoting the Planck Club: How Defiant Youth, Irreverent Researchers and Liberated Universities Can Foster Prosperity Indefinitely. But policies are deeply ingrained. Agencies claiming to support blue-skies research use peer review, of course, discouraging open-ended inquiries and serious challenges to prevailing orthodoxies. Mavericks once played an essential role in research. Indeed, their work defined the 20th century. We must relearn how to support them, and provide new options for an unforeseeable future, both social and economic. We need influential allies. Perhaps Guardian readers could help?

Donald W Braben, University College London
John F Allen, Queen Mary, University of London
William Amos, University of Cambridge
Richard Ball, University of Edinburgh
Tim Birkhead FRS, University of Sheffield
Peter Cameron, Queen Mary, University of London
Richard Cogdell FRS, University of Glasgow
David Colquhoun FRS, University College London
Rod Dowler, Industry Forum, London
Irene Engle, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, University of Notre Dame
Desmond Fitzgerald, Materia Medica
Pat Heslop-Harrison, University of Leicester
Dudley Herschbach, Harvard University, Nobel Laureate
H Jeff Kimble, Caltech, US National Academy of Sciences
Sir Harry Kroto FRS, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Nobel Laureate
James Ladyman, University of Bristol
Nick Lane, University College London
Peter Lawrence FRS, University of Cambridge
Angus MacIntyre FRS, Queen Mary, University of London
John Mattick, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney
Beatrice Pelloni, University of Reading
Martyn Poliakoff FRS, University of Nottingham
Douglas Randall, University of Missouri
David Ray, Bio Astral Limited
Sir Richard J Roberts FRS, New England Biolabs, Nobel Laureate
Ken Seddon, Queen's University of Belfast
Colin Self, University of Newcastle
Harry Swinney, University of Texas, US National Academy of Sciences
Claudio Vita-Finzi FBA, Natural History Museum
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Archimedes
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What the Aussies assume:
Flight path after failed emergency landing at Langkawi International Airport.
(http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/17/world/asia/search-for-flight-370.html)

NB:Or rather at Kuala Terengganu Airport (5.381775,103.102409)?
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