Spire Plans To Use Tiny Satellites For More Accurate Weather Forecasts

The last I looked, the state of remote-sensing algorithms for limb profiling is something between bad and “are you kidding?”.

But they are not doing much “remote sensing”. All they are doing is recording when a GPS signal is received. That’s it. That shouldn’t be too hard. The delay between when the GPS should have been received, and was actually received, will tell them the index of refraction of the atmospheric cord it passed through, and from that, a ground computer can calculate the humidity, temperature

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D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

Although it may seem like a very superficial thing, it makes it much harder to sell in a business setting. First, because a lot of business users (including “decision makers”) are pretty superficial, and using a non-native UI makes it look cheap and unfinished. Second, because if it doesn’t feel or behave like the applications that users are familiar with, then it’s going to be jarring and confusing, requiring more training and resulting in more help desk trouble calls.

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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Now, what does this mean to you? First off, requesting anywhere in the CM forum, the CM Blog, or the Facebook/Google+/Twitter accounts for device XX to be supported is probably a waste of your time and anybody who reads said request. CyanogenMod does not work on device requests as there is no guaranteeing that a current CM maintainer is even interested in the device. Additionally, its not as simple as ‘porting’ code, the device trees must be coded from scratch and made to work with the AOSP sourced code and CM enhancements. This takes a large amount of time and effort, especially when the device’s OEM fails to release the latest version of Android for it. Second, in hoping a worthy developer sees the post and decides to take up the project… well, that is probably just wishful thinking. Many developers do not like interacting with end users (too much finger pointing between both devs and users or anger directed at the devs for something working other than how the user expects – it happens far too often); because of that, many developers don’t frequent the forum (or if they do, they only view the forums for the devices they maintain).

The best way to get a device official support is not requesting it from the CM team, but learning how to do it yourself or encouraging a maintainer of an unofficial build to submit their code for review.

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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

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UK Broadcaster Sky To Launch Mobile Service

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EMC grows new ‘Enterprise Content Division’

Another attempted reboot for Documentum EMC’s Documentum business has limped along for years now, but now has a spring in its step after rebranding and acquiring a new leader.

Evidence of the change emerged from the former Information Intelligence Group’s (IIG’s) gabfest in San Francisco this week, where attendees were encouraged to use the hashtag #iigReady15.

One such Tweet, below, was posted by Rohit Gai, listed here and elsewhere by EMC as “head of IIG Products”.

Another Tweet, below, from Singapore-based EMC IIG veep Owen Taraniuk, also seems to suggest that the IIG’s leader Rick Devenuti has moved on.

The “Rick” mentioned in the Tweet is probably Rick Devenuti, listed at the time of writing as the president of the IIG (and also listed in that role in early January 2014 by archive.org.

But back to Taraniuk, as his Twitter profile is also telling: it says he works for the “EMC Enterprise Content Division”. Which just about confirms the change of name.

As we wrote while covering EMC’s latest results, the Documentum business never shone.

We’ve asked EMC to confirm the rebranding and to explain why it was done. ®

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Alibaba’s magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

Chinese online tat bazaar Alibaba has not only posted disappointing results, been caned by the stock market but now has also fallen foul of China’s government for knowingly hosting sellers of counterfeit kit.

The company reported that it earned $964m for the last quarter of 2014 on revenue of $4.22bn.

The earnings number was down 28 per cent and the revenue number was about $300m shy of predictions.

The combined effect of those two numbers was a ten per cent dip for the company’s shares, and of course a nasty hit to the value of 15 per cent stake owned by Yahoo! and due to be cashed in later this year.

Analysts are worried that the results show Alibaba has peaked, which, seeing as it listed in the US just four months ago, would be an unwelcome event for investors who pumped in $25bn.

The quarterly announcement (PDF) can certainly be read as an attempt to show the company is still winning customers and that merchants who use it are selling more stuff, although that reading’s possible because the statement leads with customer and volume numbers rather than dollar values, an unusual choice.

The nasty numbers come just a day after Alibaba fended off accusations by China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) that it knowingly permits sellers – many of them unregistered under Chinese law – to offer fake products on the site.

It’s suggested such sellers may be making unsolicited payments (ahem) in order to secure their place on the site.

The SAIC’s report is controversial because it refers to a meeting from mid-2014, and disappeared from the body’s website not long after it appeared.

Alibaba vigorously rejected the allegations and says it does its very best to ensure its operations are squeaky clean.

The company’s also telling markets that it’s far from a spent force, but may need a genie and a lantern to convince them of that position after a testing week. ®

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