Open Standards

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Tolerating Delays

This may sound a bit funny, but in the space industry, we're constantly playing catch-up.  We're either looking at or for things that happened millions or hundreds of millions of years ago, sending rockets off to get to where something will have been just in time to take a picture of or bore a hole into it, or designing new…

Security Breach?

Diebold Admits Systemic Audit Log FailureSACRAMENTO, California - Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day. The company acknowledged that the problem exists with every version of its tabulation software.=======I'll leave it to…

Mitigating Risk

The phone rings.  A customer has an application destined for a high-risk environment, and somewhere in test they've found a new unanticipated condition.  A "Tiger Team" is formed - a group of experts who've "been here before", who understand the priority and the risks, and know how serious it is.  Many times a Tiger Team may give the go /…

MS taking some pain out of WinCE?

Microsoft has released WinCE 6.0 - this time as a "shared source" release, with various enhancements.  Some of the big claims-to-fame:  It's the "first commercial hard real-time OS released as a shared-source product". I'm not sure exactly what this means.  Perhaps they're using their source licensing model - "shared sourcing" - as a qualifier?  Since it's the only RTOS made…