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  • Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website

    10/07/2013 6:12:55 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/6/13 | Christopher Weaver, Shira Ovide, and Louise Radnofsky
    Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new health-care law, the federal government acknowledged for the first time Sunday it needed to fix design and software problems that have kept customers from applying online for coverage. The Obama administration said last week that an unanticipated surge of Web traffic caused most of the problems and was a sign of high demand by people seeking to buy coverage under the new law. But federal officials said Sunday the online marketplace needed design changes, as well as more server capacity to improve efficiency on the federally run exchange...
  • Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum

    06/21/2012 1:27:04 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 June 2012 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    (Reuters) - A Syrian air force pilot flew his MiG-21 fighter plane over the border to Jordan and was granted political asylum on Thursday, the first defection with a military aircraft since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The pilot landed at the King Hussein military air base 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Amman and immediately asked for sanctuary, Jordanian officials told Reuters. "The cabinet has decided to grant the Syrian pilot political asylum upon his request," Jordan's Minister of State for Information Samih al-Maaytah told Reuters. Syria's defense ministry called the pilot a "traitor to...
  • Report: Top Syrian General Deserts

    12/22/2011 5:20:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/11 | David Lev
    Opposition sources in Syria said Thursday that a top Syrian army general, Mustapha a-Sheikh, has abandoned his post. A-Sheikh is in charge of chemical weapons deployment in eastern Syria. According to the sources, a-Sheikh escaped over the border into Turkey in recent days. A-Sheikh's defection came on the background of what opposition activists said was an increasing frustration among many army soldiers at being deployed to fight against Syrian citizens. Weeks ago, soldiers were subjected to intense propaganda stressing that the protests were being organized by groups seeking to plunge Syria into anarchy, who were funded by “foreign governments,” but...
  • Government Motors' Crowning Achievement: Falling Steering Wheels

    04/11/2011 10:30:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 11, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    Who can forget the frenzied all out bashing of Toyota on all government propaganda stations after the brake pedal got stuck just at a time when GM was emerging from bankruptcy, and before it was forced to engage in stuffing dealers with its bloated inventory. Yet very little if anything has been said about the curious case of the Chevy Cruze... and the falling steering wheel. The WSJ writes: "Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel....
  • Toyota found to keep tight lid on potential safety problems

    12/23/2009 6:03:04 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 19 replies · 799+ views
    LA Times ^ | 23 December 2009 | Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian
    During a routine test on its Sienna minivan in April 2003, Toyota Motor Corp. engineers discovered that a plastic panel could come loose and cause the gas pedal to stick, potentially making the vehicle accelerate out of control. The automaker redesigned the part and by that June every 2004 model year Sienna off the assembly line came with the new panel. Toyota did not notify tens of thousands of people who had already bought vans with the old panel, however. It wasn't until U.S. safety officials opened an investigation last year that Toyota acknowledged in a letter to regulators that...
  • Renowned Scientist Defects From Belief in Global Warming – Caps Year of Vindication for Skeptics.

    11/02/2006 7:40:40 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 46 replies · 3,022+ views
    Renowned Scientist Defects From Belief in Global Warming – Caps Year of Vindication for Skeptics -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- October 17, 2006 Washington DC - One of the most decorated French geophysicists has converted from a believer in manmade catastrophic global warming to a climate skeptic. This latest defector from the global warming camp caps a year in which numerous scientific studies have bolstered the claims of climate skeptics. Scientific studies that debunk the dire predictions of human-caused global warming have continued to accumulate and many believe the new science is shattering the media-promoted scientific “consensus” on climate alarmism. Claude Allegre, a former...
  • FR Debate: Intelligent Design vs. Birth Defects, Can They Be Reconciled?

    11/11/2005 4:47:36 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 414 replies · 74,987+ views
    Each year in the United States, about 150,000 babies are born with birth defects ranging from mild to life threatening. While progress has been made in the detection and treatment of birth defects, they remain the leading cause of death in the first year of life. Birth defects are often the result of genetic and environmental factors, but the causes of well over half of all birth defects are currently unknown. Following is a partial list of birth defects: Achondroplasia/Dwarfism Hemochromatosis Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Huntington's Disease Anencephaly Hydrocephalus Arnold-Chiari Malformation Klinefelter's Syndrome Ataxia Telangiectasia Leukodystrophies Blood coagulation disorders/Hemophilia Marfan Syndrome...
  • Simple Birth Defect - Enough To Abort Child

    03/22/2005 8:03:39 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 250+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | MARCH 21, 2005 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the philosophical points used by anti-abortion activists to explain their stance, one oft times claimed by critics to be purely hyperbolic and wildly outside the logic of debate, is the slippery slope argument of "Where will it all end up?" Those against abortion wonder aloud just where society and/or government will draw the line of when an abortion is legitimate and when it is not and how often that line will be redrawn past the next extreme, and then the next. Critics say that their worries are silly, unfounded or are examples of religious demagoguery. Anti-abortion advocates firmly...
  • Why was Carlitos born this way?

    03/13/2005 3:35:31 PM PST · by Pillows · 184 replies · 2,991+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Sunday, March 13, 2005 | John Lantigua-Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Why was Carlitos born this way? He's one of three Immokalee babies who were born horribly disfigured to mothers and fathers who work together in Florida's fields. By John LantiguaPalm Beach Post Staff Writer Sunday, March 13, 2005 IMMOKALEE — Carlos Candelario, known as Carlitos, was born Dec. 17 without arms or legs.On Feb. 4, Jesus Navarrete, whose parents live about 100 feet away from Carlitos' family, was born with Pierre Robin syndrome. His jaw is underdeveloped, and that causes his tongue to fall into his throat, and he risks choking. Taylor Jones/The PostenlargeAGRICULTURAL RISK: Migrant worker Francisca Herrera says she worked...
  • THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

    10/10/2004 3:01:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 21 replies · 1,952+ views
    BRIAN TRACY.COM ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2004 | BRIAN TRACY
    The Emperor Has No Clothes By: Brian Tracy John Kerry is neither a “war hero” nor a “patriot.” It is about time that someone pointed out that “the emperor has no clothes” and that Americans are being presented with a false choice. If you read the newspapers long enough, a series of facts emerge that appear undeniable and irrefutable. But no one seems to want to “connect the dots” for fear of offending the powers that be in the national media, such as CBS. Here is what we know. First of all, Kerry did not “volunteer” for service in Vietnam....
  • Serious defects hit cell phone batteries, computer parts (huge recalls)

    07/18/2004 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,326+ views
    Serious defects hit cell phone batteries, computer parts From wire reports July 18, 2004 Hundreds of thousands of computer parts and cell phone batteries have been recalled in recent weeks because of serious defects. No. 1 PC maker Dell recalled 38,000 Auto/Air Power Adapters connecting laptops to power outlets in cars and planes. Users may get shocked if they plug the wrong cord into the adapter. No. 2 PC maker Hewlett-Packard is recalling the memory component of 900,000 laptops over a problem that can make them crash or lose data. H-P blames memory-makers Micron Technology, Samsung, Infineon Technologies and Winbond....
  • Defects In Aging Passenger Jets Exposed [Boeing]

    05/15/2004 5:30:08 PM PDT · by Indie · 39 replies · 264+ views
    KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Special Report ^ | 05.05.2004 | Kris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- KIRO Team 7 Investigators discover cracks, corrosion and weakened metal hidden inside a growing number of Boeing passenger jets. The problems lie along structural seams called lap joints. A fuselage is designed with overlapping sheets of metal riveted together. We uncovered at least 28 different warnings regarding flaws or defects. In 2002, a China Airlines jet plummeted into the water, killing 225 passengers. MORE ON THIS STORY Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Airworthiness (HTML VERSION) Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Airworthiness (Microsoft Word Version) Fourteen years earlier, an Aloha Airlines 737 opened up like a sardine can, killing...
  • Problems with armor found on Stryker combat vehicle

    09/06/2003 2:01:52 AM PDT · by lshoultz · 12 replies · 227+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/5/03 | By Ray Rivera and Hal Bernton
    Weeks before the Army's Stryker vehicle is scheduled to make its combat debut in Iraq, the Army has discovered manufacturing problems in some of its armor plating that could make it vulnerable to heavy machine-gun fire, according to Army officials familiar with the program. The extent of the problem is still unknown, but it's serious enough that Army officials have launched a crash program to test the plates at their Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. They are hopeful it won't delay deployment of troops from Fort Lewis, said two Army officials at the Pentagon, speaking on condition of anonymity.
  • Linux code is gloriously defect-free Same can't be said of its OS rivals...

    02/22/2003 7:51:09 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 68 replies · 332+ views
    Silicon.com ^ | Thu 20 February 2003 11:14AM GMT | Silicon.com
    A consulting group that scrutinises the source code underlying several operating systems has found that a key networking component of Linux is of higher quality in many regards than competing closed-source software. Reasoning, which sells automated software inspection services, examined part of the code of Linux and five operating systems, comparing the number and rate of programming defects. Specifically, Reasoning examined the implementation of TCP/IP, a key networking technology, and found fewer errors in Linux. Reasoning declined to disclose which operating systems it compared with Linux, but said two of the three general-purpose operating systems were versions of Unix. The...