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NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

Science
March 6 (UPI) -- Boeing's software team had too much influence over final decisions regarding the company's Starliner capsule, a top NASA administrator said Friday. The finding was among 61 corrective actions NASA and Boeing have agreed to make before moving ahead with another Starliner mission. A test flight in December failed to reach the International Space Station, but landed successfully in New Mexico after two days in space. NASA has not decided if it will require another test flight before sending astronauts aloft. "We had delegated too much authority to the software board to approve changes and to approve actions as it applied to software," said Douglas Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration. "Those changes should have been brought up to the overall enginee...
Defective software could have doomed Boeing’s crew capsule

Defective software could have doomed Boeing’s crew capsule

Technology
NASA says defective software could have doomed Boeing's crew capsule during its first test flightBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterFebruary 8, 2020, 12:22 AM4 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Defective software could have doomed Boeing's crew capsule during its first test flight, a botched trip that was cut short and never made it to the International Space Station, NASA and company officials said Friday. The Starliner capsule launched without astronauts in December, but its automatic timer was off by 11 hours, preventing the capsule from flying to the space station as planned. This software trouble — which left the capsule in the wrong orbit just after liftoff — set off a scramble to find more possible coding errors, Boeing officials said. Hours before the Starliner's scheduled touchdown
Biostar security software ‘leaked a million fingerprints’

Biostar security software ‘leaked a million fingerprints’

Technology
More than a million fingerprints and other sensitive data have been exposed online by a biometric security firm, researchers say.Researchers working with cyber-security firm VPNMentor say they accessed data from a security tool called Biostar 2.It is used by thousands of companies worldwide, including the UK's Metropolitan Police, to control access to specific parts of secure facilities.Suprema, the firm that offers Biostar 2, said it was addressing the issue."If there has been any definite threat on our products and/or services, we will take immediate actions and make appropriate announcements to protect our customers' valuable businesses and assets," a company spokesman told the Guardian.According to VPNMentor, the exposed data...
North Korea develops software to teach ideology

North Korea develops software to teach ideology

Technology
North Korea has developed software designed to teach ideology to party members and workers, according to North Korean party daily Rodong Sinmun. Called Chongseo 1.0, it contains writings by the country's founder Kim Il-sung and his son - former leader Kim Jong-il. The paper explains that the encyclopaedia-like electronic book program aggregates classical works and anecdotes about the two Kims, as well as material related to current leader Kim Jong-un. The program works on different devices and operating systems - including Windows and North Korea's Linux-based Red Star - and the plan is to distribute it nationwide. And it won't stop there. Developers are already working on the next version - Chongseo 2.0, adding various functions...