Archive for October 19th, 2019

The Air Force still used eight-inch floppy disks

October 19, 2019

Five years after CBS publicized the fact that the Air Force still used eight-inch floppy disks to store data critical to operating the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missile command, the aerial and space warfare service branch decided it was time to officially retire them.

The system, once called the Strategic Air Command Digital Network (SACDIN), relied on IBM Series/1 computers installed by the Air Force at Minuteman II missile sites in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite the contention by the Air Force at the time of the 60 Minutes report that the archaic hardware offered a cybersecurity advantage, the service has completed an upgrade to what is now known as the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS), as Defense News reports. SAACS is an upgrade that swaps the floppy disk system for what Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron, described as a “highly secure solid state digital storage solution.” The floppy drives were fully retired in June.

But the IBM Series/1 computers remain, in part because of their reliability and security. And it’s not clear whether other upgrades to “modernize” the system have been completed. Air Force officials have acknowledged network upgrades that have enhanced the speed and capacity of SACCS’ communications systems, and a Government Accountability Office report in 2016 noted that the Air Force planned to “update its data storage solutions, port expansion processors, portable terminals, and desktop terminals by the end of fiscal year 2017.” But it’s not clear how much of that has been completed.


People should spend time on your web-page

October 19, 2019

I was researching stuff to find out how people will come to my website and will pay immense attention and will spend time to read the stuff that I have written for them.

My revenue model is only Google Adsense and somehow I want people to spend time luxuriously reading what I have written. This could be for them to take advantage from my work. Only way looks they learning it from me.

I just saw a highly reputed website refreshing Google Adsense almost every 30 seconds on the published pages. This could be to run the Google Adsense again and again and make more money out of the impressions business.

DeepMind AI Beats Humans At Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

October 19, 2019

Yannis Assael at DeepMind and his colleagues trained a neural network, a type of AI algorithm, to guess missing words or characters from Greek inscriptions, on surfaces including stone, ceramic and metal, that were between 1500 and 2600 years old. The AI, called Pythia, learned to recognize patterns in 35,000 relics, containing more than 3 million words. The patterns it picks up on include the context in which different words appear, the grammar, and also the shape and layout of the inscriptions.

Given an inscription with missing information, Pythia provides 20 different suggestions that could plug the gap, with the idea that someone could then select the best one using their own judgement and subject knowledge. “It’s all about how we can help the experts,” says Assael. To test the system, the team hid nine letters of a Greek personal name from Pythia. It managed to fill in the blanks. In a head-to-head test, where the AI attempted to fill the gaps in 2949 damaged inscriptions, human experts made 30 per cent more mistakes than the AI. Whereas the experts took 2 hours to get through 50 inscriptions, Pythia gave its guesses for the entire cohort in seconds.

The arXiv paper is available here.



Have to make it to IIM-A.

October 19, 2019

Today made 1 sacred decision that I have to make it to the IIM-A next year or the year after next. But I have to do my MBA from here. If you pour yourself into something, you can achieve whatever you want with trust me that would be called with great ease. Because till date no one who has poured himself completely into something has ever failed.

8000 Words for CAT

October 19, 2019

I today started working on my Vocabulary business for the prestigious CAT Examination. I counted the number of words in the CAT Prep book by IMS, and I found them to be roughly around 8000 words.

The last I recollect memorizing words was in school in X grade and I was too good at it. Its been more than 25 years and today I am restarting my life of pure school academics again.

I have made a goal of memorizing 60 words a day. I also intend to buy the English books of V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X to master everything very well once again. I have anyways been told by my teacher to first solve Math’s books of V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X any board. I have decided to start from VII grade books.

A little brush up and I should be back into the King Golden Touch like the Mighty, Scholarly, Happy School Days. Go EAST or WEST — Efforts making is the only thing that will make me best. Best again. Best one more time.

Mission Impossible — MBA @ IIM-A

October 19, 2019

Now today I have set a goal to achieve admission @ IIM-A. Should make it in this record time.

Will take efforts of all kinds to achieve this.

Life is committed to this from today..

Care Chat Bot

October 19, 2019

I was reading about KiK Messenger. And it gave me some ideas about my messenger that I was working on.

My chat bot I had kept name – Care Chat Bot. I will start working on it immediately as from next day of IIM CAT Examination getting over. High hopes on this project as well.