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Congress didn't take the hint, Shuttle was an extremely flawed design. They then cancelled Shuttle replacements (HL-20 & HL-42) a few years later, continuing to fly at high risk. Then came Colombia, and they still kept flying.
Worse; there were several other near disasters the public is largely unaware of.
Only now, 33 years later, are we correcting those mistakes.
By Steven P.
Image via Reuters
The Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at the age of 91, the company has announced.
Mr Kamprad died at his home in Småland, Ikea confirmed in a statement.
The company said that Mr Kamprad was "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century".
The Ikea founder had faced questions over his past links to the Nazis, which he referred to as the "greatest mistake" of his life.
Who hasn't got Ikea stuff in their home?
By Karan Singh
Microsoft pulls support for Lumia 640 and 640XL
by Gurkaran Singh
It seems that Windows 10 Mobile just can't catch a break even if its fate is all but sealed. In the latest blow to Lumia loyalists, Microsoft is dropping support for the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. This isn't new or even shocking as the company has been omitting devices since the first rollout of Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
The Redmond company released the official list of the devices that are still supported:
HP Elite x3 HP Elite x3 (Verizon) HP Elite x3 (Telstra) Wileyfox Pro Microsoft Lumia 550 Microsoft Lumia 650 Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL Alcatel IDOL 4S Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL Softbank 503LV VAIO Phone Biz MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601 Trinity NuAns Neo Interestingly, the last bastion of Lumias that came with Windows 10 Mobile - Lumia x50s, are still supported. However, it is anyone's guess how long that support will continue. Microsoft has been slowly phasing out Lumias from its portfolio for quite some time now and it seems the trend will continue until none are left.
This might even be the last Windows 10 Mobile update for the current devices, or ever. That said, the devices will continue to get security and servicing updates according to Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies.
Source: Microsoft via Windows Central
Founder of Debian Linux passes away at 42
by Paul Hill
It has been announced that the founder of the popular Debian Linux distribution, Ian Murdock, passed away on Monday night at the age of 42. Both his latest employer - Docker - and the Debian project posted obituaries to their respective blogs praising his accomplishments and asking press to give his family privacy at this time.
The obituary from Debian opened with the following words, "With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free Open Source Software, Father, Son and the 'ian' in Debian."
Murdock announced the Debian project in 1993 and became the project's leader until 1996, the same year that the first release was made available to the public. In the following years, Debian has become a rock solid Linux distribution and is used as a base for other popular distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint (built from an Ubuntu base), and SteamOS.
Billions of people are also using Debian when they connect to websites online, as many servers run the software. Debian was also chosen for use in space aboard the International Space Station, where it replaced Windows XP.
Ian's friends from Docker wrote, "We consider ourselves lucky to have known Ian and worked with him. He amazed everyone whom he worked with for the depth of his thinking, passion and experience. He was truly brilliant and an inspiration to many of us; his death is a loss to all whom he has known and touched."
Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org where they will be kept and archived by the Debian project.
Source: Bits from Debian and Docker