Sir James Dyson has withdrawn plans to extend the airfield used for his companies Sir James Dyson has lost a battle over plans for a private runway for his jets at his company airfield. The billionaire inventor had hoped to extend the airfield used for his companies R&D, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, to allow business flights to land. He submitted proposals to extend the existing 517-acre site, with new runway lighting and a new hangar. But he has now been forced to withdraw the plans following a furious backlash from residents, who claimed they would suffer from noise and pollution. Locals claimed the development would 'ruin the character of the village' and a 'severe impact on the quality of life of the residents'. The airfield was first used by Sir James in 2017 but was only for gliders. Had the plans been given the green light, the airfield would have been allowed to have 60 jets and 300 land every year. James Dyson had major plans for … [Read more...] about Billionaire vacuum inventor Sir James Dyson loses battle for private runway at company airfield where he could fly in from his new Singapore headquarters
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Last year, repeated data breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal raised concerns and generated scrutiny among officials in several countries. Damian Collins, chairman of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee said that there's a need for external bodies that have got the power to set rules and standards for Facebook. Despite this, Facebook's latest financial results showed that its revenue increased by 30% and profits by 61% year-on-year. READ MORE: 'Facebook Has Become Very Politicised' — Online Privacy Advocate Sputnik discussed Facebook's 15th anniversary with Pierluigi Paganini, Chief Technology Officer at CSE and member at ENISA Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group. Sputnik: Obviously Facebook's story is a wonderful story; how did this company evolve so rapidly over the past 15 years? Pierluigi Paganini: Facebook has totally changed over the … [Read more...] about Technology Expert: Zuckerberg Has Limited Influence on the Overall Company Today
The Department of Defense has weighed in against a proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to open the 1 to 2 Gigahertz frequency range—the L band—for use in 5G cellular networks. The reason: segments of that range of radio spectrum are already used by Global Positioning System signals and other military systems. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed for the rejection of the proposal by Ligado Networks (formerly known as Lightspeed), saying, "There are too many unknowns and the risks are far too great to federal operations to allow Ligado’s proposed system to proceed... This could have a significant negative impact on military operations, both in peacetime and war." Further ReadingFCC battles meteorologists again over plan to help wireless industry The FCC has already largely brushed aside similar opposition from NASA, the US Navy, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, among others, over … [Read more...] about DOD joins fight against 5G spectrum proposal, citing risks to GPS
There are weeks where it seems like every piece of physics news mentions quantum computing—but we are nowhere near a quantum iPhone. You probably remember that computers can consist of billions of nanometer-scale transistors etched into silicon. Those chips used to be enormous, room-sized setups where instead of transistors, there were tubes the size of light bulbs. Physicists in the quantum computing world are still trying to pick out the best vacuum tubes. Headlines emerged today mentioning a new kind of “qubit” that could make quantum computers more easily. But it would help to first understand where quantum computing is overall. Advertisement Here’s a quick quantum computing recap. Regular computer bits store information with a binary yes-no system, like a wire with or without a current. A quantum bit, or qubit, instead relies on the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics: instead of yes and no, there’s a pair of options with an associated … [Read more...] about Scientists Propose a New Kind of Quantum Computer, But What Does That Mean?
SOCHI (Sputnik) — Moscow plans to sell additional 24-percent stake in the Russian Helicopters holding by the end of this year, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Saturday. © Sputnik / Ilya BogachevRussian Helicopters Presents New Military Multifunctional Thermal Imaging SystemIn March, Manturov said that Moscow was planning to sell up to 49 percent of shares to a Russian strategic investor or up to 25 percent to an investor from abroad. The initial agreement, signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June, proposes the sale of an up to 25-percent stake in the company to the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a pool of Middle Eastern investors. "I think by the end of the year," the minister told journalists, not specifying who the buyer is while answering a question about the privatization schedule. Russian Helicopters is one … [Read more...] about Russian Helicopters Company to Sell Additional 24% Stake by End of 2016