Worried about drones looking for you? Don’t be, chances are the civilian flight regulators, in this case EASA, will kill it faster. Germany’s EuroHawk was denied certification to operate in civilian airspace. Europe air space, the parts that matter are congested. For the EuroHawk to realize its full potential it will need to operate in or near other manned aircraft.

The strange part of the story, is this issue was first brought up 10 years before the purchase that EuroHawk does not have Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Certification without it will be impossible. In addition Northrup Grumman will not be making changes to accommodate TCAS.  So in the end the EuroHawk was cancelled. link link

This is what happens if there is no TCAS. Near miss between an Airbus and a Luna drone.  link

Wait there is more!.  USN’s  MQ-4C Triton just successfully took off.  It is based on the Air Force version of the Global Hawk (RQ-4)! link  The father o f the EuroHawk. To further rub salt on the wound, the Triton will come with TCAS!. link The other main difference is that the sensors on MQ-4C are designed for searching for ships in the ocean.

Luckily Singapore did not get sucked in to creating an AsiaHawk  platform.


Nice poster from NG available here.

New changes in CM10.1

I was catching up on my XDA reading when I noticed there seems to be a lot more posters screaming in pain.  New changes are in bound. The Radio Interface Layer (RIL) software has just gone open sourced on 25 May.  CM added their own version of RIL, called Open RIL.  Nice thing is that it makes modem drivers truly plug and play.  Previously a matched pair needs to be maintained.

galaxys2: add opensource libril, remove ril class
- remove blob rild
- remove blob libril.soChange-Id: I9f6d99bbd0ecf7c591c64a53e738339f0eaa3905


Comparing Jelly Beans

Android 4.1 or 4.2 (CM 10 or CM 10.1) what is the difference?  Well Android Authority did a feature by feature comparison.  In summary, yes you can live without the 4.2 goodies.  The deal maker/breaker is Photo Sphere.


Nexus 4 is now officially available in Singapore

Nexus 4, months after launch is now available in Singapore.  It is available only on the open market without telco subsidy.  It sells about S$668.  Before this, some parallel importers were selling at S$600-650.  It is one of the cheapest smartphone with 4 cores that is the most open.  You can get a Samsung Galaxy SIII for the same price.  Putting a third party ROM on it is another matter.  The current build of CM10.1 is still suffers from sudden lags, which the devs have attributed to the Exynos processor driver.

Interestingly the LG Optimus G seems to be a close match except for a 13 megapixel camera.  Both cameras have non removable batteries.  Hmmmm  not good.

At this point I am thinking of replacing my current phone battery.  After nearly 2 years of service, I think the battery is tired.  I think third party ROMs on Samsung has run its course.  But they make oh such nice hardware.

Hardwarezone link  LG