MOM says bye to Earth

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will cover 680 million km with no fuel. The velocity required by MOM to reach Mars had already been imparted during the Trans-Mars Injection.

Now, MOM is cruising with a velocity of 32.8 km/second. MOM is expected to reach Mars in September 2014.

MOM doesn’t require any fuel to travel from Earth to Mars in its Mars-Transfer Trajectory. However, a little fuel was required to correct the trajectory and control the orientation of the spacecraft, Isro said.

On December 11, Isro will conduct the first small mid-course correction maneuver. The subsequent ones will be carried out in April and August next year. “In line with our fetish for jargon, the fancy term coined for these operations is trajectory correction maneuver (TCM)!” Isro said.

Tags: Isro, Mars

HTML inside xml tag

You can include HTML inside XML tag using CDATA container. Aand strip that HTML using javascript to show up in html page dynamically.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <TextElement>This is text</TextElement>
  <HTMLElement><![CDATA[<div>your html here</div>]]></HTMLElement>

Strip it using Javascript Jquery.

$xml = $($.parseXML(myxml));
$htmlTag = $xml.find("HTMLElement").text();
$PuerHtml = $htmlTag.replace("<![CDATA[", "").replace("]]>", "");

Tags: Xml, Javascript, Html

Fist-bumping reduces the transmission of bacteria by about four times, compared with shaking hands.

W. Thomas McClellan, a plastic and hand surgeon in Morgantown, West Virginia, was talking with two colleagues about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a difficult-to-treat, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection prevalent in hospitals.

"When you go into a room with a patient with MRSA, you put on a gown and wash your hands," he said. "Meanwhile, the patient's family is there without any of that on, and you go shake their hands, which probably have MRSA on [them]." So McClellan had an inspiration, prompted by how he greets his young kids: "Hey, how about a fist bump?" We asked him to elaborate on the merits of fist-bumping.

Aside from use in hospitals, do you think fist-bumping should be adopted in daily life?

I do. And I'll tell you why. One, MRSA is really rampant in the community. When you go to Whole Foods or something like that, you wipe your cart handle down with an antibacterial cloth. We have alcohol sanitizers in hospitals. Well, that stuff is ineffective against some bacteria. When you think about the kinds of pathogens you are exposed to in the community, it makes a lot of sense to limit your exposure.

What part does hand-washing or hand-sanitizing play in fist-bumping?

You can't fist bump and never wash your hands. The one thing about fist-bumping is that it's not the usable surface of your hand. If you shake someone's hand, you then eat with that part of the hand. Fist-bumping protects that usable surface. You need to wash your hands; you need to limit exposure; and you need to use alcohol sanitizers.

The holiday season is approaching, which means there will be a lot of physical contact—hugging, kissing on the cheeks. Is fist-bumping the safest kind of greeting?

I'm not saying that everyone should be going around fist-bumping, but people should have an awareness of what they're doing. If you're shaking hands and about to sit down for a meal, you should wash your hands. If you have an open wound on your hand, you should definitely be washing your hands more frequently.

Are you planning any related research in the future?

This study did not address viruses. Viruses are much more easily transmitted. I think viruses are much more communicable than bacteria, particularly with the rise of H1N1, bird flu, and other viral pathogens.

Do you fist bump more now?

Yes, I fist bump everybody now! I still shake hands in meetings. But in the hospital, I don't. It's caught on at the hospital because it's catchy and people understand it. The number of hospital infections has decreased since we presented our study. I can't directly attribute it to our research, but it could be just be an increase in awareness.


Courtesy: NGC

Tags: Bump, Infection

Milk and Brazil nuts will send you off to sleep

Scientists concludes certain minerals and acids are linked to a sound slumber.

Searching for the recipe for a good night’s sleep? It could be as simple as a glass of milk and a few handfuls of nuts.

Scientists in the US studied the diets and sleep patterns of more than 4,500 adults and concluded that certain minerals and acids are linked to a sound slumber.

Milk & Nuts

And their report suggests that a late-night snack of Brazil nuts – which are packed with selenium and potassium – washed down with a calcium-rich glass of milk contains all the ingredients you need for a satisfying sleep.

Lead author Dr Michael Grandner of Pennsylvania University, said: 'These findings suggest potentially natural and common-sense solutions to sleep problems.

'Although there is still important work that needs to be done on cause-and-effect, there is a lot of research showing that non-medication approaches can be very helpful.

'Even sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia can be very effectively treated.

'The importance of diet is often overlooked when dealing with these sorts of problems.

'Diet, sleep, physical activity, and other parts of a healthy lifestyle have an impact on many systems in the body and, ultimately, play a role in how we think, feel, and act.'

Researchers quizzed 4,548 adults on their health, diet, lifestyle and sleep.

Women on the lowest incomes were most prone to having difficulty in getting a good night’s rest.

But even taking into account age, sex, education, salary, weight an mental health, several elements of food were seen to be significantly linked to satisfying sleep patterns.

Odds of having trouble dropping off were reduced by 20 per cent where dietary intake of the mineral selenium was doubled and by 17 per cent for calcium.

Greater consumption of carbohydrate, butanoic and dodecanoic acids – both abundant in milk – and vitamin D were linked with experiencing unbroken slumber.

Meanwhile, the chances of suffering lingering lethargy or tiredness the following day were cut by 30 per cent where there was twice as much potassium in the diet and 19 per cent for additional calcium.

Poor sleep was associated with two fats commonly found in butter and cheese – hexanoic and hexadecanoic acid – and also salt and drinking lots of fluids.

Every year, between 30 and 40 per cent of British adults suffer from insomnia with ten per cent regularly dogged by the condition.

Doctors are increasingly moving away from prescribing expensive drugs to alleviate symptoms, instead looking for therapeutic methods to treat the root causes.

Tags: Sleep, Nuts

Google Voice Commands

General information

  • How old is [Neil deGrasse Tyson]?
  • Where was [Louis C.K.] born?
  • Define [colloquial] (Or "What does [colloquial] mean?")
  • What time is it in [Tokyo]?
  • Search for [photography tips]
  • Show me pictures of [the Leaning Tower of Pisa]
  • Do I need an umbrella today? What's the weather like? What's the weather in [New Orleans] [this weekend]?
  • What the [Google] stock price? What is [Apple] trading at?
  • What's [182 yards] in [miles]? What is [12 ounces] in [liters]?
  • What's [135] divided by [7.5]? (A great many types of math equations will work.)

Device control

  • Open []
  • Take a picture ("Take a photo" also works)
  • Record a video
  • Open [Spotify]


  • What's the tip for [123 dollars]?
  • Set an alarm for [6:30 am]
  • Set a timer for [20 minutes]
  • Create a calendar event: [Dinner with Glenda, Saturday at 9pm.]
  • Remind me to [buy coffee at 7am] (try locations! Remind me to [buy coffee filters at Walgreens])
  • What is my schedule for tomorrow? (also: What does my day look like [Friday]?)
  • Where's my package? (tracking confirmation must be in Gmail)
  • Make a note: [update my router firmware] (also try "Note to self:" This works with multiple apps, and you can even email yourself!)
  • Find [Florence Ion's] [phone number] (Works with all info in your contacts - addresses, birthdays, etc.)


  • Call [Jon] (also works with relationships: Call [sister])
  • Text [Susie] [great job on that feature yesterday] (also works with relationships: Text [mom] [I'm not going to be able to pick you up from the airport, period, I'm a bad son, period])
  • Send email to [Robert Baratheon], subject, [hunting], message, [I don't think you should drink so much when you go hunting, period]
  • Post to [Twitter]: [Oh my god the Red Wedding episode!]

Navigation and Travel

  • Where is the nearest [sushi restauraunt]?
  • Navigate to [Willis Tower, Chicago] 
  • Directions to [Fisherman's Wharf] by [bike] (also try "Directions home" or "How do I get home?")
  • Where is [the Louvre]?
  • Show me the menu for [Green Chile Kitchen]
  • Call [Asian Art Museum]
  • Show me my flight info
  • Where's my hotel?
  • What are some attractions around here?
  • How do you say [good night] in [Japanese]?
  • What is [50,000 yen] in [dollars]?
  • What's the flight status of [United] flight [735]?


  • Play some music (opens "I'm feeling lucky" radio station in Google Play Music)
  • Play [Happy] (songs must be in Google Play Music on your device)
  • Watch [The Lego Movie] (movies and TV must be in your Google Play account)
  • What's this song?
  • Listen to TV
  • What songs does [Pharrell] sing?
  • Read [Hunger Games]
  • Did the [Giants] win today? What's the score in the [Warriors] game?
  • What movies are playing [tonight]? Where is [Toy Story] playing?

Fun hidden stuff

  • What is the loneliest number?
  • Do a barrel roll!
  • Askew / Tilt
  • Go go Gadget [Spotify]
  • When am I?
  • Make me a sandwich
  • Sudo make me a sandwich
  • Who's on first?
  • Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
  • Tell me a joke
  • Who are you?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • What is [Jennifer Lawrence's] Bacon number?

 Courtesy: ViewTimes

Tags: Android, Voice Commands

Did Laughter Evolve to Make Us Healthy?

Researchers are looking into what laughter can do for our health. More than a form of communication, laughter helps people thrive. Some folks take that to heart and gather for "laughter yoga."

Dr. Alex Eingorn, Laughter Yoga Leader and Chiropractor
We need to get back to the natural, built in mechanisms that we have for self preservation and health.
Laughter is one of them.
Debra Corwin, Laughter Yoga Leader
Laughter Yoga is a way for people to use laughter without telling jokes and being able to get the
laughter to help them feel better.
The interesting thing is that it helps ease pain, it can ease depression, it's a way to move and get into your inner child and it's a lot of fun. And adults don't remember necessarily how to have fun.
Dr. Michael Miller, Director, Center for Preventative Cardiology - University of Maryland Medical Center
The bottom line of our research is that laughter not only makes us feel good but it has a direct effect on our blood vessels. And our blood vessels control the likelihood of us developing a heart attack or a stroke. So if we keep the blood vessels healthy, then we're going to be healthy.
You can burn up to 40 calories for 5-10 minutes of laughter. But equally important is the blood vessel opening we see is the same as going jogging or even taking one of our cholesterol medications. You get the same effect in terms of opening up your blood vessels as you do with a good, deep, belly laugh.
Laughing on a regular basis is not only good for our soul, but also great for our heart.

Dr. Alex Eingorn
Laughter is a way of communication and that's why it's contagious. When I'm laughing you're looking
and me and you're like 'wow, this is a positive energy' and you're more likely to join me in the laughter.
Dr. Robert Provine, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
But laughter's not present at birth. It appears about 3-4 months of age and it's one of the most important
early means of communication between babies and mothers.
A mother will tickle the baby and the baby will smile and laugh. And the mother will do more of that. If the baby does like it, the baby will fuss or cry and the mother stops. It's a kind of instinctive language that exists before we learn to talk.
Laughter, like speech, evolved to change the behavior of other individuals. Does it have to have other purposes? It probably does, but we're just now starting to tease out what those differences are.
Did the benefits of laughter come from the act of laughing or is it the social context, spending time with friends, family, and lovers. All of these are very difficult scientific issues that haven't been teased out.
But laughter clearly feels good when we do it. Isn't that enough?

Courtesy: NGC

Tags: Laughing, Yoga, Healthy, Life

8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

Benefits of Drinking Wine

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

Tags: Wine, Health, Memory

கிரானைட், தாது மணல் கொள்ளை: விசாரணை நடத்த சகாயம் ஐ.ஏ.எஸ். தலைமையில் குழு- சென்னை ஹைகோர்ட் அதிரடி!

சென்னை: தமிழகத்தில் கிரானைட் மற்றும் தாது மணல் கொள்ளை குறித்து விசாரணை நடத்த ஐ.ஏ.எஸ். அதிகாரி சகாயம் தலைமையில் குழு ஒன்றை அமைத்து சென்னை உயர்நீதிமன்றம் அதிரடியாக உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது. சென்னையைச் சேர்ந்த சமூக ஆர்வலர் டிராபிக் ராமசாமி உயர்நீதிமன்றத்தில் கடந்த ஜூன் மாதம் ஒரு வழக்கைத் தொடர்ந்தார். அந்த வழக்கில், கிரானைட், தாது மணல் மூலம் அரசுக்கு பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கான கோடி ரூபாய் இழப்பீடு ஏற்படுகிறது, மதுரையை போல் மற்ற மாவட்டங்களிலும் கிரானைட் மற்றும் தாது மணல் முறைகேட்டை கண்டறிய ஐ.ஏ.எஸ் அதிகாரி சகாயம் தலைமையில் குழு அமைக்க வேண்டும் என்று வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டிருந்தது. இந்த மனுவை விசாரித்த சென்னை உயர் நீதிமன்றம், சட்டவிரோத கிரானைட், தாது மணல் கொள்ளை தொடர்பாக மத்திய, மாநில அரசுகள் பதிலளிக்க நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்பியிருந்தது.

இன்றைய விசாரணையின் போது, நேர்மையான அதிகாரியான சகாயத்தை ஏன் அரசு அடிக்கடி இடம் மாற்றம் செய்கிறது என்றும் நீதிபதிகள் கேள்வி எழுப்பி தமிழக அரசை விமர்சித்தனர்

சென்னை உயர்நீதிமன்றத்தின் இந்த உத்தரவு குறித்து கருத்து தெரிவித்த ஐ.ஏ.எஸ். அதிகாரி சகாயம், என்னிடம் ஒப்படைக்கப்படும் வழக்குகளை நேர்மையாக கையாளுவேன் என்று கூறியுள்ளார்.

அதே நேரத்தில் தன்னுடைய பணி இடம் மாற்றம் குறித்து எந்த ஒரு கருத்தையும் தெரிவிக்க இயலாது என்றும் ஐ.ஏ.எஸ். அதிகாரி சகாயம் கூறியுள்ளார்.
தற்போது அறிவியல் நகரத்தின் துணைத் தலைவராக இருக்கும் சகாயம் ஐ.ஏ.எஸ். அதற்கு முன்னர் கோ ஆப்டெக்ஸில் இயக்குநராக இருந்தார். அத்துறையின் அமைச்சரான கோகுல இந்திரா தனக்கு வேண்டியவர்களுக்கு டெண்டர்களை கொடுக்க சொன்னது உள்ளிட்டவைகளை சகாயம் துணிச்சலாக நிராகரித்து வந்தார். இதனால் அவர் மருந்துகள் சேவை கழகத்துக்கு மாற்றப்பட்டார். அடுத்த சில மணி நேரங்களிலேயே அறிவியல் நகரத்தின் துணைத்தலைவராக மாற்றப்பட்டார்.

இப்படி தனது பணிக்காலத்தில் 24 முறை சகாயம் பணி இடம் மாற்றம் செய்யப்பட்டதாலேயே சென்னை உயர்நீதிமன்றம் இது பற்றிய அதிருப்தியைத் தெரிவித்திருக்கிறது

இந்த நிலையில் சென்னை உயர்நீதிமன்றத்துக்கு அண்மையில் தலைமை நீதிபதியாக பொறுப்பேற்ற எஸ்.கே. கவுல் தலைமையிலான பெஞ்ச் அதிரடியாக நேர்மையான அதிகாரி சகாயம் தலைமையிலான குழுவை அமைத்து உள்ளது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. 

Tags: Highcourt, Ias, Sagayam

Mars Mission Mangalyaan India comes last but still defeats the toppers - US, Russia, Europe

angalore, Sept 24: India's mission Mars -- Mangalyaan entered the Mars orbit, the latest entrant. It created history on Wednesday, Sept 24. The fact, which shocked many, is that Mangalyaan is the cheapest mission for Mars so far. Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, took off from the island of Shriharikota, off India's eastern coast, 10 months ago. The 3,000lb (1,350kg) device first headed for an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of manoeuvres and short burns of its rocket engines sent it on towards Mars. India defeated US, Russia, Europe, the other countries which had already placed their satellite on Mars orbit. While big Asian giants -- China, Japan failed to join them, India joined the elite club of Martian explorers with United States, European Space Agency and former Soviet Union. 

Here are the comparative costs of travel to the red planet in recent years:

NASA's Maven USA Nov 18, 2013 Sept 21, 2014  -- $671million

Mars Express Orbitor Europe June 2003 December 2003 --- $386 million

Nozomi Japan July 1998 Mission failed, Dec 2003 --- $189 million

Phobos-Grunt With Chinese satellite Russia Nov 2011 Mission failed --- $117 million

Mangalyaan India Nov 5, 2013 Sept 24, 2014  --- $74 million

Tags: Mars, Mission, Mangalyaan, India

IRNSS-1C launched by PSLV-C26 successfully placed in orbit

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 

IRNSS-1C is the third navigation satellite of the seven satellites constituting the IRNSS space segment. Its predecessors, IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B wre launched by PSLV-C22 and PLV-C24 in July 2013 and April 2014 respectively. IRNSS-1C has a lift-off mass of 1425.4KG. The configuration of IRNSS-1C is similar to the of IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B. the satellite has been realised in less than six months after launch of its predecessor.


IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. IRNSS will provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Service (SPS) and Restricted Service (RS) and is expected to provide a position accuracy of better than 20 m in the primary service area. 


Tags: Isro, Irnss-1c, Pslv-c26, Gps

Tomorrow Time Stops for a Second

Why Time Will Stop For a Leap Second

Time will stop on June 30, but don't worry: It will only be for a second. Researchers will add a sliver of time—a leap second—to the world's clocks.

Just as leap years keep our calendars lined up with Earth's revolution around the sun, leap seconds adjust for Earth's rotation. This kind of fine-tuning wasn't much of an issue before the invention of atomic clocks, whose ticks are defined by the cycling of atoms. Cesium-based clocks, one kind of atomic clock, measure the passage of time much more precisely than those based on the rotation of our planet, so adding a leap second allows astronomical time to catch up to atomic time.

Atomic Clock

An atomic clock based on cesium ticks away at the German National Metrology Institute in northern Germany.

Most of us won't notice the addition, which happens at 23:59:59 coordinated universal time (UTC), or 7:59 p.m. ET, unless we deal in timescales shorter than a second, or if we use a computer program that crashes because it can't handle the leap second. It's happened before: The 2012 leap second brought down Reddit, Gawker Media, and Mozilla.

"It's a major interruption mostly because there are a lot of systems that aren't prepared to handle the leap second correctly," says Judah Levine, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. Leap seconds occur irregularly, which makes it hard for programmers to test their fixes, he explains.

Levine is responsible for making sure the nation's timekeepers at NIST can handle the leap second. When it comes time to adjust their clock, NIST will transmit 23:59:59 UTC twice, Levine says. "Once when that time arrives, and once again for the leap second."

So 6 p.m. mountain time—the NIST offices in Colorado are seven hours behind UTC—on June 30 will be stressful. "There's a full panic mode just before and after 6 p.m.," he says.

Even if all goes well during the addition, Levine and his team are usually greeted the morning after by a deluge of emails concerning various problems.

Not everyone recognizes the leap second, although Apple does so on its devices. Google mobile devices sync with internet time services that are usually tied to atomic clocks. But "if you have a standard Windows system, [it] just ignores the leap second," Levine says.

Financial markets like the New York Stock Exchange also take the leap second into account. The exchange will close the market a half hour earlier than normal, at 7:30 p.m. ET on June 30, to help their systems deal with the addition.

Courtesy: NGC

Tags: Leap Second, Atomic Clock, Earth, Clock

What is DevOps

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.

Under a DevOps model, development and operations teams are no longer “siloed.” Sometimes, these two teams are merged into a single team where the engineers work across the entire application lifecycle, from development and test to deployment to operations, and develop a range of skills not limited to a single function. Quality assurance and security teams may also become more tightly integrated with development and operations and throughout the application lifecycle.

These teams use practices to automate processes that historically have been manual and slow. They use a technology stack and tooling which help them operate and evolve applications quickly and reliably. These tools also help engineers independently accomplish tasks (for example, deploying code or provisioning infrastructure) that normally would have required help from other teams, and this further increases a team’s velocity.

Tags: Devops, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployement

See the Brightest Supermoon of 2017

On the night of December 3 2017, sky-watchers around the world will get a chance to revel under the first—and last—full supermoon of the year.

This December 2017 full moon officially occurs at 9:17 p.m. IST (15:47 UT) on the 3rd. Less than a day later, the lunar orb will make its closest approach to Earth for the month, coming within 222,443 miles of our planet at 3:30 p.m. ET (9:00 UT) on the 4th. That means the moon on the day of December 4 will appear about seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual.

A supermoon is the popular term for a full or new moon that coincides with the lunar orb making an especially close approach to Earth. The moon’s orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle but is somewhat elongated. That means the moon changes its distance to Earth by a few thousand miles over time, reaching a closest point (perigee) and a farthest point (apogee) in any given month.

Technically, this will be the fourth supermoon of the year, but it’s the only one we’ve been able to see with naked eyes. That’s because the other three supermoons of 2017 coincided with new moons, when the lunar disk shows a totally darkened face.

Courtesy: NGC

Tags: SuperMoon, Moon

What is SonarQube

SonarQube is an open source platform for continuous inspection of code quality to perform automatic reviews with static analysis of code to detect bugs, code smells and security vulnerabilities on 20+ Programming language including Java (including Android), C#, PHP, JavaScript, C/C++, COBOL, PL/SQL, PL/I, ABAP, VB.NET, VB6, Python, RPG, Flex, Objective-C, Swift, Web and XML.SonarQube is the only product on the market that supports a leak approach as a practice to code quality.

SonarQube offers reports on duplicated code, coding standards, unit tests, code coverage, code complexity, comments, bugs, and security vulnerabilities. SonarQube can record metrics history and provides evolution graphs. SonarQube's greatest asset is that it provides fully automated analysis and integration with Maven, Ant, Gradle, MSBuild and continuous integration tools (Atlassian Bamboo, Jenkins, Hudson, etc.).

Back in 2007, when first lines of code were created, the founders of SonarQube (originally called Sonar) had a dream to one day provide every developer the ability to measure the code quality of his projects. Their motto: “Continuous Inspection must become mainstream as Continuous Integration”.

Fully integrated with DevOps tool chains it comes with:

  • built-in integration with most build tools, which enables in most cases a no configuration approach
  • easily integration with continuous integration engines such as Jenkins, TFS/VSTS, TeamCity, Bamboo, etc.,
  • support for numerous source configuration management tools such as Git, Subversion, CVS, Mercurial, etc.,

Tags: SonarQube, Code Analysis, Open Source

Elon Musk Unveils Falcon Heavy Rocket Photos Ahead of Maiden Flight

SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled a tantalizing first glimpse at his company's new megarocket — the Falcon Heavy — which is expected to launch on its maiden flight next month. 

In an early morning Twitter post, Musk revealed several views of the new rocket under assembly inside SpaceX's hangar at Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The images show stunning views of the Falcon Heavy from above and one imposing shot of the rocket's 27 first-stage engines, nine on each of its three main boosters.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is a heavy-lift launch vehicle powered by two first-stage boosters from the company's Falcon 9 rockets and a central core booster that itself is a modified Falcon 9. The rocket will stand 230 feet (70 meters) tall when complete and is designed to launch payloads of up to 119,000 lbs. (57 metric tons) into space.

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful U.S. rocket since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket and is capable of launching twice as much payload as the current record-holder, the Delta IV Heavy built by United Launch Alliance. SpaceX's rocket is also designed to be reusable, with the three core boosters built to fly back to Earth and land like SpaceX's current Falcon 9 rockets. The company test-fired the Falcon Heavy's core stage for the first time earlier this year, in May.

Musk has said that Falcon Heavy's first payload will be his own midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster, launched on a trajectory aimed for Mars orbit. However, Musk has said that there's a fair chance the rocket could fail on its debut test flight. The Falcon Heavy is expected to perform its first static-fire test on Pad 39A by the end of 2017, SpaceX representatives have said. 

SpaceX also plans to use a Falcon Heavy and Dragon space capsule to launch two passengers around the moon by the end of 2018.


Tags: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Falcon, Rocket, NASA

Eelo New Open Source Mobile OS by Mandrake Linux Creator

eelo is a new mobile OS based on open source Android distribution LineageOS. Its creator is trying to build an ecosystem which is free from Google and Google related products

eelo is a new project launched by Gael Duval, the creator of now defunct but once hugely popular Mandrake Linux (later known as Mandriva Linux). As per Gael, this is an attempt to free us from corporates like Google and Apple invading our privacy and selling our data to advertisers. 

I’m not happy with this situation because iOS is proprietary and I prefer Open Source Software. I’m not happy because Apple is getting crazy with their latest products. They are more and more expensive, and not really exciting.


Also I’m not happy with Google and others. They have become too big and are tracking us by catching a lot of information about what we do. They want to know us as much as possible to sell advertising. Like millions others, I’VE BECOME A PRODUCT OF GOOGLE.


I want to stop that, at least for myself. People are free to do what they want. They can choose to be voluntary slaves. But I do not want this situation for me anymore.


eelo will be more than just a mobile operating system. It will have its own associated web-services such as email, cloud storage, online office tool etc. eelo is intended for people with a better respect for their personal data and privacy. But at the same time, it wants to give the end-user all the tools that a standard mobile OS provides.

eelo is forked from LineageOS, an open source Android distribution. LineageOS can run mainstream applications so it will be used to put together a consistent mobile and web system.

The project is called ‘eelo’ after eel fish because eels are small fishes that can hide in the sea. That’s symbolic of privacy.

Oh! don’t expect it to be 100% perfect from the privacy point of view at least in the beginning but Gael thinks it will be better and better with each iteration.

“We’re 7.6 billion people on Earth and I don’t see a good reason why they would all accept to have their private data cached by Google, Apple and a few others,” says Gaël Duval, the Europe-based project founder of Eelo. However, Duval told that his approach will be realistic and pragmatic, which means he is not going to make Eelo completely isolated from the rest of the ecosystems.

The first level of his privacy-enabled phone would mean “no Google inside”. “Google is absolutely everywhere. Even in Chromium (the open source release of Chrome web browser), there are low-level code that is sending what the user is doing to Google,” he explains, adding that if “you use a Google DNS resolver such, Google is catching some information about your activity on Internet”.

The same with Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive and so on. Similarly, each time to install an application and or even use an app that is using Google services, you are sending some information to them, he adds. “Apple is catching your data (even health data) and using it for their business, and also they have a deal with Google to have their search engine by default for the user.” Duval promises alternative services “that better respect the user privacy”.

Tags: Eelo, Mobile OS, Manadrake Linux, Gaël Duval