Another day and there is another Target checkout outage. A lot of people took up social media to complain against the checkouts at the retail giant’s server went down for the second consecutive day. This ended up stores taking only gift cards and cash as the form of payment. Target is suffering through a point of sale machine outage from Saturday. The Checkout servers were down for more than two hours.
Target said in a statement yesterday that it could:
“confirm that this was not a data breach or security-related issue” and “no guest information was compromised at any time.” Instead, the company blamed the outage on an “internal technology issue” without disclosing specifics.
Target was forced to pay a total of $162 million in expenses because of the data breach in the year 2013. Target does not want something like that to be repeated now.
Jenna Rech, who is a spokesperson from Target said in a statement:
“Like many other companies, Target uses NCR as a vendor to help accept payments, and on Sunday afternoon NCR experienced an issue at one of their data centers. While this was not an issue within Target’s technology system, Target was unable to process select card payments at some stores for about 90 minutes. The issue is now resolved and payments are going through normally. Additionally, we can confirm that this was not a security-related issue and no payment information was compromised at any time. Although this was unrelated to Saturday’s issue, we know many guests had a frustrating shopping experience in our stores this weekend. For that, we are truly sorry. We never want to disappoint any guests and we’re working tirelessly to ensure these issues don’t happen again.”
4K TV In Place Of A Forward Window in NASA’s X-59 Supersonic Jet
NASA’s X-59 QueSST supersonic jet is going to have a cockpit like no one else. It is expected to feature a big 4k screen instead of a forward window. If you ask why? Well, this is a weird looking plane.
The X-59 is being designed and developed by Lockheed Martin on a budget of $247 million. The plan is supposed to be faster than the speed of sound and that too without producing any noise or sonic boom. The aircraft is going to be as silent as it can get.
In order to accomplish the very design, the plane needs to be as aerodynamic as possible. This precludes the cockpit bump that is often present in fighter jets. The design of the plane will not have the pilot up front with a big forward window. That’s because it’s going to be too far narrow.
The cockpit looks more like a section taken out of an aircraft over the leading edge of the small shaped wings. This basically means that you are going to enjoy a lovely view on the sides but for the front, all you can see is the nose.
In order to fix this, the aircraft will be equipped with multiple displays. It is going to have a 4K display in the front. It will display imagery joined together from two exterior cameras of the plane.
It is expected that pilots will gradually get used to it as they spend a lot of time in simulators. They can take a look at the real world right outside the other windows.
The plane is currently under progress and some parts are yet to be designed. This is going to be an experimental aircraft but the most advanced one made by the company in the last 30 years.
Details Of New Pixel 4 Xl And Pixel 4 Is Finally Out
It is no more a secret that Pixel 4 is soon going to be launched by Google as the company itself leaked some details about the device in a teaser with an image. Based on the details, we can assume that the design is going to be much better than its predecessor. Not just that, but it will also have a sport multi-lens back camera. This is going to look similar to iPhone’s 11’s set-up. Although the company hasn’t confirmed the design rumours has it that it is going to feature a display with full bezels. It will even include two cameras along with some components for 3D facial recognition.
One of the leakers who previously posted about Pixel 4 design is now back with its measurement details.
The smaller model is going to have a 5.6 inch or 5.8-inch display. It is estimated to be 147 x 68.9 x 8.2 mm thick and goes up to 9.3 mm in the corner where the camera is located. In comparison to Pixel 4, Pixel 3 is slightly smaller as it has a 5.5-inch display and 146.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm thickness.
On the other hand, the bigger model is going to be around 6.2 inch or 6.4 inches. It is going to be 160.4 x 75.2 x 8 mm thick. Even the camera is thicker at 9.3 mm. The display of Pixel 4 XL is indeed taller and better than its predecessor.
Both the phones are going to be slightly taller and wider in comparison to their predecessors. Well, that’s what we assume from the given measurements. It is believed that the company has reduced the bezels while increasing the size of both the phone’s screen.
Cost of returning to the moon will be $30 billion
NASA is now very ambitious to return to the moon. It is expected that the whole costing of the project will run around $30 billion in the next five years.
The agency administrator Jim Bridenstine has indicated in an interview that NASA is very interested in investing their money on this project. The figure is a ballpark one but all the prices are all inclusive of all the costs.
The figure was floated in an interview with CNN and Bridenstine. NASA has said that the costing of this project will go from about $20 billion to $30 billion. There have been speculations that the cost per year might end up to $4-6 billion. NASA has asked that there was an additional $1.6 billion for the whole year.
The costing of returning to the moon has been the same. In the year 1960, the cost of the project Apollo was $30 billion and in 2019, the cost of the project is still the same. There will be a lot of cost cutting for NASA because of such a big project coming up. Cost sharing co-development and use of commercial services rather than internal ones will likely save billions.
A secondary goal, Bridenstine told CNN, was”
“to make sure that we’re not cannibalizing parts of NASA to fund the Artemis program.”
So sucking money out of other missions, or co-opting tech or parts from other projects isn’t an option.
It is still not sure if Congress will be approving the money or not, but NASA will be trying hard so that they can pass the money. Both the SLS and the Onion Project are all over the budget and they have repetitively delayed for all instances. The timelines which have been given to NASA are very strict and tight compared to the work left to be done.
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