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Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 65

by CohibaVancouver (#47928487) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Did anyone bother to check on World Airlines

In the last 30 years, World Airways has had one incident, and that was due to pilot error, not issues with the DC-10 itself.

there is always a refueling stop at Anchorage or Honolulu.

Yes, and when Canadian Airlines crossed the Pacific with their DC-10s in the 70s, 80s & 90s they used to stop in Hawaii for fuel.

This is one of the reasons these airframes have been retired.

Comment: Re:Cue the Bozos (Score 2) 246

by CohibaVancouver (#47928223) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
The problem is that when the Bozos say that the USA is as bad as (or worse than) North Korea or a region suffering under ISIS or the Taliban, you belittle the suffering that those people are genuinely experiencing.

Could the USA do better? Absolutely, much, much better - But don't insult some teacher or blogger living in fear of torture or death in Syria by suggesting some teacher or blogger at West Beverly High is her peer.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 3, Informative) 65

by CohibaVancouver (#47926427) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

There's a reason why the DC-10 isn't used anymore.

Explosive Decompression

Incorrect. DC-10s were perfectly safe aircraft that flew millions of miles. They weren't explosively decompressing left right and center.

DC-10s aren't flying passengers any more because they don't have the efficiency of modern airliners like the 787. They're heavier, have more drag, and burn more fuel - Particularly due to the their three engines.

FedEx still operates a whack of 'em hauling cargo.

Comment: Take the long view (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by JanneM (#47926185) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Charlie Stross recently posted a very good take on this: This is a permanent change. Whatever happens during the first few years is basically irrelevant, compared to the long-term results. Did Norway separating from Sweden cause short-term economic upheaval? Does that matter at all a century later?

This is a long-term change, not a short.term one. Any voter should consider the probable situation twenty or fourty years from now, not whatever happens in a year or two.

Comment: Political Science (Score 1) 370

by CohibaVancouver (#47922207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I have a liberal arts degree (Political Science) and I work in tech as a product manager - Writing requirements docs, training, travelling, evangelizing as the voice of the customer. I also have more job security than my coder-peers as my job hasn't been outsourced, unlike many of theirs.

However, I've always dabbled in computers and software, going back to my TRS-80 Model 1 in 1980.

The biggest challenge is that while Tech CEOs talk the talk of wanting 'critical thinking skills' it doesn't translate down to the line managers doing the hiring. All they know is STEM, so that's what they fall back on.

Comment: companies pay workers to develop software (Score 4, Insightful) 53

by Mr. Slippery (#47916661) Attached to: Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

"It's not enough getting a free ride off of developers building great software, we want to shove our roadmap down their throats and get them to work harder for us â" without having to pay for it, of course."

Looks more like "We want to figure out how best to coordinate and share that portion of the work that the people whom we pay to develop software for us, do on free software." (Though they're not using that dangerous word "free", of course.)

"Free" or "open source" doesn't mean no one is getting paid to develop it.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)