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Comment: Re:Can it fit into most airport's taxiways and gat (Score 1) 459

True, but think of what 70% fuel usage reduction would bring. Fuel accounts for 30 - 40% of the ticket price, so a 70% reduction in fuel would cut ticket prices by 20 - 30%.

In Norway or Sweden (can't really remember which) there was also a trial with fuel efficient approaches, which reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% for shorter hauls. Instead of coming in high and fast, the plane would more gradually descend and decelerate, basically glide itself down to the airport. This requires stricter planning of approaches, though, and if you were to have to break off your approach for some reason the advantage would be completely lost...

Comment: Re:News for nerds. (Score 1) 763

by Chakotay (#32123044) Attached to: How Do You Handle Your Keys?

Unfortunately, "man up and deal with it" is the only way to do this. That, and split up your keys in several bunches.

I've got a private bunch with my 3 house keys and my car key, and a work bunch with the 5 keys and 3 RFID tags that I need at work. The house bunch has a Toyota hanger from the dealership, and the work bunch has a nice metal hanger with the logo of my employer. Oh, and then I've got my bicycle key separately, with a handmade bronze crocodile hanger, souvenir from Sabou, Burkina Faso, where I sat the back of a live croc.

That way you generally only walk around with half your keys in the pocket, limiting the damage to your clothes. What's more, having a heavy bunch of keys in the pocket isn't very comfortable...

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Comment: Re:good idea but wrong age (Score 4, Interesting) 705

by Chakotay (#29348243) Attached to: The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

Agreed! I took a Scheidegger touchtyping course when I was around 10 years old, on one of ye olde electric typewriters, and it turns out that it is one of the most useful things I ever learned. Well, math and spelling are very useful too, of course, but touchtyping is a skill that has served me throughout my professional life.

The problem is that in elementary school, most teachers don't know how to touch type, so how could they teach the children? The teachers should be taught first!

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