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Comment: Re:Actually... No. (Score 2) 304

Revenue != usable, spare income.

For the past few decades, apart from a spike in 2010, Coca Colas profit margins have hovered roughly between 15% and 20% - so a 15% increase in cost base would have left them borderline profitable or unprofitable for quite a lot of that period.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1, Insightful) 613

by Richard_at_work (#49346375) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

How the fuck does that "make me wrong"? Because I didn't specify what nationality the "well known car manufacturer" was? In what world does your post contradict my post? It adds information (that Lexus is a brand of Toyota, a Japanese car manufacturer), but it doesnt negate any of the information in my post.

Or are you one of these people who always has to show that someone is "wrong", somehow, in some way?

Comment: Re:Modular design... (Score 1) 74

by Richard_at_work (#49346325) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

Congratulations on taking the standard Slashdot approach of taking such a broad view of the claim that you must be in orbit when considering the case.

BRG feels it can show in court that it can prove that Facebook was approached by BRG with its design methodology for modular data centres, that it can prove that Facebook went on to use BRGs design methodologies in a directly related project with agreement with BRG, and they also feel that they can prove that their design methodologies are special enough in the competitive space that they should fall under the protection of a court.

BRG isn't suing the thousands of other modular building companies out there. Just Facebook for this one, very defined case.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 4, Informative) 707

by Richard_at_work (#49346045) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Regarding overriding the autopilot system, not it is not - you do not "remove" the autopilot from "normal law", as that is the normal operating law and you cannot intentionally degrade to alternate law.

Flight laws have nothing to do with autopilot states or limits. They are flight system protections and limits.

The 15 degrees value you use is the protection that normal law gives the pilot when the pilot is in charge, it is not a limit on what inputs you can command using the side stick while the autopilot is on. 15 degrees is quite a steep nose down angle.

Lets not forget here that we are talking about the aircraft descending, which does not necessarily require it to have a nose down position. There are several ways in which to achieve a descent, most of them in a normal situation does not require side stick interaction.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 4, Informative) 613

by Richard_at_work (#49345283) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Actually, there are quite a few american cars that he has out and out loved on the show - he refused to get out of the Ford GT when he ran it dry (supposedly) on the track, and then bought one. He drove the Lexus LFA across Nevada and loved it. He drove the Shelby Mustang GT5000 across Europe and loved it. He drove the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor across British Columbia and loved it.

Those are just a few examples from the most recent few series.

Clarkson is positive about cars he finds he likes, and he is negative about cars he finds he dislikes. Plenty of both of those in the world - see how much he hates Peugeot if you think its a "hate on America" thing...

Comment: Re:Regarding the state law about municipal provide (Score 1) 516

That is not a solution, municipal fiber is the fix for the last mile. Comcast could use is as well as anybody else that cares to, either colocating gear in the muni co or just running a fiber trunk. CWDM is cheap, simple, and requires no active (powered) components at the muni level. Macsec and similar can keep the muni from tapping into the traffic. The only thing they need to do over the fiber is keep track of what colors are in use for a given run so they can assign unused ones.

From a homeowner perspective one fiber gets them everything.

Business get the same plus intown point to points for less than the cost of a couple phone lines.

The muni gets a network to connect itself with (I know many that pay absurd amounts for DS3 etc). If the muni chooses to put a L2 network in they could resell that to small providers etc etc, while giving lifeline internet access and a universal service (think the town services, schools, library's state and federal level gov probably expand it via a review process to medical facilities serving the area etc etc. Muni's are also in it for the long haul so the cost of buried fiber can be justified with it's less frequent outage and more aesthetically pleasing nature.

Other cable/internet/phone providers could come in and compete as the build out costs to the muni CO are pretty trivial.

As this grows providers will bridge muni co to muni co, the muni's may well cross connect to the towns bordering them.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Interesting) 707

by Richard_at_work (#49344297) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident


Simply falling on this switch wouldnt cause it to change positions - it requires a deliberate act to do so, the switch requires a certain force to pull up and then move to one position or another, its not like accidentally changing channels on your TV because you sat on the remote.

Also, there is no button or switch he could have fallen on which would have caused the gradual descent that we know the aircraft took. Changing the auto pilot altimeter requires you to use a dial and then confirm the change in two separate actions. Any interaction with the side stick would require the auto pilot to be off, which would mean we should have seen a lot of other, large movements in the aircrafts path, which are completely missing from the telemetry we have at the moment.

The few commands that we see in the telemetry (and by telemetry I mean the transponder tracks, which cover speed, height and directional changes) indicate that the aircraft was under either the control of the pilot or the autopilot for the entire duration of the descent.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Informative) 707

by Richard_at_work (#49344083) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Here is the pic of the switch in question:

In "normal" mode its set to allow the door to unlock when the external code is entered.

In "unlocked" mode, the door is completely unlocked.

In "locked" mode, the door is completely locked, the external code will not unlock it.

The action to move between the three states is a very deliberate one - you need to lift the switch up and move it, there is an infinitesimally small chance that it was engaged by accident.

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