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Comment: Re:Why the Australians? (Score 2) 92

by Cochonou (#47609327) Attached to: Australia Rebooting Search For MH370
Yes, but you should read the investigation report which is publicly available instead of second sources on the internet.
You would see that both the pilot flying (junior) and the pilot non flying (senior) successively had the controls. You would also see that they had the same reaction: pull back on the stick.
The point is at no time, any of the 3 pilots were aware that they were in a stall, despite the stall warning sounding repeatedly. They were just puzzled at what was happening. And one of the main reasons for this is that they were inadequately trained to recognize this situation.
Finally, you would see that the investigation authority made numerous recommendations about pilot training, about the display of the cockpit instruments (behavior of the stall warning, behavior of the flight directors, etc..), and none about the control inputs.
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They? 544

Posted by timothy
from the could-be-anywhere-really dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

Comment: Re:Actually, it happens all the time (Score 1) 138

For sure the internet makes the information flow easily, but it also makes disinformation flow easily. It seems to me that from what we have seen in recent history, the internet also makes much easier to deny the truth or to cling on on fringe theories. I am sure that people denying the Holocaust find plenty of websites and forums on which they can learn about the "hidden truth" and reinforce their beliefs. I am also sure that you will find much more rewriting of history happening on websites rather than on japanese schoolbooks.
So in this regard, the situation is not that clear cut.

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 298

by Cochonou (#47078685) Attached to: Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
Those systems basically consist in a very advanced inertial measurement unit coupled with daytime star trackers - which limit the drift of the inertial measurement unit. They cannot find where you are if your initial position is unknown. They can therefore be hardly be compared to GPS... even if they are very useful in stratospheric bombers or ballistic missiles.

Comment: Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (Score 1) 211

by Scrameustache (#46954963) Attached to: Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

You know, a PIPELINE would be a lot safer way of transporting crude oil around the country... Stopping the construction of pipelines results in more of these rail car accidents you know.

The LaSalle Heights Disaster occurred in the early morning of March 1, 1965 in the city of LaSalle, Quebec when a gas line explosion destroyed a number of low-cost housing units. In all, 28 people lost their lives, 39 were injured and 200 left homeless. Most of the casualties were women and children because many men had left for work. The casualties might have been higher had it not been the first of the month when many men left earlier than usual to pay their monthly rent at the rental office. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Comment: Re:30 MPH (Score 1) 204

Well, have you seen how a cable car is in San Francisco ? I don't know how these fake cable cars are, but real cable cars are nothing like a city bus... first of all, they're wide open, and secondly, there are actually people hanging outside of the car... To get a better idea, have a look at that picture.
So, in the event of a crash, I really wouldn't compare them to city buses.

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 288

by Cochonou (#46803659) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand
I don't know how it really works in the U.S., but in France, if you called an ambulance for a cold, for sure it would be free, but you would end up in the emergency room of the hospital waiting for hours and hours because your condition is not critical... who would do that when you have much better ways to spend a day, especially when you have a cold ?

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1116

by KagatoLNX (#46711721) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

So much this.

The statement was very carefully worded "'It's clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting." The thing is, CEOs can have their career end in a heartbeat. Bad quarter? Stupid mistake? Bam! No more jobs. They are trusted to execute; no more, no less. This compromised that. He very likely wanted to leave, not because he was coerced by any action or inaction of the company--just because staying would effectively end his career (i.e. he could win the battle but lose the war, as it were).

There are two issues here--staying at Mozilla and getting hired somewhere else. The latter would have only gotten worse the longer he stayed. The former, well, his job just got infinitely harder no matter how you slice it. The sooner he got out the spotlight, the better off he is (and Mozilla is).

Is it fair to him? No. However, fair is not in the CEOs vocabulary. It's very likely this was his decision so he could go on to salvage what he could of the rest of his life.

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