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Comment: Re:"Braking Hard Alert" (Score 1) 261 261

You got it - there's no safety benefit to transmitting even anonymous identifying information any further than the braking distance of another car, which then appropriately value-enhances before relaying onward. Suddenly this is a very tricky protocol with a lot vetting/demonstration before acceptance.

Comment: Re:Paper and US Postal Service (Score 1) 386 386

The Target breach made it a clean sweep on me, except for Federal. I am required to deal with Uncle Sam, and there are no contractual controls over the intermediaries. Federal endorsement and encouragement of this parasitic industry is unethical and a wasteful drag on the economy. About a decade ago Virginia had a wonderful web submission process but that was replaced by no-edit pdf's at both state and federal. It's only recently changed to editable forms and I still cannot electronically submit them short sharing my personal information with a non-privacy-act third party.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:WWII glider yank-recovery (Score 1) 123 123

Yeah, for any number of reasons much of the pickup gear delivered to England was removed, pre-Normandy, and few tow pilots trained. It wasn't until post-Market Garden that the European theater got serious about glider recovery, probably because they were needed for the last big operation to cross the Rhine. Burma used snatch pickup a lot, Pacific and Arctic a little; Med was offered to recover out of Siciliy but declined. I would love to talk or write to your glider pilot for the when, where, and how many he witnessed. My research has stagnated. PM to lg_glidr on the army air forces forum, http://forum.armyairforces.com/tt.aspx?forumid=162

Comment: Re:WWII glider yank-recovery (Score 1) 123 123

Do you have any records of gliders damaged by snatch pickup? An overused towline would, on rare occasion, snap while the glider was still on the ground, and go through the plexiglass windscreen, making the pilot duck. Only in the Dec '48 Greenland rescue did this happen to an airborne glider for an exciting return into the snow. http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/Stranded.html

Comment: it was called snatch pickup (Score 1) 123 123

I’ll be driving the author of that article next week to the annual WWII glider pilot’s reunion. It was called snatch pickup or “the snatch”. About 1-in-8 WWII gliders were launched this way: http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA516653 The tow plane’s winch grew out of airmail pickup in the Alleghenies, with the goal posts first used by the Marines in 1927 (there’s a display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps). The physics of a 1946 launch of a 25,000-lb cargo glider into flight: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1559-3584.2009.00190.x/abstract A towed variation retreived telemetry tapes off tracking ships after rocket shots in the 1950’s, and a mid-air version caught spy satellite film. Today only aerial-towed banners are picked up this way.

Comment: Re:stretching (Score 1) 437 437

One summer I was doing 5mi/day without (serious) stretching. That fall soccer season started 12 years of Iliotibial band syndrome, ending only after a combined effort of heavy anti-inflammatory, physical therapy, and acupuncture. I can still feel it coming on if I lay off the daily stretching, so it's a lifetime of recovery for me. I wouldn't wish that pain I experienced on anyone.

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