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Comment Re:Don't overthink it (Score 2) 174

I guess you more or less summarized my first reaction to the question. A technical question is asked here (how to preserve my pictures), but the the real question is is psychological/sociological one: which pictures should be reserved for the future generations?

The technical question is really easily solved: use a well catered file format, use back-ups, also off-site. Really nothing new here, that is what you do with all your important data.

And the answer to the ‘soft’ question is not that hard either. Man is a social animal, so in the end we like to see pictures of people. My kids are old enough to be grounded now, and the pictures they love are the picture that show ‘how cute they were’. They don't give a **** (their words, not mine) about the compression type, white balance, focal distance, graininess or any other technical issue, as long as there's people they know in the picture.

And don't overdo it, people like to browse through photos, not swim in them. Trying to preserve each and every moment is as silly as making a 1:1 map. And have fun!

Comment Re:1st (Score 1) 74

You aren't even a little bit clever and you clearly don't know enough about the state of drones to start making bullshit claims about making it crash. Even the basic OSS flight controllers are well beyond your abilities based on how easy you seem to think it is.

Just because you saw something on the Internet about Syria or Iran redirecting US MIlitary drones doesn't mean that's what actually happened.

I saw something on the Internet about Etten-Leur. That one quite clearly crashed, setting the payload (first asparagus of the year far a fancy restaurant) on fire.

Comment Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

That said, reports of the pilot being "detached and monosyllabic" haven't reached any of the sites I've been following this on, so I will take your word for it being that way;

The term used during the press conference was laconique. And they specifically mentioned that this was his response to the briefing about the landing in Düsseldorf, which was different from the relaxed and polite chatter before.

Comment Re:Great... (Score 1) 52

I wonder if it could be distributed globally. I mean like an epi pen or even in a sensor in a subway that would automatically use the stuff if sarin or some other chemical gas is detected.

Yes, this should be a top priority, along with installing a titanium shield on everyone's house, just in case they are hit by a meteor. We can fund these programs by reducing spending on silly frivolities like vaccinations, nutrition, and literacy.

Or you could spend less on the gas masks you have currently in all major subway stations, such as in Seoul. Not everyone of us lives as far from the enemy as you do.

Comment Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 406

I have slept during dozens of starts and landings, I would have been quite unreachable in that state too (yes, I am a really deep sleeper). Following the 'you must be open to instructions'-logic cabin personnel should have waken me up.

Also, I made numerous flights with industrial strength earplugs inserted in my ears (to diminish the effects of a concussion that left me very sensitive to sound for a couple of months), and I was never asked to remove these either.

Comment Re:Basic statistics (Score 4, Interesting) 24

This is basic statistics learned by every doctor in medical school.

Or that they have learned, passed the test, and forgotten. There was quite an interesting read on exactly this subject on the BBC website this week, Do doctors understand test results?:

In one session, almost half the group of 160 gynaecologists responded that the woman's chance of having cancer was nine in 10. Only 21% said that the figure was one in 10 - which is the correct answer. That's a worse result than if the doctors had been answering at random.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.