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Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 320

by Noah Haders (#49489709) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

at your links, autorotation in a helicopter occurs only when it is decending. effectively translating horizontal motion into rotatation. it's like saying in a moving electric car the road under the car "the road flow" charges the batteries. This is true, but only when decelerating and the regenerative brakes are applied.

in a gyrocopter, airflow provides lift but you need external power to rotate the rotors if you want to go up or stay level. I can imagine that if you're decending in an autogyro you can do the same thing in a helicopter of reducing the load on the engine.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 0) 320

by Noah Haders (#49483243) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Really. You're comparing a protest against a monarchy that was suppressing free speech (among many other very bad things), to a guy who decided to fly a dodgy piece of dangerous equipment with high speed rotors past crowds of tourists in order to register his complaint that we have a constitutional guarantee of free speech?

actually the rotors are very low speed. gyrocopters rotate at 500 RPM, which is the same range as helicopters. but helicopter rotors are designed like a fan, where lift is generated by directing air downwards. If you look at a gyrocopter rotor it has the cross section of an airplane wing. lift is generated from the bournulli effect. ao if you stand under a gyrocopter you aren't blown away by the downwind.

Comment: Re:I can't really blame this guy (Score 4, Insightful) 320

by Noah Haders (#49483199) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

a couple thoughts...
1) this guy is a nut. the fact that he is a post man and shows up with 535 *stamped* letters is super funny.
2) gyrocopters are inherently funny. those things don't fly so much as fall through the air and manage not to crash. they remind me of bumblebees.
3) maybe this is a woosh on my part, but the GP refers to TSA nut grabbing. This was just in the news yesterday cuz there was a bust at denver where a gay tsa officer was using coded signals to other officers so he would ahve the chance to grope people's nuts.

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 0) 304

by Noah Haders (#49433413) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

Now, the problem I have with the hippies (a.k.a. Republicans) who are saying the droughts, global warming, etc are just a natural phenomenon or are still arguing that it's not man-made, is that even if they were right (though they're not), what they're talking about doesn't matter.

Imagine we were having this conversation on a totally artificially terraformed Mars and the conditions were getting less desirable. Say the CO2 content of the atmosphere, which we had terraformed from 96% down to 0.05%, was rising and had gotten up to 0.12% and was still climbing. If some hippie Republican came along and "it's naturally 96% so I don't know what you're worried about, maaan. If you don't like it, move back to Earth," you'd punch him in the face, wouldn't you? Or you'd send him back to Earth. But what you wouldn't do, is accept the natural environment. Nor would you be even stupider and blame it on past generations (even if they deserved the blame) and therefore accept that you can't have Mars be YOUR WAY. No, you would fight. You would do something about the rising CO2 content before it got too toxic to human life

OMG THIS THIS THIS. I cannot understand the argument over AGW. Tea partiers seem to think that because people didn't cause climate change, we shouldn't do anything to prevent/mitigate it. It's like saying if the waters are rising we shouldn't build a dyke because it's not our fault the waters are rising. well all that happens is that you get flooded, when with a bit of work you could prevent that.

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