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Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 0) 373

That would have been relevant had the cause not been incorrectly installed elevator control cables and improper QA.

From the article:

Investigation revealed that turnbuckles controlling tension on the cables to the elevators had been set incorrectly, resulting in insufficient elevator travel, leading to the pilots not having sufficient pitch control. Although normally a post-adjustment control test would be conducted to ensure that the maintenance had been carried out correctly, and that the surface was operating properly, the maintenance supervisor who was instructing the mechanic decided to skip this step.

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 2) 373

Fine reasoning, if it held exactly true. but humans being what they are, it does not. Many people do eat too much and they are fat. period. I''m not judging, just pointing out that being all touchy-feely and caring counts for nothing is the plane pitches over crashes.

This isn't fat shaming. "Norms" in your use relate to human structure and don't mean mean diddly in an engineering problem. There is no norm human, but there is room for X seats. That's what they want to fill. Flight is cut and dried engineering. If the plane is overweight or hard to trim, it doesn't fly real well and burns too much fuel. So if an airline essentially loses one entire fare due to an individual passenger's weight, who should make up that lost income and operating expense?

Who pays? The airline and the shareholders? The skinny passengers?

It's already too expensive and I don't want to subsidize someone else's fare.

If you're entrepreneurial as well as politically correct, here is your opportunity to run with a startup airline that doesn't use the new smaller seats and isn't concerned with weight because it always flies using only 60% of the available space for seating.

Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 1) 373

I don't think so. The balance they're working towards is the balance of a plane in the airstream not on the ground. If they could somehow rig a suite of weight sensors for the wheel trucks, they 'd get something, but whether simply duplicating those readings would indicate a properly loaded aircraft, I can't say with certainty. You'd probably need to have many sets of readings to deal with the various configs each aircraft would possibly have: Number of seats, exact fuel distribution (there are multiple tanks and pumping systems), etc...

As other mentioned, the reason they're seeing this issue is the trend towards smaller seats and stuffing in more passengers to fill them.

Comment Re:It's the base assumption that its invalid (Score 1) 392

The admissibility of the illegally gathering signals intel hasn't stopped the NSA from feeding LEO agencies with that intel.

There have already been courts cases and news articles on this practice.

Do try to keep up, okay?

(Your naivete was probably very endearing and charming when you were a child. Not so much, now.)

Comment Re:Not all gyros are mechanical (Score 1) 120

Yes, but I believe you missed my point.

US ITAR only covers exporting materials manufactured/created in the US. Therefore, any consumer, virtually anywhere in the world can obtain a cheap fiber optic gyro for their consumer grade UAV without concern for the United States's continued irrational paranoia about losing a mythic technological edge.

On an related note, in this case, the ITAR regs reduce market share for US manufacturers and nothing more.

Comment Re: Surprise? (Score 1) 64

I don't have enough years left to wait for the mythical political re-alignment of the universe.

The US political system is too broken to fix. I'm sorry if that sounds negative, but that's it without sugar coating.

There won't be any presidents who aren't republican or democrat. The money that buys candidates and elections is what put them in office, not their party.

Sorry, friend. America's population is fucked and there's no recovery from this state except a complete change of the political system. The system mostly worked a couple hundred years back, it's design being for a society without rapid communications and where you knew of people, really knew of them, by the reputation they held in their communities, not through the bullshit PR marketing lies spouted by campaign managers and party officials.

I'm not surprised by MSM ignoring Mr. Jones. What he's saying is uncomfortable to many everyday people because they need the reassurance that the government works the way they learned in grade school, and is offensive to those in power since he points out their lies.

Given a choice between Troll Kim Jong-un and Obama, I'd choose Kim. At least he doesn't act like he gives a fuck while he lies. You have to give him points for being up front. Unlike the great change, who's only managed to change the name of the head motherfucker in charge.

Comment Re: Surprise? (Score 1) 64

Oh, bullshit. Do something useful? Shit. Worthless advice.

You're spouting the same shit people said in the 70's. It didn't work when they tried it then and it's not going to work now. The money behind the throne won't let it happen, and as long as the current government is running the military and law enforcement, there is damn all anyone can do to change it.

There's nothing anyone can do to change shit from within the current political system. It's fucked and it has been that way since the 60's. This is the point where a benevolent government would step in and start providing covert arms and training to wanna be insurgents who want to free themselves and their country from corruption and self-serving, avaricious politicians.

Comment LOL. What? You don't have a dozen personas? (Score 1) 312

The only people bothered by this are the silly gits who have championed real names on the internet, the people who ignorantly believe they are only allowed to have one identity on the internet, and those foolish individuals who broadcast lives to the world.

Online IDs are cheap. They don't cost anything and you don't need to find a shady character in a seedy print shop to score one.

Comment Re:Don't worry, cash is still preferred for bribes (Score 1) 294

Whiskey in a large enough quantity to be truly useful is prohibitively hard to conceal and transfer. Whereas a palm full of high denomination paper bills slide across quite handily ;-)

That's why I love the Euro so much. €500 notes pack a lot of bang in a small package.

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