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Comment Re:Uhmmmm (Score 3, Interesting) 614 614

Many airlines, including some very large ones, use a CICS application called Maxi-Merlin to manage aircraft maintenance planning, compliance recording, material requirements, order management, and warehouse operations. At least one airline in particular is still actively developing new features with a large development team each with their own expertise of a particular module of the system. Maxi-Merlin is still used not because no one understands it and how to replace it, but because it is extremely expensive and complex to migrate a fleet of aircraft off of one maintenance ERP system onto another, while the business builds familiarity with it and gets FAA/EASA signoff, even with one of the many modern COTS systems.

Comment Re: So let me get this straight (Score 1) 686 686

As soon as the information was released, the CIA was going to figure out very quickly who was responsible. Becoming famous was probably the only reason he wasn't quietly assassinated or kidnapped and spirited to a dungeon in a middle eastern ally before anyone figured out.

Comment Re:I probably would upgrade if I could, but... (Score 1) 437 437

Lucky you. I don't mind the interface changes. But my N5 with Lollipop 5.0.1 has been laggy when task switching or going back to the home screen, crashy especially with Chrome, and turns into a good impression of a pocket warmer to kill a full battery. Even when it doesn't turn into a pocket warmer, the battery life seems worse than KitKat. I'm planning to install Cyanogen this weekend.

Comment Re: Why WiFi (Score 1) 151 151

I'm not certain on the newest designed planes like the 787, but on all older planes the 2 data systems (aircraft data and IFE data) use seperate transponders and seperate antennas and even broadcast to seperate satellites, or in the case of air data by shortwave. Air data goes by ARINC, IFE by Row44, Gogo, etc.

Comment Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time resu (Score 1) 550 550

The slits you are thinking of is RK. I had wavefront PRK. It is basically the same thing as LASIK. The only difference is instead of cutting the flap, they put a chemical on your corneal skin and scrape it off. After the procedure it regrows. PRK is what military pilots are allowed to get and is paid for because after it heals it is more structurally stable. It just hurts some more.

Comment Re: A Century Ago (Score 1) 195 195

I'd say you are lucky and possibly have a really good Federal Security Director at your airport. I regularly spend a half hour in the TSA line and have spent over an hour multiple times in different cities. Though to be fair I've also gotten through in 5 minutes, and the time isn't necessarily predictable. If you need to check a bag that can add 5 minutes to an hour, plus the 20 minutes in advance that you should be at the gate and the fact that airlines and the TSA aren't generally sympathetic if you are running late means being at the airport 2 hours in advance usually makes sense to do.

Comment Re:Turns out, no. (Score 3, Insightful) 382 382

"some illegal military operation" Why does it have to be illegal? It could be a simple as we don't want to disclose our full worldwide surveillance capabilities. We've also been told that the transponders were turned off or quit working. But I haven't read anyone claim the same of the radios. Possibly the circuit breakers on the VHF/HF transceivers weren't pulled and the plane did to continue sending ACARS engine performance data on VHF/HF and for whatever reason MAS didn't receive or is denying receiving it, and US signal intelligence did pick it up.

Comment Re: God (Score 1) 794 794

I knew that organic farmers use a few basic pesticides like different salts and soaps, but I was surprised that there are about 20 pesticides approved for organic certification and not all of them are well studied including one no longer used on plants that is toxic to humans and still used as a pesciside. This wasn't my crusade, though I am definitely against some of Monsanto's practices and FDA's lax oversight. But I did forward a couple stories about it from reputable scientific journals to my wife.

Comment Re: God (Score 1) 794 794

I didn't say "Local Corner Stores" I said "other grocery stores." We don't shop at local corner stores for groceries because as you point out they are so much higher. She is comparing Whole Foods prices for fresh food to the largest chain grocery stores in our area including Walmart Neighborhood Market, Tom-Thumb, Kroger, Albertson's and the one smaller oddball - Sprouts.

Comment Re: God (Score 1) 794 794

There is a lot of pseudo-science BS and greenwashing in the organic community. But I also think your impression of it is a common misconception. Organic practices are constantly progressing through scientific research, or best practices being rediscovered to enhance yield. It isn't all anti-science back to nature romanticism.

Yields don't have to be much lower. Growing organic is more expensive because it requires more labor hours, which is the big reason industrial farms were so easily honeymooned by Monsanto and other agri-businesses to use the latest pesticides with minimally studied safety profiles, fertilizers, and genetically shotgun spliced crops that cost a fortune to the farmer and lock them in to business with those companies. It also allowed farmers to forget the hard won knowledge over generations of how to maintain their soil and do proper crop rotation to prevent degradation of their land.

My wife grew up in rural Illinois. She remembers having to come in when the spray planes would fly overhead, and the stench that lingered in the air afterward. She got a non-cancerous brain tumor that will probably reoccur over her life. She has had lots of friends from the area live with and die from various cancers before they've turned 40. There is no hard scientific evidence this spraying was the cause. But those chemicals are generally studied in isolation, in labs for several years, not together in the environment with humans over decades. She has some concern that we may learn many decades later there is a link.

And as one other poster alluded to, if you are concerned about calorie yield per acre, you'd do much better by not (or rarely) eating beef as it is very land intensive to grow the feed for cows and they have a high global warming contribution through their methane emissions.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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