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Comment: There are windows? (Score 1) 286

by cvdwl (#48250557) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

I have to admit, I just flew Milan to Heathrow to Denver, and back, and I don't think I looked out the windows once, other than while standing in line waiting for the bathroom. Granted, I was center section aisle, and I did enjoy gawking on a recent flight across Africa, but overall I'd happily trade windows for a GOOD set of cameras.

In other news, BA finally update the entertainment system on their transatlantics to something better than 480P. Which also helps!

Comment: Re:However (Score 2) 112

by cvdwl (#47925963) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires
I live on the west coast of Italy; they do ocean refilling all the time here, as there are very few lakes. Remember that these are seaplanes; some corrosion resistance is built into the design. Also, they don't really land so much as just skim the surface for a kilometer or so, still holding a pretty good speed. I believe some also carry tanks of concentrated retardant to mix with the water.

Comment: Cheap and available (Score 1) 112

by cvdwl (#47925733) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Pretty much any cheap plane will work fine. I believe I recall a 74 being used a few years ago (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_747_Supertanker), and C130s are very common in this service.

Once you've done this with it, though, you'll probably never see it back in commercial passenger use, anywhere. Dumping 48000kg while in the middle of a dive puts some serious stress on the airframe (YouTube, not for the faint of heart).

Comment: If you have to ask... (Score 1) 162

by cvdwl (#32826098) Attached to: Finding a Research Mentor?

If you don't know the field well enough to identify a good mentor in your area of interest, reading Uni web sites won't help.

Try science citation indices for your subject of interest; look for a prof at a teaching school who is well-cited and has frequent student co-authors. Avoid the guy at the giant research lab who only shares credit with other senior scientists or not at all. Student authors can usually be identified because they have few papers or no Ph.D.

Finally, if you can't identify a field of interest and good papers in that field, you're not ready to be so picky. Get a Masters degree at a good school, attend a conference or two and call back in a few years.


Tom's Hardware On the Current Stable of Office Apps For Linux 121

Posted by timothy
from the everything-is-amazing-no-one-is-happy dept.
tc6669 writes "Tom's Hardware is continuing its coverage of easy-to-install Linux applications for new users coming from Windows with the latest installment, Office Apps. This segment covers office suites, word processors, spreadsheet apps, presentation software, simple database titles, desktop publishing, project management, financial software, and more. All of these applications are available in the Ubuntu, Fedora, or openSUSE repos or as .deb or .rpm packages. All of the links to download these applications are provided — even Windows .exe and Mac OS X .dmg files when available."

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?