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Comment There are windows? (Score 1) 286 286

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) 112 112

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) 112 112

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 Sounds damned close to me (Score 1) 435 435

I loathe the oil industry in all its incarnations, but 65' (would that be 20 meters?) is VERY close to operational heavy machinery in a marine environment. And yes, with a decent lens you'll be reading the "Mom & BP" tattoos on the roughnecks.

These are not the droids you're looking for.

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

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 121 121

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."

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