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Comment: Re: Easy fix (Score 1) 185

by dunkelfalke (#49566929) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Don't be so sure.

On October 30, 1924, Midgley participated in a press conference to demonstrate the apparent safety of TEL. In this demonstration, he poured TEL over his hands, then placed a bottle of the chemical under his nose and inhaled its vapor for sixty seconds, declaring that he could do this every day without succumbing to any problems whatsoever. [...] Midgley sought treatment for lead poisoning in Europe a few months after his demonstration at the press conference.

Same person later invented CFCs.

Comment: Re:What's bad about Uber drivers? (Score 1) 48

Ukrainian taxi drivers are generally awful and no amount of politeness can change that. Not only the cars are in a bad shape and generally lack seat belts on the rear seat, the drivers are rude and drive like crazy, apparently believing that cheaply printed icons on the dashboard would save them.

My worst experience was when I wanted to go from Kiev city centre (independence square) to a hotel near the town border, close to the airport, at midnight. I had to wait for two hours for a taxi to arrive because the drivers just refused to go that far. The one who came apparently was drunk, drove about twice the speed limit, typed SMS while driving and at the end had a chase with the police, because, apparently, the car was marked as stolen in their data base. When I finally got out the taxicab, I got weak at the knees.

About the only upside is the price. 100 UAH is less than 5 EUR. I'd probably pay at least 25 EUR for the same distance here in Germany. But my life is worth every penny of that.

Comment: Re:Easy grammar (Score 1) 626

Russian doesn't have regular pronunciation because of the fucked up stress system. Even native speakers can get confused when they try to read a multisyllable word they haven't heard yet. Czech would be a much better example of a Slavic language with regular (but difficult in its own way) pronunciation.

Comment: Re: Sensors wrong (Score 1) 460

by dunkelfalke (#49424557) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Poor training, I guess. It would not be the first time pilots interpret an upcoming stall as something else. For example, a Tu-154 (and this is not a very smart airplane - there is some automation, but it is pretty unsophisticated) crashed in 1985 because the crew mistook the airplane vibrating due to almost stalling to being engine surges and reduced the power. I think that was the deadliest Tu-154 crash ever.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- Looney Tunes, Ali Baba Bunny (1957, Chuck Jones)