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Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 4, Informative) 366

Is there some reason they shouldn't just use 100% thrust at takeoff and make sure the cargo being carried was less than the maximum capacity?

These engines are optimized for certain turbine speeds. By staying within the recommended ranges they reduce wear & tear and improve efficiency. In addition, max acceleration is harder on the passengers. Think of it like driving a car. Do you accelerate from every stop by pressing the gas pedal all the way to the floor or do you match how much gas you give it to the driving conditions and who and how many people are in your car?

Comment Re:Who measured in pre-industrial times? (Score 1) 735

Yes, it's much better to pretend that nothing happens and then scream for the government help once your house is underwater or your tap runs dry in a drought.

Your Logical Fallacy Is: Strawman, Black & White

For those people that live close enough to the ocean for this to be an issue they will have decades of warning before their house can even see water, much less be "under" said water, unless you are talking about hurricanes which have been submerging dwelling since before industry existed.

Comment Re:The car is great to drive, but... (Score 1) 222

I got to experience this problem personally. I owned a 1986 SAAB 9000 Turbo with a flat panel radio. Instead of the knob for volume it had a - and + button one either held or pressed repeatedly. It looked great, but in practice doing volume changes while driving was a pain, especially since the car was a 5 speed. (Yes, I had to do frequent adjustments. I am a big fan of orchestral movie scores like Williams, Horner, et al and the dynamic changes of that kind of music required frequent adjustment to compensate for road noise.) While I know that now those kind of controls are on the steering wheel, they didn't used to be and I longed for a twist knob for volume control. I eventually replaced the head unit with a new one that included a CD player and SAAB had the presence of mind to go back to a volume knob.

Comment Re:Can they fix it? (Score 1) 222

In a few years people will start to notice all the failed parts on their Fords and Toyotas and buy a Tesla next.

What are these people going to buy when they start noticing failed parts on their Tesla? Every car is going to have parts wear/rattle/fail. This is the nature of subjecting a two ton object made of metal and plastic to the forces of nature.

Comment Re:This is a solution looking for a problem. (Score 1) 223

What you smell is Airline Pilots Assoc. lobbying government to regulate them.

I don't know about this, but if so it is perfectly understandable. I fly small airplanes and nearly crashed once when I collided with a turkey vulture while descending to land. This is a bird that weighs maybe five pounds and is relatively soft compared to the materials of which a drone is made and yet still caused thousands of dollars of damage to the wing and support strut. The most dangerous time for a GA aircraft is close to the ground, which is also the hardest situation to adjust to unexpected objects because the pilot has to be careful not to stall. It is highly unlikely that every drone will be registered, especially the homebuilts, but having this regulation on the books means that the message "don't cause problems or there will be consequences" will get out. If that prevents accidents then the purpose is served, regardless of whether every drone is traceable to a registrant.

Comment Re:So basically 1-track MOD tracker (Score 4, Interesting) 55

I remember writing down the frequencies of every note so that we could encode a song into an HP48.

You certainly did it the hard way. A=440 hz. The ratio between any two adjacent half steps is 2^-12 so one can calculate any pitch given a note name and octave. A friend wrote a program for our 48SX's that would take a file of the format {t=60 {notename octavenumber duration}...} (the first term is the tempo, duration is 1 for whole note, 2 for half note, 4 for quarter, etc.) and convert it to the format "freq dur BEEP" so we could input songs directly from sheet music. I still have the program on my HP48SX twenty years later and still have the interpreted William Tell Overture and Imperial March.

Comment Re:Tesla not on that list? (Score 1) 535

Pontiac was 'just a brand,' there was really not much difference between Pontiacs and other GM cars

This is mostly true. The Pontiac G8 may be one of the best cars ever sold under the Pontiac name and in the stick shift GXP version it is unlike any car made by any other manufacturer, even if it was a rebadged Holden Commodore from GM's Australia division.

Comment Re:That's what Nokia, Moto, and Microsoft said (Score 1) 535

It's just that Apple could afford to BUY any expertise it needed to make it work if it chooses to.

The question is how does one define "work." Stock prices are based on the present value of estimated future earnings. Apple stockholders are used to stellar valuations based on the fact that Apple sells a premium, high margin line of products that are part of a bigger ecosystem.

For the CY ending 12/31/14, AAPL's Net Profit Margin was 21.6% and Return on Assets was 17%. For the same period GM's were 2.61% and 2.2% respectively. If I was an AAPL shareholder I would be furious that management was doing this.

Just because AAPL does something does not mean it has to turn out like other things it has done.

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