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Comment: I can see why (Score 1) 463

Cockpit windows in airliners are tiny. You have maybe 20 cm of clearance between the control panels below and above the cockpit windows, so you have a very limited field of view.

This Airbus proposal isn't the first windowless cockpit, by the way.
British Aerospace proposed the P.125 VTOL fighter which had the pilot sitting in a windowless cockpit buried in the fuselage.
And Charles Lindbergh had no front view on his Atlantic flight: he had to rely on a periscope and his side windows.

Comment: Re:Flagship Missions (Score 1) 45

by hackertourist (#47398053) Attached to: Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

Pioneer 10 and 11 predate the "Flagship" moniker. They also weren't really flagships: they had a limited science package and were designed for low cost, their mission was to see what circumstances the Voyagers would encounter and determine the feasibility of the Voyager mission.

I don't mean to disparage the achievements of Pioneer 10 and 11, by the way. It's just that NASA attaches a specific meaning to "Flagship" and the Pioneers didn't fit that bill.

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Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by hackertourist (#47327393) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

We will run out of fossil fuels eventually. The cost of transportation is going to rise dramatically when that happens.
Any new technology we develop doesn't have to be competitive today, it has to be viable in a post-oil world. This isn't about ivory towers, this is about taking the long view.

Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 4, Insightful) 216

by hackertourist (#47322503) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Agreed, current sources of hydrogen suck. But if we use solar and wind power to drive the electrolysis plant, we could solve two problems at once:
- variability of wind and solar vs. grid demand: hydrogen is storable enough that you could produce it when the grid has an excess of available power.
- transportation that doesn't depend on fossil fuels.

Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 5, Informative) 128

by hackertourist (#47131405) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Depends on the implementation. BMW, for instance, uses a planetary gear set connected to the steering wheel, the rack and an electric motor. If the motor or the adaptive steering logic fails, the motor is locked and you get an ordinary constant-ratio steering system.
Checking whether the steering output matches the input would take care of your scenario.

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 611

by hackertourist (#47111325) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Windows Explorer has lost the Favorites menu. Also, new Explorer windows open, then scroll the navigation pane so that the Favorites list is out of view, making Favorites monumentally annoying to use.
The scroll-the-navigation-pane nonsense also means that when you open a new Explorer window, you have to wait for the navigation pane to finish expanding before you can start selecting what you need; in my case, invariably either a Favorites item or a network drive, both of which have been scrolled out of sight thanks to the expansion of the useless {username} folder hierarchy.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS