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Comment: Re:The DC-10 was killed by poor management. (Score 1) 111

by mpe (#47931537) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires
Fundamental problem with DC-10 was the poor management. They made a stupid decision to make the cargo door open outward. Designed a complex locking arrangment using pins to be done by the cargo handlers. If not properly locked, the door flies off.

Outward opening cargo doors are common on widebodied aircraft. N4713U, performing flight UA 811, was a 741. Even though the locking mechanism used by Douglas was different from that of Boeing both contained design flaws.

Added to that the airlines were using some home grown procedure to dismount and remount engines. Recommended process called for removing some 198 bolts. Airliners detached three loading pins on the pylon. In the process damaged the pylon. They had the engine on a fork lift truck while someone shouted directions trying to slide in the loading pin. The mistake was by the airlines. DC-10 paid the price for it.

Here too you can find similar problems with both the DC-10 and B747. American Airlines 191 and El Al 1862

Comment: Re:pass the tinfoil (Score 1) 81

by mpe (#47911333) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery
Greenwashing is done with signs and advertisements, not with millions of dollars and heavy equipment investments.

The likes of "biofuels" and "renewable" electricity generation can involve vast amounts of money and plant. Yet be useless, even counterproductive, assuming a goal of reducing fossil fuel usage. So the idea that "greenwashing" cannot involve these is false.

Comment: Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (Score 1) 81

by mpe (#47911133) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery
The credible way out of the problem of burning fossil fuels is to replace as many energy sources as possible with renewables (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, etc.).

Wind and solar are not especially credible energy sources. Except for specific niche applications, possibly excluding this one. Geothermal and hydro require rather specific geography with hydro often being opposed by "greenies". With the most effective and most truely "renewable" option being even more strongly opposed by the "greenies".

Comment: Re:bullshit (Score 1) 326

by mpe (#47900519) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
It's usually easy to tell whether a driver involved in an accident was texting and the penalties can be stiff (including manslaughter or vehicular homicide).

Should there actually be special laws along the lines of "vehicular homicide" especially given that they potentially allow someone to literally "get away with murder".

Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 288

by mpe (#47896161) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal
if you want to save money and take a risk with a cab that doesn't have inspections, why should the government butt in? again, consenting adults not small children that need a nanny to watch over them.

On the other hand there dosn't appear to be much interst in regulating "school runs".

Comment: Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (Score 1) 291

by mpe (#47885091) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'
The anti-salt propaganda has as much basis as the "wisdom" of drinking eight glasses of water a day. It became a thing everyone "knows" is true without questioning if there is any factual support.

Much the same is true of the various versions of "five a day".

Nobody has ever demonstrated a mechanism for how salt intake causes heart disease. All you ever get is a lot of hand waving and vague statistics collected from people who already have advanced CV disease.

Not just with salt, when it comes to CVD. Dosn't help either that many of the people involved have no excuse for not knowing the difference between a lipoprotein and a steroid either.

Comment: Re:Talking Point (Score 1) 427

by mpe (#47866581) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013
Climate models don't even project 10 years into the future well, they work more on 30 year time scales.

So do those from 1984 do a better job than those form 2004 when it comes to matching what we observe to be the case now? No matter how each group of models compare with the other how well do they do in absolute terms?

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (Score 1) 427

by mpe (#47866525) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013
What about the people with stake in large multinational wind and solar producers claiming we can save ourself with all-renewable society?

Where things start getting really daft is that using wind and solar can easily mean that you need to run fossil fuel plants very inefficiently in order to "balance the grid". Thus it's possible for these to have a huge "carbon footprint". Yet nuclear power tends to be dismissed out of hand by the same people demanding "something must be done".
Similarly it's quite easy to produce "bio fuels" which require more petroleum than "petrol fuels".

Comment: Re:I love this debate (Score 1) 427

by mpe (#47866365) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013
So, you tell me, is the natural balance of emissions and absorption so precariously balanced that a couple of percentage points will result in catastrophe? Inquiring minds want to know!

If this is the case how can the Earth's climate remained stable for 4+ billion years? Alternativly what can have happened recently, but pre "industrial revolution" to have made it unstable now?

By the way, the answer I get is never supported by anything other than computer models. I know just enough about how computer models are like graphs - you draw the graph you want then plot the points.

Just about all of the climate computer "models" would be better described as "fiction".

"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." -- Butler