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Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 465

by occasional_dabbler (#47961425) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Without the Developer Preview you are still tied to carrier and manufacturer whim, this is true. I wasn't aware that even the Preview updates were stopped for some phones, like the HTCs but I stand corrected. I've only had Nokia devices and these have all worked well with the Preview OS, even a 520. Certainly once the firmware is updated to matrch the OS the battery life and performance does improve, but I would not say that running on earlier firmware made a dramatic difference.

With Microsoft now owning the Nokia phones, they can potentially have the same control over firmware updates as Apple, which leaves HTC and the others at a disadvantage whichever OS they use.

Comment: Re:Legacy Support (Score 1) 730

by occasional_dabbler (#47865391) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
Killing off legacy support early is both a strength and a weakness for Apple. It makes for less bloated software and slick hardware. It is the antithesis of the Windows approach, where support for ancient software and hardware is still provided by current versions at the expense of hidden horrors in the OS and anachronisms like PS/2 mouse ports on hardware.

Comment: Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (Score 1) 211

by occasional_dabbler (#47496021) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45
It is honestly my first living memory. My Dad woke me up, age 4 years, 5 months to watch on our tiny black and white telly sometime in the small hours (in the UK I think it was 4am?). Several years later I earned a week of detentions at school for staying in the TV room to watch the first shuttle launch rather than going to German class. Very happy to have witnessed both events.

Comment: Re:nice work (Score 1) 468

This windowless cockpit idea has few positives compared to the current status quo.

And you can prove this how?

Where is your analytical study?

The amount of time flown where this system could conceivably provide a better view for the pilot (that is one that allows him to perform his function more effectively) could well be a lot longer than when it does not. If it improves overall fleet safety then it's better.

Comment: Re:nice work (Score 1) 468

This has nothing to do with 'marketing types' and 'blue sky thinkers'. Since the A380 Airbus have used a rigourous systems-engineering based approach to product design, starting with an analysis of the functions that the product is required to provide. This is a clear resut of the requirement to provide pilots visual information, i.e. the 'need' in you Patton argument

If it provides better information more often than it provides worse information compared with an alternative implementation then it's bought its way onto the product. If it's lighter or cheaper than the alternative then the weight and cost can be used in other systems or structure to improve overall safety or cost of ownership.

If someone comes up with an idea that has some merit it gets patented.

The aircraft industry is nothing like the software industry.

Comment: Re:nice work (Score 1) 468

You probably did more analytical thinking when you formulated the following paragraph than the entire design team who made this crap

No. He did not. Details of execution are unimportant at the concept stage because they will be designed, analysed and tested to work at least as well as a transparency and last for thirty years in extremes of temperature, humidity and abuse.

The only thing that really counts in commercial aviation is price. Windows are heavy and expensive. Pilots are heavy and expensive. Once the industry can demonstrate safe operation without one or the other, they will be designed out.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. -- Thomas Mann

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