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Comment: Bockpit video (Score 2) 355

by rossdee (#49364749) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

while cockpit video cameras may help determine the cause of some crashes, there are plenty of recent examples where it wouldn't help.

For example if Malaysia airlines had cockpit video, it would not tell us who fired the missile and why. *for the one shot down in the Ukraine) and we don't have any black boxes from the other one (at the bottom of the indian ocean)

Comment: Re:Bad name (Score 1) 176

by rossdee (#49363771) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

"illegal even for governments to use since the Geneva convention."

Who takes notice of the Beneva Convention these days?

Many of the current groups of combatants (ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, Houthis, Hezbollah etc) never signed the Geneva Convention, and certainly don't follow it.
Others have had a change of Government since back then, )like Russia and Iran, so don't feel bound by it.

And if you're a state fighting against such people (Like Israel) you realize that you're fighting at a severe disadvantage if you 'follow the rules' and they don't.

Comment: Re:prepare for unforeseen compliactions (Score 1) 226

by rossdee (#49344311) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

"5. The phrasebook doesnt have anything to get hungarian insurance scammers off the bonnet of your car at 3 am"

Maybe you should be travelling in a hovercraft instead (full of eels of course)

" GPS may not be capable of routing you safely around a drunken and somewhat bloated Jeremy Clarkson as he hurls homophobic remarks at you from the doorway of a run down pub in leeds."

Didn't they fire him because he hit the producer? Or did they just can the show instead? Its a pity because I thought Top Gear was mostly a good show.

So is it April 1 already in Russia?

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 730

by rossdee (#49343879) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Maybe they should go back to having 3 crew members in the cockpit on the large passenger planes.
Yes I know its going to cost money, but how much did that plane cost, and there have been other times when the pilot or copilot has deliberately crashed the plane.
(I remembere an egyptian one)
We still don't know about MH370

Comment: Re:easy (Score 1) 61

by rossdee (#49324725) Attached to: First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled At SXSW

And this device will be able to test for these conditions in a few seconds? That would be really cool, since current tests for some of these take a day or more.
or multiple tests over time.

EG the TB test (yes I know its not called a manteau any more) has to be read between 48 - 72 hours. Other items on those lists need a culture to be examined after 24 hours.

Disclaimer: IAOACNA (I am only a CNA)

Comment: Re:Consent? (Score 2) 61

by rossdee (#49323669) Attached to: First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled At SXSW

"Yeah, and are these patients consenting to this?"

I'd guess they'd have to sign a waiver..

"And what does the TOS say about who owns the data?"

Is that Terms Of Service, or The Original Series (since we are talking Star Trek)

Anyway there already exist those wheeled 'nurse on a stick' machines that measure vitals, I am not sure how much this tricorder adds to the diagnostics.
What is needed is connectivity between those machines and the software that does the charting.

Comment: We should stop using the word renewable (Score 3, Interesting) 316

by rossdee (#49319897) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

We should stop using the word renewable for energy like solar wind and hydro. Its not theoretically renewable, but thats not the point. The point is that they don't emit CO2 into the atmosphere, and thats the thing that is going to screw up the climate.
So we should be using the term Non-Carbon-Emitting energy sources. We could even use the acronym NCE but its probably already in use in some other field.

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