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Comment: Re:No redundancy? (Score 1) 221

Unless somebody has changed the rules since I last looked, center handles all enroute IFR (instrument flight) traffic in a larger area, not just that above 10,000 feet. There are significant numbers of remoted radio transmitters and receivers so center can talk to all the aircraft over a wide area. Relocating the whole thing to another area doesn't just mean re-routing the radar replies, and coming up with another fully manned center, it means rerouting the audio and control to all those transmitters and receivers. It's not a trivial job at all.
To give an example of just how far away center can be, I live in far west Texas, about 70 miles from the Mexican border. When I call up center, I'm talking to people in a room in Albuquerque, NM. I believe their remote transmitter for this area may be in Ft. Stockton, TX, about 70 miles from here.
A nasty problem it is, and quite possibly one with no affordable solution.

Comment: Too much, already... (Score 1) 33

The best comment I think I have seen on artificial intelligence was at a company I worked for in the 1960s. The company advertised for "artificial intelliigence," when what they meant was that they wanted a specialist in artificial intelligence. Someone pinned the ad on the bulletin board, circled the desire for artificial intelligence, and wrote under it: "too much in the company already."

Comment: I can't speak for Grandma, but .... (Score 1) 287

by whizbang77045 (#46431323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
My wife and I are grandparents, although a few years short of the 82 mark. I'm hesitant to recommend any flavor of Windows to anyone who just wants email, a web browser, and maybe a spreadsheet or word processing capability. I've had fair luck getting older XP users to transition to Zorin, which I believe may be intended for that purpose. Mint Linux, which I use, would come in a close second. But some Windows users just must have Windows, possibly because they think they're familiar with it. Being forced to use Windows 7 or 8 may change a lot of that.

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