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Comment Re:Flight Simulators and Computerized Calculation (Score 1) 340

Better tell that to all the pilots before they start landing in crosswinds! Oh wait...

Crosswind landings are no different - you'd BETTER have that airplane lined up straight on touchdown, or you'll have trouble.
Sure, the approach is flown crabbed into the wind, but you'd better have transitioned into a slip before touchdown, or, as the airliners do, kick out of crab just before the mains touch (slipping would likely drag an engine nacelle or wingtip on the ground).

I suppose I should have said "landing gear is built to handle very light side loads only" instead. The pilot's operating manual for every certified airplane in existence will tell you what the maximum allowed crosswind component is for that particular plane.

Comment Re:Flight Simulators and Computerized Calculation (Score 5, Insightful) 340

Aircraft landing gear are designed to land in a straight line, they are not designed to handle side loads.
It doesn't take much side load for that gear to fold up under the airplane.

Not to mention instrument approaches... I'd love to see a precision instrument approach chart to a circular runway.

Most large airports have several parallel runways. LAX for example has 4 parallel runways, normally all in simultaneous use - 2 are used for departures, and 2 for arrivals. This gets a lot of airplanes in and out at the same time.
If the runway was a circle, you might be able use on side for arrivals and the other for departures at the same time, but that's it.

Circular runways remains a stupid idea.
Disclaimer: I'm also a pilot.

Submission + - Managing Conflicts in a Project (

huntmy.seo writes: Conflicts can be healthy if the debate around the conflicts are healthy and enable team members to understand other perspectives. Read on to explore different perspectives on handling conflicts in a project.

Submission + - Norwegian cyber command warns against supply chain security risks in F35 project (

hrdo writes: The commander of the Norwegian CYFOR (a branch of the military) held a speach Monday night in Oslo where he warned that large military projects like the F35 fighter jet project can be threatened by attacks on the supply chain. The warnings follow several media stories about security breaches due to outsourcing and lack of controls. In one case an Indian IT company was contracted to operate the emergency communications network for Norwegian police, ambulances and fire departments — without security clearances or background checks.

The general should keep preaching security to his peers, not only within his own organization and on the battle field, but also in the procurement trenches. The initianl penetration of advanced persistent threats targeting high-security organizations is tyically coming via a less secure supply chain partner. Still, coordinated security management in large projects remains a fantacy in most cases.

Comment Re:This is what the Dems get (Score 1) 2837

for ignoring the Middle Class. They focused on the very rich and the very poor. Those two groups got taken care of. The rich got tax breaks, cheap labor and cheap money (super low interest rates, etc) and the poor got the Medicare expansion, extended unemployment and a bit of stimulus. The middle class got fuck all.

Nailed it. The "silent majority" middle class that got stuck paying for it all got off their duffs and went to the polls for a change.
My co-worker, who normally can't be bothered to go vote, got a notice that his ACA health insurance premium went from $300/mo to $1200 - higher than his mortgage payment. This time he voted, guess for who.

Comment Re:Mechanical reliability (Score 1) 935

Easy - build a mechanical lock into the gun. Many guns have a safety lever that you must turn before you can shoot. The "safety" will now be a key that you insert & turn - then your gun is useable. A lock can be made as sturdy as the rest of the gun, so it won't fail you.

Locks can be picked, but a villain that successfully grabs your gun won't have time for that before you hit him with something.

Smith & Wesson and other manufacturers has been building revolvers with these locks since the 70's. Nobody I know actually uses the locks, nor do I.
Use of a firearm is a last resort - when a villain comes running at you with a knife, your sidearm needs to be ready to shoot right fucking now.
Are you going to have time to fumble for a key and unlock your weapon in the 2 seconds it takes him to cover the distance between you?

Submission + - A Government Agent Was Also Tipping Off Silk Road 2, Sources Say (

sarahnaomi writes: Last week, the public learned how two US law enforcement agents allegedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars off the digital black market Silk Road, while simultaneously working to take down the site.

One of the officers, Carl Mark Force IV, is also being charged with acting as a paid double agent by providing information obtained in his position as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent to the Silk Road’s owner.

It now seems that Silk Road 2, the site that was set up just weeks after the original, may have also had a similar arrangement—either with Force, or another law enforcement informant who was leaking information to the black market’s operators.

Motherboard interviewed two Silk Road 2 staff members who independently claimed the existence of such an informant. This informant was paid $500 a week—the same salary Force is under investigation for receiving from the original Silk Road under one of his many alleged monikers—in exchange for information about the government investigation, according to the staffers. The arrangement began in November 2013, just after the original Silk Road was shut down, they said.

Submission + - Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

AthanasiusKircher writes: In recent years, emphasis on standardized testing and basic skills has forced many schools to cut back on things like arts and extracurricular activities. A study out this week from Northwestern University hints that schools may be hurting "at-risk" kids even more by cutting such programs. Just two years of music lessons were shown to have significant effects on brain activity and language processing which the researchers argue could help close achievement gaps between at-risk students and more affluent students. Aside from better brain response to language observed in the lab, practical effects of the interventions were readily apparent: 'Leaders at Harmony Project approached the researchers after the non-profit observed that their students were performing much better than other public school students in the area. Since 2008, over 90 percent of high school seniors who participated in Harmony Project’s free music lessons went on to college, even though the high school dropout rates in the surrounding Los Angeles areas can reach up to 50 percent.' Note that this is only one of several ongoing studies showing significant cognitive benefits for music training among at-risk students; an article last year from The Atlantic gives a more detailed summary of related research.

Submission + - UCLA, CIsco & more launch consortium to replace TCP/IP (

alphadogg writes: Big name academic and vendor organizations have unveiled a consortium this week that's pushing Named Data Networking (NDN), an emerging Internet architecture designed to better accommodate data and application access in an increasingly mobile world. The Named Data Networking Consortium members, which include universities such as UCLA and China's Tsinghua University as well as vendors such as Cisco and VeriSign, are meeting this week at a two-day workshop at UCLA to discuss NDN's promise for scientific research. Big data, eHealth and climate research are among the application areas on the table. The NDN effort has been backed in large part by the National Science Foundation, which has put more than $13.5 million into it since 2010.

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