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Comment Recording devices banned since Noah was a boy (Score 1) 482

Cameras and recording devices have been prohibited at the majority of live performances since recording devices became practical to carry. Why on Earth should a recording device suddenly be exempt because it is buried in a phone?

I went to see a play in a 300 seat venue on Friday. and was blessed with being adjacent to a drama school group. The on-again off-again blue glow from these infernal devices was bloody distracting. I must, however, concede that I saw nobody recording the performance or using a flash; just completely ignoring the show. I realise that teens and 20-somethings cannot imagine a life without their personal phone but I also wonder why the phone is more important than the music/play/ballet/opera/whatever that they paid good money to see.

Comment UPS should send bill... (Score 5, Interesting) 202

If enough leaked to affect 9 employees handling the box after the flight then there's a reasonable possibility that the escaped liquid now poses a corrosion hazard to the aircraft structure. UPS should send them the bill for the complete inspection and overhaul of the affected areas of the aircraft used to transport it. Perhaps that will be more than the fine.

Comment Turn the Tables? (Score 2) 186

Let's ask Time Warner Cable News for 190 hours of specified short segments of their raw video material with perpetual, unfettered rights to republish, for profit, and with no ongoing royalty. If you could get them to to agree the conditions (unlikely) then I bet they would charge way more than $36k for the privilege. Somehow though they expect the State to do just that without even cost recovery.

Comment Aeronautical Hazards (Score 2) 103

I can see a lot of fun with aeronautical obstacle databases if this takes off in a big way. Essentially a power plant will need an airspace allocation up to 10000 feet AGL and a nautical mile or two across. Put a lot of these around a city and there are many aeronautical procedure designers that will certainly be cursing as they try to thread an aircraft safely between them.

Comment Re:Happening Downunder (Score 1) 104

The headline is consistent with the article, which does not say there were no humans involved.

At the Ornskoldsvik Airport, one control tower has nobody inside. However, the tower continues to perform its job of guiding planes to the ground safely. The person who controls the landing is in another complex, roughly 90 miles away. That individual has access to cameras which reportedly function better than the average human eye.

That is, the tower building is not manned but there is still a human controller or controllers. Precisely what is being trialled in Alice Springs only with longer distances. It is partly about consolidating the controllers in a less remote area: easier to get people to live there, more likely to retain experienced staff, easier to maintain training currency. This is similar to the existing concentrations of sector controllers in Brisbane and Melbourne, only with different sensor inputs.

Comment Warship Anyone? (Score 1) 377

Mid 90's. Spent a lovely weekend below the waterline on a frigate updating the ship's maintenance system with a new data picture of its systems. All went wonderfully well and I walked ashore late afternoon on Sunday and flew back to my home city. Fast forward to 4pm Monday and we get a call from the ship at sea saying the maintenance system no longer functioned: get your butt out here and unf*ck it. So, in the car, 3 hours drive to where the ship anchored for the night, RHIB ride out to the ship, up the rope ladder, about 10PM... fix it, you have until 6AM or you are sailing with us (for a week). That, my friends, is great motivation to work fast. To cap it off, there was a small fuel leak in the space outside the computer room: wonderful aroma to deal with. Tried to work out the obscure linkage between existing maintenance jobs and the system description that was causing the issue. Ultimately had to roll the database back to the pre-update state. Off the ship at 6 along with many bags of oil-soaked rags used on the fuel leak. Ship lost a few days of data and a day at sea: captain not happy... and we had to do the whole exercise again later.

Tape for data, $100, Airfare and and accommodation, $600, warship all at sea, priceless.

Not entirely my doing (what is these days) but I was the man that delivered the fun. No names, no pack drill over this.

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