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Comment Re:Did I miss something? (Score 1) 317

You are assuming the forklift driver reports the damage, and risks his 10 peso a day job! Let's say he just "bumps" the side of the fuselage, no visible damage,no report!, micro-cracks form and allow moist warm air into the cracks which turns to ice at 35.000 ft , the ice expands causing delamination and a "pocket" to form, after 20-50 cycles structural strength is compromised, all of which is still NOT visible to the naked eye! When it becomes a catastrophic failure over an Atlantic or Pacific route there will be no clue about what happened to Aeroperú Flight 603! (name chosen to illustrate problems caused by 3rd world Maintenance!) Someone earlier stated CF/CREP is easier to repair, bullshit! First, you need NDI / X-ray to even tell the extent of the damage! Second, you have to scarf back beyond the damaged area both beneath it and to the sides, Third, you have to re-lay every ply you have removed along with attention to the orientation of the plys removed, each and every layer has to be "cooked" in place WHILE under Vacuum until that ply is cured! Estimate 8-12 hours PER ply depending on how deep the damage goes and how far across! This means that the Aircraft is out of revenue-producing service for up to or over a week!!! Meanwhile an Aluminum aircraft with a similar dent or crack can be repaired and back into service in under 8-12 hours! Look up American Airlines Flight 587 to see what happens when a CF/GREP tail is overstressed! I'm certain that eventually I'll have to fly on a "Plastic" plane, but I won't like it and I'll be insured to the hilt!!!

Comment Re:Need to take great caution with this (Score 1) 387

Since his camera also records sound he may very well be in violation of Washington States 2 party consent law regarding audio recording: RCW 9.73.030 Intercepting, recording, or divulging private communication — Consent required — Exceptions. RCW 9.73.060 Violating right of privacy — Civil action — Liability for damages.

Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

Happy Towel Day 122

An anonymous reader writes "While Douglas Adams continues his attempt to set a new record for the longest extended lunch break, geeks all over the universe pay tribute to the beloved author by celebrating the tenth edition of Towel Day. Towel Day is more alive than ever. This year Richard Dawkins, one of Adams' best friends, has tweeted a Towel Day reminder to his numerous followers. The CERN Bulletin has published an article on Towel Day. There has been TV coverage and there will be a radio interview. The Military Republic of the Deltan Imperium, a newly formed micronation, has recognized Towel Day as an official holiday. In Hungary several hundreds of hitchhiker fans want to have a picnic together in a park. And there's a concert, a free downloadable nerdrap album, a free game being released, the list goes on and on."

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