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Comment Re:Simulator...interface is garbage (Score 1) 315

While sims are mostly faithful to their airplane type in the air, on the ground and landing, it isn't the same.

Certainly. Nor at any other time, unless maybe if you've got a very good motion simulator. That's how it is for driving, why would it be fundamentally different for flying?

There are small differences between the sim and the real thing that throw off landings.

Things like tarmac condition? Wind eddies? Windshield smudges? Temperature's effects on tire performance? Presumably, sooner or later the sims will model all these things, as well, and then some. And then it still won't be the same :)

On the other hand, simulator experience seems sufficiently relevant to the current discussion. It's enough fun when the runway is flat and straight, if you ratchet up the inclement conditions. Now make it round and curved in two dimensions and watch the fun begin!

I haven't even flown a sim in ages. I have yoke and pedal controllers, maybe I'll finally desk up so that I can use them.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 315

The runway is banked, and the angle of the bank is proportional to the radius. Anything moving along the runway, at any speed, should naturally stay on the runway. Slower objects will roll towards the inner, flatter area, and faster objects will zip around the high rim.

The word you want is not banked, it is curved. Unless you say it is progressively banked, but that's solely an unnecessarily loquacious means of stating the same precise thing. But that's just another undesirable added complexity. Now if you don't touch down at the correct lateral position for your airspeed, you're going to have to deal with the runway trying to either dump you off the bottom, or squirt you off the top.

Comment Re: Internet Rape (Score 2) 416

I am just happy that none of the hot topic governmental decisions or actions do not effect me.

Of course they do. Trump is sure to expand visa programs after claiming that he would diminish them, for example. He's stepped up programs that cause people to hate us, which creates more terrorists. Under his watch, congress is selling out our data. I don't know how you imagine these things don't affect you, but get ready. You'll soon see that they do.

Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 242

the 35

Nobody local calls it that except the immigrants from out-of-state.

I started calling it that after I heard locals calling it that. It was over ten years ago, though. I haven't been to Texas in ages. The only thing I miss there are some exes. Not all my exes live in Texas, but some of them do.

Anyhow, you do point out the only way to get such a short commute in Austin: move to the corner of town near where your work is.

And that's precisely what I did when I lived there. And people shit themselves because I paid $1/sqft. Hilarity.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 331

And if the 1998 paper, then why? Have I defended that paper in this thread? Beyond foregrounding the fact that the work which has superseded it has "more or less" confirmed the original findings? I merely noted that calling Dr Mann "really really bad at statistics" was "perhaps" to overstate matters.

Why? Mainly because it most clearly demonstrates the issue.

And maybe you are right about his statistical skill, but saying he is really really bad at statistics is actually being generous to him. If he knew what he was doing, then he was actively trying to deceive people, which is far worse.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 331

The speculation is that in the tree rings that diverged (not all did) it had to do with pollution. Mann is not a tree ring specialist. He used tree ring data from scientists who are. He followed the recommendation from the scientists who produced the data he used to not use the divergent data.

I think that's an explanation I read on real-climate somewhere once. There are actually a number of hypotheses, but it's not really clear.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 331

Don't be an ass mate........Which is not to say I accept that statement (from memory, and I'm not minded to go to the effort and check, the problem was with a particular sub-sample of tree-ring data)

It's hard to not be an ass towards someone who is willfully ignorant. I'm willing to forgive a lot of things.

The only saving grace you can grant Mann here is that he didn't hide what he did in his paper. His error bars should have taken into account the fact that tree rings don't match thermometers, but well, apparently he missed the topic of error bars in his statistics class or something. Oh well.

Comment Re:So what? Nothing really has changed... (Score 1) 416

Who follows the rules now? How many of you actually have read the TOS for your ISP? It's privacy policy?

Who gives a shit? If every corporation in America has my data, big deal. It's the government I fear, and they can already demand a full log of all your packets from your ISP under NSL.

There is only one ISP I can realistically use where I live, so it doesn't really matter what their TOS, AUP, PP or anything else says.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 331

I don't think what you said and what I said are different. You can't tell people what they want to hear if you are trying to be accurate.

Some people would like to hear the truth. You can reach those people. You can also reach a percentage of people who would like to hear lies, but it's a pretty small one. It's a variation of the saying about it being difficult to teach a man something if his paycheck depends on him not learning it.

Comment Re:"such an Orwellian model" (Score 1) 75

That's illegal, generally classified as "peeping Tom/voyeurism/invasion of privacy/intrusion of solitude." So let's restrict drone operation in the same manner instead of simply letting them broadcast an ID.

It's already illegal to operate the drone in a manner which violates your privacy. If they're looking in your windows, they're not supposed to be.

I'm not really against drones having transponder signals; I'm against people being able to look up my identity from the signal information. You (or the DA) should have to file a lawsuit to get that information.

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