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Comment Re:USPS Investigation? (Score 1) 150

USPS is bad for many other reasons, too. The post office where I live (a major city) is basically open in a narrow window from 8:30 to 5:00 on weekdays and a short four-hour window on Saturday. Need to ship something out? Unless it can wait until Saturday, you'd better plan to take time off from work unless you're willing to leave it on the side of the road for hours. And if the sender requests that something be held for pickup, that means you have to pick it up during that window, too. By contrast, there's a local UPS store that's open until 7 M-F and until 5 on Saturday, and a major FedEx depot that's open until 8 M-F and 5 on Saturday. It's just a much better experience.

And USPS tracking is borderline useless. It typically provides little more than a delivery confirmation. UPS and FedEx track it at every point along the way so that you know almost exactly where your package is at all times, and so do they. This makes package loss much less likely.

Comment Re: Sounds too simple to be true (Score 1) 1092

This is what is being lost beneath the racism, the Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, etc. are not your enemies, they're just people trying to make a buck. Your enemies are Americans.

Specifically, the wealthy ruling class. Of course, some of them have also managed to trick a lot of Americans into believing that immigrants are the enemy by pushing an exaggerated sense of nationalism. I'm still trying to figure out how they win by damaging the income of other members of the ruling class, but I'm sure there's a financial explanation somewhere if you dig in deep enough.

Either way, the whole system is rigged, and the people at the top always win. It's just a question of which group of people at the bottom get screwed when they do.

Comment Re:Supply and demand? (Score 1) 161

Russian jet manufacturers cant compete with western quality standards, economics and support - they are well known for having poor supply chain, which hits airlines when a plane goes tech for instance.

Sorry but racism simply doesnt have anything to do with this - its pure economics. If their aircraft could compete, western airlines would be buying them in droves, simply because Airbus and Boeing cant keep up with current orders - the situation is ripe for a third major producer in the same market, the capacity in the market is there in the single aisle segment and has been for a couple of decades now, but the Tu-204 still failed.

Comment Re: Supply and demand? (Score 1) 161

As I said, the C-Series sits beneath the entrenched market that Airbus and Boeing compete in - the fact that the CS300 touches the low end of Airbus and Boeings products capacity wise doesnt alter that, as airline orders have been trending toward the top end of those offerings for several years.

A319NEO orders stand, to date, at just 55, with the bulk of Airbuses orders going to the A320NEO (two thirds at 3,600) and A321 (a third at 1,400).

737MAX orders are trending a similar way where airlines have identified the subtype, with the 737 MAX 7 only seeing 60 orders to date, with the rest of the orders split in a similar way to that of the Airbus products.

The C-Series simply doesnt compete in the same market.

As to a CS500, sorry but its a pipe dream. Bombardier have enough debt and issues with the CS100 and CS300, they simply cant commit to a new stretch in the next decade. They also dont have enough orders currently to break even on the current versions, and don't have an engine for anything larger so that would need more investment with an engine company.

There is also no evidence of strong arming by Airbus and Boeing - yes, Bombardier approached Airbus for investment and were denied, but neither Airbus nor Boeing have anything to gain by stopping Bombardier compete at the low end of the market. Bombardiers main competitor is Embraer and the new jets coming out of Russia (Sukhoi Superjet), China (Comac C919 and ARJ19) and Japan (MRJ). Airbus and Boeing dont want to compete in the regional jet market.

Comment Re: Supply and demand? (Score 1) 161

It isnt - the C-Series sits beneath the entrenched market that Boeing and Airbus dominate with the 737 and A320 series. Bombardier is really looking at the larger end of the regional jet market with the C-Series, as it just barely nibbles at the lower end of the 737 and A320 series capacities (and both Boeing and Airbus are seeing their customer base for those aircraft drift largely to the top end).

Comment Re:Anyone remember when cents/GB was used? (Score 1) 25

Stacking dies with many layers might help bring cost down by letting you burn out fuses on defective dies and then do part binning based on the number of functioning dies. I'm not sure if the defect rates on flash would yield a significant benefit from doing so or not, though.

Comment Re:Supply and demand? (Score 3, Informative) 161

Actually the article is a load of crap - Boeing is reducing 777 production right now, is in talks to end 747 production and has scrapped a production increase in the 787 (and may indeed scrap an entire production line in the next few years).

The only aircraft seeing production rate increases at the moment (that arent related to a new program coming on line, such as the A350XWB) are the A320 series and the 737 series - those sell well more than a thousand copies each year, with production lagging sales considerably.

Comment Re:Not good (Score 1) 161

Boeing did use off-the-shelf fasteners for the 787s roll out - they didnt plan ahead properly with their supplier of aviation grade fasteners and came up short, so decided to use commercial non-aviation grade fasteners just so they could roll something out for the 7/8/07 unveiling. Of course, the airplane didnt fly for another three years and was eventually written off as unsaleable due to the amount of rework it had undergone...

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