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Comment Re:What is up with airlines IT structure (Score 1) 98

It was more or less comparable if we consider aircraft from the same era - it would be dishonest comparing today's accident rates with the rates of the 1970ies, no matter which aircraft. The reasons, however, were quite different - pilot errors and general technical backwardness were the most prominent reasons - soviet passenger aircraft was technically about a decade behind. Soviet aircraft designed shortly before the breakup (Il-96, Tu-204) caught up and are generally about as safe as western aircraft and have all the modern (as in late 1980ies) airframe features, but the engines aren't as economical, hence very few of them were ever built.

Comment Re:What is up with airlines IT structure (Score 4, Insightful) 98

How exactly airplane accidents being at an all time low is a result of capitalism? Are you one of these crazy people who worship capitalism as a deity?
Airplane accidents don't happen that often anymore because of strict regulations and aircraft being generally more intelligent. Capitalism has directly caused a lot of accidents, like Alaska Airlines Flight 261 (airline was too cheap for proper maintenance), Turkish Airlines Flight 981 (manufacturer was too cheap to fix a known design error), American Airlines Flight 191 (again, airline too cheap to do proper maintenance), JAL Flight 123 (yep, again maintenance) and so on. Yay capitalism. Same goes for delays and lost luggage, by the way. Strict regulations making it difficult for the airlines to weasel themselves out have helped, not capitalism.

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 277

Funny thing you mention Poland. Because Polacks were, in fact, the ones who started the war and annexed large parts of the USSR. So much, in fact, that both Kiev and Minsk suddenly were basicaly at the border to Poland. Soviets just took these lands back, which nowadays belong to Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. If you ask me, Poland had it coming. They like to cry about them being martyrs, but they themselves behaved like dicks the whole time - not only by invading the USSR, but also by helping Hitler destroying Czechoslovakia.

Also funny thing you write about Russian aggression and their troops in Balkans, because back in the 1990ies Russian troops only had a few peacekeeping missions there - they were not the ones who indiscriminately dropped bombs, supporting what is today the only state in Europe that is ruled by organised crime.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 1) 99

It still doesn't typically contain caffeine.
There are combination pills, but they are neither aspirin nor typical. And as for migraine, apparently you think that every headache is migraine. It isn't, and isn't even the most common type of headache (that would be tension headache). Using pills that are meant to combat migraine for tension headache would be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. This is why most ASA pills don't contain caffeine - people tend to abuse this kind of pills because caffeine makes them more alert, leading to stomach problems in long term. Standard ASA pills for pain and fever treatment are made of 325 to 500mg acetylsalicylic acid and filler like washing soda, silica, cornstarch or cellulose. That's it. Aspirin for blood thinning is the same, but dosed at about one tenth.

Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 467

Transporting 50 litres of gasolene to a fuel station by truck costs no more than the truck expense, and the truck's fuel expense, and the road wear and tear.

That was a good one. As someone who is actually working in the fuel transportation industry, I can only laugh at such a naivety.
Even if we set aside crude production and refinement, the resulting product has to be transported to a fuel depot. Then the transport companies fuel their trucks up at the fuel depots and these trucks transport the fuel to the gas stations. There is far more involved, though, than the cost of a truck and a driver - there is also a dispatcher who is responsible for sending the drivers on their way and who has to ensure that a gas station never runs empty, because otherwise the transport company has to pay a huge fine for every hour of an empty gas station. There is the cost of finding a fitting road, because the truck transports dangerous goods and hence can't take just any road. There is the cost of a vehicle tracking system to ensure that the driver doesn't steal the product. If there is an ice storm you have mentioned, the truck won't come because an accident involving dangerous goods would be very, very costly. There is obviously the cost for operating the actual gas station - the attendant, gas pumps, the large underground gas tank that has to be periodically checked and cleaned because of all the crap that collects at its bottom.

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