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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

CanadianMacFan Re:Hyperbole much? (85 comments)

I think the other stats, 8.9m length, are for the HO300.

2 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CanadianMacFan Re:Outstanding... (184 comments)

That's what I thought when the UK announced their new aircraft carrier recently.

5 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

CanadianMacFan Re:I'm curious (184 comments)

The F-22 is the special fighter with all of the extras that the US is keeping for just itself while the F-35 is able to be exported to other countries.

5 days ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

CanadianMacFan iTunes (165 comments)

Feels like I've already been doing beta testing since the last major release of iTunes has been released. It's been very buggy, especially where podcasts are concerned. They keep throwing more features in which seem to break basic functionality and slow the application down. It now takes over two seconds to delete a podcast episode since version 11.3 came out. And that's for every episode. If you want to delete three episodes it takes over six seconds. How do you write something that bloody slow? I fear updating to the new version in Yosemite for how bad it's going to be.

5 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

CanadianMacFan Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

I agree with you that it should not be labelled as an act of terror but if it was a case of misidentifying the plane those responsible should still be charged with manslaughter (or whatever the equivalent is for a wartime crime is). And if it was done on purpose then those who pulled the trigger to those who made the order should be charged with murder.

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

CanadianMacFan Re:NASA has become small indeed... (108 comments)

But in the 1960's NASA was involved in a massive dick waving contest which made them take risks that management today would be scared of even contemplating yet alone taking. If there was the money available we could easily go to Mars within a decade. It would be risky but there would be people willing to take those risks.

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

CanadianMacFan Re:A noble effort by NASA, but (108 comments)

Well of course it's got to be tied to a project enabled by government inertia and congressional pork. The only way politicians will let the money be spent is when there's tons of jobs spread out over many districts. And of course you know that in two years after the next set of elections the dynamics between the Congress, Senate, and the new President will have changed which will mean a completely new mission for NASA. Which in turn will mean everything that they have been working on will have to be scrapped and they will begin from point zero on their new priorities.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

CanadianMacFan Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

Sure they may be making money but that's not what the market is looking for. The market wants pretty numbers in the profit growth and profit margin.

I was at one company that got rid of a division that was pulling in $500 million in profit a year but the margin was only 6% so it was making the company look bad. Tech companies were supposed to have margins in the teens according to management.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

CanadianMacFan Re:World Cup 2018 (151 comments)

They have separate teams because Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England all have their own FA. In order to have a single team from the UK then there would have to be a single FA for all of the UK. I doubt there is the will to create the one FA. Though it would be amazing to see Gareth Bale in the next World Cup.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

CanadianMacFan Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

As is both sides aren't pulling tricks like this. It's the same in every political decision.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

CanadianMacFan Re:is just normal (364 comments)

The big difference is that they didn't go into production before working out the major problems.

about three weeks ago
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World's First Large-Scale Waste-to-Biofuels Facility Opens In Canada

CanadianMacFan Numbers (96 comments)

Would like to see the efficiency numbers for the process. They just say how much garbage goes in and how much they expect to get out but not how much energy it's going to take or how much pollution or garbage is going to be resulting from the operation.

Also when it comes to the 60 and 90 percent diversion rates I think the article is talking about the residential waste stream. From the pictures that is where the garbage for the plant is coming from. I'd like to know if the plant is going to take anything from the commercial or industrial streams. Those diversion rates are usually much worse.

about a month ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

CanadianMacFan Re:A remember in the early 90 when I lived in the (314 comments)

They are looking to expand the train here and they won't put the airport on the main line. Maybe in the future they will decide to make an extension and passengers will have to switch. Everyone knows it's the taxi lobby that doesn't want the train even though it would be replacing the bus line that already goes there.

about a month and a half ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

CanadianMacFan Re:Get rid of NASA (155 comments)

The problem of NASA is the politicians coming in and changing the direction of it's primary focus every couple of years. Plus they see it as a job stimulus project which would exist even if it was moved back into the military (for example, tanks that the military doesn't want).

about a month and a half ago
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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

CanadianMacFan Re:Booking Photos Database (143 comments)

I knew where in the process when you were booked. I was questioning of the possibility about the rights of using the photos of people who weren't found guilty or even those who were found innocent.

about a month and a half ago
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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

CanadianMacFan Booking Photos Database (143 comments)

What's the procedure about booking photos (and fingerprints taken at booking) in the US? Is it possible that your image could be on that database even if you were not convicted of a crime but just processed by the police even for something like being drunk one night and they brought you in to sober up?

about 1 month ago
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'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

CanadianMacFan Re:meet the new Bus, same as the old bus (51 comments)

Most of the routes run around throughout a part of the city from one hub to another or back to the same one. For me to get to one part of my suburb to another I take one route to a hub and catch another local route. Each local route is usually a milk run that winds about in order to make sure that the distance to bus stops is met.

about 2 months ago
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'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

CanadianMacFan Re:meet the new Bus, same as the old bus (51 comments)

In my city they have planned to routes and stops so that nobody has to walk more than a certain distance to a bus stop. Has nothing to do with demand for the service.

about 2 months ago

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