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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

MACC Re:US paying Europe for emissions... (259 comments)

If you keep in mind that the US doesn't really produce much
basic stuff ( which tends to be pollution intensive )
and China is riding the tiger of industrial growth they
are actually trying very hard.

Successfull at that.

about 9 months ago

Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

MACC Re:Logs indicate no overcharging (184 comments)

.. of peeling back all the layers of subcontractors. Just like an onion. Tears and all.

Well put. I like that wording. .. And tears there will be.

about a year and a half ago

Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

MACC Re:Logs indicate no overcharging (184 comments)

Thales is the system integrator
GS-Yuasa in their US subdivison makes the cells and the battery enclosure
supervisory circuits are from Canto Japan
the charger is from Securaplane USA
the APU starter is from Securaplane USA

I have doupts that Thales was the primary decider of components here.
your turn.

about a year and a half ago

Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

MACC Re:Logs indicate no overcharging (184 comments)

Yes the batterie ( bus ) voltage is monitored and stored in the FDR.
The per cell data is stored either on the pcb in the battery enclosure
or the charger.
Going by the notice that the values are unexpectedly
not available my guess is in the battery and those pcbs are toast.

Dumb design. The enclosure looks positively american.
I've never seen something so superficially designed from japanese engineers.

about a year and a half ago

Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

MACC Re:Which way will it go? (184 comments)

capability of fixing problems.
Though I would rate the ability to nix design problems before they endanger customers significantly higher.

Every oaf can do colorfull leaflets and produce problems while offshoring all responsibility.

about a year and a half ago

Dreamliner: Boeing 787 Aircraft Battery "Not Faulty"

MACC Re:Which way will it go? (184 comments)

What I'm curious about is whether Boeing will get them all sorted out quickly which case they will be superbly positioned to compete, having mastered the many challenges around making the 787 what it is.

You will find that Murphy has a big bucket of bugs to keep dishing out from for the Dreamliner and Boeing.
IMHO This is a product jinxed by management hubris.

I hope they get it all fixed in time, personally. The 787 is a hell of a plane. Check it out here:

PR drivel, the only vector of exellence for Boeing these days.

about a year and a half ago

US Gives $120M For Lab To Tackle Rare Earth Shortages

MACC Re:here, save about $120e6 (170 comments)

too many options ( for politicks ).
Who can count beyond three ;-?

Machiavelli, paraphrased:
        "soldiers can always bring you rare earth"

about 2 years ago

US Gives $120M For Lab To Tackle Rare Earth Shortages

MACC Re:What about mining your own stuff ? (170 comments)

Political interest is also about not having to restart highly toxic rare earth mining at home with all the consequences that it brings.

But China should bear the consequences without compensation or limitation?
The US has ofloaded/ofshored significant elements of it's Carbon Footprint to China already.

about 2 years ago

John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

MACC Re:Disappointed (243 comments)

Think about how nice the world would be if
the "right" million US citizens would be incarcerated ( instead of a bunch of unfortunate blacks and latinos ) ?

Always interesting to see that Americans seem to think that there is no law except US law in any country
they visit as guests.

about 2 years ago

US Army To Train Rats To Save Soldiers' Lives

MACC Re:I'm half trolling... (110 comments)

"According to Madeline Albright, the sanctions, absolutely necessary to keep Saddam from starting ANOTHER war in the middle east, was killing 50,000 Iraqi kids per year. "

Saddams first war against Iran was done with help and towards interests of the US.
For the Kuweit affair he first got approval from the US.
Madelaine Albright born as Marie Jana Korbelová was on her very own and personal Jihad.
    Especially for US citizens it is naive to believe in the exhalations of their politicians.

Problem with Saddam for the US was that he was too successfull in establishing a stable state
leading its region in education, gender equality and health care that could potentially be a
threat to Israel. So it was back to the stoneage by any means.

more than 2 years ago

50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

MACC Re:If you post before this (379 comments)

So it uses diesel type combustion to achieve diesel type efficiency ( a bit less actually ).
( And requires hefty preheating to get past the high octane rating of petrol )

Whats new?

more than 4 years ago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight

MACC Re:One of friends saw the flight... (278 comments)

Well the dreamliner is supposed to replace the 767 and compete against the A330
and the nook upwards.
It was sold to customers as being 20% more fuel efficient than a 767 and thus slightly
besting the basic A330 specs from around 2002.
But the current implementation is about 10% overweight ( seemingly for the forseeable future )
moving it into A330 ballpark figures ( Similar empty weight ). Improved engines with better SFC are
available for the A330 as well. One reason the A330 has sold quite well in the last 2-3 years
while dreamliner sales have tanked shortly after the initial rollout 2.5 years ago
( i.e. after it was obvious that the dreamliner was a potemkin liner )
Quite a lot of customers currently seem to stay the ride more for cashing in on penalties
than actually receiving any planes later on ( The current backlog will not be satisfied before

The A350XWB on the other hand is not a direct competitor to the dreamliner.
It fits above the 787 and below/into the 777 space. Which is rather typical.
Neither Boeing nor Airbus stage new types spec by spec against a competitors
distinct type but try to hit the weak spots in between with the initialy
produced version.

more than 4 years ago

Investigators Suspect Computers Doomed Air France Jet

MACC Re:Suspect?.... (403 comments)

Good observation.

The NTSB made an unexpected announcement on the B777 crash in LHR due probably to ice slurrie
in the fuel with uncalled for blame shifting just before the primary investigators in the UK
did their public announcement.

The NTSB going for partisan announcements is a very bad sign directly connected to
Boeing being in dire straits these days. So any published findings of the NTSB
may be completely worthless.


more than 5 years ago


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