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Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes

i22y "GATTACA" dept, not gattica (467 comments)

The title in GATTACA was chosen using the letters A, C, G, T... as in:

Adenine
Cytosine
Guanine
Thymine

(The four bases of DNA).

more than 2 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

i22y Re:How archaic (253 comments)

BA038 incident wasn't due to pilot error. Ice may have been involved, but that was ice within the FOHE and outside the pilots' control.

about 3 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

i22y Re:Fuel Savings (253 comments)

Airlines all have fuel arrangements with vendors for discounted fuel, but they're certainly paying more than $3 a gallon.

At the pump, my local airport is currently charging nearly $7 a gallon in the NYC metro area for Jet-A.

about 3 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

i22y Re:Cool! So I guess we can purchase (253 comments)

The apps are nothing new. ForeFlight and WingX are the two main products for general aviation.

about 3 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

i22y Re:Fuel Savings (253 comments)

Actually, I was thinking more directly than that. 11,000 iPads are -- without a volume discount (so its a high estmate) -- would be $5.5M roughly. 326,000 gallons fuel -- (if its the same fuel price as you find at the pump) would be roughly $1.1M. So while it might make a lot of sense long term, its going to take 5 years of fuel savings to recoup the investment in iPads. If jet fuel is more expensive than car fuel, it has to be 5x as expensive to make it worth it in a single year.

They save not only the weight of the paper manuals (what the original fuel savings calculation references), but also the ability to roll out updates to all pilots quickly and cheaply. In addition, Jeppesen paper subscriptions are very expensive. Quite a bit cheaper on the iPad, yielding further savings.

about 3 years ago
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Best Telephone For Datacenters?

i22y Lightspeed Zulu (110 comments)

The Lightspeed Zulu is a headset designed for airplane and helicopter pilots, but has a bluetooth interface. It has active noise cancellation that's much stronger than that of the Bose QC series, and it also has a music input if you want to pump in an iPod. I've used the Zulu's in a helicopter sitting on the edge with the door removed doing aerial photography, and when calling someone else they couldn't tell I wasn't sitting in a quiet office. Truly unbelievable. They're about $850 though.

more than 4 years ago
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Found In Space (On Flickr)

i22y Photosynth for the sky? (48 comments)

Is this just Photosynth for the stars, finding common points and linking the images?

more than 5 years ago
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Nikon Releases WiFi Digital Camera

i22y Nikon has supported this for years (144 comments)

Nikon's D1x and D1h cameras allowed for connection of a GPS. Possibly the Nikon D1 as well. IIRC, the Kodak DCS720 and 760 supported it too. Nikon's current flagship model, the D2x, supports this feature. It allows for embedding of GPS data in the image header.

more than 8 years ago

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Iridium satellite crashes into defunct Russian sat

i22y i22y writes  |  more than 5 years ago

i22y (10479) writes "A nearly 1500lb operational Iridium communications satellite collided with an out-of-service Russian communications relay satellite. Excerpt: Asked which satellite was at fault, Johnson said "they ran into each other. Nothing has the right of way up there. We don't have an air traffic controller in space. There is no universal way of knowing what's coming in your direction." The damaged Iridium satellite is being replaced with a spare that is already in orbit, and service impact is negligible."
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i22y i22y writes  |  more than 7 years ago

i22y writes "Vonage today won a permanent stay allowing it to sign up new customers. From their press release: "Vonage sought the stay following an April 6th decision by the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. enjoining the company from using certain VoIP technology to add new customers. The permanent stay enables Vonage to add new customers as [they] pursue [their] appeal. Existing customers remain unaffected by the company's ongoing patent litigation.""

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