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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

tipo159 Re:Concern or convenience? (165 comments)

It turns out that SpaceShipTwo is the only one and now that it's gone, well, they have to rebuild it again and go through all the testing again, which means delays. At the very least, rebuilding SpaceShipTwo would take months (if not a year), which would push out the date by a year.

Do some homework before posting.

The SpaceShipTwo that crashed was VSS Enterprise. Virgin Galactic has contracted to have five SpaceShipTwo's and a similar number of WhiteKnightTwo lifting aircraft built. The second SpaceShipTwo is VSS Voyager and is, according to reports, 65% finished and is scheduled to be done in 2016. Scaled Composites built VSS Enterprise and Virgin-owned The Spaceship Company (TSC) is building the remaining ships.

about three weeks ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

tipo159 Re:Who pays for TSB investigation (165 comments)

How much money did NTSB spend on the investigation of the Payne Stewart's Learjet accident or Steve Fossett's accident?

As other have noted, Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites/The Spaceship Company are seeking FAA certification for SpaceShipTwo, so, of course, the NTSB would be involved in the investigation of the crash.

about three weeks ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

tipo159 Re:Who pays for TSB investigation (165 comments)

The problem is that SS2 is just a playtoy for the rich. Should we also fund investigations into deaths caused by America's Cup boats?

So, the SF Police and the Coast Guard weren't involved in the investigation of the America's Cup sailor who was killed while practicing in 2013?

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

tipo159 Re:Chuck Yeager called it (594 comments)

Here is the link.

How is this even close to right, as least as it applies to what happened on Friday? One test pilot/engineer (not a half dozen space tourists) was killed and Virgin Galactic is continuing on.

about three weeks ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

tipo159 Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

The real cost is having to buy a new Mac every few years because the latest upgrade was an upgrade too far. Well, at least it easier to roll back, compared to an iPhone.

Why is this insightful?

According to Apple, the latest version of OS X is supported on mid-2007 hardware. I am running late 2007 Apple hardware (and 2012 hardware). I don't intend to upgrade to Yosemite, but I could. I get more life out of Apple laptops than I do out of inexpensive Windows laptops.

iOS devices are another story. Apple abandons them fairly quickly.

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

tipo159 Re:projectiles are a reasonable concern (406 comments)

Projectiles are a reasonable concern, but projectiles are not limited to personal electronic devices. Books have been mentioned here and were mentioned by the FAA lawyer in court. The seat belt buckle used in the safety demonstration could become a projectile as well. There are lots of non-electronic items inside of an aircraft that could become projectiles.

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

tipo159 The synopsis is not quite right (406 comments)

One basis for the lawsuit is that the FAA did not follow the rules for changing its guidelines, because, for example, there was no public comment period before the change was made. Saying that the "new rules violate federal regulations requiring passengers to stow all items during takeoff and landing" is non-sensical because the new rules are federal regulations.

Note that this was a change in the rules for what the airlines can allow, not what the public can carry on and use on the airline. It does not give you the right to play Angry Birds during taxi; it allows the airline to verify you playing Angry Birds will not interfere with the operation of the aircraft and, if it doesn't, allow you to play Angry Birds during takeoff and landing.

Here is the FAA notice on expanded electronics use in case you want to read more about how the change was made and what the change was.

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

tipo159 Who exactly is asking for this? (406 comments)

What subset of flight attendants were pushing for this lawsuit? The crews on the flights that I have been on since the rule change have had no problem at all with the change. It makes their job easier.

about a month ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

tipo159 Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

From the linked story:

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Lots of people drive their cars because it is enjoyable to drive. But I guess that isn't a reason to drive.

about 3 months ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

tipo159 Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

According to a JPL article, "During their exploration of Mars, the rovers have recorded temperatures ranging from midday highs of about 35 degrees C" (Source link). Making the range a round number like 40 C seems reasonable in this instance.

about 3 months ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

tipo159 Re:Ready in 30 years (305 comments)

I have been hearing that fusion is about 30 years away since I first heard about fusion power 32 years ago. So, it was funny to read TFA and see the date of when it might be available as 30-odd years away.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

tipo159 Re: It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

I have an iPhone, an iPad mini (with a keyboard cover) and a laptop. I always have my phone with me. Whether I also bring the iPad (and whether I also bring its keyboard cover) or the laptop depends on stuff like where I expect that I might be able to get work done, how much stuff I want to lug around and the specific tasks that I expect that I will try to do.

My mom hasn't even bothered to figure out why she can't connect her laptop to her Mifi, so seldom uses it, because she can do everything that she needs to do with her tablet.

There are a lot of people here who seem to take the view "well, it doesn't work for me, so how useful can it be". If you feel strongly enough about it to post the opinion, maybe you should look beyond examples that confirm your bias.

about 3 months ago
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Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

tipo159 Re:Why the Australians? (92 comments)

So while everyone assumes that MH370 crashed due to the pilot committing suicide ...

Who is this everyone of which you speak? A pilot committing suicide drops the plane into water/ground when he decides it is time to go. MH370 flew until it ran out of fuel and then went down. That does not seem like what a pilot committing suicide would let happen.

about 4 months ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

tipo159 Re:Snake Oil (114 comments)

A problem is, for all of the data that they have available, at least among the group of people that I have discussed this with, Facebook is not doing a very good job at analyzing that data. For example, they grouped a friend into the "Politics (US Conservative) audience" despite the fact that he scored 90+% Green and Democratic Party (and under 15% Republican) on the "I Side With ..." FB application.

about 4 months ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

tipo159 Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

Clearly you are not the only one. The flat UI seems to be the hot idea among UI designers and I am sure that they are all impressing themselves with their work. But, to me, as a user, it is just a gratuitous change that does not contribute to the UI's usability. And, to my kernel s/w engineer eyes, it, for the most part, doesn't look as good as what it is replacing.

I wonder how long I will be able to get by with OS X Mavericks.

about 4 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

tipo159 Legitimate engineering uses (98 comments)

Apple is often prone to adding capabilities without thinking through the security implications. But this researcher should do some more research into what constitutes legitimate engineering uses.

From TFA:

“Some of this data shouldn’t be on the phone. HFSMeta creates a disk image of everything that’s on the phone, not the content but the metadata,” Zdziarski said. “There’s not even an engineering use for that.”

I can imagine plenty of legitimate uses of just metadata. For example, the old iOS backup mechanism basically took a snapshot of everything and something like HFSMeta could be used to identify the files that have changed so only those files are backed up.

about 4 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

>we had enough regulation already, look where it got us.

To the most economically, technologically and military powerful nation the planet?

America only started falling off once Reagan and Clinton started busting unions, signing free trade treaties, giving amnesties to illegal aliens and deregulating wall street.

Actually, no. America started falling off in the late 60s.

about 4 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:What the senator is really saying... (529 comments)

Unless you are Native American, you are a foreign worker too.

My most recent immigrant ancestor came to North America in 1869.

How many generations of ancestors have to born in an area before their descendants can claim to be native to that area?

There is a good chance that the people living in a particular area in North America when the Europeans arrived are not descendants of the very first people ever to inhabitant that area. Were they foreign as well?

about 4 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

It really looks like it was the separatists who did it, using Russian weapons.

Or captured Ukrainian weapons ...

about 4 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

However, how often are black boxes not recovered?

After the AF447 crash, there was a push for real-time flight data. However, the people who argued "the flight data recorder was recovered 90+% of the time, so it is unnecessary" ultimately won the argument. I had a link to a story about this from back then, but I can't find it.

Meanwhile, I found this link to a NY Times article that was written before the post-AF447 real-time flight data discussion was settled. It seems that we keep having the same discussion over and over again.

about 4 months ago

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Job seekers asked for Facebook and other passwords in job interviews

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tipo159 writes "In this story, some employers are asking prospective employees for their Facebook and other passwords during the job interview. And the job market is tight enough that people are willingly providing passwords."
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Petition for a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tipo159 (1151047) writes "The Seattle Times is running a story on a local coffee shop that is collecting signatures on a petition to have a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen built in a local park (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008123202_statue19m.html). Mr. Allen owns a significant amount of real estate in the area (South Lake Union) and has been behind a lot of development there. This has had its positives (safer to walk around at night) and negatives (more expensive, ugly new buildings). Similarly, signers of the petition range from people who want to thank Mr. Allen for he has done for the area to people who want to mock the huge influence that he has had. If the statue can't go in the park, an alternate proposal would have the statue standing astride a major freeway exit akin to the Colossus of Rhodes. That's what I want to see!"

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