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What if HAL doesn't let them back into the airlock.
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What if HAL doesn't let them back into the airlock.
I think you meant to say "skirting of CORRUPT taxi regulations"...
Like every other inefficient, poorly run, low-quality business, the taxi industry rushes to their government protectors to keep them from having to actually provide clean, safe taxis driven by polite drivers. You know, like a real market economy would demand that they do. So instead they try to outlaw the competition.
I live in Cambridge, MA (mentioned in the story) and for the past 2 years I've been taking Uber almost exclusively instead of taxis. Today I happened to be on the way home from a meeting and happened to be right in front of a taxi stand so I thought, OK, I'll save some money and take a cab.
The taxi pulls up, I get in and immediately he says "CASH ONLY!" even though his cab had the VISA/MasterCard logo on the window. Having learned my lesson in the past in trying to argue with cabbies over this issue, I just got right out and ordered an Uber.
Uber engages with the taxi industry. You can order a taxi on Uber's app and pay for it through your Uber account. It's cheaper than a "black car" and you get confirmation on when your taxi will arrive.
UMMM... what's to stop your "true psycho" from getting a job as a cab driver and doing the same thing? After all, he's a "true psycho", and I wouldn't put anything past a "true psycho".
And, restricting the number of Uber drivers to 150 will solve these four issues.... how exactly?
If these four issues are that important, address them directly.
Pass an ordinance requiring Uber et. al to pay taxes/licenses on par with taxis, have the same safety requirements as taxis, same customer complaint process as taxis and same insurance requirements as taxis.
I can understand leveling the playing field and letting the market sort it out, but simply restricting how much business they can do is ludicrous. It's obvious that this is just a protectionist measure to make the cab companies happy, and it's not about the four issues you mentioned.
The name "Beta Pictoris" struck a chord when I read it. So I searched my hard disk for a Sci-Fi novel I started writing as an undergrad over 20 years ago, and as it happens in my novel a team of explorers is heading from Earth to Beta Pictoris. As I recall, I picked it at random among nearby star systems... very freaky coincidence.
Carbon dioxide is not only plant food... most of it ends up in the oceans, which makes the ocean more acidic, which makes it harder for corals and shellfish with calcium carbonate exoskeletons to build and maintain their shells.
You may be able to paint sea level rise and even atmospheric temperature rise with a swath of "no consensus" but there is absolutely no doubt at all about how increases in atmospheric CO2 cause increases in ocean acidification.
Seafood supplies a large proportion of the protein in the diets of billions of humans. Do we want to play Russian roulette with that?
Can we please have skydivers parachute into this stadium... dressed as sperm a la Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"... PLEASE????
Your use of "burst into flames" to describe the two Tesla fires is wildly inaccurate. In both accidents the drivers were warned by the vehicle's onboard monitoring system that an unsafe condition had occurred and in both cases the drivers had plenty of time to calmly pull over and exit the vehicle. In the first instance, no "flames" actually occurred (only heat and smoke) until the fire department erroneously punctured the battery casing.
Elon Musk is correct to point us to the much greater risk of carrying around 40 liters of a highly volatile, flammable hydrocarbon in tanks much less well-protected than the Tesla's batteries.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
"wherever in the country I happen to be..."
Yeah, just don't try leaving the country. I found myself in Japan on a two-week business trip expecting to power-watch all the seasons of Breaking Bad I had just "bought" on Amazon Instant Video only to be slapped with a "This content is not available in your location" message. Needless to say, Amazon support claimed "licensing constraints" and couldn't help.
Remind me again why I should invest in yet another proprietary hardware architecture when I can just use Open Stack Swift to build Petabytes of cloud storage from commodity drives in commodity enclosures?
For those of us who have lived through RSI (and continue to live with it) having a point/touch device that replaces the mouse and doesn't require you to constantly take your hand off the keyboard, reach out to the side, manipulate the mouse and then put your hand back on the keyboard, is a real necessity. The "trackpoint" on the old IBM Thinkpads was a good device for achieving this. I'm hoping the Haptix delivers a similar mouse replacement with the added advantage of understanding many more gestures. I've already ordered mine.
BTW, they exceeded their $100K goal already.
No, he's being sarcastic. Please adjust your sarcasm detector...
Yes, because terrorists who are trying to remote detonate a bomb in the hold will certainly not do so if the flight crew tells them to shut off their phone.
I'm a pilot too... when I get the annoying buzz in the headset I do two things: (1) check my flight bag to see that I've turned off my phone; and (2) yell at my first officer to shut off his damned phone.
Passengers cannot get close enough to avionics systems to interfere in this way. If you're getting that annoying buzz, the offending phone is almost certainly on the flight deck. Well, unless you're flying really small fry like a Cessna 402 where they let passengers sit in the right seat!
Don't fret... if you're on a two-engine aircraft then your flight path is never more than gliding distance from an emergency landing site.
A Boeing 767 has a glide ratio of about 22:1 assuming zero thrust (i.e. both engines are shut down). That means from 36,000 feet you can glide a distance of about 150 miles (apologies for the Imperial units; we Americans are keeping the British traditions alive).
I recall the case of Air Transat Flight 236 which glided to a landing in the Azores after a fuel leak (and poor decision-making by the crew) led to complete fuel starvation over the Atlantic.
You, sir, have made an intelligent and reasonable argument that I hadn't thought of before. And on a Reg forum.
A pint for you...
Hehe, yeah... I was once yelled at to shut up during the safety briefing by a Qantas sky nazi... I was translating the safety briefing for my Japanese clients.
Sure, "my plane didn't crash" is an anecdote. And as we all know the plural of anecdote is not data.
However, there are roughly 30,000 aircraft operations per day in the world. Cellphones have been ubiquitous for at least 15 years. We KNOW that not everyone shuts down their phones in flight. Yet airline safety is at an all time high. No plane has every crashed due to cell phones. And crashes from all causes are at historic lows.
While not strictly a controlled study, the evidence is overwhelming.
If you want to be safe, turn off your cell phone while DRIVING, and don't worry about it while flying.
As an American i watch the cricket-derived sport baseball more often, but the physics is the same (although I believe a baseball has a higher lift component due to the stitched seams--a comparison of the characteristics of baseballs vs. cricket balls should be next on the agenda for the Oz boffins). It always amazes me to see a breaking ball or a changeup suddenly just die and drop down.. or a slider drift away from the plate at the last minute. And don't get me started on the knuckle ball.
...dies by the sword.
At this point, it shouldn't take a genius to figure out that tech companies face enormous cost and uncertainty under the current patent system and they should declare a "truce", band together and eliminate software patents altogether.
Hehe, reminds me of the time our CTO unveiled our new logistics process management software with a PowerPoint slide:
"Introducing Fish Bowel!"
Admittedly, English was not his first language...
Upvote for using "Jungian" in a Reg comment.
If this is the scenario you worry about you should never leave your home.
Try First Class
Cosmos Rocks! It's what got me into science as a kid...
ILS localizers operate at between 108.10 MHz and 111.95 MHz, while the marker beacons operate at 75 MHz. These frequencies are nowhere near the 800 MHz and above used by cell phones. For a cell phone to cause interference in such a specific way that the ILS avionics interpreted it as a valid signal but at 15 feet below the actual glideslope signal would be impossible. Your worst case is it would cause interference and the ILS would lose its lock on the glideslope leading to a missed approach.
You're oversimplifying the argument. It's not that ONE PERSON accidentally left their mobile on during a flight and the plane was fine, it's that, statistically, on every flight there are several mobile devices that have not been turned off. This has been going on for at least ten years. That's about 10 million flights during that time period with no cellphone-related crashes. In fact, the New York Times reports that air travel is the safest it has ever been, despite the proliferation of small transmitting devices and their inevitably being left on during flights.
IEEE Spectrum magazine ran a sensationalist piece of crap story where some industrial accident experts tried to extrapolate from data regarding mobiles being left on during flights that there was a 2 to 1 chance of a mobile causing an accident in the next 5 years. That was 10 years ago. The cover story they used regarding an "unsolved" plane crash had been definitively solved and available for all to see in the NTSB accident database for years before the article was published.
I'd say there are plenty of enterprises out there who are thoroughly pissed off with Exchange server and users thoroughly pissed off with Outlook to create fertile ground for Notes to be a viable alternative. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with Outlook. It has some great features but lately Microsoft has focused every new upgrade on moving the buttons around and changing the UI so that you have to re-learn everything (even eliminating my most-loved keyboard combinations such as Alt-E + S for Paste Special which is now Alt H S V for no apparent reason). Microsoft is clearly moving the Outlook client in the direction of being almost indistinguishable from the Outlook 365 web version running on a tablet. Unfortunately, I do most of my work on my tablet at my desk with an external keyboard and display, and I want easy keyboard navigation which is far more productive than taking your hand off your keyboard constantly to use the mouse. Also, anyone who takes longhaul flights knows you can't fully rely on web apps sitting in the "cloud" when you have no connectivity to the cloud.
So, lots of people are open to a new player. It really depends on how the new Notes works. The hype coming from IBM sounds great. I'm going to check it out.
Where have you seen a source that confirms there was flames? I saw some photos of melted batteries but you don't necessarily need open flame for that. Just interested...
Chiaro Networks built this ten years ago. They had a petabit-class all-optical router actually working in the field in 2003. Problem was, no one needed anything that powerful back then. Too early to the market, run out of cash, dead.
Yes, I'm sure he literally thought spy satellites were crying on him. It was a joke...didn't you see the smiley face?
Unfortunately the fanbois will be voting all these comments down, but it remains the truth. The iPad is a great media device but you can't do real "work" on it. If Microsoft is able to hit the sweetspot and create an OS that lets you use your tablet the way you use a laptop today then that would be a game changer. I know a lot of people love to hate Microsoft but it's not as if they're idiots. Windows is still the leading desktop OS by far, and the XBOX is the most popular gaming console in the world... they must be doing something right.
If they can pull this off it will make life much easier for a lot of people so I'm not ashamed to be hoping they'll succeed. If they can produce great tech, then hating it just because they're Microsoft is a bit short-sighted.
OK fanbois, downvote me!!
Yes, he is clearly clueless and drinking his own coolaid, but that's what CEOs do. If they don't truly believe in the "vision" of the company and its products, then who would buy them?
I'm not sure what you mean when you say salesmen create nothing and just make money off other people's products. You could say that about every employee who isn't directly involved in production. Look at those support techs... they don't create anything, they just make money fixing other people's products! Look at that janitor. He doesn't create anything, he just makes money emptying the trash of the real workers who create the products! Look at that supermarket, they don't create anything, they just make money selling other people's products!
Every company has a multitude of functions which are essential to the product being created, marketed, distributed and sold. If you think salesmen are so useless, I challenge you to build a successful company made up entirely of developers.
You've hit the nail on the head. Even with an external keyboard I can't get any real "work" done on my iPad. I use it as an entertainment device, to play games, read books, watch TV & movies, listen to music & audiobooks... and it's great for that. But when I have to create a financial model in Excel or a presentation in PowerPoint I need a real PC.
Perhaps when CPU performance and memory on tablets are on par with laptops you could conceivably use them as a laptop replacement by connecting a keyboard, mouse and external monitor but today that's not realistic.
Eva and Cathay benefit from regulated monopolies enforced by their governments... not a fair comparison.
Cellphones and PEDs have been around for 20+ years and have never caused problems despite billions of flight hours. Do you know something we don't or is this purely an unscientific "better safe than sorry" argument. If you feel that way, you'd better stay at home all day in a padded room!
Actually, you are right. There has never been a single verified incidence of personal electronics interfering with aircraft systems. That includes "intentional transmitters."
Pilot of Judge Koh's Airplane: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a serious problem that I can only fix by opening up the manual on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately Judge Koh sitting in seat 3D has banned them."
Judge Koh (being beaten): "Mmmfff, patent rights, ooph, protecting innovation, arrgh, are you on crack?"
True. The probability of an evacuation is so astronomically low that preparing for it is like waking up every morning and practicing the Heimlich manouver just in case you have to save a choking person that day.
On the other hand, you're just sitting there not doing anything anyway and repetition does improve retention!
Ha! "Bankruptcy"... that's a good one.
The airlines have all used "bankruptcy" as a way to reneg on their contractual committments to employee retirement benefits and healthcare.
(I'm the son of a retired AA mechanic who worked there for 35 years. His retirement benefits as promised in his contract were slashed leaving him and my mother struggling to make ends meet.)
They are not replacing approach plates with the iPad, only the aircraft operating manual. They will still need paper copies of all of the navigational charts needed for IFR flight including approach plates.
--I'm a pilot too!
It's unlikely they'll carry paper backups. More likely they'll have two iPads (for redundancy) with the third backup being radio communication with base.
It seems to me there are two possibilities:
1) Assange is a common rapist who is crying "political persecution" to claim asylum and avoid facing charges.
2) The rape charges are a pretext to put Assange in jail to silence him. Once in jail he will be charged with additional crimes or possibly extradited to the US to face more charges and longer sentences in order to keep him silent forever.
All of the writing, blogging and commenting I've seen on this proves one thing. No one can really know which of the two scenarios is the truth, but everyone seems to take a strong opinion based solely on whether they like or dislike Assange. El Reg clearly has a personal dislike for Assange which colors all their coverage of the case. As for me, I find it curious timing that Assange is suddenly charged with rape by a US ally just as he's pissing off the US and its allies. Also, I find it highly unusual that the UK Police would mobilize anti-terrorism forces if he were really just a "common rapist". Does the UK pursue all extradition requests with this level of zeal?
The peripheral facts seem to point towards witch hunt, but no one can be sure. A third possibility is that both scenarios are true... he really is guilty of rape AND the US is capitalizing on this in order to obtain his extradition. J. Edgar Hoover made a career of taking out his enemies with "focused" prosecutions like this. The same thing happened recently to Elliot Spitzer in the US...
Well, he would say that the charges are a pretext to take him out and silence him. The fact that the UK has deployed counter-terrorism forces to arrest him would seem to indicate he is a bit more than a common rapist.
Gives new meaning to the phrase "Mind Fuck"...
As a pilot I'm all for any reasonably-priced backup system that can prevent accidents, but pitot tubes are already heated to prevent icing even in light GA aircraft. While the pitot-static system can fail for any number of reasons including icing/contamination of the pitot tube or static port, clogging of the lines or instrument failure, pilots are trained to recognize these failures and fly using the remaining instruments. This is called flying "partial panel" and is a huge part of instrument training. And I agree with "Anonymous Coward"... the Air France crash was caused by pilot error. They had a working stall warning and ignored it.
Of course, if this device is cheap and reliable then why not use it?
IEEE Spectrum has become a rag over the past few years. You can almost guarantee that the "cover story" will always be some sensational non-scientific nonsense. I'm not at all surprised that they would print this tripe.
I'm amazed at the stupidity of people who say "Look, CO2 doesn't cause warming so CO2 is no problem!"
This completely ignores the problem of ocean acidification. It is indisputable that more CO2 in the atmosphere causes more CO2 to be dissolved in the ocean. It is also indisputable that this decreases the pH of the ocean. It is also very likely that rapid acidifaction of the ocean will lead to mass extinctions of species that can't adapt fast enough, especially organisms that have calcium exoskeletons that literally dissolve below a certain pH.
Whatever you think of the link with warming, you have to worry about ocean acidification. A world without seafood as an abundant protein source is a starving world.