5 posts • joined 21 May 2013
Re: Step back and thnk about this.
"How many aircraft have been lost due to a design flaw over the last 10, 20, 30, 40 years?" - DC10 cargo doors. All 346 people on board Turkish Airlines Flight 981 were killed when the cargo door blew out over France in 1974. It was a known design problem (the door could be left partially unlocked without it being obvious rendering it liable to blow open in flight, with subsequent floor collapse severing control lines). OK this is slightly more than 40 years ago but unfortunately design weakness can and do happen - it's not necessarily poor design, sometimes the implications of a design don't become apparent until heavy use. Hopefully they mostly get spotted and corrected or procedures put in place to avoid them causing an incident. Though speaking of procedures 273 lives were lost in a further DC10 crash in 1979 caused by removing the engine and supporting pylon as a unit, to save time, against the manufacturers recommendations (for which American Airlines were fined $500k, but they weren't the only airline doing it).
Someone queried whether aircraft were allowed to fly without primary instruments working; I'm sure somebody in the industry can advise on this but a few years ago my holiday return flight was postponed because the captain's side primary engine display was inoperative; apparently to fly without it was against company policy. An engineer was to be flown out to fix it. After several hours wondering what overnight accomdation was going to be provided the captain appeared and informed us he'd persuaded the company that, as the right-hand instrument plus the backup were both working, it would be perfectly safe, and we duly took off the same night. I think the captain must have had a hot date ;-)
Perhaps they could deal with the Turkish nano-technology coatings company who nicked an image off my flickr account to use on their website. No asking, no acknowledgement - just swiped. Tw*ts.
Re: active vs passive brewing
I think someone a while back determined that 2 minutes was the optimum brewing time, then the teabag should be removed to prevent stewing. Which sounds about right. The amount of stirring was not specified though. Personally I'm a stirrer. (a) I'm impatient and (b) this produces a nice strong flavoursome cup but without the "stewed tannin" factor.
Re: No point in starting this yet
For all biscuit-related matters (but not, oddly enough, tea) may I refer you to the authoratative site http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/. Many a time I have been guided by the wisdom of their "biscuit of the week".
This new version is of no use whatsoever to serious photographers. Mayer has completely ruined it. The aim is to tempt mobile phone cam / app users with lots of free space and an app that's 5 years too late, and then fire ads at them. It won't work. They already have facebook for that. What it has done is alienate every serious photographer, who were the lifeblood of flickr and who do not want their images displayed on a sub-facebook-wall. Great move, Mayer. It's useless to me now so subs cancelled and I'm off to Zenfolio/Smugmug.
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