* Posts by RPF

99 posts • joined 11 Mar 2009

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Auto-makers told their autopilots need better safeguards

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Re: Still say

Yes I really do have 20,000 hours and was merely replying to your comment: "So many people with no idea of what an autopilot does ready to criticise."

But go ahead and carry on arguing with yourself, because nowhere did I say that autopilots don't need monitoring.

With a genuine 20,000 hours I can tell you that "relying on experience..." is absolutely NOT dangerous

at all; it's the exact opposite.

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Re: Still say

Some of us have plenty of autopilot time, thanks.

20,000 hours enough?

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Joke

Feature request

How's about a £500 cash-back feature!

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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A terrorists wet-dream, this. Park a drone on the approach to any major airport's runway? Yes please.

Send explosives into a prison? Fantastic.

What are the positives that outweigh those negatives, then?

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Just 2 words: Embedded Cumulonimbus.

Now sort claiming you can deliver (like you know, AEW Nimrod), BAe bull-shitters.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

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Re: No thanks!

As with most things in aviation, these issues were "identified" only after people died....in a Boeing 747.

https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/AAR0003.aspx

Not A350-specific, at all. I would argue that they've just made the A350 even safer than ever.

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Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

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Re: Geneva Convention?

Pretty sure HARM is not automated. However, Patriot, THAAD and S-300 definitely are.

Patriot has already killed at least 2 British Tornado pilots (on approach to Dhahran, their IFF failed and they were shot down......about 10 years after the Iraq war; no-one thought to turn the Patriots off).

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots

Pilots are blamed when they cannot recover from a (most-likely) systemic failure. That could be bad weather, lack of experience/training/currency, fatigue (through tiring rosters and a company that doesn't care/piss-poor regulator like EASA), ATC issues, engineering, all sorts. As the last line of defence, they usually get the blame ("they should have saved the aircraft"), but almost always it is a huge line-up of "holes" in the system that lead up to an accident.

On the surface, AF447 was "pilot error", but the Pitot probes were known to be faulty (and replacements were in the hangar for years) and the second officer had almost no real stick-time (all done in the simulator, so no-one knew he would freeze in panic in a real aircraft), etc., etc..

Pilots make probably thousands of saves per day world-wide; usually by anticipating systemic failures early and heading them off before anyone even notices. Mistakes are obviously made, but error-detection and error-recovery methods are probably the most rigorous in any industry.

I don't think that an automated system is going to get anywhere near as capable as a human for a long, long time. I certainly won't fly in one, ever.

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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Pi-hole will be ready, no matter what they do.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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It's a Mercedes_benz driver's God-given right to hog the outside lane forever. See how often that is true.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: All this has happened before

It was a standard tape and it was used to load mission (navigation) data. In flight, it could be used to play music through the intercom. However, given the musical tastes of Navigators, it rarely was for long!

Blue Circle radar was applicable only to the F2/F3 Air-Defence version; the ground-attack/strike version radar was much simpler and worked well from day one.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: Much like my pension, which I'll likely never get.

Surely it's up to the trustees, not HMRC.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Re: Given this is a Pathfinder for the main event...

Sad to say, the root cause of the AF447 crash was extremely inept flying.

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This is your captain speaking ... or is it?

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Re: Whoa, hang on

True. It would be comforting to know that to be the case.

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Re: Whoa, hang on

Well the IFE gets an arrival time from somewhere.....and I think it's the Flight Management computers.

So maybe not.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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Re: It is not UK defences it is other places UK should worry about Port Stanley?

That'll be 4 5th-generation fighters, Voland. Nothing the Argies have got can match, them, not even numbers.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: Flying While Blonde

Sounds like they were saved by the Overspeed Protection. They weren't that close to the ground really (and there is no auto pull-up anyway).

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

That was the USN trying to do low-level and proving that they are fatally bad at it.

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Re: Low level loss of concentration

So you phone up the RAF to tell them you're in an LFA, but when the Army ask you to that, they're fuckwits?

The only time I recall an RAF aircraft hitting a light civil, it was a photography aircraft flown and operated by just one guy (so how's he looking out/flying while photographing the ground, then) right in the middle of a Flow Arrow area at 250 feet. Killed a fine Jaguar pilot.

So my opinion of who the fuckwits are are very different to yours.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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If you think smacking a city-state like Iraq down means that you'll be able to take on the world's largest standing army with ease, you're out of your mind.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: Go A350 !

Because the Boeings have worked real well at LA (Asiana), Dubai (Emirates) or over the Atlantic (TWA 800) recently?

Boeings have huge problems; you need to get your myopia looked at (ever flown an Airbus? I bet not).

p.s. Air France managed to over-ride the silicon really well....into the sea.

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They sure should. More than one has been lost to people making camp-fires (!!!!!) in the cabin.......

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New MH370 handshake and wing debris analysis suggests rapid descent

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Re: Conspiracy ..

What a fruit-cake you are. Radio-controlled ffs......

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

RPF

Hopefully, this just means parliamentary oversight of Brexit (no bad thing), not a reversal.

They wouldn't be so stupid as to over-rule a referendum, would they?

Yikes.

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MacBook headphone hell

RPF

Re: Graphics card?

Wibble,

THANK YOU for the information. I will take the laptop to Apple tomorrow. Cannot actually access the serial number of the machine right now, but I'm fairly confident that this is one of those affected.

Again, thanks; you've saved me a chunk of cash and just before the Dec 31st deadline, too. As you say, it's more of a guarantee than most would expect.

Cheers!

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RPF

Re: Graphics card?

Yes it was the graphics card, but there was no display at all.

Is there a recall out on the motherboards for this machine?

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RPF

My 2011 MBPro died (for the second and last time in a fortnight) on the day the new MBPro was launched. Perfect timing?

No, the new one has a crap keyboard, crap graphics card, insufficient RAM, small SSD,probably runs permanently hot due to being so thin, is massively over-priced and will never be upgradeable.

This story is just the icing on the cake, plus all the I/O gear I have is now redundant.

For the first time in 15 years, I'm going to buy a non-Apple laptop (and install Mint on it). The new one is all about form, forgetting the function.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Plenty of air forces out there...

A 9g delta-winged Eurofighter is far from a joke.

You on the other hand......

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Re: As Veritech Alphas are probably not available....

What the hell are you popping to write such utter garbage?

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'Nigerian scammer' busted after he infected himself with malware

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In the public interest, surely?

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

RPF

Thanks for the info - will definitely do that, then.

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Anyone know how good Cyanogen is at keeping up with Nexus?

Tempted to try that on my Android 5.0 Asus Zenfone after reading this!

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

RPF

Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

I hate to burst your bubble. but land-based aviation is inherently more capable than naval, since it is not limited to a short runway (or need the strengthening/equipment for carrier ops).

You don't see many B-1s, B-2s or B-52s on carriers, for instance.

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

RPF

"PLED" guilty? Yuck.

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Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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Re: Ingenius scam.

How the hell do you get airborne without anyone touching a single control?

The BS is strong in this one.

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

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Currently running 10Mbps <1 mile from the county's capital.....

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: A boondoggle through and through and now ejection seats are also a problem?

Tornado is a way better ground-attack aircraft than Harrier ever was and will only be replaced in that role by the F-35 (F3 replaced by Typhoon).

No it isn't ideal having no aircraft for our carriers, but keeping the more capable Tornado was the right choice for all other missions. Harrier could not have done the Libya tasks, for example.

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AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Really enjoying Brave browser (Bravery: Block ads)......

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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You sound just like the moron with the laser. You're just as wrong.

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You can see down from the cockpit (and therefore v.v.).

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Re: Technological solution

Actually depth perception is quite an important part of landing, especially in the later stages.

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Re: Filters or just control

Ever driven a car with no windows?

How exactly would the aircraft get to/from the runway, even if they wanted to do auto lands every flight?

Talk about the tail ( of your "logic" ) wagging the dog ........

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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Of course the seaweed-suckers are so much more....manly?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449887/Iran-hostage-Mr-Bean-branded-disgraceful-mother.html

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

RPF

Re: Why...

Another fuckwit comment.

Think about it: would you want automatic (un-checked) entries to be transferred into the aircraft electronically?

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RPF

V-min-unstick trials are carried out as certification, yes.

But not for the reasons you state; it's often about flight control laws and performance.

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Re: Using toys as tools...

Idiot. Many are ex-bush pilots, but airline flying is a completely different thing. It's about eliminating errors and risk in order to achieve maximum safety.

Don't think flying at 50 feet at 150 knots makes you God's gift, either; far from it. You're at least 500 knots slower than some of the best......

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HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

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VAT needs to be scrapped and have an individual- or company-wealth tax replace it.

So much easier and will promote buying and selling ("the economy").

Guess the multi-millionaires in parliament don't want that, though the current system is clearly unfit for purpose.

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

RPF

Re: Will the next Great War be religious?

Here are the 10 biggest....

http://addictivelists.com/10-biggest-religious-wars-ever-fought/

They may have missed The Crusades.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

RPF

Re: Sierra Cosworth

At 130MPH your engine would have been doing over 8500 RPM, so not terribly likely.

Especially with barely more than 200BHP.

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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

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Declining LESS slowly? Problem with the title.

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