Bring back Richard Feynman.
20 posts • joined 7 Dec 2014
If you hear podcasting star Joe Rogan say something dumb, it may not be his fault – an AI has cloned his voice
The first BA Concorde passenger flight after the Paris crash was on September 11, 2001. I saw it on the approach to land, about 4 miles from touchdown around lunchtime.
The reason I remember is I was out with the dog, and my brother phoned me, saying "Have you seen what's happening?" I replied, "Yes, it's fantastic to see Concorde back in the air again". He said "Er, no... go home and put the TV on...."
I started .NET with C# during the v1 beta. But the auto-complete and precompiler were much inferior to VB.NET's.
So we went with VB.NET (Option Strict and Explicit On!). Over a quarter of million lines of code later, with a commercial application that's still being intensively enhanced with new features and the deadlines that come with them, taking time out for a C# rewrite isn't practical. So we stuck with VB.NET and still find it far more readable. Auto-complete and intellisense make verbosity simply a non-issue.
I'm sure C# is intrinsically a superior language, though - tell me again how in the 21st century a language should still be using semi-colons as statement delimiters and nested blocks of curly braces that the IDE often can't even indent right...
As a PPL with approaching 1000 hours in light singles, I have a mate who flies A320s for BA, and he invited me to join him for a sim session (a proper sim, not on a PC). I flew a few visual approaches, initially using the ILS and the PAPIs for orientation, and did Ok - although smacking it down pretty hard the first couple of times, I would have failed to kill anyone.
But don't underestimate the difficulty. I already knew what to do in principle, and I've done it over 1000 times in small aeroplanes, but it was still hard not to over control. A big jet has a lot of momentum, and if it gets away from you, you just have to go around and try again.
The aircraft may have been entirely simulated, but the adrenaline was entirely real.