george.herbert

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  • Commented on Generation Z
    I should add, yes, the Golden Gate Dam is daft. I just like exploring the depths and depravity of some daft ideas. Far worse would be the Brazzaville Dam (actually a bit upstream, at around 3 24'30" S 16 10'38"...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    heteromeles writes: I believe the proposal to dam the Golden Gate and turn it into a reservoir for the rest of the state was first floated in the 1950s or so. Daft then, daft now (note where the San Andreas...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    scott-sanford wrote: If the rise gets truly annoying it might be deemed practical to throw a very large earthwork across the Golden Gate straight, hopefully with some big ship locks to keep the Bay Area port facilities useful. This wouldn't...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    heteromeles wrote: ... We'll have to rebuild every port in the world multiple times, build storm walls, deal with population migration on a scale that dwarfs anything we've seen to date, rebuild after natural disasters, grow more food on less...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nojay wrote: What is there out there that can earn a survival-level wage from behind a keyboard without possessing essential skills or a track record? Today, all the information needed to learn current programming languages, and start engaging in open...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Trottelreiner wrote: ...And as for emperors, we could argue the Roman empire lasted till 1806 (Holy Roman Empire) or 1922 (Ottoman empire). It's all just a question whom you believe. ;) Uncle Charlie (Charlemagne) was many things, but not really...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    cahth3iK wrote: Ooooh, learn to programme. Of course. Programming cannot be mastered properly without some serious background education. Furthermore, all he would be doing is join the cohorts of the modern proletariat, and adopt one of the most stressful careers...
  • Commented on Because people keep asking me ...
    OGH: A thinly disguised version of Greg Tingey appears in "Equoid". See if you can guess who he is ... At least you disguised his last name a bit. I was pretty sure that's what you were up to, assuming...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    This is becoming pretty silly speculation for a case explainable by a depressurization or electrical fire followed by random flight profile changes as if flew around for a while before crashing. We have nowhere near enough evidence that is holding...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    The Inmarsat data is only examined post-facto, not realtime by ADIZ or ATC folks. It will tip off the scenario the next day, as the dust settles, but not during....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    That assumes straight line flight. Very useful would be the times and arcs for the earlier Inmarsat pings. Inmarsat hasn't released those yet that I see....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    A little realism in the range estimates. It's 2,340 NM Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia Airlines said it had two hour flight reserves; that works out to an extra 1,080 NM at mach 0.84 standard cruise. Call it 3,500 NM...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Poul: not without refueling. They had about half the flight range needed to make it to Uzbekistan with the fuel load on board at takeoff... Not impossible to have landed and refueled but.... Difficult....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Sad thought - Diego Garcia is a bit past the actual estimated max range the plane could have made, almost directly in the direction it was seen traveling (though, lacking the locations of the final four hours' worth of maintenance...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Fridgepunk: you have things slightly backwards, but... Teledesic and a couple of competitors were proposing super sized dense global cellular data/phone sat constellations. This was known within the industry as "Teledesic Winter", spoofing Nuclear Winter, suggesting so many sats in...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Greg, I posted that 9 hours before you did 8-) Latest news: Reportedly, Malaysia Air sent realtime data on engine performsnce to Rolls-Royce for maintenance purposes. THAT feed reputedly ran for four more hours after the transponders poofded. With the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    ...and in the latest news, China going back over their recon sat imagery found floating debris the next day around 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, to the east of the estimated point of disappearance when the transponder cut off...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    There is an airway there; waypoints IGARI and BITOD are around where the MH370 dissapearance was. A "sudden descent and turn" better matches a bizjet running with no transponder on headed the other way on the airway at lower altitude...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    AH, useful information: http://www.vatm.vn/ProductsServices/tabid/175/aid/175/language/en-US/Default.aspx This is the Vietnamese air traffic control system's english language description page. The radar they have over the Gulf of Thailand is secondary L-band radar, supplementing ADS-B datalink data. I haven't found the manufacturer / model...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    von.hitchofen wrote in part: Even once the transponder has ceased return altitude, velocity, and bearing information, Traffic Control would still have a radar return from the airliner or multiple radar returns if it broke up, as per PA103 at Lockerbie....
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Hairyears: see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_accidents_and_incidents_resulting_in_at_least_50_fatalities You can sort the table by flight phase, you want "ENR" for en route at cruise altitude. Most losses in that phase are normal accidents, but a fair number of bombs, hijackings, or external attacks (SAM, AA...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    For what it's worth, US HIPPA data in the Cloud has been in some cases made legal and compliant. The details published here are sorely lacking to try and figure out if this case would be. If not... HIPPA does...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Dirk: The Harassment Policy used to be called "Good Manners" People say that, but what it practically meant was celebs got twenty years of abusing and harassing people at cons before it was public and visible enough to get called...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Michael. Wrote: I understand perfectly well that money is, as you say, "worthless". Regardless, I still think it's a good idea to move control of money from the state, to, well, everywhere. If we have to have money (and we...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Right, Charlie. I originated the modern One-Way discussions, and those were always exactly the points. As long as we adequately prepare and provision, it's a Lifetime mission, not a suicide mission. We can expect likely shorter lifespan due to increased...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Charlie wrote: And by book 8, Bob will be rather more senior than he is in book 4 (which is where we've got to so far in the published series). I don't know; Bob doesn't THINK of himself as that...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Telecommute everything. Replace that obsolete parliment back-and-forth question session thingie with dueling twitter feeds, or an AMA. Her majesty's annual speech with an annual facebook page update....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Two short replies: cdodgson@34: There are a number of viewpoints with which to look upon the question of market penetration. From the desktop standpoint, UNIX and its ilk have only a trivial share. From the enterprise servers perspective, the tide...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Metachromatic in 485: Because deflation or inflation in any currency only becomes problematic insofar as it can be exchanged for another currency, and insofar as the size of the market for the currency approaches the size of the market for...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Engineer - You are apparently not sufficiently educated on economics or how Bitcoin works - and doesn't - to understand the nature of the criticism. Let us put the libertarianism / liberal/socialist control/taxation issue completely aside for the moment. We...
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