Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Generation Z
    3. Algal biofuel? I've seen reports that its EROI is down around that of corn ethanol, where you get 1.4 calories out for every calorie you put in. Civilization needs energy sources with an EROI of at least 5-9 (Inman...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    That won't fly, since it's an ill-kept secret that Putin was born on St. Lawrence Island while his parents, disguised as a pair of Danish bird watchers, were spying on the Northeast Cape Air Force Station....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    So why, do you think, is it the unemployed person who gets blamed for this? Mental laziness: Unemployment is Bad. Bad stuff only happens to bad people. So unemployed people must have done s.t. bad. Works the same with any...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Conspiracy theory time When isn't? ;-) But I'm not surprised that some of the stuff is sealed: we already know that military doesn't like to give radar data away, and airport security recordings would need to be protected for privacy...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    After some digging I found that INMARSAT used the satellite's variance in orbit position to match the combined Doppler shift of satellite movement and aircraft movement. Sounds just about plausible but I'm not convinced of the accuracy....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Hey, didn't you read me addition about not using missiles and bringing the bodies to a US base? Anyway, I don't think a rate of > 239/month is realistic. Apparently they used to kill 1000 civilians/year in Afghanistan, mostly by...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    All but one of those seem to include a rapid descent or a direct crash. The exception is a pilot with no crew or passengers who killed himself and let the autopilot on. If MH370 was a suicide, then the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Thanks for that info, El. I just listened to the CNN interview with INMARSAT VP and it sounds quite fishy. "Doppler effect ruled out the Northern path" ?? The Doppler effect only gives you a measure of the relative speed...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Well, I'm very interested in that new data analysis technique that allows Inmarsat to separate pings from the southern hemisphere from pings from the Northern hemisphere....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I dont think the question was about military sonar but civil tsunami warning sonars. If the plane came down in one piece and at a steep enough angle, it would have made a splash big enough that it might have...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    You mean: Pilot in toilet, co-pilot locks cabin door and kills everyone be depressurizing plane, then steals aircraft?...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I don't think the times sum up. Refueling and flying Central Asia -> Maledives would take several hours; then the reported time of the sighting at the Maledives wouldn't match any more....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    murder 239 innocents Err, make that ' murdering 239 innocents without using a missile and with bringing their bodies to a US base.'...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If it landed at Diego Garcia it would habe been with knowledge and support of US military + spooks. And it doesnt mean it would have been noticed by anyone who was not in on it: how many plane spotters...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    And AFAIK planning an ocean ditch at night *is* suicide....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Suicides usually don't take 7 hours - too much time to reconsider....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    That's a good argument. Reasons for this specific type of aircraft could be range (17000 km) or payload capacity (70 tons). Reasons against hiring could be: fear of NSA screening for unusual money transfers or aircraft leases, pesky regulations regarding...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    No. The recommended way to test radar coverage is to use drones or small planes....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I agree that it's wrong when taken as a general motto for life. In this case I'm assuming a security agency's point of view. Since those waste energy in stupid stuff all the time anyway, I expect them in this...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    That's of course possible, but then the situation would have solved itself to a certain extent. If you accept that MH370 was abducted by an experienced pilot and that the action was well-planned, it would be careless to ignore the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    As I understand it the Malaysian army tracked MH370 as long as it was in Malaysian airspace. And there won't be any unannounced flights - that would be an UFO. If you start from a known airport you have to...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    It's easier to look at the places that are covered by the two arcs and check if there is a possible flight route to these places. The southern arc is easy: only Christmas Island and coast of Indonesia make sense;...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    The first snipped would only be interesting if that plane can not be matched against any known planes in that area. Maledives are quite busy with tourist planes and have more than one airport. The second only proves that military...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Assume normal cruising speed. Draw an arc from A with radius at distance the plane would have travelled in time T. This is where it breaks down: a) speed could vary a lot b) you only get a fixed distance...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Ok, but that's only one source. It's also unlikely that MH370 first plunged into the South China Sea northeast of its last position and then turned southwest to be observed on Malaysian military radar flying at different altitudes (although that...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Accident? There's not a single shred of evidence for an accident: # pieces of wreckage recovered after 10 days: 0 # of mid-air explosions monitored by satellites: 0 # of seismic events monitored that could indicate a major plane crash:...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If this hypothesis, which fits, as far as we can see, all the supposedly-known "facts" then when & where did MH370 come down. And, of course, in one piece or lots? Well, the when should be reasonably clear and the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Sorry, I don't think that this matches the available data. Random malfunction of the autopilot would not account for the plane following air corridors, using waypoints and avoiding radar. The route that was observed by Malaysian military is optimized to...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    I'll volunteer someone else's Rift for the immersion experiment, though! What, your OR isn't water-proof? ;-) You can try zero-gravity instead, then. Another idea for fly-throughs: create a hangglider perspective with the avatar's hands visible on the control frame. Then...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    I wonder if it's possible to develop new techniques against motion sickness. For example, does it help if you don't use hard cuts but fade out into black and then fade in again over an interval of 1-2 seconds? Or...
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