Re: Oops ...
Yeah..."Won't fix - working as intended"
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There are several reasons...
A nuke ship is more expensive than a conventional one. For the strategic subs, the need to be as stealthy and self-reliant as possible makes the choice of nuke plant a no brainer.
The use for attack subs is probably in order to share the development cost of the reactor on more ships : Astutes and Vanguards both use Rolls-Royce PWR2 reactors, french Triomphant and under construction Barracuda both use the K15 reactors.
A carrier needs more power than subs. So you need either a dedicated bigger reactor (the US way) or to use several sub-sized units. The french Charles de Gaulle use two K15 units for example, but i think it lead to some maintenance issues a few years ago (can't remember which ones, sorry).
The QE class carriers, being quite heavier than the CdG, would probably need 3 or 4 PWR2 in order to get it moving, with a lot of additional very expensive nuclear trained crew in order to manage all those nuclear furnaces. Note that the CVN-65 enterprise used EIGHT reactors, which was such a pain that even the cold-war-level-of-spending US military screwed their plan to build more of those and didn't built another nuclear powered carrier for the next 15 years...
Furthermore, nuclear ships are banned on several areas, New Zealand for example. Not that an issue with australia close by...
With 4 different equipments to retrieve the altitude, the system could sort the malfunctioning ones is a lot of cases. (3vs1 is trivial, 2vs1+1 might be manageable as well)
And for the landing detection : use Weight on Wheel instead of (or, better, in addition of) a fancy vertical speed detection! As even big commercial airliners get some trouble with air turbulence, no wonder a flimsy tiny drone (especially with the ground effect) get even bigger effects...
Maybe it's was not a prank, but the usual SSID of the device that was ironically granted to a phone with an history of exploding batteries.
Maybe the owner did not revealed himself for fear of being deported to Guantanamo Bay.
Don't blame malice when it's just genuine dumbness.
(As a side note, my own WiFi hotspot SSID is "NSA PRISM Station #42" for a decade now)
Don't forget the usual...
"As we took far longer than planned for the design and coding phase, as the current software is infested with bugs, and as we cannot change the delivery date, the validation team will have to work 3/8 shifts, probably during the saturdays and sundays as well, for the next 3 monthes."
And it's not even an exageration, but the transcription of a job interview I made a couple of monthes ago.
For a major satellite manufacturer.
And one of the best joke is about the B-36 and its 10 engines - 6 turboprops and 4 turbofans.
As said on wikipedia :
As engine fires occurred with the B-36's radial engines, some crews humorously changed the aircraft's slogan from "six turning, four burning" into "two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking, and two more unaccounted for."
Yes, but there's no point of adding outright illegal clauses : Just add a simple mobility clause, send the parisians to the middle of nowhere and the non-parisian to Paris, and just wait for them to refuse or quit by themselves...
French job contracts are full of loopholes in order to ease sacking. If you ever ask, before signing it, to close them, it's always "take it or leave".
There's also the nice "mutual agreement firing" which is very popular in HR departments. A bit of pressure here and there, et voila!
In this case, it's a legitimate motive ("Faute grave" in french, the employees cannot work there any longer)
I work on embedded avionic systems. Do you plan to take a plan those days?
OF COURSE it was not an acceptable behaviour.
Sigh...Had to choose between the "devil" and the "joke" icons... Guess I overestimated the ability of people to recognize a joke when they see one...
... and there's already stuffed Turkey on the menu.
"Who would have imagined that backwards ideologies, cronyism and rising religious extremism in Turkey would lead to a crumbling and vulnerable technical infrastructure?"
You can replace Turkey by the name of most countries and stay relevant (might need to remove "religious extremism" in some cases, or replace it by "bigotry" as you wish)
Re : Or simply silly, when aimed at children who can barely read words of more than 5 letters... "Jane, Paul and Ahmadjiniaddan have three apples..."
Or just write "Jane, Paul and Ali have three apples..." instead.
Re : what if the child's name is "Ahmadjiniaddan", or they have a child in their class called "Ahmadjiniaddan"
In this case, there's no point having texts with this name for keeping his mind open to variety, diversity and complexity.
Feels like we're a bit off topic.
"The ejection of the French from the group was both necessary and timely. Otherwise we'd still be waiting for the first Eurofighter prototype flight long after the carriers will have arrived!"
Erm... Can you remind me which european nation actually have a carrier with navalized planes those days?
Okay, it was a gross approximation...
DO-178/ED-12 was designed with civilian SW in mind, Its use in not mandatory for military software. However, it's just easier for the military to use it, especially with the transport aircraft who requires a far greater integration with civilian infrastructure.
For the record, it's not even mandatory for civilian software, but proving to the FAA or EASA the validity of your alternative process will be a huge PITA.
I stand corrected.
DO-178B/C only apply to civilian aircrafts you know. And requirements like "The software should be able to run for up to 24h" are quite common.
However, I get your point, I'm well aware of the limitations of the process, and the trouble when dodgy requirements are validated without a second though because the activity was given to the most junior guy, in order to "get him used to the overall system" (Translation : this is too boring an activity for the old timers who prefer filling meaningless and risk-free status reports)