Those dogs did you a favor. Most would just take a dump on the carpet then sit back and watch the (shit) show.
209 posts • joined 8 Jun 2012
"Anyone have information on the fact that there were upgrade options for MCAS (which had to be paid for) which would have mittigated this issue ?"
I do. There is no upgrade option for MCAS. The option the "safety should be free" crowd is usually chirping about is the "aoa indicator". There are two things they always fail to mention. First, the actual price: an "option" that costs 85 grand on a 100 million dollar airplane is not a barrier, period. It's also not making anyone at Boeing rich, so calm down I make my kid wear a helmet in the bathtub types. And second, an aoa indicator is not a primary parameter like air speed, attitude, altitude, vertical speed, etc. In an emergency, more is not better. Some groups of pilots prefer them (like military), and some don't. Some parts of the world like them, some don't.
I don't know about you, but I would prefer the airline I'm flying on have the choice that fits their pilots and their situation best, rather than have something they don't need or want stuffed down their throat by a manufacturer or a politician.
Sadly, you're also incorrect because the CG is different from one flight to the next depending on load.
Besides, how much do you really think moving the engines 7 inches (and moving the center of thrust zero inches) can change the flight characteristics of a 130 foot airliner? I'll tell you how much. None whatsoever inside the normal flight envelope, and not much more than that outside.
These are the most unfixable devices on the planet. Want to replace a bad battery after a couple years? You have to remove 52 screws to get there, but none of the screws are on the outside. They used roofing tar or some such nightmare adhesive to put the two halves together. Oh, once you get to the battery, it's still glued to the freaking back of the case.
I was going to say think bic lighter, but the lighter would be far easier to fix so never mind. How about those ink tags they put on clothes as a theft deterrent.. it's like fixing one of those.
He then pretended to be the hero that saved the day by "discovering" the kill switch?
Stop being a jerk. First, he tried to remain anonymous until somebody outed him. Second, if you're going to set yourself to be the nerd hero, you don't code a kill switch that any jerk with a godaddy account and a hex editor can activate. He fully admits he stumbled into it.
But hey, if you need to dump on him to make you feel better about yourself, I guess that's what you're gonna do.
There was a FIRE at the site, too. Fires are an emergency. That's why FEMA was involved (the E in FEMA).
Uh, no. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and ask the president for help before FEMA gets involved.
House fire, no. Volcano eruption, yes.
"For those unfamiliar with the ADO17 - imagine what you'd get if a chrome bumper MGB mated with a chronically obese Dalek - let Pininfarina loose on it for a while and you have the 1800 and 18/85"
While I appreciate your trying, it really didn't help so I'll just take your word for it.
somebody let the admin know they have been hacked. No, I don't want or need to install an updated version of flash, thanks.
I'll assume the grammar problems (unlike those found in the comment you're reading right now) are due to trying to type on a flickering touchscreen while in the freezer.
"Complaining that there are too many laws is rather like complaining that there are too many lines of code in a program when all that's really needed is a "Do What I Meant" button."
Not exactly. Complaining that there are too many laws is rather like complaining that there are too many lines of code when the same thing can be accomplished using fewer lines of code. The user interface has nothing to do with it.
Unless you and your 14 downvoting friends are federal prosecutors, I'm pretty sure you missed the point (if you are, then you probably got it but don't care since you're more likely to be promoted than held accountable). If federal law is going to span 96 bazillion pages, another bazillion isn't exactly going to cross over that blurry line of human comprehension. We passed that one a long time ago. So basically either define the law or fack off. You can't have it both ways. The word "can't" rather than "shouldn't" is just wishful thinking to those of you still not getting it. Or denial. Whatever.
If ignorance of the law is no defense, maybe there should be an alternative. Defense, I mean. Or you know, like, fair.
The spirit of the law is a euphemism for ambiguity. Ambiguity is step one in the prosecutorial overreach handbook. Go read Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate (or some other helpful amazon suggestion) and get back to me.
I am not unreasonable.
If Jay Clayton wants to wear a cheerleader's outfit to work every day that's cool, but the spirit nonsense should end right there.
US federal law now consists of about 96 bazillion pages worth of codes, which together span nearly 34 zillion volumes. If the spirit part ain't in there, either add it in or let it go (preferably the latter).
P.S. If people are dumb enough to invest in a strip club just because they accept bitcoin for tips, then so be it.
Until you go to court how do you know it's illegal?
You don't, which is exactly and precisely the point. People plead out instead of going to court for a reason, and this is it. Call it creative prosecution, prosecutorial overreach, or whatever... it shouldn't be ok for the so called good guys to pay informants and witnesses, threaten friends and family, "make examples" of people, and most importantly be free of any accountability or responsibility after the fact.
Hit them with what they deserve, but do it without being worse human beings than they are (too much to ask).
If you ever find yourself "making an example of" anyone but your own damn kids, guess what?
I say this knowing full well my uninformed knee-jerk reaction might mean I'm also an asshole, but at least I didn't destroy anyone in the process. I'll click-through now... and if it turns out I'm wrong I'll drop back in to admit exactly that (unlike any federal prosecutor that ever lived).
Of course there were cases of 4-engined aircraft losing all 4 engines - the most famous being the BA 747 being flown by Capt Ron Moody through a cloud of volcanic ash - but there are very few.
Eric Moody, not Ron. And he made the best in flight emergency announcement in the history of aviation, by the way.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress"
Why is it everyone outside the USA can see what the problem and solution is, but is seems no one inside the USA can?
One possibility might be that you aren't as smart as you think. Do you know how to unring a bell? How about 400+ million of them? Japan has restricted gun ownership since the 16th century and banned them flat out since WWII. In other words there weren't any guns there in the first place, so shut the hell up about Japan already.
And please let us know when you smart guys decide to come down off your high horse and invent a time machine. We'd like to book a seat on the first available flight back to when the 2nd amendment was still relevant to the discussion (about 399,999,999 guns ago).
P.S. Rather than a show of hands, please just click the downvote icon to indicate your lack perspective. Thank you.
I need a couple dozen devs willing to work for peanuts now and filthy effing rich compensation levels later on, and I need them asap. I'm not going to get into the details here, but suffice it to say my new operating system, Portholes 3.1, will be virtually litigation proof. Or at least as far as this scumbag patent troll jerkoff a-hole in the article is concerned, anyway (which is almost reason enough by itself).
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