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by johnny_7713
Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 49954

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

Bear in mind that the Hudson plane sank a lot faster than it should have done because the pilots didn't have time to complete the ditching checklist and close some ditch valves (I think that's what they're called) which would normally keep it afloat much longer. The fuselage has valves that are use...
by johnny_7713
Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 49954

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

Interesting data johnny_7713. I have always thought that the comparison using passenger-kilometers was somewhat misleading, since airplane travel distances are so much greater. Accident rate per departure seems a lot better metric. I'm not sure we should only be looking at fatal-accidents though, i...
by johnny_7713
Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 49954

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

In the US and Europe the fatal accident rate is currently about 2 per 10 million departures, with a fatal accident being defined as 'at least one person died'. Source (with lots of other stats and historical developments as well, for those of you that like that kind of thing): https://www.easa.europ...
by johnny_7713
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 49954

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

And it sounds pretty weird for the engines to have their own transmitters... No doubt we'll hear more from experts about this. Engines, as well as other components of the aircraft, send back all kinds of data to their maintenance base. That way their condition can be monitored and maintenance can b...
by johnny_7713
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 26173

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

So next time somebody makes a thread on this forum about being chronically depressed and having suicidal thoughts, it would be ok to reply "Yeah it may actually be the case that suicide is the best solution for you". Because if you're ok with those cases in the Netherlands, that would act...
by johnny_7713
Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 26173

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

And we have now medical professionals who are agreeing with that voice. Lending it an air of authority. This is disturbing to me as well. Certainly there is a long and storied history of able-bodied individuals desiring to kill themselves. However, I find doctors and politicians who wish to encoura...
by johnny_7713
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707323

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Oh, it will be. Eventually, we'll run out of bottom, as the bottom rises. It's gonna be a minute before that happens, sure, but at that point, either you'll get rising prices for unskilled labor, or robotics really get cash thrown at them...or some combination of the two. As an aside, transit price...
by johnny_7713
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707323

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Even people who are absolute stereotypes deserve some love. Zwarte Piet is a bit of a back-and-forth. I can understand some of the arguments claiming that "hey, we're not trying to be racist towards people. This is a character we've legitimately grown up with and love". On the other hand,...
by johnny_7713
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 8627

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

If this is what I think it is, than this is the biggest non-issue in the world. First off, does a speaker have a right to speak in that auditorium? If he does then please tell me how I can reserve the auditorium for a time to speak about my personal agendas. Is anyone stopping the speaker from walk...
by johnny_7713
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30234

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Saying that there is no way that this book can improve society therefore it can't be sold, doesn't limit free speech. Would this apply to Mein Kampf ? To The Anarachist Cookbook ? To the Bible itself? Because we'd have to all agree on which books fit into this category, and I don't think agreement ...
by johnny_7713
Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 27618

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

]So, to take this to its most extreme logical conclusion: It is your responsibility to make sure North Korea doesn't nuke the city you're currently residing in? No, but I wouldn't mind some tips with things I can do to reduce my chances of dying if North Korea nukes my city. Saying: 'the government...
by johnny_7713
Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707323

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

May I refer you to COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1130/2011 of 11 November 2011 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food additives by establishing a Union list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food e...
by johnny_7713
Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anti-Abortion Protests Bad for Area, Say Protestors
Replies: 44
Views: 6710

Re: Anti-Abortion Protests Bad for Area, Say Protestors

This is big. There are a LOT of catholic hospitals...and they're all guaranteed to be pretty anti-abortion. Wait a second. What defines a catholic hospital? Is that a hospital that is funded entirely by the catholic church? Party? Not at all? It seems to me that if a hospital gets any government fu...
by johnny_7713
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: End Government Funding of Science?
Replies: 187
Views: 33878

Re: End Government Funding of Science?

No, they are a public good because knowledge not really excludable, but at the same time me knowing something doesn't prevent you from knowing it. Public Good : Non-excludable, non-rivalrous. A good no one can be prevented from using, while use does not prevent others from enjoying. E.g., National ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: End Government Funding of Science?
Replies: 187
Views: 33878

Re: End Government Funding of Science?

Moving away a bit from the discussion on weather studies on the harmfulness of smoking would get funded without government intervention, there are some fundamental disagreements that I have with the essay (quotes from the essay in bold): So here is the current dogma: scientific research is fundament...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Jail Break" Spring
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

Re: "Jail Break" Spring

Considering jailable offenses in Libya and Pakistan include being homosexual, I'm not sure the fact most escapes were temporary is a fortunate thing. Oh Louisiana, you keep such fine company. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/louisiana-police-sting-gay-men-anti-sodomy-law_n_3668116.html So L...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Material Selection
Replies: 6
Views: 3954

Re: Material Selection

I really like www.matweb.com. Has a whole bunch of data on lots of different materials.
by johnny_7713
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting
Replies: 93
Views: 25344

Re: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting

The problem I see is that there are a lot of companies that transfer staff to that part of the world. That is, often women don't have much choice in going there, unless they want to deny a 'promotion', effectively courting career suicide. As controversial as it may be, you don't stop wolves without...
by johnny_7713
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting
Replies: 93
Views: 25344

Re: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting

No such rule even exists. The commonly cited verse in question ( these ) pertain to dealing with accusing a woman (of adultery) without 4 witnesses (no gender is even mentioned). (There's massive disagreement about how the quran deals with these things in the first place, and again, the vast majori...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting
Replies: 93
Views: 25344

Re: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting

The exact same thing has happened to a Norwegian woman - she's got a 16 month sentence. She was charged with extramarital sex, drinking alcohol, and perjury. I'm not sure where the perjury came from, given that the article says the man was convicted for 13 months extra-marital sex and alcohol consu...
by johnny_7713
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape campaign
Replies: 127
Views: 25448

Re: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape camp

Skimming over the Wiki article on rape, I can't see how it is. Rape is defined as the sexual penetration of someone without that person's consent. Person C didn't commit rape, because they didn't penetrate anyone. Person B didn't commit rape, because they had no reason to believe consent was invali...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Popular "Coup" ousts Egyptian President
Replies: 285
Views: 66926

Re: Popular "Coup" ousts Egyptian President

A better article on the Egyptian military's privileges: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/02/2012215195912519142.html including using conscripts as cheap labour to make everything from pasta to fridges which are sold on the open market, as well as property value speculation. Hank Green ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So why can't we bulk produce space probes?
Replies: 25
Views: 9642

Re: So why can't we bulk produce space probes?

I'm sure there are many other examples were it was beneficial to use (almost) identical spacecraft. I imagine that a lot of communications satellites are similar if not identical. Of course, none of this is exactly the mass production the OP was asking about. Many communication satellites are indee...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chips in Space
Replies: 29
Views: 9074

Re: Chips in Space

Another thing to bear in mind is that for all their 'high-tech' image, satellite development is slow. If a satellite is launched today, the design probably started something like 10 years ago, so the types of chips to be used were probably fixed five or more years ago at the very latest. Given the h...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Popular "Coup" ousts Egyptian President
Replies: 285
Views: 66926

Re: Popular "Coup" ousts Egyptian President

I think it's more like direct democracy than a coup, though I haven't thought it out. Mostly. Not the closing of all Islamist TV stations, arresting of their staff, and arresting all the Muslim Brotherhood leadership though. You guys are thinking the military is doing it for the opposition or "...
by johnny_7713
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting
Replies: 93
Views: 25344

Re: AU Woman raped in Emirates, Jailed for Reporting

Oh yes we do. Oh yes you have very few fundamentalists, or oh yes we actually have quite a large number of them? The political party Zamfir mentioned (the SGP) consistently gets 2 out of 150 seats in parliament, so that's 1.3% of the vote. There's probably some fundamentalists that vote for one of ...
by johnny_7713
Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707323

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

How do skirts look more professional than shorts? Most importantly, they're part of the uniform. If the uniform does not include shorts, shorts can never be professional in that context. Indeed, my guess is that the official Arriva uniform has two options: trousers or skirt. Since shorts are not pa...
by johnny_7713
Sat May 25, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29866

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Yes, actually there is. And I can't see any way to squint hard enough at the Woolwich case to make it look like it doesn't qualify. By that definition I'd have to, reluctantly, agree with you. My reluctance stems not from your argument which is sound, but from what I perceive as the creeping overus...
by johnny_7713
Sat May 25, 2013 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikipedia Articles Found To Be Too Hard To Read
Replies: 20
Views: 5013

Re: Wikipedia Articles Found To Be Too Hard To Read

Wikipedia is meant to hold information... not teach it. Would an article on geometry have to first teach the reader algebra so they can understand it? That's ridiculous. That's not really what the article is complaining about. The article is complaining about the high Flesch score of average wikipe...
by johnny_7713
Mon May 20, 2013 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 87429

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

http://www.ngg.net/branche_betrieb/gastgewerbe/flugblaetter-zu-tarifverhandlungen/tarif_eurest.pdf That's the union NGG, in charge among other things of various catering businesses, negotiating a raise and bonuses with international caterer Eurest, which affected 7000 workers many of whom would hav...
by johnny_7713
Tue May 14, 2013 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested
Replies: 64
Views: 13894

Re: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested

As I understand it, most modern airliners are almost entirely fly-by-wire. If the flight computer dies completely, then a human pilot in the plane will be able to do precisely as much nothing as a computer pilot in the plane could. Generally there are still mechanical links to at least some of the ...
by johnny_7713
Mon May 13, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested
Replies: 64
Views: 13894

Re: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested

most commercial flights are basically flown by computers anyway. they even land/take off by themselves sometimes. I can't see the advantage of not having a pilot in the front of the plane when there are people in the back of it. one would imagine you'd still have to have a one to one pilot ratio fo...
by johnny_7713
Thu May 09, 2013 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Bill to Collect Taxes On the Internet
Replies: 26
Views: 6244

Re: Senate Bill to Collect Taxes On the Internet

So it sounds like the tax will be based on the location of the buyer, am I reading that correctly? Is there any precedent for the location of the buyer's computer being regarded as the point of sale, rather than the location of the seller's computer (and / or physical premises)? How does this work f...
by johnny_7713
Thu May 02, 2013 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review
Replies: 38
Views: 4300

Re: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review

Link to article : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/29/sopa-creators-latest-bill-proposes-stripping-peer-review-from-science-funding/ Smith’s “High Quality Research Act,” embedded below, scraps the NSF’s current peer-review process, which solicits the opinions of independent experts as to the “int...
by johnny_7713
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707323

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Libraries pay publishers a licensing fee IIRC. ...I can't find anything remotely close to that for regular books. Even eBooks can be "owned" by a library: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/opinion/random-house-says-libraries-own-their-ebooks-lj-insider/#_ “This is our business model: w...
by johnny_7713
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'
Replies: 30
Views: 5206

Re: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'

I disagree, we should help and then stay for the long haul. Syria is strategically placed and would make a good ally with regard to Iran and Israel. You're only saying we should get out since our last adventures are all military in nature. Once we get past using our military as our primary diplomat...
by johnny_7713
Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 28390

Re: Gender-charged Twitter Drama (Adria Richards)

Complaining about somebody making an off-colour joke is a bit rich from somebody who posted this to twitter. There's a pretty clear difference in contexts. One, a large conference gathering, the other, social networking blather. I don't think she wants no off colour jokes ever, just none in profess...
by johnny_7713
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asteroid mining company must be too good to be true
Replies: 25
Views: 4960

Re: Asteroid mining company must be too good to be true

It's comparable to having the first telegraph or railroad. Insanely capital expensive for the time, but once you do it you have an unimaginably profitable entrenched monopoly. It just requires very long-term investors, not irrational ones. The profits are not all that unimaginable though, they're r...
by johnny_7713
Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asteroid mining company must be too good to be true
Replies: 25
Views: 4960

Re: Asteroid mining company must be too good to be true

You wanna put up a satellite? Why bother when we can build one for you in orbit and just kick it out the airlock! While the cost involved would probably be (quite literally) astronomical, let me put it this way: I help design satellites for a living. Specifically, I analyze the structure, not any o...
by johnny_7713
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Exile the Obama way
Replies: 48
Views: 5302

Re: Exile the Obama way

But surely then the appropriate action is to more thoroughly search their persons and baggage, and maybe assign an armed air marshall to their flights. Or, in extremis, have an F-14 follow the airplane, just in case. If the no-fly list is meant to be a punitive measure, then people on it have to be...

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