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Politics / Re: Fake News...
« on: Yesterday at 10:30:39 AM »


Sounds like bs to me. What pilot would willingly put themselves 1.5m off the wing tip of a large aircraft like that?

Since it's in the news today with the hot weather in Phoenix cancelling flights, here's a brief explanation of how air density affects aircraft performance:

Take a look at the above - this an example of a takeoff distance chart. If you keep all the factors the same except temperature, then increasing temparature will increase the takeoff distance required.
Taking a look at Phoenix's most recent observations the QNH is 1004.4hpa (29.66inhg) and the airport elevation is 1132ft above sea level, meaning that the pressure altitude isn't ideal either and will reduce performance.
1132+258= 1390ft Pressure Altitude

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:24:01 PM »
His career is in the toilet now.  ;)

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:15:53 AM »

season 1 of American Gods ended tonight..i suggest it highly...was solid...and the end of the season was fantastic

What's it about? I often see people mention it and 'The Americans'.
Looking for a new show to watch after I finish Babylon 5 and House of Cards UK...

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:38:30 AM »
Flounder - 63. Diabetes.
Stephen Furst will always be Vir to me.

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:50:53 AM »
Germany's Helmut Kohl dies, aged 87
Helmut Kohl, Germany's ex-chancellor and architect of reunification in 1990, has died at 87, German media say. 
Mr Kohl led Germany for 16 years (from 1982 to 1998). He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Together with his French ally President Francois Mitterrand, he was responsible for the introduction of the euro.
Mr Kohl, who led the centre-right Christian Democrats, was the longest-serving German chancellor of the 20th Century.
In the UK, he is remembered for his differences over the EU with the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

New winglet design apparently spotted on an A380 test aircraft.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 15, 2017, 09:34:58 PM »
Ha. Hopefully, I doubt it but one can hope, Trump will use this an another excuse to end the Obama deal to take Muslim "refugees" from Australia. Let them keep them on their various island leased prison refugee camps or even, if they are really dumb, into their country, but we don't want them here. And this is a good excuse as any, especially since Trump tends to be a bit thin-skinned about humor. Cancel the Australian "refugee" deal, Trump- and announce it by Twitter!   ;D

No one wants them - in fact they all have the choice of returning to their own country (with free money) or resettlement in Papua New Guinea or Cambodia, they just refuse to choose and decry Australia as being 'evil'.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:53:21 PM »

There's been speculation today that the recording of this off-the-record event was made and leaked to the media by the leader of the opposition party (ie the party not in power) to damage the prime minister.

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:31:10 PM »

I recently had the experience of a long delay on a SWA flight in Terminal 1 at LAX (crappy and under-going remodeling so even worse.) It was made more amusing by a young black man confronting the SWA agents about the delay and "why was he being targeted?" "Racism" And, when a SWA agent said "the truth is there was bad weather and the in-bound flight was delayed" he yelled "What? Are you JESUS!?! Who are YOU to tell me the TRUTH!? What do YOU know about the TRUTH for a black man in America!!??!" Security and LAPD were summoned but only lurked in the background as SWA supervisor came over and, somehow, calmed him down. Hours later, when the plane finally arrived, he appeared subdued and there was no incident on the plane. SWA was kind and gave us unlimited drinks and as many peanuts as I wished. But at that point most people were exhausted from the long delay and so most slept.

You might've missed this video from earlier in the week where an American in Europe was blaming racism for his treatment while seemingly not understanding how Ryanair works with fees:

Aftermath last I read was that he was barred from the flight and reported to police.

Politics / Re: Grenfell Tower Fire
« on: June 15, 2017, 02:47:44 PM »
I've seen people trying to blame rich people for the cladding because 'it was done to improve the aesthetics for rich neighbours'.

In London there is a law which requires a certain amount of housing in each suburb to be public housing (often they're these types of tower), even for the wealthy/posh ones. People keep bringing up Kensington specifically because it is a very wealthy area with a lot of oligarchs and rich arabs living in it, while North Kensington (where the fire was) isn't. Any wealth divide between the two shouldn't be relevant at all in this situation because the areas are relatively far apart from each other, and the public housing law applies everywhere in the city.

Just seems like good ol' fashioned 'blame the rich for everything' scapegoating.

Qantas pilot slammed for blaming wheelchair-bound passenger for delay
The woman complaining has 'problem glasses' and dyed hair, which is always a good indicator of a social justice warrior, plus what she's complaining about seems like it wasn't even about her.

Writing in a Facebook post, Samantha Connor said she and a plane full of passengers were waiting on the tarmac in Melbourne for the Perth-bound flight to take off yesterday when the pilot’s voice came over the loudspeaker.

“We have just had a customer come on board in an eagle lift, a special piece of equipment, it takes some time to get him on board, it is what it is. That is why we are delayed,” the pilot said, according to Ms Connor.  The passenger the pilot was referring to is a wheelchair athlete, Jakob Ratnayeke, who plays wheelchair soccer, hockey and rugby for WA’s Western Wasps.

Ms Connor, who also uses a wheelchair and is a project coordinator at People With Disabilities WA, told said she was horrified when she heard the pilot’s announcement.

“I thought that was really poor form,” she said.

“I think it was also the tone that is was delivered in. There was a justification, there was a pointing a disabled person as a bit of a scapegoat and then there was the comment, ‘it is what it is”. That was the bit that really upset me,” she said.

Another passenger on the flight, Shorty Lockhart, wrote on Facebook she heard about six public announcements blaming the delayed boarding on the time required to support 'special needs' passengers.

“That final comment from the pilot about the delays being due to ‘special' equipment (was) Just so wrong QANTAS. You have paying customers who have advised you in advance of their travelling requirements and you failed to efficiently provide the service they have paid for and then you blame THEM for that. Publicly,” Ms Lockhart wrote.

These people are probably the same ones who'd complain if there was any delay whatsoever.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:38:24 AM »
My wife is from Brisbane and we were there visiting her family last November.  Watching local and national news while there I was struck by the concern expressed by media personalities in subtle and not so subtle ways that Trump might get elected.  I don't recall hearing anything positive about him on the news the entire time I was there and when he was elected they reacted with same sort of handwringing angst as their counterparts in the U.S. did.  However, what I heard in conversations with many Australians did not reflect the abhorrence for Trump that the media seemed to be promoting.  In fact, I was surprised to find that more than half of those I talked to expressed their agreement with Trump's policies, some very adamantly.  I remember thinking how closely the split in opinions about Trump mirrored that in the U.S. despite the MSM's opposition to Trump in both countries.

Australia is a mixed bag with American politics and it really depends on where you are. The stereotype of Queensland is that it's more 'redneck' than say Victoria, NSW, and Canberra so you might encounter more people supporting Trump (and Pauline Hanson). In Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra is where you'll get more people expressing support for the various Democrat policies/candidates. This article shows there were election parties for Hillary in Australia:

I think Australian media has the same issues as those in America - after all Rupert Murdoch is Australian and got his start here - except that two of the outlets receive government funding, which unleashes all sorts of problems and conflicts of interest. The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight are also extremely popular.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:08:08 AM »
right on schedual . . .(3/3)
I tend to know most of the names bandied about in American politics, but who is Mueller?

Politics / Re: The Refugees
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:54:05 AM »
The children go into these comalike states when their families are notified that they will be deported. The only known cure is for their families to receive residency permits allowing them to stay in Sweden. It's not a sudden, magical reawakening when family members read the approved residency permit in the nonresponsive child's presence. Somehow, the information gets through

What a coincidence.  ::)

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 15, 2017, 03:26:27 AM »
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been recorded apparently mocking US President Donald Trump in footage leaked by the media.

The event is normally not reported on, but the political editor at Australia's Nine Network said he had chosen to break protocol and make it public.
In the leaked footage, Mr Turnbull performs a jokey routine for guests at the Mid Winter Ball for the media.  Adopting the mannerisms of the president, he says their meeting was "beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever". "The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before," he said.
He also jokes that polls are "so easy to win" adding: "I have this Russian guy..." in reference to Mr Trump's long-running difficulties with allegations that his campaign officials may have colluded with Russian hackers to influence the election outcome.

Nine's political editor Laurie Oakes, who first reported the remarks, said he did not attend the ball himself, but that the audio "just happened" to leak and a sample had been posted on Instagram.
His employer said Mr Oakes "does not believe reporting should be banned at events hosted by journalists".

Turnbull said the speech was supposed to be "off the record" and that next year, "at the mid-winter ball, I'll read selected passages from budget paper number two." "It's a breach of protocol, it's a breach of faith, and all those things ... you've got to have a laugh, you've got to lighten up."

I should point out that the media has had a fairly hostile relationship with the current government in Australia, albeit a bit less so than towards the previous PM Tony Abbott.

Random Topics / Re: Video Gaming
« on: June 14, 2017, 12:17:09 PM »

These are the people with early access to the game who are meant to be promoting it...

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: June 14, 2017, 05:14:52 AM »
At least future generations will know the Eternal National Disgrace that was
Donald Trump and his minions
::) I wouldn't worry about Time Magazine's opinions on these sorts of things.

Random Topics / Re: Video Gaming
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:50:18 PM »
3) the bugs are usually worked out by now

There are always issues of compatability with newer OSes though.

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:53:00 AM »
What an awful interview and audience

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:41:55 AM »
I want to play Cricket.  However I don't know how, nor do I understand it.
It's basically baseball but worse in every way.

Random Topics / Re: Video Gaming
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:36:57 AM »
But you're one of several people who have said "just don't."

It's not so much "just don't", but more that you keep in mind that there are tradeoffs.

I don't know what games you want to play, but I'd imagine a higher end laptop could play most things reasonably well but maybe not at highest settings. Personally I can't stand sitting at a desk to play games so prefer laptops, but what PC games I do play are older things like Command and Conquer or Sins of a Solar Empire which don't require much in the way of performance.

Haha - my Mac started to have cooling issues and I was pretty mortified when the tech opened it and it was full of cat hair that was jamming the fans.

That's exactly what happened to me thanks to my long haired cat. Strangely enough it hasn't happened again.

Random Topics / Re: Video Gaming
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:24:59 AM »
I guess I'm just checking here to see if anyone has any opinions or suggestions. I'm tired of trying to slog through games with crappy graphics on a MacBookPro.
I don't particularly play new games on PC and don't pay attention to the scene at all really, so my advice/opinions will probably be outdated. I think the general consensus is that if you want the highest level of graphics possible, a gaming laptop is not the way to go. I understand the appeal of laptops but the tradeoff is in performance.  I don't know if it's still true, but they also will probably run hot and have crap battery lives.

I have used an Alienware (you mentioned them in the other thread) and it gave me a lot of problems - screen issues, battery issues, cooling issues (partly the fault of my cat), and a dead HDD and motherboard were all things I had fun dealing with. I got very good at pulling it apart and putting it back together.

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