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  1. I'm never inclined to leap to judgement over aircraft accidents but the early evidence of the similarities between LionAir and Ethiopian are rather stark. The AAIs will obviously look at the evidence from an unbiased standpoint and Boeing will doubtless start squealing that the pilots should have known of the potential issue from their NOTAMs but other possible causes are longer reaches given the evidence to date. Air accidents are always tragic when lives are lost but there are some nasty similarities not only between these two crashes but also another period of Boeing's history. There were a spate of crashes of the 727 in its early days. The common denominator was found to be primarily a lack of understanding of the deep stall characteristics of rear-engined jets which were new to the aviation industry particularly with an aircraft the size of the 727. Boeing resolved the issue with additional warning systems, an improved stick shaker/pusher system and training but not before several aircraft had crashed. Even that did not stop the Papa India Trident crash when the pilot repeatedly disabled the very systems telling him he had a deep stall condition caused by neglecting to extend the leading edge slats for take-off. Pilot error of course but the airliner industry moved away from rear engine designs despite several, including the 727 and Trident, going on to have long mostly accident-free service lives. I once spoke to a BAC-111 co-pilot who saved his aircraft when the captain had given up in a deep stall on a training flight, the possibility remained but pilot awareness improved and the likelihood of further incidents pretty much vanished. I've no problem with rear-engined jets at all, flown more than enough of the smaller varieties, but the deep stall condition is nowhere near as marked in shorter bodied aircraft. I don't think I'll be getting on a 737Max until the report is in. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    That's symbolically how close the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has placed the doomsday clock in it's annual meeting overnight. https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletter01232020&utm_content=DoomsdayClock_2020Statement# Some here don't treat the scientists very seriously it seems but personally I do and the collective of significant persons at the meeting seem to also. The combination of a dismantling of nuclear agreements, heightened tensions in the Middle East and climate change have all combined in what could be seen as a perfect storm to convince the scientists to move the clock closer than ever to midnight. There's a rather frightening common factor present in those concerns, Donald fucking Trump, he who has personally taken it upon himself to withdraw from key disarmament agreements, raise the tempo of tension with Iran, whilst completely bungling negotiations with North Korea and meanwhile roll back climate change initiatives in America. Whilst I hold out little hope of his impeachment leading to his removal I'm really not certain that the planet can survive his blatant stupidities for another five years so I do sincerely hope that America shoves him out the door in November at the least. That such a buffoon could be in charge of the U.S. simply beggars the imagination. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Kyrgios is certainly the big male hope, Ash Barty being the female one - that girl can be unreal. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    That always depends whose side you are on. Both Irgun and The Stern Gang were branded as terrorists by Britain - The British departure from Palestine was not a peaceful one, the blowing up of the King David Hotel was but one of a string of "atrocities" carried out by Jewish insurgents.. The modern day Israeli will tell you, and basically I agree, that they were fighting for independence but at the time it was seen as the acts of terrorists. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    No you misunderstand - England was not ready in 1938, they could well have lost the war before it started if they had have attempted to curb Germany at that time. Hitler was not totally ready but was already moving on its neighbours, England had hoped war was done with, hence calling WWI "The War to End Wars" very naive but that was their hope. That extra 18 months or so gave the country time, then they nearly threw it away with the BEF. The Tamil Tigers certainly popularised suicide bombing but I'd always regard it as an act of hopeless desperation. Britain made a huge mistake in trying to marginalise the Tamils before they left Ceylon. It could be said they were just as stupidly arrogant with the Israelis and the Palestinians in then Palestine. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    He can be decidedly infuriating at the same time as he is producing magical tennis. There's no shame in losing to Nadal, one of the two best of all time although I don't much care for him as a person at all. Been a great Open thus far. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    Hmm, Who exactly was going to stand up to Hitler in 1938 ? America wanted no part of another European War, still reeling from the recession. Neither did Britain, pretty much disarmed. France, as demonstrated had no chance, neither did Poland and Stalin at the time was in bed with Hitler who had maneuvered Germany to a position of power that should not have been but had been made possible at least in part by the desperation brought on by the Treaty of Versailles. I don't applaud Chamberlain at all for essentially acquiescing to Hitler but whether by accident or design he bought what was needed - time. Britain made an absolutely stupid error in sending the BEF to Europe, expecting a re-run of WWI - fortunately the heroism of the retreat at Dunkirk, if you can call it heroism on the part of the troops but it certainly was on the part of the small boat owners who went to get them out and saved the day. But meantime Britain had some time to properly mobilise and manufacture during the Phony War such that when it started Germany found it had bitten off more than it could chew - but it was a very close run thing. History always wants to remember the Americans coming in in 1942 but if Britain had fallen in 1939 they would not have had an island to come to to deal with Hitler. It is also often forgotten that Ireland was not exactly on the Allies side for a time - preferred to try and sit it out. Chamberlain was a fool, but he did gain Britain some time. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    Other than the fact that Sri Lanka/Ceylon was yet another balls up by the British I'm not sure how it really relates. That was a war if ever there was one that had no winners but if the Tamils had not been marginalised in the first place it would never have happened. I'm also getting very tired of the harping on about 1938 and "Peace in our Time," None of us were alive then but it is not difficult to imagine how sick the British were of war from only 20 years before and equally how ripe Germany was for a maniac like Hitler after the unmitigated disaster that was the Treaty of Versailles. Brutality and ignorance tend to beget both, only when people stop and look at each other as other than enemies does the killing stop and it has to come from both sides. Israel has become its own worst enemy in many ways, but there are glimmers of hope, faint but glimmers. Endless war is never the answer. Cheers
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Actually being in vacuum at the moon's surface there is no reason that it could not have a very elastic anchor. In fact the anchor would be more of a convenience, it should just hover Cheers
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    i see dead people

    Well, one of his daughters but yes, terrible day for the rest of the poor family. Ironically they were apparently on the way to watch a basketball game. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    Indeed. It is distressingly obvious to anyone outside the country that the tail is definitely wagging the dog but the citizens of Iran, as disillusioned as they are seem not willing to overthrow the Mullahs. I guess the creation of the nut-job guards has a lot to do with that. It is hardly a popular-led theocracy that needs a bunch of off-the-leash sadists to protect it. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Yeah, I took a look at it but the math was beyond me however same, could see no reference to gravitons being massy being an issue under relativity in placing a light speed limit. Seems to me they are stepping away from relativity all together, which, being the General Theory was never completed I guess they can, theoretically do. I've been thinking about it in relation to some of the wilder theories about dark matter, something about the relationship between spin and mass in quantum terms keeps tickling at the back of my brain but I can't find where I've read about it. It will be interesting to keep an eye on at least. Cheers
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    i see dead people

    Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash, he was 42. One of the all-time greats of basketball. RIP. Cheers
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    That's fascinating Cybes - a little scary, but to get the material to build it I guess we either have to get back to the moon for real or snag an asteroid. Neither is happening tomorrow. Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    They could have had better weather, but it is Washington State in January. Seems they have automated the wing fold, and presumably unfold, yet more automation, not totally comfortable about that but it doesn't look like enough of a fold to take THAT much lift away from the aircraft if they system failed. I haven't taken too much notice of this aircraft but it gives the impression from window location that it may have a double deck up front. All thoughts about Boeing aside though, I do have to say that is a beautiful aircraft. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    Iran does keep upping the ante - now they are saying they can refine to whatever purity they want whilst they still are agreeing to comply with the AEC and are still saying they have no interest in developing nukes. Somehow that last doesn't gel too well with the frequent moth frothing that includes threats of nuclear eradication against Israel. Realistically they know they would be signing their own death warrants but it's a necessary bit of theatre to keep their followers focused. The chances are even getting rather high that any missile attack on Israel would fail anyway, THAAD has been deployed there for quite a while and it does keep getting better. So at the moment it's all a game of bluff, not one that can go on for too long though, there's a distinct feeling that the Mullahs are losing whatever grip they had. Same old Chinese curse... Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    They'll just be locked to an older distro until they upgrade. 32 bit has gone the way of all things given enough time Cheers
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    No, there is no way I could handle 3 hours plus of anything Tarantino. I haven't read the book "The Irishman" is based upon but I sort of assumed keeping De Nero as the central character of all things famous was more cinematic license than anything else in telling a complex story. Whilst the truth may never emerge the mob certainly was into everything back in the day. Better stop there or I'll be accused of spoilers Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Scratchy half awake brain, This is one paper which makes the suggestion of gravity being faster than light, however it also applies relativity equations to show that g=c. https://cds.cern.ch/record/590226/files/0211140.pdf I've read other stuff over the years that draws conclusions both ways. Certainly using some experimental postulates you can, with some accuracy, show g=c in vacuum. However if you apply multi-dimensional theories g can be seen as exceeding c by taking a "short cut" through space-time. It's been a while since I looked into it and as I said they keep re-inventing the universe but I rather think the short answer at the moment is that we do not know but some upcoming new tools may take us closer. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Think I need to finish waking up before I attempt to read that. Cheers
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Just for once I managed to watch a current movie, "The Irishman." Very ,very good, compelling use of digital to alter the ages of the key placers, a mix of De Niro, Pesci, Keitel and Pacino - pretty much all the wise guys in other words. I'm not sure if the plot is completely accurate to what went on in the heyday of the mobsters but it makes for very good viewing. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Hmm, Likewise, my physics is so out of date they must have reinvented the universe at least four times. I've a sneaking suspicion however that "gravitons" like photons will be found to be massless but that still does not explain how in some experiments it appears to be faster, much faster than light. Gravity is a very, very strange force, we can observe it, readily, but a description is elusive. Somewhere there it is going to descend into quantum in an attempt to find that explanation. Nonetheless the new telescopes are going to uncover a lot of exciting new science, and new puzzles over the coming years. Cheers
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    One Hundred Seconds

    Maybe, but really I don't think so, the scientists seem just to be genuinely concerned - as they have every right to be. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Yeah, Totally correct. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    I totally understand but thus far this is not an Armageddon event. Cheers
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