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by cpd
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Corvette Unveiled
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: 2020 Corvette Unveiled

On the video I posted the guy says that the interior is designed to be left or right hand drive, in the sense that the "cockpit" is really turned towards the driver. I saw it rather as an indication that there will be no RHD at all. Last time I checked the UK is an European country, Irela...

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by cpd
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rush Limbaugh admits GOP's fiscal attacks on Obama were "bogus," defends Trump's deficit
Replies: 25
Views: 1059

Re: Rush Limbaugh admits GOP's fiscal attacks on Obama were "bogus," defends Trump's deficit

What is it with mainstream conservative governments these days? They’ve all rolled over and thrown out good economic management completely.

They even advocate for big government policies.

That can never end well.

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by cpd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: U.S. has formally kicked Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program
Replies: 124
Views: 12364

Re: The U.S. has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35

wingman wrote:
or Turkey just embraces totes cray cray Islamic dictatorship.


Can you repeat that in English for those of us that don't know social media speak? :shakehead:

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by cpd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Corvette Unveiled
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: 2020 Corvette Unveiled

Corvettes today go fast through corners as well as on a straight line. And the new one will be even more brutal in a straight line when they bring out the more potent versions of it. How much faster does it need to be? 0-300km/h in 9 seconds? 0-100km/h in under 2 seconds? It'll never do that, but th...

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by cpd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Corvette Unveiled
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: 2020 Corvette Unveiled

The Vette is supposed to be a straight line car, not a cornerer... I wish they'd move it back to it's classic ideals and stop trying to be a semi-super car/euro-sport competitior. GM doesn't agree with you. Hence why it became a very successful race car. As for a straight line car, how good in a st...

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by cpd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.
Replies: 118
Views: 18716

Re: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.

He can do whatever he wants... until Boeing and/or Fiji hit him with a libel lawsuit. He has some protected ways to disclose this; he decided to ignore them and instead blow in public and refuses to do any rebuttal. Yes, it's MY opinion. I am entitled to it, and you have no right to just brush it a...

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by cpd
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Buran-Energia : The Soviet Space Shuttle 2.0 on a Moon Rocket
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Re: Buran-Energia : The Soviet Space Shuttle 2.0 on a Moon Rocket

Bombing I think was the X-20 project, a sort of mini-shuttle which could carry a nuclear weapon.

But then if anti-satellite weapons were in development then I don’t see how X20 wouldn’t also be at risk. Missiles do the job better for that purpose and are probably cheaper.

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by cpd
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.
Replies: 118
Views: 18716

Re: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.

Op you are so brave to call the company out without knowing what's going on for sure. There Could be lots of reasons why this plane is being done differently then what you are used to.. Now since you are so brave go ahead and post your bems Id here as well.. I'm waiting Shouldn’t you be debating th...

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by cpd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9367

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

He's just being cheeky. As a new CEO he has too make a statement and give an impression. I think so too. New CEOs are always quick to be noisy about how great a job they’ll do - and they always claim “success at once”. Wait and see about a year or two later if the CEO is just another empty shell, a...

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by cpd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3554

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

Alcohol and getting smashed You do realize that one doesn’t have to lead to the other? “The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. They both regard wine as a drug and not as a drink.” G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) GF I didn’t directly say that. ...

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by cpd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3554

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

I have no use for such backwards nations. Who wants to go to a country where you are in constant fear? I’d be in fear in the USA if being caught in a mass shooting. I have no interest or intention to go to Saudi Arabia either, but you have to be realistic, all countries have their problems. As for ...

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by cpd
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2019 Tour de France
Replies: 25
Views: 1901

Re: 2019 Tour de France

As a cyclist I just haven’t recovered from the doping mess enough to have any interest other than popping off a 50-mile ride on a weekend with some friends. The pro peloton remains one big question mark for me. Figure out a way to test for something, they just find another way around it. The speed ...

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by cpd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2019 Tour de France
Replies: 25
Views: 1901

Re: 2019 Tour de France

6 weeks.

I’m frantically dragging my FTP up. I was crashed out a bit earlier and my speed vanished quickly. Now getting it back. :)

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by cpd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2019 Tour de France
Replies: 25
Views: 1901

Re: 2019 Tour de France

Being on the other side of the world, the time zones are terrible- not staying up or recording it.

I’m training a lot before I go over to France myself.

TT up the Col d’Izoard, and a stage finish on Alpe d’Huez for me.

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by cpd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4550

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

I think they are highlighting that it would have been much faster. Although the 2707 was claimed to be a lot faster than Concorde we don't know how long it would take to get to that speed and how it would climb. 4x 55,000lb thrust GE4 turbojets... That's some heavy duty power output. The Lockheed L2...

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by cpd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4550

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

As the article says, they were indeed serious about it. Enough to drop money on the American plane. It would have been very useful for Qantas, probably more so than for other airlines. But the second generation SST aircraft would have been better still. I suspect for Qantas we could say Concorde wo...

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by cpd
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4550

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

I don’t think Concorde had enough range to be useful for Qantas, which probably is why they didn’t buy it. It could barely cross the Atlantic. Also, they would have had huge problems with sonic booms flying to Europe, as it is mostly over land. And it didn’t have the range to cross the Pacific. The...

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by cpd
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4550

Re: Just how interested was Qantas in the Concorde?

As the article says, they were indeed serious about it. Enough to drop money on the American plane. It would have been very useful for Qantas, probably more so than for other airlines. But the second generation SST aircraft would have been better still. I suspect for Qantas we could say Concorde wou...

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by cpd
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 1215

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

there are also tons of boring shots that got on just because of the lack of challenge involved and having a nice camera.! Bear in mind that this is only so due to the advent of digital photography and Photoshop. Even 'boring' shots in the days of film and slide required skill and experience. Karl T...

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by cpd
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share
Replies: 15
Views: 1215

Re: A photo that is never going to be accepted but a nice one to share

The weather today is really bad. Not surprisingly got rejected for a ton of reasons for this flyover A2A. I recall a funny thing when I was interviewed by a professional photographic committee for a national association's membership eligibility. The chairman says aerospotting is literally the easie...

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by cpd
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passenger shaming
Replies: 34
Views: 5715

Re: Passenger shaming

Flying in Y today is nothing else than sailing in steerage in the old days of ocean liners. What you pay is what you get. If you pay steerage, you get steerage and the matching fellow travellers. I'm always surprised about people, who really can afford to fly in J or better but they fly Y, because ...

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by cpd
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UFO's and the military
Replies: 9
Views: 2070

Re: UFO's and the military

‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects WASHINGTON — The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors t...

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by cpd
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 1991

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

[twoid][/twoid] What about ebikes that can run at 50+ km/h and can operate without pedal? This is an issue especially on major urban trails. Walkers, strollers, and strollers holding kids, runners, wheel chairs and bicycles all sharing the same 10 foot (?) right of way. A bicycle going much faster t...

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by cpd
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Workplace etiquette: nicknames
Replies: 62
Views: 3025

Re: Workplace etiquette: nicknames

No nicknames in my place. Nobody does it.

In that respect they are good.

We do have a bit of Southern manners though, that sometimes throws people out a bit when they first hear it.

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by cpd
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program
Replies: 21
Views: 4409

Re: US Army Blackhawk Replacement Program

Kiwirob wrote:
Wasn’t Comanche an armed recon helicopter? Any chance that project could be revived?


What about bringing back the original Blackhawk? It was an armed helicopter that was also to be able to carry troops. I guess the Stealth Hawk is a no go - rumours suggest it doesn't perform very well.

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by cpd
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 1991

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

c933103 wrote:
What's the difference between an ebike and an electrically powered motorbike?


E-bikes are supposed to be slower and the electric function is an assistance feature that helps you, provided you are still turning the pedals.

Motorbike isn't like that.

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by cpd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 1991

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

30km/h? That is fast for a bike. Do you use a helm? 30km/h isn't that fast given some of the frankenstein e-bikes we see around here without power or speed limitations. Some of them a really fast. My own ride to work, I average 35km/h for the entire ride some days (including stops and starts). The ...

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by cpd
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best coupe under 65k
Replies: 49
Views: 2142

Re: Best coupe under 65k

A lightly used and treasured Granturismo Maserati would be extremely rewarding, but if something goes wrong it will be really expensive. Plus it is really old-school technology inside, if that is a concern. As for 3200 GT, never! Beautiful, so beautiful but a temperamental beast. The Alfa Giulia is...

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by cpd
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best coupe under 65k
Replies: 49
Views: 2142

Re: Best coupe under 65k

A lightly used and treasured Granturismo Maserati would be extremely rewarding, but if something goes wrong it will be really expensive. Plus it is really old-school technology inside, if that is a concern. As for 3200 GT, never! Beautiful, so beautiful but a temperamental beast. The Alfa Giulia is ...

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by cpd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5227

Re: Americans and electric stoves

I did have to get new pots and pans - but lovely. Yes, we had to buy some new pans, but tbh our old ones were getting a bit sad, so no real hardship. Mine as well, along with the old stove. For pasta it is great, you can boil a large pot of water really quickly. You just set it to the boost functio...

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by cpd
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5227

Re: Americans and electric stoves

I have to vent...why is it that a majority of properties have electric stoves (coils or ceramic tops)? Maybe I'm spoiled by having been raised in a household that used gas stove, but since I've been living in the states, only my house in Maryland had a gas range; all others have the coils. Is this ...

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by cpd
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...
Replies: 102
Views: 12835

Re: More details on BOOM SST at Paris. SFO to Toyko in 5.5 hours. First flight in 2020...

The mats does not add up for me. Mach 2.2 at FL600 is close enough to 1260 kts, SFO to NRT should be about 3.5 hrs (4500 nm), the maximum endurance of the aircraft. Why the 5.5 hrs SFO to NRT ? That’s more like Mach 1.4. Difference is the climb and deceleration portions of the flight. While your A3...

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by cpd
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 325
Views: 52903

Re: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's

I can see these used for a return of DFW-LIH and year-round DFW-KOA, but personally I won't be flying that long in a narrowbody . I share that thought, but if these really do work - they might just make twin-aisle planes obsolete, then these will be the only way. It is always said on airliners.net ...

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by cpd
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16775

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

I don't see this as a particular problem of the A380, but a problem of certain noisy airline executives... He seems to have a problem with every plane at one time or another.

If it were another executive who was less noisy and opinionated I might think otherwise.

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by cpd
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45417

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

One area where the NMA can make a difference is the cruise speed as the M.78 cruise speed of the XLR is not ideal for flight duration reaching 8 to 10 hours. A NMA cruising at M.85 or M.86 could save up to 50 minutes or so on a 4500nm flight compared to the XLR. Nobody cares about speed, it’s all a...

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by cpd
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67475

Re: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread

Sad. I vote for museum, a new museum with a cheap hangar to house this wonderful piece of engineering. I'm sure it would draw a lot of people. But no, not at 400M... How is two old 747s hacked together and without any useful function, "a wonderful piece of engineering"? It seems most like...

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by cpd
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Folks, this is a project sunrise topic. If you keep posting so much A vs. B, users will be banned. Avoid trigger words, discussing other users, or projecting emotions. In the older days, when topics started going in circles they were locked - usually with the wording like "the discussion has r...

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by cpd
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10274

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

This looks less interesting / elegant than the current scheme.

And shouldn't this topic be in polls and preferences given it is about a colour scheme only?

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by cpd
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde economics vs. 787/A330/777/A321LR
Replies: 56
Views: 10441

Re: Concorde economics vs. 787/A330/777/A321LR

You can head shake all you want, but it is the truth. If weather conditions intervened, it would and could drift back down to a lower altitude. That is the way it worked. And a kudo to the post directly above - interesting. Glad you found it interesting! You're right regarding cruise-climb - it wou...

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by cpd
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

No, the aircraft are wet-leased and operated in behalf of QF. So yes, the previous poster was correct. You just can’t accept defeat, even if it’s right in front of you. They are not QF aircraft, they are Atlas aircraft, operated by Atlas crew. The same tail maybe does a few days of work for QF and ...

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by cpd
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230456

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

How many aircraft is this requirement and how many other customers will jump on it? ~25 aircraft 3 operators over 15 years? Technically there are possibilities. Airbus and Boeing however don't want to go deeply non recurring & Qantas doesn't want to pay the price.. A350-900 XLR, merging A350-10...

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by cpd
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 232
Views: 63750

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!



Great capture, lovely light and sense of movement.

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by cpd
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Why upload here?
Replies: 74
Views: 11774

Re: Why upload here?

10 days in a queue of just over +6000 images. I guess that more people like the professional quality of photos from a.net and even jp; wish there are more screeners to speed up the queue and lessen the wait of screening results. screeners are people too. Though perhaps having more upload slots for ...

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by cpd
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42839

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

Boeing originally launched the 747 as a freighter first priority , passenger second priority design. The first passenger versions had the hardware already installed for freighter conversion. This is because Boeing did not see a future for it as a passenger plane as they were betting on the SST (270...

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by cpd
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ideas / input for bringing an elderly parent from Europe to live in the US
Replies: 13
Views: 694

Re: Ideas / input for bringing an elderly parent from Europe to live in the US

My Mother recently died and my 83 year old father still lives in their house being cared for by my brother He’s extremely sad and depressed and has health issues of his own I’d like to get him out of that house where his wife died and bring him to the US where he could live with me and I’d take car...

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by cpd
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2109

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

A MS Surface is an alternative to an iPad, not a proper computer. And I'd take a surface pro over an iPad pro if you want to work on it any day. Try telling that to our IT people who insist on everyone using the standard surface pro device connected to a rather rubbish 4K screen. If it's going to s...

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by cpd
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2109

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

Our Macs at work are very stable computers. The alternative (MS Surface Pro / Surface Book) seem to have no end of troubles. I have one as well, only ever use it in a meeting or as a last resort. A MS Surface is an alternative to an iPad, not a proper computer. And I'd take a surface pro over an iP...

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by cpd
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2109

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

I made the switch. Won't go back to PC. I see a lot of people say this. I have used Windows based, Chrome based, and Apple based devices. The only difference I can find is the price of accessories is higher for Apple products. I will probably need a PC in the near future too but I will be getting e...

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by cpd
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67475

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Interesting aircraft, but even if Paul Allen were still with us -- this Stratolaunch concept would have gone nowhere. Air launched satellite boosters have proved both technically and economically infeasible... ...Sorry Pegasus, you will be gone soon too, Pegasus worked, but also should never have b...

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by cpd
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most beautiful airline interiors
Replies: 20
Views: 1895

Re: Most beautiful airline interiors

I think the blue leather Concorde interior of British Airways was very classy. The revised bathroom also looked good, but was never installed.

The M1.0 sweeping light effect was also interesting, I cannot remember if it was on the actual planes.

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