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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1361

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Nothing at all after the first one.
Nothing at all after the second one.
(Pfizer)

If it had been a clinical trial, I would have sworn I'd gotten the placebo...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 296
Views: 14399

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

These cases are catalysts, for sure, but that's unfortunately also representative of how slowly real change comes. This ground should have broken in 1992, but the conservative north LA county jury completely failed do what was right. True, but credit is due to technology here. This trial might have...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 296
Views: 14399

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

I think he looked shocked when the guilty verdict was read. His eyes were darting around uncontrollably. It looked like a person who had never been held accountable for anything finally being held accountable. This is why this verdict is so groundbreaking. The police is expected to act professional...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Are you trying to put me out of business? Look, I'm no Warren Buffet, but waiting for scrap metal to fall from the sky does not sound like a sustainable business model in the long term. Could anyone summarize for me the planned NASA's lunar exploration architecture? I don't think even NASA knows at...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 66
Views: 3967

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

lightsaber wrote:

However, we're not going to get the mutations into general conversation. A dinner I had last night with bright friends proved that.



That, dear fellow A.nutter, may have been your clue that you have gone a bit too far down the rabbit hole...
:wink2:

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

I wonder how many refuelings of Starship it would take to complete the journey. I suspect one after launch and prior to accelerating to translunar injection, and maybe again after its return from the Moon to Earth orbit for de-orbiting and retropropulsive landing? Even then, Starship is a large and ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 226
Views: 17236

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

Another week passed and another week I have avoided getting a vaccination. Even when countries mandate the thing I will enjoy being removed from my trip and either reassigned or pay protected. I'm not going to be bullied by fear-mongering into getting the shots. I've been flying the entire pandemic...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation : Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5
Replies: 133
Views: 17169

Re: Airbus Response to a possible NMA-5

All Airbus really has to do is to re-wing the A32X to shift the overall weight of the family up, accommodate larger variants and increase efficiency. They'd need an A320.5/321/322 trio, with a wing that comfortably fits them and leave anything below that to the A220 (with a -500). Still quite a few ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 66
Views: 3967

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Reducing the spread of mutation and reducing possible interaction between mutation that form new clusters, and in low case count countries, reducing the chance of starting a new wave since traveling especially those that are for leisure often involve many high risk activities that might help spread...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Unidad de Cuidado Intensivo, I presume... Spanish for ICU.

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 226
Views: 17236

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

Another week passed and another week I have avoided getting a vaccination. Even when countries mandate the thing I will enjoy being removed from my trip and either reassigned or pay protected. I'm not going to be bullied by fear-mongering into getting the shots. I've been flying the entire pandemic...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Stop discounting pre-existing and acquired immunity. I am absolutely not, nor do I see where you get that. People who have been infected still need to get vaccinated, if only with the one dose. Israel has vaccinated almost all eligible people. The trickle you see are probably the last 2nd doses and...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I find it interesting that Israel's vaccination rate has fallen dramatically since early March. It's down to only a trickle now.

Have they reached the barrier of vaccine hesitancy?

Worryingly, the UK's curve is starting to taper off earlier than the Israeli one.

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 335
Views: 19700

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Why are pilots so against it? Anything to hide? Trains, buses, ships, subways even cabs have cameras on it pretty much anywhere in the world for years and no one complains. It is about safety gentlemen, sorry if this offends your valuable privacy, you're not better than any other worker subject to ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 335
Views: 19700

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Why are pilots so against it? Anything to hide? Trains, buses, ships, subways even cabs have cameras on it pretty much anywhere in the world for years and no one complains. It is about safety gentlemen, sorry if this offends your valuable privacy, you're not better than any other worker subject to ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14233

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours

DFW17L wrote:
Sweet. I'll take two cases of Pouilly-Fuissé, si vous plait.


Amusingly, the Paris to Lyon TGV line goes right across the area were Pouilly-Fuisse is made.

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber wrote:
We need to understand the risks.


If Covid has demonstrated anything, it is that humans, as a collective, are NOT good at understanding risks and statistics and acting rationally upon them.

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Seems almost boring these days, but another successful F9 starlink launch in the books. Most interesting part for me was the landing. The drone ship camera cut out, but stage 1 kept rolling. Can’t remember the last time we got to see a complete landing from the stage 1 point of view. B1058 also mat...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening
Replies: 17
Views: 1674

Re: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening

I think most people fail to grasp the severity of these drastic upcoming climatic changes. This alone has the potential to throw the weather patterns for most of Western Europe completely out of whack, costing trillions upon trillions of dollars to the concerned nations. For anyone wondering how muc...

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Watching @ NSF Mary's footage, it seems clear that the vehicle exploded mid air during the flip maneuver, about 1 second after at least one of the engines reignited.
It's a shame there was so much fog. The footage would have been spectacular (and an interesting investigation tool).

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Again, there was a fire near the base of one of the engines since early in the launch, I'd say from a methane leak. The telemetry, at least the video part of it, was crap throughout. And again, it seemed there was a problem with Raptor ignition for the landing burn and another RUD, eerily shrouded ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Rep. Jim Jordan of Texas asks: Will you need to show your vaccine passport to vote? 2:57 PM · Mar 30, 2021 https://twitter.com/Jim_Jordan/status/1376986968396021761?s=20 GOP: "You need valid and very specific form of ID, which you may or may not easily obtain, and which lots of people happen t...

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Again, there was a fire near the base of one of the engines since early in the launch, I'd say from a methane leak. The telemetry, at least the video part of it, was crap throughout. And again, it seemed there was a problem with Raptor ignition for the landing burn and another RUD, eerily shrouded i...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Brazil and France have full hospitals and we should be able to agree herd immunity isn't helping them. But that's the thing, there's no way of saying that since even the most optimistic assumptions about the seroprevalence of this virus don't get us to herd immunity levels anywhere in the World yet...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seaplane company to launch Passenger Drone service in Hong Kong by the end of 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 3197

Re: Seaplane company to launch Passenger Drone service in Hong Kong by the end of 2021

This seems a bit rushed. Not to mention that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is not famous for being a pioneer in approving and trialing new air transport technologies. One thing all those over-enthusiastic tech companies wishing to revolutionize aerial transport seem to naively refuse to u...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

There are only going to be 420 million doses of vaccine for Europe by mid-July. https://news.yahoo.com/eus-breton-hopes-vaccine-push-122145019.html I'm getting lost in the math on how that provides 450 million people herd immunity. I'm also a cynic seeing that sum missed by some amount (we can deba...

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s
Replies: 24
Views: 1364

Re: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s

That’s called a self-regulating system... mother Earth is fighting her own virus. :checkmark: Things have not been the same on the 3rd planet since it was poisoned with oxygen. Now we are headed to the 4th planet, which has been perfect for about 4.5 Billion earth years, to see what kind of damage ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s
Replies: 24
Views: 1364

Re: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s

That’s called a self-regulating system... mother Earth is fighting her own virus. :scratchchin:

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase
Replies: 122
Views: 21806

Re: Airbus extracts more range from A220-300 with further weight increase

When Airbus took over that program it was a sad day for Bombardier but a red letter day for the CS. If this interview demonstrates anything, it is that sadly, BBD would have likely gone nowhere with this program, no matter how nice of a design the CS300 was... The strength of an airliner program li...

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Parting out retired aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 1939

Re: Parting out retired aircraft

Zinc chromate (ya they still do it), CIC (corrosion inhibiting compound), paint, etc... Its good “clean” aluminum. As long as the aluminum isn’t all mixed up with the next lower valued metal you’ll generally get the top dollar. That’s my limited experience over the years... The scrapper doesn’t car...

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

This is virus vs. humanity. Lightsaber I generally agree with you, but this particular statement is an exaggeration and part of why this virus is too often taken out of context and proportion. Yes, the virus is bad. It kills many people. It is, however, no threat to humanity. For perspective, this ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3odScka55A Quick video by Vox explaining vaccines efficacy figures and their very relative importance... In short: get the vaccine you're offered. And in this spirit, I got shot yesterday. In the arm. With a needle full of vaccine. Apart from the green goo oozing out...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I am very impressed at the trend in Israel: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/israel/ It's especially impressive when you compare the dwindling figures from Israel to the figures from its unvaccinated neighbors such as Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon which are currently all undergoing hig...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 34704

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

wardialer wrote:
2. Remember the HIV virus (AIDS) that broke out in the early 80s? How come it was not mandatory back then to wear a mask and social distancing?


I'm sorry, but are you trolling or are you just happy to display such a level of ignorance and lack of comprehension for all to see?

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

That makes sense. Thanks.

Good to know you guys are getting a skyscraper down there.

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

This is one bigass booster. 9 meters wide and 70 meters tall. It just needs a 50 meter tall Starship on top to complete the picture. There's a few things I don't get about their stacking approach... Are they really using Tankzilla (through the high bay roof) to lift and stack the booster sections? ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 9619

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Here's a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBgbieQnwaI Nice gimbaling action @ 1:56 and towards the end again @ 8:20. It seemed like the thermal insulation on the right of the camera was on fire for a while, at least at the beginning, though it's probably a non-event since it would stop q...

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by Francoflier
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber wrote:
More production is a good idea.

Lightsaber


So is more diversity of vaccines. It will help corner the virus and its possible evolution around them.

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by Francoflier
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2485

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

What's the utilization of NASA's Guppy? I have a feeling it doesn't justify procuring a new aircraft. Airbus Beluga is the logical solution. They are used, and hence probably a lot cheaper than any new frame. The oversize cargo capacity now exists in the private sector. that can take ~25 feet wide ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland
Replies: 14
Views: 844

Re: 2021 America’s Cup - Auckland

I love seeing these things sail (fly?), but I agree that it's become so elitist that it's discouraging many teams from many nations from competing. Not content with only happening once every 4 years, only 4 teams bothered to show up this year, which doesn't help with opening up the cup to a wider au...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2485

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

What's the utilization of NASA's Guppy? I have a feeling it doesn't justify procuring a new aircraft. The oversize cargo capacity now exists in the private sector and it would be much more cost effective for NASA to charter a large cargo airplane for the odd time they need to shift a big piece of ha...

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by Francoflier
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson: Women in the Military BAD!
Replies: 27
Views: 1898

Re: Tucker Carlson: Women in the Military BAD!

Why is it always those who have never served a day in their life who have the most to say about the military?

Him and captain bone spurs really are two birds of a feather...
Two detestable, mysoginistic, racist, hateful birds.

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona GOP says the quiet part with a bullhorn: ‘Everybody shouldn’t be voting’
Replies: 50
Views: 2778

Re: Arizona GOP says the quiet part with a bullhorn: ‘Everybody shouldn’t be voting’

If you receive money or other valuable consideration from the government, you should forfeit your vote—you have a conflict of interest. That applies to people and companies, zero corporate welfare, zero contributions to politics in any form. If you don’t pay taxes, don’t own property, don’t run a b...

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

Nobody is hoping for the vaccines to flop. Pfizer's PR might as well state that their vaccines give you wings. Why aren't we seeing the results that we hoped for at the macro scale? Israel is doing worse than many countries that have minimal vaccination rates, as shown by Worldometers and the Israe...

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

It bears reminding that people currently being vaccinated tend to belong to a category where mortality rate from all kinds of ailments is much higher than average, which is why they're being vaccinated before everyone else in the first place. If we stop vaccinating and investigate to death every tim...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 42867

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

You mean the airline that basically told Boeing to design an airplane for them bought that airplane?

I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you... ;)

Still. Good news for Boeing and the MAX. It needed it.

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by Francoflier
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?
Replies: 36
Views: 1923

Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

The general theory is that people in cooler climates tend to prefer warm tones (I certainly do) whereas people from warmer climates tend to prefer cooler/blueish tones, as the visual light temperature may help unconsciously reduce the discomfort from high or low temperatures. From I've seen travelin...

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by Francoflier
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Is an Ethernet Cable?
Replies: 48
Views: 2247

Re: What Is an Ethernet Cable?

Is Yahoo News competing with the Onion now?

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by Francoflier
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1666
Views: 101614

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I first want to see 'islands' vaccinated to reopen international aviation (this is an aviation blog). But I also want to see all healthcare, first responders, teachers, and age 75+ taken care of early. It's encouraging to see that some nations are putting airline and airport workers (along with oth...

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by Francoflier
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 286
Views: 27745

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

I think the charismatic Mr. Musk must still learn a lot how to build a reliable space missile. Money alone and positive business speech doesn't help. I don't know about that... I'd say he's built space vehicles that are better than most others already, with much less resources. Case in point: B1049...

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