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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 28, 2023 5:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 18725

Re: Blue Origin - Tests, Launches, Developments

Blue Origin makes the SLS development pace seem breakneck...
Gradatim is an understatement.

But at least there is progress.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 27, 2023 6:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida GOP bans books in school until govt censor can review them
Replies: 35
Views: 1862

Re: Florida GOP bans books in school until govt censor can review them

Ignorant masses are likelier to vote for manipulative politicians... Until they can't vote at all anymore. Once again, the GOP takes a page from every Autocracy 101 lecture. -Taking control of and dictating children education programs... working on it -Taking control of the justice system... in prog...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School warned 3 times before teacher shot
Replies: 20
Views: 754

Re: School warned 3 times before teacher shot

Can you cite the specific statute that allows a 6 year old to bring a handgun to school in Virginia? What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand? Perhaps you should read DC v Heller and you’d understand a bit better? Hyperbole doesn’t work here. While some fringe lunatics ...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Reinstatement by Meta, with Guardrails
Replies: 13
Views: 1031

Re: Trump Reinstatement by Meta, with Guardrails

Maybe the Zucc got him to join the Metaverse... If no one else is going to use it, maybe the deluded far-right nutjobs can.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idaho faith healing exemption remains unchanged, and more children die
Replies: 29
Views: 2184

Re: Rightwing men continue have the right to kill wives and children

Interesting topic to discuss, but I'd suggest a less provocative and misleading thread title...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 21, 2023 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elizabeth Holmes bought ticket to Mexico
Replies: 9
Views: 897

Re: Elizabeth Holmes bought ticket to Mexico

I am still trying to figure out if she has her passport because she shouldn't. She doesn't. She would have to make a request to access it. That said, I'm not sure how hard it is to fool airline check-in staff with a fake one. I can't speak for the level of scrutiny or integrity of immigration offic...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 21, 2023 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommuteAir Leaked The Entire Federal No Fly List and Employee's PII
Replies: 20
Views: 6207

Re: CommuteAir Leaked The Entire Federal No Fly List and Employee's PII

Good lord, that is wild. I am afraid that over reliance on cloud computing is getting a bit too much. This has nothing specific to do with cloud computing. In fact, cloud computing companies do offer solid (though not perfect - nothing is) data security solutions to their customers. This clusterf#&...

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by Francoflier
Sat Jan 21, 2023 5:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate in US Armed Forces Removed as Part of Spending Bill
Replies: 14
Views: 1056

Re: Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate in US Armed Forces Removed as Part of Spending Bill

cskok8 wrote:
Members of the military have to take various vaccines when they join. What makes Covid vaccines so special?


Because unlike the other ones, the Covid vaccine has the Bill Gates mind-control microchips that turn you into a gay vegan liberal communist heathen...

...duh.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 20, 2023 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Utah Senator wants to ban porn in USA
Replies: 56
Views: 2730

Re: Utah Senator wants to ban porn in USA

..and history repeats itself. Saint Reagan (sole responsible party for shuttering all federal Psychiatric Treatment Facilities coast to coast to impress with a reduced budget resulting in the millions of unstable homeless you see today because the Tricklw down economics collected those dollars whic...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 17, 2023 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Russia turning to the East for relationships?
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: Is Russia turning to the East for relationships?

Is Russia turning to the East for relationships?


And here I was thinking you were referring to the vast amount of Russian men frequenting girly bars and brothels in Thailand.

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by Francoflier
Tue Jan 17, 2023 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4Yr old seen waving a gun.
Replies: 31
Views: 1064

Re: 4Yr old seen waving a gun.

Why was the father charged? There's no mention of age anywhere in the second amendment. This young citizen was fully within his constitutional right and his father would have been denying him such by restricting his access to a weapon. Yes, this is sarcasm, although it's a sad testament to the level...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 13, 2023 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam
Replies: 153
Views: 38449

Re: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam

From these pictures it’s hard to see how deep the wheels sank into the soft ground before reaching the hard corner of the actual runway. Spontaneously I thought this shock should have sheared of the landing gear but since they taxied to the gate maybe the wheels were not that deep in the soft soil....

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 13, 2023 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam
Replies: 153
Views: 38449

Re: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam

I really do think the plane should have diverted to DUS/BRU instead of landing at AMS. This is just overall a situation that could have been avoided. Why risk a flight that needs to land on such a short runway. A widebody aircraft shouldn't be landing with only 6000 feet. Short runway landings can ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 13, 2023 5:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

It seems there is a bit of a feud brewing between the teams, F1 and the FIA as the latter is definitely pushing for a 12-team grid, a concept which the former seem pretty hostile to: https://www.planetf1.com/news/fia-plans-12-team-formula-1-grid/ ...And it's all about money, of course. It's all dri...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 13, 2023 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam
Replies: 153
Views: 38449

Re: Delta A330 Lands 6 Feet Short Of The Runway At Amsterdam

I'm curious to know what the winds were at the time. Deciding to land an A330 on a 6500' runway is certainly not something one would do lightly, strong headwind or not. Especially when longer runways are available with relatively similar orientation. Again, I'm not sure what the wind was, but I find...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 12, 2023 12:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1285
Views: 196831

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Ukraine probably still has enough relatively safe long runways in the Western half of the country that the F-18's 'ruggedness' would not make too much of a difference, but then again that's just uninformed opinion on my behalf. My understanding is that you've made a wrong assumption on this. The Mi...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 12, 2023 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

https://www.planetf1.com/news/fia-plans ... la-1-grid/

...And it's all about money, of course.
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It seems there is a bit of a feud brewing between the teams, F1 and the FIA as the latter is definitely pushing for a 12-team grid, a concept which the former seem pretty hostile to:

https://www.planetf1.com/news/fia-plans ... la-1-grid/

...And it's all about money, of course.

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by Francoflier
Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1285
Views: 196831

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

I wouldn't put too much weight into a rumor echoed on a civilian's YT channel (all due respect to Denys' good work on there), but as far as the F-18s suitability over the F-16, it's an interesting one... The layman that I am would think that the F-16 would be a simpler and cheaper airplane to operat...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 11, 2023 9:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ABL RS-1 Launch Failure
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Re: ABL RS-1 Launch Failure

There was a time when I thought the small launcher market was going to get saturated with so many companies entering it all at once, but now I'm worried none of them will even manage to get a working launcher...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 11, 2023 8:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Orbit Flight Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: Virgin Orbit Flight Failure

You are mistaking media fanfare for real significance and Branson getting far too easy a ride by them, many of those at Newquay would have been involved with the payload of satellites, I suppose losing those was funny too? I don't find any of this funny. In fact, any failure from these space startu...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 11, 2023 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden admin weighs ban on gas stoves
Replies: 47
Views: 2622

Re: Biden admin Ban gas stoves?

Jeez people get riled up over nothing these days. Biden isn't coming for your cooktop. Or was the secret plan on that laptop! How else are they going to distract conservative voters from the fact that, for instance, the representatives they elected are gutting the house ethics committee to allow th...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 11, 2023 12:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 264
Views: 50082

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Good news.

Although 'the latest SpaceX projections for Starship launch' seem about as accurate as a tarot reading these days...

It will be nice to finally see a BE-4 launching.

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 11, 2023 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Orbit Flight Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: Virgin Orbit Flight Failure

On the perils of bombastic and boastful marketing when engaging in high risk ventures... :innocent:

That 'first launch from the UK' fanfare really was a bit of a stretch, and it almost literally blew up in their faces.

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by Francoflier
Sun Jan 08, 2023 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

One thing I noted in last year's thread about the '23 calendar was its obvious inefficiency, with many races requiring back and forth intercontinental travel for seemingly no reason other than to accommodate the respective race organizers. Needless to say, this flies in the face of F1's commitment t...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jan 06, 2023 5:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: 2023 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I don't know why the FIA is still playing hard to get with Andretti's proposal. The GM tie up, along with Andretti's racing pedigree, now makes this a very serious candidate. Add to this F1 growing popularity in the US - and the associated revenue - and I think they would be crazy for leaving them o...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote
Replies: 276
Views: 13204

Re: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote

Well, if this isn't the inevitable and entirely predictable consequences of the MAGA-fication of the GOP...

Sow discord, reap chaos.

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by Francoflier
Sun Dec 25, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrants dropped off at VP Residence Xmas Eve
Replies: 74
Views: 3997

Re: Migrants dropped off at VP Residence Xmas Eve

Ah, yes, using human beings as pawns for political stunts. On Christmas.
What else would we expect from the merchants of anger and discord?

"And his heart shrunk three sizes that day".

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 23, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 19448

Re: Arianespace News and Discussion Thread

Vega is really proving to be a problem child for Arianespace... Which is somewhat ironic since it was designed to be a relatively simple and cheap launcher. I guess it is just one more proof that 'simple' and 'cheap' just don't belong in space. Add that to the Ariane 6 delays and ESA is looking at a...

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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 22, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA acquires 777-200
Replies: 15
Views: 4143

Re: NASA acquires 777-200



20-year-old bird, one very careful owner... A great deal for NASA and certainly a big step up in capability from a DC-8.

I can't wait to see it in NASA colors.

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 16, 2022 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Digital Trading Cards
Replies: 59
Views: 3291

Re: Trump Digital Trading Cards

What's funny is not that he is trying to scam people - that's what he has dedicated his life to doing after all - it's that he is not even putting any effort in his cons anymore... He used to at least put some work in, like setting up a fake university or repackaging cheap liquor or that kind of cra...

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 16, 2022 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Now journalists are getting banned. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/twitter-aaron-rupar-twitter-suspended-b2246293.html Twitter has suspended the account of prominent liberal journalist Aaron Rupar as well as reporters from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Rupar, w...

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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 15, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nuclear fusion: harnessing the power of the stars
Replies: 27
Views: 1636

Re: Nuclear fusion: harnessing the power of the stars

This is a "humankind" game changer. Imagine no more burning fossil fuels to generate electricity...even if it means using the heat to just boil water.... As much of a fan of fusion as I am, I have my doubt that it will end up being a humankind game changer. As has been explained in other ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Dec 14, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

So why is Jack Dorsey carrying Elon's water here? Do they have some sort of deal? He's lending credence to the Twitter Files by accepting "blame". Also condemning the threats against his former Twitter colleagues. But not identifying Elon as the cause of those threats, which he clearly is...

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by Francoflier
Wed Dec 14, 2022 3:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?
Replies: 43
Views: 1730

Re: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?

All the people I know did take there husbands last name. But in Quebec its against the law for a woman to take her husbands last name, my nephew just got married in October to a young woman in Quebec and that's when I learned of it. It seems some woman that want to adopt there husbands last name po...

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by Francoflier
Tue Dec 13, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nuclear fusion: harnessing the power of the stars
Replies: 27
Views: 1636

Re: Nuclear fusion: harnessing the power of the stars

My understanding is that the plasma is contained by magnetic fields. What happens if the magnetic field is removed. The fusion reaction instantly stops. It can only happen within the ultra-dense plasma that is created by that field. This is, among other reasons, why fusion reactors cannot 'runaway'...

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by Francoflier
Tue Dec 13, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 349
Views: 70515

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

But going from 900lb thrust upwards will be an interesting challenge. Especially, at a guess, as reliability, maintainability etc will need to be higher than for a missile etc? No kidding... Boom needs a 35klbs class supersonic engine. That's a bit of a step up, as the British would euphemistically...

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by Francoflier
Tue Dec 13, 2022 8:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

This is the third time Musk has lashed out in a week. Other targets included Anthony Fauci, whom he accused of lying about COVID, and Yoel Roth, whom he accused of permitting pedophilia and not protecting children on Twitter. (Note that pedophilia is oddly his go-to accusation). Now that you mentio...

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by Francoflier
Mon Dec 12, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 615
Views: 54340

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

zkojq wrote:
Looks like Vasseur has left Sauber. I wonder what his destination could be? :scratchchin:


Geez, I wonder which team - or 'stable', as some latin-language nations call them - would have a team principal position that would have just become available recently...
:veryhappy:

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 09, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia frees US basketball star in swap with arms dealer Bout
Replies: 132
Views: 5752

Re: Russia frees US basketball star in swap with arms dealer Bout

FoxNews and other RW news/opinion media outlets are going full tilt to bash Biden and Democrats over. It will be seen as and I agree will be one of the biggest political mistakes Pres. Biden will have done as President. I'm really not sure what else the administration should have done if they were ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 09, 2022 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 737
Views: 60004

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

I think this means Trump is finally running out of human shields. We all wondered when that would happen. His legal team is going to be so encumbered by contempt and sanctions, that they'll have no time to work for him. Making Attorneys Get Attorneys. I have wondered for a while how Trump manages t...

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by Francoflier
Fri Dec 09, 2022 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 349
Views: 70515

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

They said "it will be by the end of the year" Did they say which year? Boom is another reminder that despite most of the industry spotlights being shone on airframe manufacturers, engine manufacturers are really the ones who dictate innovation and advancement in the sector. Especially at ...

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by Francoflier
Wed Dec 07, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Ol' Musky is now angry that the city of SF is nosing around his sweatshop and inquiring about bedrooms that have allegedly been setup at Twitter headquarters. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/musk-slams-san-francisco-for-probe-of-bedrooms-at-twitter-hq/ar-AA14Zr5n?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=a18...

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by Francoflier
Sat Dec 03, 2022 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 615
Views: 54340

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Hadn't they announced that China was cancelled about a week ago already? (As per the posts above) Or is it just now official? I doubt they'll replace it with anything in any case. They may just try to reshuffle things a bit to avoid the month-long lull. That said, if they really wanted to put someth...

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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11874
Views: 879115

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Von der Leyen announced the EU is blocking 300 billion Russian Central Bank reserves + 19b of Russian oligarch money and threatened to seize them to fund the reconstruction of Ukaine's economy. https://www.globalconstructionreview.com/eu-threatens-to-seize-e300bn-from-russia-to-rebuild-ukraine/ Wro...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 29, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Musk arrived at Twitter with an approach that I am sure he thinks is pretty straightforward. The site, he believes, has a leftwing bias that should be corrected by allowing suspended users back on to the platform. The accounts of Donald Trump, Kanye West and Jordan Peterson have been reinstated, al...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 29, 2022 6:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Which temperature convention do you prefer for pulldown kitchen faucets?
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: Which temperature convention do you prefer for pulldown kitchen faucets?

Forward (towards user) should be cold and back should be hot for kitchen faucets IMO. In fact, I plumbed mine backwards to have it this way. Then again I can see why some manufacturer would go fwd hot / back cold as some faucets can be installed rotated 90 degrees clockwise with the handle facing th...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 29, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX Cargo and Medium-haul Order
Replies: 38
Views: 5929

Re: CX Cargo and Medium-haul Order

Bets on 777X to 787 conversion... 77F is likely to replace the 74F, but I could see some P2F from their own 77W fleet. Additional 321s are likely. If not now, at least down the line. Subsidiary LD has experience with 330 P2F. If positive and if they are looking for more of a regional-sized freighter...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Things are going swimmingly over at Twitter. Half of their top advertisers have left the platform, as per a report from a few days ago: https://news.yahoo.com/less-month-musk-takeover-half-001257006.html And that list now includes Apple, which says it has cut its advertising on the platform. But not...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 29, 2022 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44309

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

It's always rather impressive - in a sad way - to witness someone slowly descend into madness, but when it happens to a boisterous billionaire, it becomes a worldwide spectacle. It's like a slow motion trainwreck that we can't take our eyes off of. Everyone reacts differently to the avalanche of unf...

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 26, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 615
Views: 54340

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Despite showing unity and confidence on the surface, it seems all was not well within the Ferrari team and that their disheveled seasons has taken a toll on Binotto, who will apparently quit after his Boss John Elkann lost confidence in him: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/ferrari-f1-team-b...

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