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by Francoflier
Thu Dec 01, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10330
Views: 768358

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: 529
Views: 30838

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: 6
Views: 321

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: 5502

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: 529
Views: 30838

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: 529
Views: 30838

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: 598
Views: 52040

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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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 25, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

I suppose it all comes down to whether engineers are better at engineering or at underpromising... ;)

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 25, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

It looks like he really wants Twitter being banned in the EU........ It certainly looks like Twitter's days in Europe are counted. All part of the genius plan I'm sure... Then again, it is becoming increasingly clear that Musk only intends to use Twitter as a political tool which may mean it's usel...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”
Replies: 60
Views: 14878

Re: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”

Interesting. Have had this happen a couple times on takeoff in the 220 (admittedly new-ish to the type). ATs are armed for takeoff, however the throttles are very touchy and can be fairly easily deactivated. That's the part I don't quite understand. Does the A/T disconnect because of jerky thrust l...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”
Replies: 60
Views: 14878

Re: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”

Just had this question pop into my head, Airbus’ own aircraft has a feature on the throttle pedestal, where you position the throttle levers over a detent (?), you press then autothrottle button on the A/P control panel and the autothrottle takes over. Did airbus add that feature to the aircraft wh...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 24, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”
Replies: 60
Views: 14878

Re: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”

Do the G6000 have it? They seem to have the same p/b layout as the A220.

Also, what is the guarded switch below the AP / AT / FD(?) switches? It's hard to tell from the pictures.

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 24, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”
Replies: 60
Views: 14878

Re: FAA issues EAD for the Airbus A220, citing two “near catastrophic incidents”

The issue is obvious when looking at the autopilot panel: 6580979 The A/P and A/T push buttons are on top of each other, rather small, look exactly the same and even their labeling only differs by one letter... This is a design disaster in terms of ergonomics and safety. I'm surprised this passed de...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 337
Views: 41999

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

SpaceX has gotten rid of its 2 oldest boosters in the last 2 weeks. B1049 was sacrificed to push Eutelsat 10B into a 'super-synchronous' orbit. It was its 11th flight and hadn't flown in over a year, which makes me think they were reserving it for a 'suicide' mission like this one and never intended...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 24, 2022 3:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

The long delays and harsh weather seem to have taken a toll on those poor cubesats. I guess that's part of the risk when you're hitchhiking to the Moon.

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by Francoflier
Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 187
Views: 5564

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

Yay 2nd amendment! Too bad there wasn't a good guy with a gun around. You'd think being in a Walmart, especially in Virgina, that everyone and their cousin/wife would have been armed to the tooth. Almost 70% of Americans don't own a firearm. https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2017/06/22/the-...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

[...] Making Twitter a true free speech unmoderated platform. That will never happen and if you think it is possible then you are ill-informed. Tugg That's what Musk promised and as it should be. This is America and we have a 1st amendment. We also have a capitalist system where businesses tend to ...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

If those LGBTQ+ activists were really true to their beliefs, they wouldn't have gone to Qatar in the first place. And therefore give in to Qatar's inherent homophobia? This is not how it works. What you are saying is that some members of the community should not be allowed to attend the football Wo...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

GDB wrote:
Francoflier, descriptions and images of the pad were in the briefing, if that’s what you are looking for.


Indeed. Thanks.
Starting 11:40 in the briefing video. Apart from the elevator doors, it doesn't look too bad for a pad that withstood the most powerful rocket launch ever.

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

Speaks volumes about those outlets that the most powerful rocket ever built, on its first flight, performed on or above expectations, the IUS completed its longest ever burn and on so many other ways it, the spacecraft itself has worked like a charm and they bang on about a couple of lift doors? I'...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

bluecrew wrote:
Somehow I missed this, buy Kanye West is now also back.

This is really playing out quickly.


And now MTG is also back in...

Looks like the circus is back in town!

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

2. EGS performance: mostly nominal. 2 pad cameras damaged, nitrogen and helium lines minor damage. Minor scorching. Elevator doors blast damage. No impact on future launches. I've read on less reputable media outlets that the damage to the pad infrastructure was more severe than thought or expected...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 22, 2022 4:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at a Nightclub in Colorado Springs
Replies: 92
Views: 4046

Re: Shooting at a Nightclub in Colorado Springs

I'd bet a few dollars on him being a severely repressed homosexual who grew up in a hard core homophobic environment...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

The most important thing Twitter have, like most other social network product including this a.net we are on now, is its user. The role of software layer is to keep its users sticking to the software while able to make money from users doing so. The user base is very important but the problem with ...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 BTV
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Re: A350 BTV

It reverts to the medium autobrake setting. You also get the Airbus triple click sound on touchdown as for any other mode reversion.

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

Ah, thanks. Got it. Just in time.

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

zanl188 wrote:
Great video shot at the moment with Orion, earth, and moon all in frame.


Is there a feed somewhere?

I'm following the tracking website but it keeps dropping off...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

In a spectacular collapse of principles, England and Wales (among other nations) will not wear the "One Love" armbands in support of LBGTQ+ after FIFA threaten sanctions against teams or individual players. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/football/60975930 'We have asked the captains not...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

Well we learned a couple of things from the opening match. First is that the Qatari team is an absolute joke; not a single shot or corner kick after 95 minutes of playing. They have a goal keeper who shouldn’t be let anywhere near a football pitch, and it's all backed by supporters who left in drov...

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 598
Views: 52040

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Mick is out has Haas and Hulkenberg is in. Not sure I agree with this because there is more potential with Mick but Haas needs the points and Haas is cash strapped. Mick crashed the car quite a bit and had the highest crash tab on the grid. https://the-race.com/formula-1/schumacher-dropped-by-haas-...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 20, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 598
Views: 52040

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Leclerc already has a car as great as Red Bull's , and yet despite getting the most poles this season his poles to win conversion rate is poor at only 33%. Sainz was able to pull out a win at Silverstone inspite of the team bungling up strategies, so why isn't Leclerc doing the same? That's simply ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

All this whataboutism is ridiculous and, as always, an effort to divert attention from the obvious problem that is holding the WC in Qatar. Qatar is far from the only nation to have issues with human rights and general behaviour against humanity, but as it so happens, they are hosting the World Cup....

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 20, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Or Trump may revert to Twitter if Truth Social collapses. At this rate it's anybody's guess which will collapse first. As for free speech, it seems we've finally understood what Musk meant by it... it's whatever he decides free speech is. He's basically bypassed an entire team dedicated to moderati...

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pop Icon Taylor Swift vs TicketMaster / Live Nation
Replies: 41
Views: 1448

Re: Pop Icon Taylor Swift vs TicketMaster / Live Nation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Y7uqqEFnY

It seems nothing has changed since.
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Last Week Tonight covered the topic a few months ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Y7uqqEFnY

It seems nothing has changed since.

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/trackartemis/
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Avatar2go wrote:

5. Imagery beginning to be released (@FrancoFlier).



Lol. Thanks.

In the meantime, here is NASA's Artemis 1 tracking website, which allows to follow the mission in real time:
https://www.nasa.gov/specials/trackartemis/

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 19, 2022 6:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

I think that his desire to turn Twitter into a megaphone for his political and ideological views should not surprise anyone who has observed his mental state devolve into a rather toxic mix of angry paranoia and megalomania. Nor should the fact that he seems to want to rule Twitter like a tinpot dic...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 18, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

Aaron747 wrote:
Few places more annoying than these faux-modern Gulf states.


Wait until some of these unsuspecting and naive WC visitors get caught smoking a joint or kissing a same-sex partner in public... I have a feeling that football/soccer will be taking second stage in Qatar during the event.

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 7904

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

Something tells me this was premeditated. They waited until most visitors and fans had booked their stay and until it was too late for anyone to cancel their booking without penalty to then dial the sharia and stone age back to 11. I doubt anybody still thought holding the WC in Qatar was a good ide...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

To clarify, those cameras were present and the video will be released as it's processed. In order to conserve telemetry bandwidth for data acquisition, it was not transmitted in real time, but was downloaded from the core stage during the time it was in orbit, before re-entering. Similarly ICPS and...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

Great video. Although as fantastic an achievement as this was, the lack of onboard video or decent telemetry was a bit disappointing. I know SpaceX has spoiled us with that stuff but in this day and age it shouldn't have been too hard to stick a few cams here and there for the public, even if they w...

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 18, 2022 7:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Threatening, pressuring, overworking and micromanaging employees to within an inch of their lives only to then take credit for their hard work has been a Musk trademark in all his companies since the start. It is less evident when the company is built from the ground up with that ethos but a lot mor...

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by Francoflier
Thu Nov 17, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Smallest Mach 2 fighter
Replies: 19
Views: 2515

Re: Smallet Mach 2 fighter

Mig-21?
The F-104 is also lighter than the Mirage but heavier than the Mig I think.

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10330
Views: 768358

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Some reports are starting to emerge that the Russians have blasted the Kherson dam. There is a video of the blast that is being aired by Russian media: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-media-shows-footage-of-explosion-at-nova-kakhovka-dam-in-kherson/vi-AA142aSw?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=767...

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 12, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Well, there goes the blue tick service: https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/11/11/musk-halts-twitters-coveted-blue-tick-as-impostors-run-amok I am in utter shock that this genius idea from the mostest smartest genius in the World didn't work. Who could possibly have seen it coming? Musk's genius ...

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by Francoflier
Sat Nov 12, 2022 7:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

T18 wrote:
Please buy Meta next Elon.


I don't think the Zucc needs any help in destroying Meta... He's doing it just fine by himself.

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by Francoflier
Fri Nov 11, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 529
Views: 30838

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

The FTC is getting worried about the Twitter sh#tshow and has started issuing warnings among the utter chaos that is ensuing Musk's aberrant decisions and a spate of high-ranking resignations: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/10/fake-account-chaos-engulfs-musks-twitter-00066217 "The turmoi...

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by Francoflier
Tue Nov 08, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 502
Views: 57655

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

I hope that decision to leave it out there doesn't come back and bite them in the arse.
Speaking of behinds, I now suspect that in a couple of days, plenty of cheeks will be clenched so hard over at the Cape that they could stop a hydrogen leak...

The SLS curse continues.

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 07, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law
Replies: 12
Views: 1203

Re: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law

Aesma wrote:
At least it's all in the open, what they're trying to do, there is no ifs and buts.

I don't understand how this cannot lead to the Supreme Court imposing independent redistricting.


Because the Supreme Court is a political entity which is nowadays solely dedicated to pursuing the Republican agenda.

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by Francoflier
Mon Nov 07, 2022 8:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cycle and hour limits on pax and freighter a/c
Replies: 10
Views: 2043

Re: Cycle and hour limits on pax and freighter a/c

Converting an aircraft from pax to freighter actually decreases the cycles/hours life of the airframe, due to the bump up in maximum zero fuel weight to increase payload capacity, which is done in order to prevent hitting the payload limit prior to hitting the volume limit of the aircraft. This in ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Nov 06, 2022 4:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 5107

Re: The death of the manual transmission

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/uninten ... d=92617428
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Rather coincidentally, ABC News has published an article on the topic yesterday:

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/uninten ... d=92617428

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