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by cpd
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 460
Views: 63844

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

The timeline is way too aggressive. 2025 for rollout, 2026 for first flight and 2029 for carrying passengers. I mean, Concorde did it in 7yrs, and that was with blueprints and slide-rules. Who's to say modern advances can't shorten that a good bit? Heck, I'm far more worried about the legislative p...

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by cpd
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 460
Views: 63844

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

What engine is the boom airliner based on? I think the Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4. ;) In actual fact, there appears to be no engine - the Wikipedia says that in July 2020 they made an agreement to collaborate with Rolls-Royce on engine development. It's all a bit wishy-washy. Perhaps they are trying t...

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by cpd
Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jitters about AF347
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Re: Jitters about AF347

Haven't flown in about 2 years because of the pandemic and I am schedule to fly June 11 on AF347. I've never been a nervous flyer but now I noticed we'll be flying on a 777 and I recall seeing an engine failure involving a 777 in February of this year. Furthermore, it seems Air France wanted to ret...

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by cpd
Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 20
Views: 1390

Re: Dash Cams

After a particularly hair-raising experience in traffic today, I realize that I would like a dash cam because, frankly, I doubt anyone would believe the way that some local drivers behave. Today, a lady just pulled out into a left turn right in front of me, blew a stop sign, and forced me to slam o...

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by cpd
Mon May 31, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press
Replies: 120
Views: 5839

Re: Naomi Osaka won't talk to press

And this just in — Osaka withdraws from Roland Garros. I can respect that a lot more than vague sound bytes and piecemeal engagement. If she needs help then I hope she gets it. And in private. What on earth is she doing? Unreal. This is getting out of control. It’s absolutely not out of control, it...

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by cpd
Tue May 11, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 278
Views: 68799

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I had to search for what I thought was the photo in question- it had naturally been overtaken by the 707 and others so things seem normal enough. I haven’t been looking closely at the photos or this site recently however. I do briefly see what is recently added in photos via the forum display and if...

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by cpd
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2236

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

caliboy93 wrote:
How about we pay people to get vaccinated? Is that a good strategy?


Do the people who already have been wearing masks get back-pay for doing so? ;)

Remember, we put ourselves at risk from those 5G chips that we were told were in the masks...

Why should the objectors only profit from this?

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by cpd
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing
Replies: 37
Views: 14154

Re: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

I hope the crew didn't suffer too much - that's a terrible tragedy.

RIP and sincere condolences to the families of the crew and all of there colleagues/friends. :(

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by cpd
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?
Replies: 75
Views: 5508

Re: When where and why did you last fly pre Covid?

Dubai and Geneva, business class and First Class.

Then return from Nice on business class through Dubai.

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by cpd
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Update - Punch List of Bugs, Errors, Requests
Replies: 233
Views: 79281

Re: Update - Punch List of Bugs, Errors, Requests

Question: what can be done about mobile version "bouncing?" By that, I mean when a forum main page loads, there is inconsistent timing to when the various elements of the page load (frames, ads, text, headers, etc). The result is that even when I wait for it to properly load, I think it's...

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by cpd
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 128
Views: 12156

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

A work colleague had the first AZ vaccine shot and was heavily affected by it, bad fatigue, feeling very unwell for a few days. Now okay.

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by cpd
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 4891

Re: Prince Philip has died

https://youtu.be/mCY4b6GGkb4

I don't watch much TV at all so I tend to miss these things.

Commodore Guy Holthouse AM, was the only Australian representative there. Princess Anne looked so devastated.
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Pellegrine wrote:
It was a great service, very touching.


For those who didn't see it, here is the whole service:

https://youtu.be/mCY4b6GGkb4

I don't watch much TV at all so I tend to miss these things.

Commodore Guy Holthouse AM, was the only Australian representative there. Princess Anne looked so devastated.

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by cpd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70
Replies: 10
Views: 2301

Re: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70

I haven't seen or used the 24-120, but I do have the 24-70 and you can add me to the list of folks that are very happy with it. It's a sizable lump on the front of the camera and it is expensive, but when it comes to camera equipment, you get what you pay for. Indeed: https://photos.smugmug.com/Civ...

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by cpd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 7965

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

I once left a large supiscious-looking suitcase in the wrong carriage of a french TGV-train. Long story, I was stupid, but there was mitigating circumstances. I was going to CDG, and was in a bit of hurry. I left the the suitcase and went to the restaurant and got just drunk enough on red wine, a g...

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by cpd
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 7965

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rogerson
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NIKV69 wrote:
Never had an issue. Turn car off, Put keys on dash, hands on wheel and follow their directions you will never have a problem.



Hope you don’t encounter someone like this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rogerson

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70
Replies: 10
Views: 2301

Re: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70

The 24-70 F/2.8 is a really top quality lens but it is expensive.

24-120 may be more versatile but for me, 24-70 every time with the F2.8.

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 4891

Re: Prince Philip has died

https://youtu.be/pX5UNcFUNN4

So straightforward, no fuss or fanfare. Interesting interview.
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Interview with him on WW2, service in the Navy and various things:

https://youtu.be/pX5UNcFUNN4

So straightforward, no fuss or fanfare. Interesting interview.

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 2253

Re: Strange business names

Maybe strange in most countries, but probably not so strange in the home country: Doktor Ingenieur honoris causa Ferdinand Porsche Aktiengesellschaft. During training, we had to sit through this cringy training video complete with a feel-good power ballad and "inspirational" pictures. It w...

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by cpd
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 4891

Re: Prince Philip has died

https://youtu.be/bfBESXgJno0

I never managed to meet him. But he just seemed so straight forward, no-nonsense.

Quite a character as well.
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Arion640 wrote:
A very sad day for Britain. We have lost a legend.

God speed sir.


From Sky News: https://youtu.be/bfBESXgJno0

I never managed to meet him. But he just seemed so straight forward, no-nonsense.

Quite a character as well.

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by cpd
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 4891

Re: Prince Philip has died

Actually having a constitutional monarchy has worked fairly well. You have a non party political head of state. The politicians all secretly hate it. Particularly because she is more popular than they are. And she is evidently pretty clever. Anyhow, that’s a discussion for another time. RIP Prince ...

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by cpd
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 3221

Re: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes

Are airports actually quieter, if let say 737 get replaced by 787, or two new 737MAX? Increase in gauge size and frequency due to traffic increase is quite common across the.world in recent decades Arguably on a dB basis they are quieter. 73Max is quieter than 73G is quieter than 733 is quieter tha...

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by cpd
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 3221

Re: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes

I think the article hits on an interesting point, about the "type" of noise complained about. Many years ago when I was but a 20-something long-haired rock and roll guitarist, our band played an outdoor gig in the town where we lived on Memorial Day afternoon to give the kids in the town ...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Indeed, but I was shooting 320s at 50-60mm and it just wasn't happening as the winglet would be moving relative to me much faster than the rest of the aircraft (or the tailplane would be blurry due to the vibration). Not a lot I could do, irrespective of whether my technique was any good or not. 20...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Just to add that having IS/VR (or whatever you wanna call it) turned on for panning is better than having it turned off. But it is not the magical tool some think it is. It is subject to physics, like everything else. I used to relieve the boredom between movements at my local by doing panning shot...

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by cpd
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

For example, if an aircraft is rotating on the runway, you will see two movements: one is the aircraft rolling on the runway, and the other one is the aircraft nose lifting off the pavement, so those different motion are very difficult to "copy" with the camera. Precisely. Too many photog...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 296
Views: 16894

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

In Australia, we have independent electoral commissions at state and federal level, overseeing elections for their separate jurisdictions. Redistributions are considered after each election based on population changes, and all parties are able to provide input into that process. With mandatory atte...

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by cpd
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Hello all. This is particularly for my fellow Nikon photogs. I'm noticing when I drop my shutter speed to pan or get good prop blur, I'm having an issue where the camera seems to alternate between blurring the nose and the tail. Here's an example, granted it's not the best quality but this is purel...

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by cpd
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747
Replies: 12
Views: 2297

Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Whatever light you have available make sure it is behind you. If things are dull, keep the aperture up around f/8.0 and try to follow the plane smoothly as it goes past. This will hopefully get you a panning effect and at say 1/100sec it should be sharp from edge to edge of the plane. Slower than th...

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by cpd
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sharon Osbourne leaving 'The Talk' following accusations of racism
Replies: 60
Views: 3814

Re: Is Sharon Osbourne about to be Cancelled??

‘The Talk’ Cancels Shows Amid Investigation Surrounding Sharon Osbourne Comments https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/talk-cancels-shows-amid-investigation-235909252.html I suspect that a woman of color's rights trump any freedom of speech rights that Sharon has as a dual US/UK citizen, with Jewish ...

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by cpd
Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.skysports.com/amp/f1/news/12433/12245165/murray-walker-the-formula-1-commentary-legend-dies-aged-97 Lewis Hamilton wrote a very nice tribute to Murray Walker. Lewis, like me, also grew up with Murray Walker as the voice of Formula 1. I have a “few” more years on L...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your favorite pens (writing)?
Replies: 30
Views: 1532

Re: What are your favorite pens (writing)?

I find I’m writing less and less with a pen or pencil because we’ve gone paperless at work for years already. I used to write with a fountain pen but not so much anymore. I just use whatever cheap pens they have in the stationary cupboard at work now. Must say they’ve actually got quite decent smoot...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died

Former F1 commentor Murray Walker has died at the age of 97 according to BBC. A statement from the British Racing Drivers' Club said: "It's with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC associate member Murray Walker OBE. https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/56388596 https://twitte...

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by cpd
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona GOP says the quiet part with a bullhorn: ‘Everybody shouldn’t be voting’
Replies: 50
Views: 3113

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

c933103 wrote:
There's a reason why most countries around the world didn't adopt mandatory voting like Australia


Do explain further in great detail the basis of this comment and your own experience/knowledge to back up the comment. I’d be very interested to know.

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by cpd
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2979

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

A380 Dubai to anyplace in Europe. The ones I’ve flown on have been full. 777-300ER might be unsuitable too. Maybe it should be thousands of single aisle narrow body planes with everyone packed in like sardines? Qantas often uses big planes on short flights. A330 Sydney Melbourne and return. 767 Bri...

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by cpd
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-post screening spompert
Replies: 257
Views: 74631

Re: pre-post screening spompert

Hello everybody, this photo was rejected for blurry. The original looks okay to me so I`m a bit surprised. Can someone tell me where it`s blurry exactly? I also might try to reduce the size of the photo and start all over to see if it`s fixable. The other fact that makes it a bit hard to accept is ...

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by cpd
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump vs. RNC fundraising
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Trump vs. RNC fundraising

I don't think there is a lot Trump can do to stop the Republican party doing this.

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash
Replies: 33
Views: 5776

Re: Olivier Dassault Helicopter Crash

Statistically it’s still very safe, you’ve named three from thousands of famous and rich people that fly in helicopters weekly since 2018, and have survived. I’m pretty sure more rich people have died in car crashes in that time frame. I’m also pretty sure EasyJet wouldn’t have offered him a flight...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Total Apathy
Replies: 19
Views: 2522

Re: Total Apathy

With all that’s going on in the world this year, and in my life (sudden loss of my father), I’m feeling totally apathetic about EVERYTHING. Like I’ll vote in the election next week, but I don’t care about it like I usually do (or should). Anyone else just feeling totally apathetic when it comes to ...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?
Replies: 36
Views: 2239

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

The bulbs are all led and can change colour to whatever you choose for each bulb.

There are presets you can choose as well.

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by cpd
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints
Replies: 148
Views: 6074

Re: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints

Isn’t this just classic capitalism at work? The best rises to the top. Don’t like it? Nothing stopping you from starting your own “Facebook” or “Twitter”. There is a direct comparison to the christian cake shop exercising their right to not serve gays. The bakers rights trumped their customers’ rig...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints
Replies: 148
Views: 6074

Re: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints

Unfortunately we now have private monopolies though, so either split them up or impose restrictions on them. Another poster compared them to a bakery which is disingenuous. If a bakery won't write messages they disagree with on your cake, you can try going to another one. Isn’t this just classic ca...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Why did you fall in love with aviation?
Replies: 29
Views: 6511

Re: Why did you fall in love with aviation?

I always had a slight interest - I got more interested when I got involved with flight simulator for a while. I took photos for a time but stopped in 2012 and haven’t been back since. It’s something I will never do again.

I lost the interest - aviation is just a means of going somewhere.

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by cpd
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 278
Views: 68799

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I did some digging on reddit for a few minutes and see others being shared on there too fairly frequently.

This is all getting way too competitive. Is this a hobby or a business? Put the cameras away for a while and see that things can be enjoyed without being top 5 or photographers choice.

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by cpd
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1063
Views: 60384

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

https://www.news.com.au/world/north-ame ... e07d79fc4d

Should be interesting to watch.
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Trump to be re-instated as the US President according to News Ltd:

https://www.news.com.au/world/north-ame ... e07d79fc4d

Should be interesting to watch.

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by cpd
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 278
Views: 68799

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

What is happening is that some people are treating this as a kind of business rather than something fun to do. Hence the hit-seeking, etc. I’ll be interested to see how it is intended to clamp down on social media posting or sharing. As long as it isn’t misused by groups of people seeking to get the...

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by cpd
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liz Cheney: GOP risks becoming known as "the party of white supremacy"
Replies: 207
Views: 11751

Re: Liz Cheney: GOP risks becoming known as "the party of white supremacy"

The problem for now is that the Republicans cannot win general elections without white nationalists, racists, neo-fascists, anti-science, and other 'know nothings' Of course not when you label all of them racists anyways. Isn’t that the same as republicans labelling everyone else as socialists, “li...

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by cpd
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4519

Re: User's rides

The last time we did this I had a 2013 Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDi and a 2014 Audi A1 1.4 TFSi, we still have the A1, in 2018 I traded the A6 for a 2018 A6 Avant quattro 2.0TDi. Got to give Audi credit they have come a long way in the 90s their stuff was complete Rubbish but now they are some cars! Here'...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 3020

Re: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?

Thank you so much cpd and jelpee! So all images require sharpening to a certain extent? To my untrained eye, my images look sharp enough. Could resizing my image to 1200px eliminate the need to sharpen? For this website yes. Using a D800e and a very sharp 300 f4.0 prime lens gets pretty sharp image...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 17213

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Indeed. Then again, YSSY doesn't need it because visibility that low rarely occurs in Sydney. Same at most other Australian ports. I must say that Sydney (my city) does indeed get very heavy fog on occasions. It's not super frequently, but it's also not so rare either. This morning out in Western S...

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