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Old 07-29-2008, 03:16 PM   #61
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Yeah, theres at least two problems with that setup...

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by Nords View Post
Bread & beer used to be an important part of my routine, but as soon as I stopped consuming them I lost weight and still had room left for chocolate...
I'll second and third that. Feel better too. At times OD on dark chocolate.

There must be moderation in everything, including moderation.
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Reminds me of USAF jet (F-4 I think) where the radio was located under the pilot seat, right next to the device that ejected the pilot seat.
Yep the radio was on the left side of the ejection seat. You had to have the seat removed in order to change it! Even better the relay to change the radio antenna from top to bottom antenna was on the rail of the ejection seat in the back. No way to see it or reach it.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:47 AM   #64
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An F-4C crew chief also told me about a particularly pesky aileron linkage located about 2 feet from the nearest (small) access panel on the wing. To inspect/lube it required a special setup and only a tech with a particularly small and nimble arm could do it.

These things led to a program whereby the USAF "invited" the folks who designed these machines to come work on the flightline and in the depots for awhile. "Here, you jam your arm in there and lube that linkage." In 100 degree heat. Wearing chem gear.

Things are a lot better on today's jets, and serviceability/MX factors are taken into account in the design process. Still, there are issues.

I wish car manufacturers would take this seriously-I think it would be a major selling point for some buyers. I would love to buy a car that could be easily serviced. Even if I still had to/wanted to take it to the shop, the number of hours spent getting the work done would be less.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:04 PM   #65
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If we can put a man on the moon, why can they not invent a mutual fund that beats all other mutual funds at least 70% of the time?

...Oh, they have?

Never mind.

I want a MF that guarantees me the 10% return, as averaged over the last 100 years or whatever period they have kept record.

Every year a STEADY 10%. I don't want any of this up/down stuff, and rebalancing blah blah blah..

Perhaps our honorable Congress can pass a law mandating that.

Oh, they are working on that? Nevermind.

Hmm... They are gonna give me a guaranteed 10%, but before inflation?:confused:
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Is everyone really confident that we could put a man on the moon again? That almost seems like the good old days… never to be repeated.
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The 40th anniversary is coming up and I fear that NASA is so dysfunctional that they'd be hard press to put a Man on the Moon in less than a decade.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:27 AM   #68
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Is everyone really confident that we could put a man on the moon again? That almost seems like the good old days… never to be repeated.
I'd really question if we should, even if we could. I'd rather see a 'space race' for energy conservation and reduced-pollution sources of energy and energy storage. I think we would benefit more from that.

If you are interested in space stuff (I am, though not as much as I once was), check out the Science Friday podcasts. Just about every-time some space event occurs, the host will interview some people from NASA. It's interesting to get the inside view on these missions.


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