Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 47325
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2019/01/20 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2007/7/18-20 [Transportation/Airplane, Transportation/Car] UID:47325 Activity:high
7/18    Can we put anti-lock brakes on airplanes?  This may prevent landing
        accidents in rainy weather.
        \_ You would think most of the braking comes from the reverse
           \_ Then the crash in Brazil shouldn't have been caused by the rain.
              You'd be surprised that this hasn't exactly been perfected.
        \_ would it surprise you to hear that anti-lock braking systems were
           originally developed for use on airplanes?
           \_ By SUPERiOR German engineers?
           \_ Yes I'm surprised.  How come commercial airliners don't have it?
            \_ Antilock brakes help when your tires are your main braking
               force.  Commericial airliners do not brake via tire friction.
               There isn't nearly enough tire to slow down a big ass 747.
               \_ Yeah, but it's not just about brakeing.  It's also about
               \_ Yeah, but it's not just about braking.  It's also about
                  controling the direction.  When the tires skit the plane can
                  veer off the runway.  These accidents have been on the news
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2/13    I'm never flying a Canadian/French built aircraft again.
        \_ you're an idiot.
           \_ Google for French Airbus A380. First fly-by-wire demonstration.
              \_ I googled this, didn't find anything.
        \_ Why? What did I miss?
2007/3/19-22 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:46011 Activity:nil
3/19    "China OKs plan to build (large) commercial jets"
        Regardless of whether their planes will be worthy, the officials sure
        know to make the announcement on the right day to steal the spotlight.
        \_ What spotlight are you referring to?
           \_ "Airbus A380 makes 1st flight to America"
2007/3/20-22 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:46020 Activity:nil
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        fuel, so much potential. I love it. I love it.          -terrorist
2006/11/7-8 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:45219 Activity:low
11/7    FedEx cancels Airbus, orders Boeing. Go Eurotrash engineering!
        \_ It's not the engineering, it's the way the European economies
           work. In some ways this whole Airbus thing has been more
           command economy than demand economy.
           \_ that is very funny.  you really think Boeing is a product
2006/3/31-4/3 [Transportation/Car] UID:42593 Activity:high
        "The actions by Delphi [largest U.S. auto-parts maker], which filed for
        Chapter 11 last October, would eliminate 20,000 hourly jobs in the
        U.S., or about 60 percent of its total work force. It will cut another
        8,500 salaried jobs worldwide."
        \_ it's about time... I just don't see how can they justify
2006/3/29-30 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:42516 Activity:moderate
        Airbus A380 passed crucial tests and approved as a 853-person
        jet. Go superior French communist engineering!
        \_ Communist or not, I am just looking forward to the day when it
           takes 2 hours just to board the plane!
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2005/8/2-4 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:38942 Activity:kinda low
8/2     What happens when your pilot doesn't know how to land a plane
        correctly:  (Paris -> Toronto, 309 passengers, Airbus 340) (Yahoo! News slideshow)
        "Leah Walker, a radio reporter in Toronto, said she saw a third of the
        plane fall and that the rest became a fireball." ...
        Marx said he initially didn't think anything was wrong. But then,
2005/5/19-20 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:37767 Activity:low
5/19    I understand the US concern for EU to give loans to airbus, but
        didn't we gave billions to help United so they won't go
        bankrupt? Isn't it the same thing?
        \_ airline providing service versus company providing product?
        \_ US just a crying baby, I mean it.
        \_ I think it's the same thing, but one could argue that the United
2005/5/16-17 [Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:37706 Activity:moderate
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2011/6/20-7/13 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:54129 Activity:nil
6/17    RIDE BIKE people, where does one buy a cheap < $100 commuter bike
        that will be used by a visiting foreign student for 3 months then
        thrown away?
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           used Gary Fisher for $50 but it needed a new chain, new cables
2010/2/10-3/9 [Transportation/Car] UID:53699 Activity:low
2/10    About the Lexus that crashed because of (supposedly) a stuck
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        in Neutral?  If the cop passenger had time to press at least one
        button to dial 911, wait for the call to be picked up, and had a
        10-second-plus conversation with the operator (which was played back
        in media reports), wasn't there much more than enough time to tell the
2010/1/21-25 [Transportation/Car] UID:53652 Activity:nil
1/21    The brakes on my bicycle lose a lot of braking power when they are wet.
        How come I don't feel the same problem with brakes on my car?  Do car
        brakes sense the braking power and automatically increase the brake
        pressure when there is less power than normal?  Thx.
        \_ Car brakes don't touch the road and the pads are much wider.
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2008/10/6-9 [Transportation/Car] UID:51403 Activity:kinda low
10/6    Why is drafting behind semi trucks dangerous?  I'm thinking it's not
        dangerous because my car's brakes should perform better than the
        semi's.  So if the semi hard-brakes for whatever reason, my car should
        be able to slow down quickly enough.  OTOH I think a semi following me
        is more dangerous, because if I hard-brake, the semi probably can't
        slow down quickly enough.
2007/7/24-28 [Transportation/Car] UID:47403 Activity:low
7/24    Looking to buy a new car.  I'm going to buy a luxury car this time
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2007/6/8-13 [Transportation/Car/RoadHogs, Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:46893 Activity:moderate
6/9     Dear hybrid and bike riding fanatics who hate SUVs: What do you
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        who fly planes (with much less miles per jet-A fuels than miles
        per 87-91 octane fuels for cars), or people who drive high
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2006/12/26-27 [Transportation/Car] UID:45499 Activity:nil
12/26   Got a new serpentine belt in my car.  Now, when I start up the car,
        there is a somewhat loud squeeking noise, especially when I turn
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2006/11/2-3 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:45099 Activity:kinda low
        Bicycle safety
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        \_ What is "one wheel skid"?
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2006/9/7-12 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:44315 Activity:nil
9/8     When you're on a bicycle making a tight turn, should you turn your
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        \_ user/pass?
        Also, when you need to brake in a turn should you use your rear
        or front more?
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Summary of Der Speigel interview with Bernard Ziegler, Airbus Ind.