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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1662101)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Some of those PVs belong to the railroad, and are used for VIP travel, and sometimes are rented out.

My son goes to a big software users group convention in Montreal every spring, and his local chapter rents a private car that picks up people starting in Windsor and making several stops on the way east. It is hung on the end of a regular Via Rail train.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Plane Thread (Message 1660052)
Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
FAA regulations still don't trump the laws of physics. I'll believe a small low cost VTOL airplane when I see one.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Plane Thread (Message 1660003)
Posted 31 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Aviation has a 100% completion rate. We haven't left one up there yet.

Another old saying from the industry: Take offs are optional, landings are mandatory.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Plane Thread (Message 1658821)
Posted 29 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
You are still far more likely to die in an automobile crash every time you get in to a car than to die in an airliner crash every time you get on an airliner. The papers makes a big deal about airline crashes because they are rare. Here in Canada automobile deaths, if they get mentioned in the press at all, get a weekly summary buried back in Section B of the paper.

My first flight was in an RCAF Dakota, at the age of about 3 months. Don't remember many details ;). Started flying lessons with my father in 1966 at age 14, but didn't bother to get a licence until 1976. Flying regularly on military scheduled flights and commercial airlines since I was born, and as flight test crew since 1976. Have to say commercial flying has really gone down hill in the last few decades, and I dread most comercial flights these days. Not because of fear of crashing, but because of cramped seats, delays, and long line ups.

Janne, I think your girl friend was talking about clear air turbulence. It does happen, but is rarely a safety issue, more of a comfort issue. I strongly recommend keeping your seat belt fastened whenever you are sitting down in an airliner, and always being ready for unexpected movement when you are walking around in an airliner. That should keep you safe.
25) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658360)
Posted 28 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Sure, things get heated, but whats wrong with a little passion?


Nothing wrong, if it relates to S@H. Otherwise it duplicates other venues that provide this service for those who need it. Why should the overworked and underfunded staff at S@H have to put up with this?
26) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658359)
Posted 28 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker

... and if we do close it, all those conversations that make you despair will end up happening in number crunching and the Cafe.

Just think of this forum like a quarantine zone.


Not if the moderators keep the other Forums on topic and within scope. Lots of other specialty Forums do this quite nicely.

I repeat - there are existing venues for political axe grinding. Those that enjoy that sort of stuff can probably find them very easily. This set of Forums should remain true to S@H.
27) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658349)
Posted 28 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
I agree with Chris. There are lots of other Internet forums for the lunatic fringe.

Number Crunching and the Cafe do promote a sense of community. This forum only serves to make me despair for humanity.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1657669)
Posted 27 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
I still think that a captain should have a "root" password able to open any door in any circumstance. Imagine a hostess fighting a madman.
Tullio


Many of the door locks are simple deadbolts, maybe with a locking solenoid. You are talking about a major expense to enable passwords.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1657009)
Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
And, like the old Canadian bills, they have inspired the folk artists.

30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1657008)
Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Canadian plastic bills are great. Cheap to make, hard to counterfit, and (in theory) a long life that should lower average costs.

31) Message boards : Politics : Iran and it's mock destruction of a US nuclear carrier (Message 1656694)
Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
There was some discussion on other Forums that the whole exercise was for a movie.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : It's now the time to be extra careful in Aussieland. (Message 1656164)
Posted 23 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Ha. The doubled fanged snow snake is for sissies. It is the triple fanged you have to look out for.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1655509)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
For die cutting shapes out of paper?
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1655223)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Is it used in paper tole?

If paper tole is what I think it is, Bill, another name for 3D decoupage (?) then no - it is not used for producing decoupage (paper tole). But the end products, when combined, can be very impressive.

Ooooooooooooooooooooh... you're getting sooooooooooooooo close :)


Yes, I meant 3D decoupage.

Some other paper based art form, then?
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1655188)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Is it used in paper tole?
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654510)
Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
No, it isn't a misprint and it is real.




These are ok, but change is still a problem.....



Fortunately, vending machines won't take them. Imagine trying to hold a cup of coffee and pick up 99,998 loonies coming out of the change chute.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654270)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Er, you pay a tailor to fix your pockets??


Tailoring expenses (category 534.322.42 to CRA) includes threads, needles and thimbles.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654247)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
You have to be careful when getting rid of the smaller coinage. Prices start going up when you can't place a fractional price on small purchases.


Not my experience with the removal of the one cent coin in Canada. For every $4.99 that gets rounded up, there is a $4.91 that gets rounded down. Also, any electronic transactions, like debit card or credit card, still get calculated to the penny.

And even if I pay a few cents extra on each transaction, it gets lost in the noise. Typical month for me has maybe 10 cash transactions, everything else is by debit card.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Numismatics R Us (Message 1654149)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
Toonie is far more Canadian than doubloon. Although I would suggest the more correct spelling would be twoonie.

Sadly, the demise of the penny and the rise of the loonie/toonie are just reflections of inflation. I have strong memories of being ten years old, and digging in to my pocket to find enough coins to buy an airplane magazine or a cold drink. I do the same today, except I dig up toonies and loonies, instead of quarters and dimes.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I have been impolite as of late..... (Message 1654132)
Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Profile Bill Walker
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