Tejas landing.

25 Apr

India is coming of age. This is our Tejas, and it is no slouch. Congratulations, India.

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MH 370.

25 Apr

Its been over a year since MH 370 disappeared.

Over a year.

I keep thinking of the families and loved ones. I cannot see myself enduring that agony. I wonder frequently what kind of rage and anguish I would have been if someone I considered dear to me was on that plane.

A year along, with MH 370 listed on my ‘Google Alerts’ there are multiple emails coming in every single day.

Ive seen the facebook posts and tweets of passengers taking selfies on virtually empty MH flights. And every week, I get emails from a bank cheerfully offering me a generous 20% discount on Malaysian Airlines flights if I book with their Credit Card.

I feel for the Malaysian Airlines too. They’ve taken some heavy hitting from across the world. They’ve dutifully spent dozens of millions of dollars (as they should, of course) searching for the aircraft. Over a dozen countries are working on the search.

Of course, the pain of international media scrutiny and conjecture is par for the course, but unlike the Germanwings flights, there is no reason to believe that the crew was to blame.

The sanest theory involves hypoxia, the gradual, imperceptible loss of consciousness that comes with loss of oxygen.

The unanswered question is: why that bizarre left turn and that roller-coaster change in altitudes?

Without a doubt , whatsoever is hidden shall be revealed. But the sooner the better.

I count. You should too.

25 Jan

The business papers are all along that Facebook generates US$274 BILLION in economic activity around the world, and employs more than 2.2 million people. Now this is nothing to sneeze at. facebook itself employs 8,348 people, which means each employee of facebook is bringing in close to US$33 million every year, with is US$ 90,400 per day.
facebook exists in the Cloud. Not just the Cloud as in data, but the clouds of our lives, the ephemeral, shape-shifting worlds of nothings that comprise the individual consciousnesses of human beings. Other than the servers, really, facebook does not exist outside of the fact that the servers house the ‘base’ data that we see as our pages. facebook is in every essence an idea.
About 96% of what comprisses facebook is provided by you and me. And that is what facebook sells, to clock revenues of US$7.87 billion every year. facebook’s assets are close to US$18 BILLION every year, which is what, so to speak, you and I have been worth to them. Sp what’s your next update?

I count. You should too.

25 Jan

The business papers are all along that Facebook generates US$274 BILLION in economic activity around the world, and employs more than 2.2 million people. Now this is nothing to sneeze at. facebook itself employs 8,348 people, which means each employee of facebook is bringing in close to US$33 million every year, with is US$ 90,400 per day.
facebook exists in the Cloud. Not just the Cloud as in data, but the clouds of our lives, the ephemeral, shape-shifting worlds of nothings that comprise the individual consciousnesses of human beings. Other than the servers, really, facebook does not exist outside of the fact that the servers house the ‘base’ data that we see as our pages. facebook is in every essence an idea.
About 96% of what comprisses facebook is provided by you and me. And that is what facebook sells, to clock revenues of US$7.87 billion every year. facebook’s assets are close to US$18 BILLION every year, which is what, so to speak, you and I have been worth to them. Sp what’s your next update?

I count. You should too.

25 Jan

The business papers are all along that Facebook generates US$274 BILLION in economic activity around the world, and employs more than 2.2 million people. Now this is nothing to sneeze at. facebook itself employs 8,348 people, which means each employee of facebook is bringing in close to US$33 million every year, with is US$ 90,400 per day.
facebook exists in the Cloud. Not just the Cloud as in data, but the clouds of our lives, the ephemeral, shape-shifting worlds of nothings that comprise the individual consciousnesses of human beings. Other than the servers, really, facebook does not exist outside of the fact that the servers house the ‘base’ data that we see as our pages. facebook is in every essence an idea.
About 96% of what comprisses facebook is provided by you and me. And that is what facebook sells, to clock revenues of US$7.87 billion every year. facebook’s assets are close to US$18 BILLION every year, which is what, so to speak, you and I have been worth to them. Sp what’s your next update?

What is the cost of the cost?

31 Dec

As it appears, the cost of installing a safety system that transmits LIVE data from an airborne plane is a mere US$100,000. It is a one time cost. It amounts to somewhere around 1% of the cost of an A320. Maybe 5% of the cost of a 777.

Given the robust noises the aviation industry makes about the safety of flight (and all of the facts are absolutely true) you would think that the airlines would have jumped at this opportunity and installed the marvel?

The technology has been around for more than 3 years, and only one regional Canadian airline has installed it in its aircraft.

Besides the cost, the other reason is that planes simply don’t disappear so often. The first Malaysian Airlines plane’s reason for vanishing is unknown, the second was shot down and the Air Asia plane flew afoul of a severe tropical thunderstorm.

The one common thing about the first and third loss is the search. Had the aircraft been fitted with this system, the search would have been reduced to a simple operation.

Huh?

2 Nov

I posted (and it got tweeted) a hilariously outdated Birthday Greeting from a US restaurant ….
The tweet got (gleefully?) retweeted.
To what purpose, I wonder.

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