Federal Express Flight 705

Federal Express Flight 705 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The co pilot, with only one functioning hand during most of this incident, pulled off dogfighting maneuvers in a DC-10.

Two seriously injured pilots, with the plane flipping around like it was in a dogfight, take on a healthy, armed, martial arts expert who came at them with the advantage of surprise.  AND THEY WIN.  Barely, but still, they take him down and keep him down.  And they weren’t fighting to kill anyone, the other guy was.  So really, RESTRAINING themselves, with all their other advantages, they won.

And then, well over their maximum landing weight, with no way to dump fuel and maintain control of the aircraft, the Captain manages to land with room to spare.

You wouldn’t expect some of the most epic flying and most epic hand to hand combat ever to occur in the same incident, but they did.

And of course, the Captain was the last man off.

Abbott Signs Bill To Allow Students That Fail Exams To Still Graduate | Texas Public Radio

Abbott Signs Bill To Allow Students That Fail Exams To Still Graduate | Texas Public Radio.

It doesn’t waive test passing entirely, just allows other factors to be considered.  This *could* be a good thing to do- two people of equal qualification might have different results on a given evaluation, so providing alternative options, or some sort of weighting instead of an all or nothing system, should get more people the diploma they deserve.

That said, I’m not sold on this particular way of doing it, though the inclusion of college entrance exams as a potential mitigating factor for graduation test failure is promising.  If nothing else, that can indicate the student just had an off day when they took the graduation test, and failing to graduate because of one off day after four years would be bullshit.

It would probably be better to overhaul the entire testing/graduation regime.  Say “You need 70 graduation points out of 100.  Class performance counts for 75% of your graduation score, the final tests 25%” or something like that.

Rather than all or nothing the whole thing, or patch over weaknesses of the testing system, rebuild from the ground up with all of this cleanly integrated.  I’m not advocating these specific numbers, they serve merely to illustrate my point- attendance could probably be worked in, college entrance exams, etc.  The exact numbers should be chosen after a lot of research and analysis on what best predicts future performance.

Warlords of Draenor LFR impressions

The first couple LFR raids in WoD aren’t bad. Fairly easy, with mostly standard raid mechanics for DPS- don’t stand in fire, run like hell if the boss chases you(for DPS/heals), kill adds first, the basics any raider needs to know.

There are a few interesting ones, like one boss that spilts in two when you kill him, and those splits split in four, and once you kill all 8 of the final splits you’ve won. And you have to do it fast, or he’ll earthquake the raid and probably kill most of you.

Mechanics are punishing enough to actually kill people reasonably quickly(I’d have gone down a couple times if not for my engi shield), but forgiving enough that you don’t need lightning reflexes to survive, just need to pay attention to when you need to move or pop a defensive CD. Which is where LFR should be to present a mild challenge and to prepare people for more difficult raids.

Haven’t actually done any of the heroics yet, plan to read up on them a bit after work today and step into the queue while I farm Apexis Crystals or something.

Loving my hunter. BM is amazing. I especially love tanks that PULL EVERYTHING IN SIGHT SO I CAN BARRAGE.  And being able to say “Oh a 102 elite randomly wandering the world?  I’ll go kill it now”.  There are nice things you can accomplish when you carry around a tank everywhere you go.  And.. GLYPH OF FETCH OMG.

The Friend Zone

Unrequited attractions can suck, believe me, I know. But there’s a reason they aren’t with you. Maybe you haven’t had the guts to say something, maybe she just sees you as a friend(this is most likely in my experience). And hell, maybe she really is that manipulative basketcase you rant about.
But you aren’t owed crap. It’s not “get X relationship points and get what you want”.
And honestly, what’s so bad about people wanting to be friends with you? These situations can work out into good friendships that you’ll celebrate as much as you would a romance, again, speaking from experience here. Give it a chance.
I wouldn’t call it inherently bad if you want a romantic/sexual relationship or nothing, but if that’s what your feelings are, you need to 1) Actually say something about how you really feel, and 2) Accept it and step away if she’s not interested. Skip straight to 2) if you aren’t willing to do 1).
It’s not a fun situation, but speaking with a few decades experience on this planet, this is how you need to handle it if you want to be happy, and want to be the sort of person that can attract women(or men, or people in between and off the binary).

Transgender children’s minds cannot be aligned with their body

Transgender children’s minds cannot be aligned with their body.

Yes, sometimes kids go through silly phases, but the research has been done and if providers are properly trained, gender dysphoria can be reliably differentiated from other issues.  I’m sure there are optimizations that could be made to the process- the article discusses debate over the ideal timing of puberty blockers, for instance- but it is solidly established that transgender kids exist and benefit from transitioning.

Conversion therapy and hoping they grow out of it do not help- hell, “do not help” is the *best case* for these options.  Transition does.  More pediatricians, parents, and everyone who is involved in child care need to know about this.  Even if not enough to diagnose it on their own, at least enough to know that it’s possible and worth calling a doctor(or specialist doctor, if already a doctor) if a child in their care starts showing signs.

Robot Chef That Can Cook 2,000 Meals Set To Go On Sale In 2017 | IFLScience

Robot Chef That Can Cook 2,000 Meals Set To Go On Sale In 2017 | IFLScience.

The price mentioned in the article is $15,000. While hugely expensive for a consumer gadget(now- it will likely come down over time if the thing works well), robots like this at that price could be amazing for anywhere that has to produce huge numbers of standardized meals. For a military mess hall, for instance, this would be a BARGAIN over a human cook. Get rid of every human cook job that only supports cooking in garrison. Free up budget for some savings, perhaps more infantry, more guns, or whatever. Prisons would benefit- maybe send the savings to oh, I don’t know, rehabilitation programs? That would be nice.
 
Fast food might benefit, though there might be some question over the things capabilities to modify a recipe on the fly- which happens even at McDonalds in response to customer requests.

It might be interesting to see how the economy reacts to increasing automation. A lot of jobs will be lost, and it’s hard to see how we’ll replace them all unless we start doing something that is fundamentally new. Manufacturing is already highly automated, there are only so many maintenance jobs out there, and robotics reaching this level can start wiping out jobs in the service sector – so we can’t count on that saving us like we could with manufacturing automation. High unemployment will become a constant when there are more people than jobs the economy can possibly come up with even under ideal circumstances.

Hopefully, costs will drop enough with the increased automation that we could afford a vastly expanded social safety net- basic survival will have to simply be given to people because it will be fundamentally impossible for many people to get a job to pay for it. Even if we legalize dealing drugs, how would you find customers when you’re dealer #700 in a neighborhood of 750?

NSA dreams of smartphones with “split” crypto keys protecting user data | Ars Technica

NSA dreams of smartphones with “split” crypto keys protecting user data | Ars Technica.

Ideally, the legal and technical difficulties involved in getting past someones encryption, and getting past the lock on their safe, should be the same.  After all, these two things do essentially the same job.  Some details of various laws and regulations might have to differ, but it should all aim towards the goal of the peoples rights being the same, and the governments authority being the same, and the ability of both parties to act on their interests being the same.

Failing perfect equivalence, I’d like to see policy err on the side of protecting privacy.  Artificial weaknesses introduced to force equivalence can spiral out of control.  Even if you trust the authorities won’t misuse it ever, if there’s a backdoor, other people can use it too if they find it.  And if you trust the authorities that much, you’re deluded.

Hopefully some of these proposals get us to a better balance of the need to stop bad guys, and the need to maintain privacy.  At least the NSA is indicating some willingness to compromise.  Probably not enough of a willingness, but it’s better than we’ve had so far.

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