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Economics / Re: Subprime Student Loans
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:16:18 PM »
More  BS, hype and obfuscation.  Really. Cherry picked facts, the usual.

Mike Meru the orthodontist is an interesting case. There has been a lot written about him. He went to the most expensive dental school in America, and borrowed 100% for living expenses, tuition, and books and a supplies.........for 4 years dental school  PLUS two more years for a post-doc, which shouldn't have even been ALLOWED to happen, if you ask me.

He practices in an area near Salt Lake City that is an orthodontist's wet dream, demographically. He should be a millionaire, but he's scamming the system to try to avoid paying. He'll probably be successful. (BTW, he makes enough to drive a Tesla and take some nice vacations, from what I read.)

My daughter graduated with a MFA in music from Queen's College a month ago and she's already paid back half her grad school loan from her gig economy jobs.

These sob story articles are completely biased if you ask me. I'm not going to say anything else. We've been down this road enough.

It makes me long for a political party that has some kind of scruples. This is about another way for Democratic Party candidates to buy votes. Maybe if they promise enough freebies to enough people they can get enough votes to win an election without the working class, so they can happily continue to suck corporate dick.

But I doubt it.

Environment / Re: The Environment Board
« on: July 01, 2019, 02:02:03 PM »
I wish I could plant a tree a week :o.
1. I would have to put in T posts and wire fencing around every tree to keep the deer/elk from eating them to twigs.
2. The forest fire that is sure to come through here in time will burn Oregon to the ground and the area will become desert like Southern California (climate change is a bitch!).
Not sure a tree a week would help - at least here.
Good luck with the planting.

I will plant a tree for you mate. Give me a suggestion.
I have trouble with rabbits and kangaroos, so I put a tree guard on every tree until established.
Very bad fire area here. (Just North of Melbourne Australia in what we call mountains...). Have strategies and equipment to try and defend the property. 

Here is a picture of a Callistemon citrinus..

Growing up in So. Cal. back in the day, folks had these & the red ones in their yards. Nice touch to your surroundings.  :icon_sunny:

Yes they are very nice trees. I have 2 red already and like I said birds and insects love them. Added bonus is they dont need watering once established as they are natives here and can handle the hot dry summers.

When all my trees are established and flowering I will post a few pictures. I think I have one of my flowering gums out front from last spring. I will see if I can find it.

Below is a picture from summer of the 6 WA flowering gums I planted out front when we moved here nearly 20 years ago. Doing well.
Very nice avocation you've selected JOW. I am reading the thread with interest.

I think I'm going to put out the fig tree I propagated  a few years back ( the one from cuttings planted by the dead pioneers who settled my place) out at the lake house.It'll  be touch and go, but I already have two fig trees at the other house, and I want one out there. Plenty of water with the lake, but I'll still have to water it for years probably, to get it past the tough part.

My mango tree I started before Palloy drank the hemlock, is doing well, too, My grown daughter who is currently living with us re-potted it for me. I'm afraid to put it in the ground. Too likely to freeze, until things warm up a bit more. Maybe in the fullness of time.

This year climate change here means it's been the wettest year on record pretty much, which is more like a blessing than a curse. Not sure it keeps on doing that. We had an eight year miserable drought that only ended a few years back.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:45:06 PM »
The Gunpowder Plot happened  on his watch, but frankly he liked Parliament even less than Guy Fawkes.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:43:05 PM »
Nothing like the King James version, for the parts about smiting and Armageddon and plagues and such.

King James wasn't a bad guy, for a Scot and a Catholic. He was probably having a good life until Elizabeth died and left a power vacuum. He tried to straddle the fence and make the Puritans and the Catholics happy......that never works. 

Still, it was a good time to be the King in England........(he was already King of Scotland since he was an infant). Shakespeare, John Donne, Sir Francis Bacon...all his contemporaries.

He is said to have swung both ways too.


GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if the United States attacks Iran, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said on Monday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Weeks of tensions culminated last month in U.S. President Donald Trump’s last-minute decision to call off planned strikes on Iran after Tehran downed a U.S. drone. Washington also accused Iran of being behind attacks on ships in the Gulf, which Tehran denies.

“If the U.S. attacks us, only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan,” Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy commission said on Monday, according to Mehr.

The Iranians are toast if they attack Israel. Not taking sides, just saying what I think.

Think of Teheran as a permanent smoking radioactive dead zone if they launch even one of their Russian missiles at Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

For the rest of us it'd be about time to crack open  the Bible and read Revelations again, for comprehension this time.

You should have time to read it with comprehension before the vomiting starts.

No doubt.

I hate a death that involves either vomiting or diarrhea. Worse than a direct hit by artillery fire.

Why can't I just die in my sleep of extreme old age this time?

GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if the United States attacks Iran, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said on Monday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Weeks of tensions culminated last month in U.S. President Donald Trump’s last-minute decision to call off planned strikes on Iran after Tehran downed a U.S. drone. Washington also accused Iran of being behind attacks on ships in the Gulf, which Tehran denies.

“If the U.S. attacks us, only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan,” Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy commission said on Monday, according to Mehr.

The Iranians are toast if they attack Israel. Not taking sides, just saying what I think.

Think of Teheran as a permanent smoking radioactive dead zone if they launch even one of their Russian missiles at Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

For the rest of us it'd be about time to crack open  the Bible and read Revelations again, for comprehension this time.

What a sight this must have been. Incredibly poignant.

These archive photos from 1913 show Gettysburg veterans returning to the bloodiest battlefield of the civil war after 50 years

These archive photos from 1913 show Gettysburg veterans returning to the bloodiest battlefield of the civil war after 50 years

  • On July 1, 1913, civil war veterans from around the US gathered in Pennsylvania to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — the turning point of the civil war.
  • The gathering was the largest ever of civil war veterans, with 50,000, many in their '70s, making the journey. They were housed in a specially-constructed village of tents.
  • Former adversaries formed friendships, with men searching out those who wounded them in the battle and exchanging medals.
  • Veterans even took part in a reenactment of the Picketts Charge, but instead of firing shots when they met again the two sides embraced and exchanged flags.
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July 1 - 3 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War when Union forces defeated Confederate forces led by General Robert E. Lee.

The battle was the bloodiest of the conflict, with 50,000 dead, wounded or missing by the time it drew to a close.

50 years later survivors returned to the rolling Pennsylvania farmland for the biggest-ever gathering of civil war veterans.

These pictures tell their story.

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This picture shows veterans arriving at the camp made for them by the US Army at the bicentennial anniversary of the conflict
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The idea for the 50-year gathering had been suggested in 1908 to Pennsylvania's governor Edwin Sidney Stuart by General H. S. Huidekoper, who had lost his right arm in the battle.

Invitations were sent to surviving honorably discharged civil war veterans across the country. Federal and state authorities provided funds to help veterans — many of whom were in their 70s — get there by rail.

With the help of the War Department, the veterans' village was built across 280 acres with 5,000 tents, each equipped with two hand basins and a water bucket. New wells were dug and latrines built. More than 50,000 veterans turned up, with a further 50,000 sightseers, and family members also attending.

Thousands of soldiers and state officials provided food and medical treatment and Boy Scouts helped the veterans get around.

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This image shows the 280 acre camp site constructed for veterans on the Gettysburg battlefield in 1913
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Over the next three days there were speeches, regimental reunions and fireworks displays, and reenactments of key events in the battle.

There was a re-enactment of Pickett's Charge on the third day, in which the Confederates lost more than 2,500 men. Confederate veterans tottered up the hill supported by canes, to be met by Union veterans.

"But instead of shooting each other, they all shook hands across the stone wall and exchanged ceremonial flags. Some fell into each other's arms, weeping. Other just sat down in silence and looked sadly across the field," wrote Stefany Ann Goldberg in The Atlantic.

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Confederate veterans who took part in Picketts charge meet during the 1913 reunion, with Confederates in foreground; Union men lined against wall
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Between official events old comrades exchanged war stories and anecdotes.

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Gettysburg veterans at the 1913 reunion reminisce.
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Men who had decades before faced each other from opposing sides locked in deadly struggle shook hands.

According to reports at the time dug out by Mentalfloss, veterans attempted to seek out Confederate veterans responsible for wounds they received, in order to befriend them. Others exchanged medals.

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Union and Confederate veterans shaking hands at reunion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg
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Friendships were formed between former adversaries. Two veterans reportedly bought a hatchet from a local hardware store and buried it on the battlefield to symbolise that old enmities had been forgotten.

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Photograph shows portrait of unidentified Confederate veteran in United Confederate Veterans uniform with Maryland state buttons and Southern Cross of Honor and Union veteran in Grand Army of the Republic uniform with medals, shaking hands at 1913 Gettysburg reunion.
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Other took time to quietly reflect on the momentous events of the day.

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A veteran writes down his thoughts at the 1913 Gettysburg reunion.
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On July 4, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the veterans, celebrating the spirit of comradeship and reconciliation displayed during the reunion.

"We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valor," he said.

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Photo shows President Woodrow Wilson at the Gettysburg Reunion (the Great Reunion) of July 1913, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Only 25 veterans were still alive by the time of the 75th anniversary of the conflict, in 1938.

Thanks for this.

Marathon Man Newz / How Do We Spell Web 3.0 ?
« on: June 30, 2019, 09:05:01 AM »
 I never sign petitions, but I'm signing this one, and you should too. TIA . Just click on the link below.---Eddie

Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, and a pioneer of the internet, has just written the piece I have taken the liberty of pasting here.

This represents the highest and best thinking of our generation, and it could herald the beginnings of a better future with a decentralized internet as the core. This is what I want to see happen, and I hope you will support those working to make it happen.


Version 1.3 (June 29, 2019; version history)

See also: Social Media Strike! — FAQ about the project to decentralize social media

Humanity has been contemptuously used by vast digital empires. Thus it is now necessary to replace these empires with decentralized networks of independent individuals, as in the first decades of the Internet. As our participation has been voluntary, no one doubts our right to take this step. But if we are to persuade as many people as possible to join together and make reformed networks possible, we should declare our reasons for wanting to replace the old.

We declare that we have unalienable digital rights, rights that define how information that we individually own may or may not be treated by others, and that among these rights are free speech, privacy, and security. Since the proprietary, centralized architecture of the Internet at present has induced most of us to abandon these rights, however reluctantly or cynically, we ought to demand a new system that respects them properly. The difficulty and divisiveness of wholesale reform means that this task is not to be undertaken lightly. For years we have approved of and even celebrated enterprise as it has profited from our communication and labor without compensation to us. But it has become abundantly clear more recently that a callous, secretive, controlling, and exploitative animus guides the centralized networks of the Internet and the corporations behind them.

The long train of abuses we have suffered makes it our right, even our duty, to replace the old networks. To show what train of abuses we have suffered at the hands of these giant corporations, let these facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have practiced in-house moderation in keeping with their executives’ notions of what will maximize profit, rather than allowing moderation to be performed more democratically and by random members of the community.

They have banned, shadow-banned, throttled, and demonetized both users and content based on political considerations, exercising their enormous corporate power to influence elections globally.

They have adopted algorithms for user feeds that highlight the most controversial content, making civic discussion more emotional and irrational and making it possible for foreign powers to exercise an unmerited influence on elections globally.

They have required agreement to terms of service that are impossible for ordinary users to understand, and which are objectionably vague in ways that permit them to legally defend their exploitative practices.

They have marketed private data to advertisers in ways that no one would specifically assent to.

They have failed to provide clear ways to opt out of such marketing schemes.

They have subjected users to such terms and surveillance even when users pay them for products and services.

They have data-mined user content and behavior in sophisticated and disturbing ways, learning sometimes more about their users than their users know about themselves; they have profited from this hidden but personal information.

They have avoided using strong, end-to-end encryption when users have a right to expect total privacy, in order to retain access to user data.

They have amassed stunning quantities of user data while failing to follow sound information security practices, such as encryption; they have inadvertently or deliberately opened that data to both illegal attacks and government surveillance.

They have unfairly blocked accounts, posts, and means of funding on political or religious grounds, preferring the loyalty of some users over others.

They have sometimes been too ready to cooperate with despotic governments that both control information and surveil their people.

They have failed to provide adequate and desirable options that users may use to guide their own experience of their services, preferring to manipulate users for profit.

They have failed to provide users adequate tools for searching their own content, forcing users rather to employ interfaces insultingly inadequate for the purpose.

They have exploited users and volunteers who freely contribute data to their sites, by making such data available to others only via paid application program interfaces and privacy-violating terms of service, failing to make such freely-contributed data free and open source, and disallowing users to anonymize their data and opt out easily.

They have failed to provide adequate tools, and sometimes any tools, to export user data in a common data standard.

They have created artificial silos for their own profit; they have failed to provide means to incorporate similar content, served from elsewhere, as part of their interface, forcing users to stay within their networks and cutting them off from family, friends, and associates who use other networks.

They have profited from the content and activity of users, often without sharing any of these profits with the users.

They have treated users arrogantly as a fungible resource to be exploited and controlled rather than being treated respectfully, as free, independent, and diverse partners.

We have begged and pleaded, complained, and resorted to the law. The executives of the corporations must be familiar with these common complaints; but they acknowledge them publicly only rarely and grudgingly. The ill treatment continues, showing that most of such executives are not fit stewards of the public trust.

The most reliable guarantee of our privacy, security, and free speech is not in the form of any enterprise, organization, or government, but instead in the free agreement among free individuals to use common standards and protocols. The vast power wielded by social networks of the early 21st century, putting our digital rights in serious jeopardy, demonstrates that we must engineer new—but old-fashioned—decentralized networks that make such clearly dangerous concentrations of power impossible.

Therefore, we declare our support of the following principles.

Principles of Decentralized Social Networks

We free individuals should be able to publish our data freely, without having to answer to any corporation.

We declare that we legally own our own data; we possess both legal and moral rights to control our own data.

Posts that appear on social networks should be able to be served, like email and blogs, from many independent services that we individually control, rather than from databases that corporations exclusively control or from any central repository.

Just as no one has the right to eavesdrop on private conversations in homes without extraordinarily good reasons, so also the privacy rights of users must be preserved against criminal, corporate, and governmental monitoring; therefore, for private content, the protocols must support strong, end-to-end encryption and other good privacy practices.

As is the case with the Internet domain name system, lists of available user feeds should be restricted by technical standards and protocols only, never according to user identity or content.

Social media applications should make available data input by the user, at the user’s sole discretion, to be distributed by all other publishers according to common, global standards and protocols, just as are email and blogs, with no publisher being privileged by the network above another. Applications with idiosyncratic standards violate their users’ digital rights.

Accordingly, social media applications should aggregate posts from multiple, independent data sources as determined by the user, and in an order determined by the user’s preferences.

No corporation, or small group of corporations, should control the standards and protocols of decentralized networks, nor should there be a single brand, owner, proprietary software, or Internet location associated with them, as that would constitute centralization.

Users should expect to be able to participate in the new networks, and to enjoy the rights above enumerated, without special technical skills. They should have very easy-to-use control over privacy, both fine- and coarse-grained, with the most private messages encrypted automatically, and using tools for controlling feeds and search results that are easy for non-technical people to use.

We hold that to embrace these principles is to return to the sounder and better practices of the earlier Internet and which were, after all, the foundation for the brilliant rise of the Internet. Anyone who opposes these principles opposes the Internet itself. Thus we pledge to code, design, and participate in newer and better networks that follow these principles, and to eschew the older, controlling, and soon to be outmoded networks.

We, therefore, the undersigned people of the Internet, do solemnly publish and declare that we will do all we can to create decentralized social networks; that as many of us as possible should distribute, discuss, and sign their names to this document; that we endorse the preceding statement of principles of decentralization; that we will judge social media companies by these principles; that we will demonstrate our solidarity to the cause by abandoning abusive networks if necessary; and that we, both users and developers, will advance the cause of a more decentralized Internet.

Please sign if you agree!

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I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing…

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787. Jefferson was the author of the original Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776.

Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: June 29, 2019, 05:06:54 PM »
I also meet a 30K/month payroll. I don't have money to least not yet. Let the crypto pay off and then the boat will manifest.

Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: June 29, 2019, 02:16:06 PM »
It's said to be a tough sail, from what I've read about it. But not THAT far...and from what I see, you could probably motor sail that bad boy.

 Looks like a decent engine. But you'd have to fly down there and back to look at it. There are tax implications of buying a boat outside the US. Not sure how that works.

Education / Re: Interesting disturbance
« on: June 29, 2019, 10:57:34 AM »
If it weren't for automobiles, then maybe that idea that lifting people out of poverty would help the environment might be true. Because of cars, I think he's wrong.

Peterson gets that from POV he's latched onto from some European  scientist he likes who approaches the problem by working on overpopulation...can't seem to find him at the moment, but he's out there. It's a given that birth control would make a difference. Overpopulation and what happens with climate change going forward...these things ARE very connected,

He also gets a lot right about the likelihood of a solution. As in, it's totally fucking hopeless, short of figuring out thorium power, something that big...Or some strange unforeseen natural happening. Like Yellowstone really does blow Wyoming and Montana off the map and the dust cloud changes everything, and we have an ice age.

But the trend is not our friend, and NOTHING anybody is doing has or is about to do anything that matters on climate. It's enough to make you turn into a nihilist, if you let it.

Anyway, I don't agree with him.......and already said elsewhere on the forum that JP gets climate wrong......but like  he does with most things, he can make a decent  argument for whatever he thinks. One thing he points out that  is true, is that there is more unknown than is  known, and it isn't easy to crunch the data we do have and get accurate predictions.

But it's plenty bad enough, and more importantly, it has to be self-correcting, because humans have already shown that they aren't about to do shit about it.

It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing's 737 MAX crisis: how did a company renowned for meticulous design make seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes?

Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors.

The MAX software -- plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after US regulators this week revealed a new flaw -- was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs.

Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have relied on temporary workers making as little as $US9 ($12.80) an hour to develop and test software, often from countries lacking a deep background in aerospace -- notably India.

In offices across from Seattle's Boeing Field, recent college graduates employed by the Indian software developer HCL Technologies occupied several rows of desks, said Mark Rabin, a former Boeing software engineer who worked in a flight-test group that supported the MAX.

The coders from HCL were typically designing to specifications set by Boeing. Still, "it was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code," Rabin said. Frequently, he recalled, "it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly."

Boeing's cultivation of Indian companies appeared to pay other dividends. In recent years, it has won several orders for Indian military and commercial aircraft, such as a $US22 billion one in January 2017 to supply SpiceJet.

That order included 100 737-MAX 8 jets and represented Boeing's largest order ever from an Indian airline, a coup in a country dominated by Airbus.

Based on resumes posted on social media, HCL engineers helped develop and test the MAX's flight-display software, while employees from another Indian company, Cyient, handled software for flight-test equipment.
Costly delay

In one post, an HCL employee summarised his duties with a reference to the now-infamous model, which started flight tests in January 2016: "Provided quick workaround to resolve production issue which resulted in not delaying flight test of 737-MAX (delay in each flight test will cost very big amount for Boeing)."

Boeing said the company did not rely on engineers from HCL and Cyient for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, which has been linked to the Lion Air crash last October and the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March.

The Chicago-based planemaker also said it didn't rely on either firm for another software issue disclosed after the crashes: a cockpit warning light that wasn't working for most buyers.

"Boeing has many decades of experience working with supplier/partners around the world," a company spokesman said. "Our primary focus is on always ensuring that our products and services are safe, of the highest quality and comply with all applicable regulations."

In a statement, HCL said it "has a strong and long-standing business relationship with The Boeing Company, and we take pride in the work we do for all our customers. However, HCL does not comment on specific work we do for our customers. HCL is not associated with any ongoing issues with 737 MAX."

Recent simulator tests by the Federal Aviation Administration suggest the software issues on Boeing's best-selling model run deeper. The company's shares fell this week after the regulator found a further problem with a computer chip that experienced a lag in emergency response when it was overwhelmed with data.

Engineers who worked on the MAX, which Boeing began developing eight years ago to match a rival Airbus plane, have complained of pressure from managers to limit changes that might introduce extra time or cost.

"Boeing was doing all kinds of things, everything you can imagine, to reduce cost, including moving work from Puget Sound, because we'd become very expensive here," said Rick Ludtke, a former Boeing flight controls engineer laid off in 2017. "All that's very understandable if you think of it from a business perspective. Slowly over time it appears that's eroded the ability for Puget Sound designers to design."

Rabin, the former software engineer, recalled one manager saying at an all-hands meeting that Boeing didn't need senior engineers because its products were mature. "I was shocked that in a room full of a couple hundred mostly senior engineers we were being told that we weren't needed," said Rabin, who was laid off in 2015.

The typical jetliner has millions of parts -- and millions of lines of code -- and Boeing has long turned over large portions of the work to suppliers who follow its detailed design blueprints.

Starting with the 787 Dreamliner, launched in 2004, it sought to increase profits by instead providing high-level specifications and then asking suppliers to design more parts themselves.

The thinking was "they're the experts, you see, and they will take care of all of this stuff for us," said Frank McCormick, a former Boeing flight-controls software engineer who later worked as a consultant to regulators and manufacturers. "This was just nonsense."

Sales are another reason to send the work overseas. In exchange for an $US11 billion order in 2005 from Air India, Boeing promised to invest $US1.7 billion in Indian companies. That was a boon for HCL and other software developers from India, such as Cyient, whose engineers were widely used in computer-services industries but not yet prominent in aerospace.

Rockwell Collins, which makes cockpit electronics, had been among the first aerospace companies to source significant work in India in 2000, when HCL began testing software there for the Iowa-based company. By 2010, HCL employed more than 400 people at design, development and verification centers for Rockwell Collins in Chennai and Bangalore.

That same year, Boeing opened what it called a "center of excellence" with HCL in Chennai, saying the companies would partner "to create software critical for flight test." In 2011, Boeing named Cyient, then known as Infotech, to a list of its "suppliers of the year" for design, stress analysis and software engineering on the 787 and the 747-8 at another centre in Hyderabad.

The Boeing rival also relies in part on offshore engineers. In addition to supporting sales, the planemakers say global design teams add efficiency as they work around the clock.

But outsourcing has long been a sore point for some Boeing engineers, who, in addition to fearing job losses say it has led to communications issues and mistakes.
Moscow mistakes

Boeing has also expanded a design centre in Moscow. At a meeting with a chief 787 engineer in 2008, one staffer complained about sending drawings back to a team in Russia 18 times before they understood that the smoke detectors needed to be connected to the electrical system, said Cynthia Cole, a former Boeing engineer who headed the engineers' union from 2006 to 2010.

"Engineering started becoming a commodity," said Vance Hilderman, who co-founded a company called TekSci that supplied aerospace contract engineers and began losing work to overseas competitors in the early 2000s.

US-based avionics companies in particular moved aggressively, shifting more than 30 per cent of their software engineering offshore versus 10 per cent for European-based firms in recent years, said Hilderman, an avionics safety consultant with three decades of experience whose recent clients include most of the major Boeing suppliers.

With a strong US dollar, a big part of the attraction was price. Engineers in India made around $US5 an hour; it's now $US9 or $US10, compared with $US35 to $US40 for those in the US on an H1B visa, he said. But he'd tell clients the cheaper hourly wage equated to more like $US80 because of the need for supervision, and he said his firm won back some business to fix mistakes.

HCL, once known as Hindustan Computers, was founded in 1976 by billionaire Shiv Nadar and now has more than $US8.6 billion in annual sales. With 18,000 employees in the US and 15,000 in Europe, HCL is a global company and has deep expertise in computing, said Sukamal Banerjee, a vice president.

It has won business from Boeing on that basis, not on price, he said: "We came from a strong R&D background."

Still, for the 787, HCL gave Boeing a remarkable price – free, according to Sam Swaro, an associate vice president who pitched HCL's services at a San Diego conference sponsored by Avionics International magazine in June.

He said the company took no up-front payments on the 787 and only started collecting payments based on sales years later, an "innovative business model" he offered to extend to others in the industry.

The 787 entered service three years late and billions of dollars over budget in 2011, in part because of confusion introduced by the outsourcing strategy.

Under Dennis Muilenburg, a longtime Boeing engineer who became chief executive in 2015, the company has said that it planned to bring more work back in-house for its newest planes.
Engineer backwater

The MAX became Boeing's top seller soon after it was offered in 2011. But for ambitious engineers, it was something of a "backwater," said Peter Lemme, who designed the 767's automated flight controls and is now a consultant.

The MAX was an update of a 50-year-old design, and the changes needed to be limited enough that Boeing could produce the new planes like cookie cutters, with few changes for either the assembly line or airlines. "As an engineer that's not the greatest job," he said.

Rockwell Collins, now a unit of United Technologies, won the Max contract for cockpit displays, and it has relied in part on HCL engineers in India, Iowa and the Seattle area. A United Technologies spokeswoman didn't respond to a request for comment.

Contract engineers from Cyient helped test flight test equipment. Charles LoveJoy, a former flight-test instrumentation design engineer at the company, said engineers in the US would review drawings done overnight in India every morning at 7:30 am.

"We did have our challenges with the India team," he said. "They met the requirements, per se, but you could do it better."

Multiple investigations – including a US Justice Department criminal probe – are trying to unravel how and when critical decisions were made about the MAX's software. During the crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes that killed 346 people, investigators suspect, the MCAS system pushed the planes into uncontrollable dives because of bad data from a single sensor.

That design violated basic principles of redundancy for generations of Boeing engineers, and the company apparently never tested to see how the software would respond, Lemme said.
'Stunning fail'

"It was a stunning fail," he said. "A lot of people should have thought of this problem – not one person – and asked about it."

Boeing also has disclosed that it learned soon after MAX deliveries began in 2017 that a warning light that might have alerted crews to the issue with the sensor wasn't installed correctly in the flight-display software.

A Boeing statement in May, explaining why the company didn't inform regulators at the time, said engineers had determined it wasn't a safety issue.

"Senior company leadership," the statement added, "was not involved in the review."

Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:16:36 AM »
Nice one-off steel boat, built in Switzerland and floated to the ocean on the Rhone canal system, Three Atlantic crossings later, it's on the block for 40K asking down in Panama. I doubt it's quite as nice as the pics, but it's probably still a nice boat. World cruiser.

Price now dropped to 32K USD. Wow. If it weren't so far away, I'd have a look.

Engine looks like a Swiss watch.

Nice galley.

Teak decks, Look good in the photos, but can be a problem on older boats. Nice on bare feet though.

Marathon Man Newz / John Shearer, RIP
« on: June 29, 2019, 08:44:33 AM »
John Shearer was the photographer who took perhaps the best photo of John-John saluting at the JFK funeral. One of the most famous images of the 20th century. Although others also got the shot, his slightly overexposed grainy shot was epic, and caught the sorrow of the moment like no other..

 Extensive obit write-up in the NYT.

It's almost too hot to rig the sailboat. But I got up early and took the Donzi out for a spin. it has decided to run flawlessly, after a couple seasons of having an annoying short in the key circuit that sometimes caused it to die when it took a hard landing off a boat wake I fiddled with the key switch.......seems to have fixed it, at least temporarily.

I got a little airborne and lost my hat, but I got it back. My speedo is broken, and I have a GPS, but it's hard to look at it and drive at the same time. I'd estimate top speed around 50mph these days, which is fast enough for me, although the boat should probably run at least 70 if it were tuned better.

Time passes quickly these days. My boat, made in '96, is almost an antique now. It still always gets compliments at the take-out, even though the stripes need to be repainted.  Maybe my next paint job.

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