Bits ‘n Pieces for December 7, 2012

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  1. I am surprised that CO was made to pay 1 million Euros compensation in the Concorde crash when in addition to the pilot errors, overweight, and faulty landing gear, there is a clearly a flaw in the Concorde to allow a burst tire, which happens on occasion, could damage the fuel tanks. But it any event it seems like something other than the tire caused the crash.

  2. The visa deal at PEK is huge…but I guess risking a phantom booking to BKK or HKG and then returning to the USA instead…thus running afoul of the Chinese authorities would NOT be the safest route for me, would it?

  3. I’d rather just get an actual visa if i were making Beijing my destination and not merely a stopover enroute to a third country.

  4. And yet another Concorde conspiracy theory. “European investigators do not want to know”, but this Patrick has the real story. Yeah, right. In any commercial aviation crash there’re lot of factors involved, it’s never a single one. France has the bad habit of also taking punishing legal action by their criminal investigators (not he same as the aviation safety investigators, Compare NTSB to FBI).

    They did the same to Air France (447) and many French pilots. That attitude is not good for safety, but their aviation investigators have a many decades long good an dprofessional trackrecord. All these stories, that might have a point sometimes, turn the hard en sometimes unpleasant reality into another ‘cover up’. Please do not post this kind of nonsense.

  5. The privacy thing is ridiculous. No one reads these policies anyway. But more money to the lawyers.

    What would be great is a few standardized competing privacy policies, similar to open-source software licenses. In that world, if software code is under the Apache license or GPL3 or whatever, it is very clear what that means, no need to read the license for every new piece of software encountered. Wonder why this hasn’t happened yet for privacy policies and site use policies and, in fact, commercial software product licenses (EULA).

  6. Do you have to buy a Hong Kong visa upon arrival?

    It would be nice to visit Hong Kong for a few days while traveling on Cathay Pacific from San Francisco to elsewhere.


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