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  1. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    You were also a major fan of Fireflash? https://thunderbirds.fandom.com/wiki/Fireflash_1
  2. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Two things: Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources. The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries – the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied...
  3. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Who'd be a seagull in such a world? One minute flying around happily, grabbing chips and ice-cream from naive tourists, the next moment having some or all of yourself blasted to oblivion by a microwave beam. Back in early post-war days, it was well known that birds could be half-cooked by...
  4. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    I love the way they say "only air and electricity". As if by wording it like that we imagine multi-megawatt electricity supplies being as readily available to aircraft as air.
  5. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    At least one GEV, an ekranoplan, required eight tubojet engines. Not exactly likely that inflight charging would be sufficient.
  6. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Intelligent use of unlimited power is arguable. But where do we get this intellegience from? Certainly not those currently in power and owning so much.
  7. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Completely disagree. Think of the aircraft with certified computerised systems which have suffered severe issues. And that is within a single vehicle, made by a single company that was (as least supposedly) tested as a complete unit. Now imagine getting random vehicles made by many companies...
  8. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    So privacy doesn't matter for anyone who lives near a main road? And how do you get from your off-main road location to somewhere that an air taxi can land?
  9. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    If we had cheap unlimited power we'd have global warming simply due to Mediterranean climate gardens everywhere. Who wouldn't wish to be pleasantly warm all evening in their gardens, even in January?
  10. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    One of the fundamental issues is why should aircraft A trust data from aircraft B? If B has a problem, then A absolutely must NOT trust B's data. Making A trust B could be a very good way of causing two crashes rather than one.
  11. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    I think you have to ask what she is trying to achieve if the proposed legislation doesn't end up protecting BF officials. If they are just as liable as Colin Yeo suggests, motivation for the act is what?
  12. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Explains what? That she really is trying to do this? (Even if there might be some other way in which prosecutions could occur.)
  13. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    If there is any truth in her trying to get Border Force made untouchable for deaths they cause, it is difficult to think of lesser terms that are strong enough.
  14. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    I don't consider possibly hundreds of flights passing me as I sunbathe in my garden a technical issue. I don't care that they blackout their windows by some fancy technology. I don't care that they are almost silent. The mere passing over would be hugely disturbing. A drone lightshow (where...
  15. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Not at all convinced of that. If you owned a small electric air taxi, would you be happy for it to be taken off to an island, even in slightly difficult conditions. Knowing that if the taxi itself has any technical issue, getting it back could take weeks? Just a few miles away there is a tiny...
  16. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Just how many overflights will everyone be expected to put up with? Noise. Privacy. Safety. Security. All are difficult issues at scale. Plus dealing with days when weather is too bad.
  17. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Who did the test... :) Hopefully not Immensa/Dante. Just listened to a radio program which was discussing their PCR false negative and the huge impact that has had.
  18. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Referring to an estate car boot doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his use of words.
  19. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    Good news! I topped up my car with petrol at a mere 138.7 per litre. Having driven past 138.9 to 143.9 en route.
  20. oyster

    Brexit, for once some facts.

    I see the first link states: "Drones don't fall victim to bad weather or tides..." I find it difficult to imagine that the person who wrote that realises quite how strong the winds can blow up there - at least 134 mph has been recorded. There is no drone that can cope with such winds.