DanG

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  1. Since the site was reorganized to make it more friendly to mobile users I find it really annoying that a lot of functionality seems to involve hovering over a button or icon. I can’t hover on my iPad, so how am I supposed to access that functionality?
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    Big news in science - superconductivity

    Maybe, time will tell. Now it looks like they are just swapping the temperature problem for a pressure problem. I’m an engineer, so I immediately think about how something can work in the real world. If the underlying physics require a pressire measured in the millions of psi, it is not a practical application. - Dan G
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    Big news in science - superconductivity

    I’m fun at parties. I keep it cool and don’t let the pressure get to me. - Dan G
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    Big news in science - superconductivity

    Maintaining pressure at that level is easy for very small scale lab applications. For practical applications it will be just as difficult and maintaining temperature, and much for of a safety concern. Still neat, but not a great leap toward practical applications, IMO. - Dan G
  5. If that irony meter weren’t already broken... - Dan G
  6. The other cost is what the DZ does when someone doesn't check in. Now they have to devote resources to finding that person. If the person can't be found right away, they have to devote even more resources, up to and including shutting down operations and calling the authorities. 99.9% of the time it will be someone forgot to check in and left the DZ. Years ago I was on the verge of shutting down a large boogie at my DZ because we couldn't find a wingsuiter who landed off. My buddy and I spent about an hour walking around the area where we believed he landed. We had one of the planes fly over looking, too. Turns out he walked back, threw his gear in his car, and went to lunch. His cell phone battery had died so we couldn't call him, either. - Dan G
  7. Are you claiming to be some sort of military jumper now? This oughta be good. - Dan G
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    Wombat Poop Cube Mystery Solved

    Wombats more than have their shit together, their shit is fully squared away! - Dan G
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    182 engine failures

    Yeah, big DZs like Lodi never have maintenance issues. - Dan G
  10. Need to be brief so i can actual post this. Constant, random reloads using Safari. Only on this page. - Dan G
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    Ban period?

    90sec? Seriously? The red light went off after 90sec of the pilot looking for a hole and you assumed that what he really meant was to turn on the green light? Were you at a special event for deaf and blind skydivers so you were unable to ask if it was okay to exit, or stick your head out and see the clouds? Your story sounds fishy. I suspect you got a punishment that not only fit this event but took into account past behavior. Anyway, if it were my DZ and it was a first time offense? Sit down for the day and talk it over with an instructor. If there was a repeated pattern and failure to take responsibility, then you'd be shown the door and other local DZs would get a call warning them about you. - Dan G
  12. You clearly don't understand what "playing the player" means. Oh wait, I commented on your understanding of the phrase, "playing the player." Was I playing the player? The "ball" in this case was people bitching about USPA without providing ideas to change things for the better. Bill said you were an example of that. He was playing the ball. - Dan G
  13. And the loudest bitchers don't have any actual proposals to fix the problems they perceive. - Dan G
  14. Go watch the iriginal Point Break if you really want to be disappointed in the accuracy and realism. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What kind of teeth are you looking for? Examples, please. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I have no idea what that means, but whatever. You are not listening to other people's points so there is no reason to continue to engage you. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What you are suggesting is literally exactly what USPA did. They required retraining for the TIs and punished those responsible. Bill Dause was one of the people responsible. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    So say what you thin USPA should have done. You've stated they shouldn't have gone after Dause. What should they have done or not done? - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The accident led to USPA discovering the false licenses. Do you think they should have ignored what they found because the accident could have happened to anyone? - Dan G
  20. We have a new German grocery store in my town called Lidl. They have some interesting ideas that people here are still getting used to. They don't have checkers standing around waiting for customers. When people go up to the front to check out, someone (eye in the sky, probably) turns a checkout line sign from red to green. That means a checker is on the way, start unloading your cart on the belt. The checker shows up and rings up your purchase. You need to bring your own bags and bag everything yourself. When the checker is done taking your money, they go back to doing some other task around the store. They have eliminated the job of checker by making everyone a checker, and they only check people out when needed. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Yuri admitted in his faacebook post that he let the unrated examiner teach classes and use his signature for issuing ratings. There was no claim of forgery made. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    If by "an incident" you mean knowingly allowing an unrated person to teach multiple ratings courses at his DZ and then employing those improperly trained jumpers? Yes, every DZO who has that kind of "incident" should be chucked out of USPA. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    So Bill Dause should have been given a pass because, why? And if you didn't read Yuri's missive on facebook, here's a summary: Sure, I let an unrated guy teach tandem certification courses, but only when I was around. I never said he could do it when I was out of the country. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, that he somehow got his hands on a stack of blank ratings forms with my signature on them. Yeah, if you think all the parties were innocent in that debacle I have some nice oceanfront property to sell you right next to the DZ in Eloy. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA can't win. Punish people for flagrant violations and they get jumped on. Don't hand out enough punishments and they get jumped on. I think they usually do an okay job. Sometimes they fuck up, but they're only human and they don't have the resources to be everywhere at once. - Dan G
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    You're selling your credibility for a one letter savings. Very efficient. And don't you mean, "my eficency syndrom wont alow me?" - Dan G