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What has Trump done right so far?

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Re: What has Trump done right so far?
Post by Annachie   » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:12 am

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What worries me about the US air traffic control is the presidents tendency to direct the work to his own intetests.
Fine for business, shitty for government.

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Re: What has Trump done right so far?
Post by biochem   » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:27 am

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Annachie wrote:What worries me about the US air traffic control is the presidents tendency to direct the work to his own intetests.
Fine for business, shitty for government.

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In this particular situation, whether it works or not will depend on the details of how it is done. Trump doesn't care how it is fixed just that it is fixed. So it's really up to the department of transportation and congress to come up with a detailed plan. What these guys should do is just to copy what is already proven to work. But I'm not sure their egos will be able to resist to opportunity to make it "better".

If we copy Canada's system (or Australia's), then the government vs business issue that you are concerned about comes pre-solved unless you think Canada's system is bad.
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Re: What has Trump done right so far?
Post by Daryl   » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:38 am

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Reminds me of when I was brought in to sort out problems with our Army Aviation. One minor one was that they had long ago bought some "Mill Spec Robustised" lap tops to manage field maintenance, with both parts inventories and how to guides. Problem was that they were on ancient 286 platforms that had been repaired multiple times. I just bought a stack of latest model laptops and had the software updated and transferred. The warrant officers went ballistic as "this civvi rubbish will break down in the field". I loved proving them wrong, as modern laptops are naturally tough anyway without trebling the price by painting them khaki.

biochem wrote:The proposal to change the airtraffic control to semi-private status. The general idea is to copy Canada's system, which appears to have potential assuming the people in charge of the details (Trump is NOT a detail guy. He's big picture i.e. I want a system like Canada's or other similar systems (New Zealand, U.K., Australia, Germany etc) -> make it so) don't muck it up. Canada's system seems to work well so my personal opinion is to make the new system as much like Canada's as possible. i.e. do not reinvent the wheel.

The current US government run air traffic control system is problematic. The #1 issue is the 40 year old computers that are running the system. They've been trying without success to get new ones for the last 20 years or so. This system does not use GPS.
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Re: What has Trump done right so far?
Post by Imaginos1892   » Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:40 am

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Daryl wrote:Reminds me of when I was brought in to sort out problems with our Army Aviation. One minor one was that they had long ago bought some "Mill Spec Robustised" lap tops to manage field maintenance, with both parts inventories and how to guides. Problem was that they were on ancient 286 platforms that had been repaired multiple times. I just bought a stack of latest model laptops and had the software updated and transferred. The warrant officers went ballistic as "this civvi rubbish will break down in the field". I loved proving them wrong, as modern laptops are naturally tough anyway without trebling the price by painting them khaki.

Give them some credit, they did wrap them in rubber, too, didn't they?

Big problem is, getting something approved for government — especially military — use takes so long that three generations of more advanced products have come out before they place the first order. Then, since the procurement process (geez, sounds like they're out trolling the Vegas strip for hookers, don't it?) is so long and tortuous, once some obsolete piece of crap does get approved, they continue to use it for decades as it becomes ever more obsolete.

I worked on a shipboard computer in the 1980's with 128 KBytes of magnetic core memory! It did have one neat feature: if it lost power, it would simply continue from where it stopped when the power was restored. It also cost $500,000. You could get a far more powerful civilian computer for $4,000.
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