Simon White

Chief Rocket Scientist, Rocket Software
Calgary, AB, Canada

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  • "This sounds like something our culture as decided is a huge annoyance, when it's not.  I usually wait to the end, walk on at the tail of the crowd, and get seated.  I get to sit outside while the first class and privileged people are already in their seats, and I get there at the same time as everyone else.  It takes a couple of minutes.  Compared to the time wasted standing in lines for the waste-of-space TSA it's nothing."
    on: A Graphic Explanation of Why Boarding Airplane Passengers from Back to Front is Not the Fastest Method
  • "Excellent article.  I'm very tired of the assumption that any 'tool shaped object' will do the job as well as another, and that cheap tools are in any way a good idea.  I see the statement of the web that 'a tool that you'll only use once can be cheap crap.'  Who uses a tool only once and isn't infuriated when it can't quite do the job, or when it breaks and damages the work?  Lots of people have told me they can't afford good tools, and maybe they're right, but I've bought some of my best stuff when I was unemployed and didn't know if I'd ever see another paycheck.  My tablesaw (Delta Unisaw) cost a months wages when I was flat broke and got a tax refund check that almost covered it.  There are obviously people who can't take that risk or will never have money.  I'm sympathetic, I've been very broke.  As a general rule, however, you should buy the best tools you can afford.  There's just nothing else that makes sense."
    on: Tools & Craft #109: Testing a Knockoff Tool vs. the Real Deal
  • "I think, because the machine is on a pallet, and because there's no packaging equipment, that this is a used equipment reseller who knows enough to demonstrate something they don't usually handle."
    on: How Ice Cream Cones are Made
  • "Damnation Alley wasn't the best movie ever, but it had a simpler, more effective system than this, and in 1977. It was real - the film-makers decided it would be easier to build an amphibious vehicle that could drive over broken terrain at high speeds than use special effects. It's often better to look into prior art than to design techno-overkill solutions from scratch.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landmaster"
    on: Transforming Wheels and More: DARPA's Experimental Military Vehicle Technologies
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