1) This was done while one of the 2 pilots was "away"
2) The "away" pilot never noticed the change - which is highly unlikely
In the end, you have to trust your pilots, even if there is the very rare instance of them doing something wrong. You just can't take the human factor out of everything.
What this does show is that you need an international agency in charge of flight accident investigations, with authority and access to all necessary information from all countries. Of course that will never happen due to sovereignty issues.
If this was any number of television shows we would be able to go ENHANCE(!) and read the serial numbers off the (proposed) wreckage.
I understand that you may disagree with my proposal and that's all well and good, but to call it silly, is, well, silly.
CNN guy brought up a point. The imagery comes from Digital Globe, and they're prohibited by US law. They can't release their highest-res imagery to the public, which is believed to be a meter resolution. Which is probably why the Aussies are treating this so seriously.
I have had CNN on in the background while working today. Their current favorite theory is the "zombie plane," and they use the phrase constantly. It's like their marketing department told them zombies are hot right now, everyone likes zombie shows.
You know what sucks? That The Newsroom is ending this season, because I'd have paid good money to see how Sorkin would have done with this.
Woman went to Mecca for yearly communion with God. Came back with superman-like eyes and claimed she saw the plane in Andaman Sea. This wouldn't be so funny except it is being published in Malaysia's premier newspaper! Why do we EVEN entertain such stories and made it headline. Aren't the family distraught enough? I mean, if this is a tabloid, sure I understand, but not a mainstream newspaper!
We have a couple of newspaper on sale on the new stand that are generally regarded as tabloid and they love sensational news. The Star is NOT one of them.
You know, things have been quiet in this thread. It's kinda quiet around here in Malaysia too. What's happening? And it looks like the hoo-haa over the 'debris' in Australia waters went cold. What is happening?
Edit: they are still searching for the debris..
Last edited by habibi; 03-22-2014 at 02:20 AM. Reason: Still searching
Now China came up with an image not very far away from the original spot off Australia. Seems more and more likely that there's something of significance out there - it measures in at around 74'x43' and they've now sent a couple of their planes to join in the search.
I looked up 90 degrees east, 45 south; it is amazingly isolated. The nearest land is 1,500km away at Port-aux-Francais, which doesn't have a runway and has a population of 45. The nearest city, Perth, is 2,600km away, and Perth itself is incredibly isolated, with the nearest city to it another 2,100km away. The water depth is around 10,000 feet.
The New Republic says everything I've been saying since forever:
And Manjoo, being a techno-utopian idiot, really had it coming after he wrote:The New York Times's Farhad Manjoo argues that the "terror" isn't only that we can't find the plane, but being off the grid itself, untethered to our friends and family. I disagree. Our "hyperconnectivity," as he calls it, is the very reason we need this mystery right now. In a moment dominated by the radical adoption of new technology, with reports of the NSA’s massive snooping, talk of Amazon drones making deliveries like toilet paper door to your doorstep, or checking the status of a flight through a pair of Google glasses, we need to feel that there is at least something out there that the grand orchestra of satellites and supercomputers can’t find or figure out.
When something goes wrong, nowadays, one’s first instinct is to check in by text, on social networks, or through some other digital smoke flare. According to stories in the Chinese press, family members of the passengers of Flight 370 had they same instinct. They’ve been calling and messaging their loved ones’ phones throughout the week. When they call, they hear a ringing tone, giving many hope that passengers’ phones are still connected to the grid and consequently could be tracked by officials. (Experts say the ringing doesn’t mean the phones are still working.)
If it sounds crazy that we keep using our smartphones and tablets despite all we now know about how vulnerable they make us to being monitored by the government and corporations, this is the explanation. At a most basic level, these devices keep us tethered to one another and we’re willing to make terrific trade-offs in privacy and sanity just to keep that connection. Because when the connection is lost, it’s terrifying.
We need to figure out what happened to the plane not because of "hyperconnectivity" or NSA snooping or whatever. It's because it would be cold comfort to the families of the next batch of victims if it turns out to be something wrong with the plane or airline's policies that could have been fixed if the investigators hadn't just shrugged and said "Eh, we were okay with it being a mystery." (And the subsequent tidal wave of negligence lawsuits, of course...)
The phones keep ringing because many of them had a last handshake with a cell phone tower in Malaysia. If you're calling from China, it's going through the international routing, and the ringing is most probably just the system trying to find the phone in a foreign country.
True, it could well be that the system isn't especially well configured and played the wrong tone. That's happened to me numerous times. (Some systems can't handle incoming VoIP calls properly ><)