Scientist Lady of Science
- Sep 20, 2018
- 20 Minutes into the future
- SL Rez
Misleading federal regulators who were investigating not one but two plane crashes turns out to be a bad idea. On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that Boeing has been charged with a conspiracy to defraud a government agency that was evaluating the company's 737 Max airplane.
As a result of "misleading statements, half-truths, and omissions communicated by Boeing employees" to the Federal Aviation Authority's Aircraft Evaluation Group, Boeing has agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion as part of a deferred prosecution agreement—that includes a criminal penalty of $243 million, $500 million to compensate the heirs of 346 crash victims, and $1.77 billion in compensation to Boeing's airline customers.
But no one arrested for criminal negligence in connection with the deaths of hundreds of people?
There's the *should*, and then there's the *is*. There's a large chasm between those two these days.People in the corporation made decisions that got people killed. In some of the reported cases, flight-worthiness inspectors reported deficiencies and corporate managers sought ways in which to cover up the deficiencies rather than address them. At a minimum, those persons should have lost their jobs; at maximum, they should have been put on trial for criminal negligence.
Yes, of course. That is almost always the case. But "isn't" does not preclude "should." We need always to have aspirations and goals to be better than we know ourselves to be. Else, why continue?There's the *should*, and then there's the *is*. There's a large chasm between those two these days.
Yeah yeah, the struggle continues...Yes, of course. That is almost always the case. But "isn't" does not preclude "should." We need always to have aspirations and goals to be better than we know ourselves to be. Else, why continue?
"I had to start a telephone company to get [high-speed] Internet access at my house," Mauch explained in a recent presentation about his new ISP that serves his own home in Scio Township, which is next to Ann Arbor, as well as a few dozen other homes in Washtenaw County.
Mauch, a senior network architect at Akamai in his day job, moved into his house in 2002. At that point, he got a T1 line when 1.5Mbps was "a really great Internet connection," he said. As broadband technology advanced, Mauch expected that an ISP would eventually wire up his house with cable or fiber. It never happened.
Got a death grip on my Strunk and White. Double-spacing after sentences and Oxford commas for life!Microsoft Word now flags double-spaces after periods as an error:
Word finally settles the great space debated that has lasted decadeswww.theverge.com
Barbarians! I learned to type on a Selectric II in Nineteen and Eighty-two by golly, two spaces are what the Word-processing Goddess intended.