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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster - Wikipedia
In a risk-management scenario similar to the Challenger disaster, NASA management failed to recognize the relevance of engineering concerns for safety and suggestions for imaging to inspect possible damage, and failed to respond to engineers' requests about the status of astronaut inspection of the left wing. Engineers made three separate requests for Department of Defense (DOD) imaging of the shuttle in orbit to determine damage more precisely. While the images were not guaranteed to show the damage, the capability existed for imaging of sufficient resolution to provide meaningful examination. NASA management did not honor the requests and in some cases intervened to stop the DOD from assisting.[12] The CAIB recommended subsequent shuttle flights be imaged while in orbit using ground-based or space-based DOD assets.[13] Details of the DOD's unfulfilled participation with Columbia remain secret; retired NASA official Wayne Hale stated in 2012 that "activity regarding other national assets and agencies remains classified and I cannot comment on that aspect of the Columbia tragedy".[14]

You know, there is nothing we can do about damage to the [thermal protection system]. If it has been damaged it's probably better not to know. I think the crew would rather not know. Don't you think it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly during entry than to stay on orbit, knowing that there was nothing to be done, until the air ran out?[16]

On May 9, 2008, it was reported that data from a disk drive on board Columbia had survived the shuttle accident, and while part of the 340 MB drive was damaged, 99% of the data was recovered.[49] The drive was used to store data from an experiment on the properties of shear thinning.[50]
engineering  spaceshuttle 
july 2019 by kme
Programmers really hate open floor plans — Quartz
Based on an analysis of 10,000 programming sessions recorded from 86 programmers using Eclipse and Visual Studio, and a survey of 414 programmers, we found:

* A programmer takes 10-15 minutes to start editing code after resuming work from an interruption.
* When interrupted during an edit of a method, a programmer resumed work in less than a minute only 10 percent of the time.
* A programmer is likely to get just one uninterrupted two-hour session in a day.
flow  coding  programming  engineering  workplace 
october 2016 by kme
Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt : The Two-Way : NPR
The night before, NASA had sent a statement and Ebeling hadn't heard it yet. The statement was emailed by a spokeswoman for NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut. He flew on the shuttle flight just before Challenger, and later led the effort to resume shuttle flights safely.

"We honor [the Challenger astronauts] not through bearing the burden of their loss, but by constantly reminding each other to remain vigilant," the statement read. "And to listen to those like Mr. Ebeling who have the courage to speak up so that our astronauts can safely carry out their missions."
engineering  nasa  guilt 
june 2016 by kme
Argument Cultures and Unregulated Aggression - Kate Heddleston
The most popular theory as to why humans argue is that it is a tool for asserting dominance [3]. Evolutionarily speaking, the ability to climb the social hierarchy would be advantageous for the procreation and survival of an individual. Dominance, however, is more concerned with winning than truth. We find that to be true when humans argue; the truth often takes a back seat to beating one's opponent, and people will argue a point even after being presented with irrefutable evidence that they are wrong.

There are a few things you can do in your company to promote the kind of communication that’s healthy and productive for different situations. Understand when your goal is to expand ideas and when your goal is to narrow ideas down. During idea expansion, every idea and thought should be welcome. There should be a “yes and” attitude so that arguments (which are worthless at this point anyways) don’t get in the way of creativity. Work to create environments where it is safe for any and all voices to speak out.
engineering  culture  arguments  workplace  equality  teamwork 
march 2015 by kme
Jokes: What are some of the most profound jokes ever? - Quora
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

The man below says: "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."

"You must be an engineer" says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man. "How did you know."

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's no use to anyone."

The man below says "you must be in management."

"I am" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."
funny  joke  engineering  management 
august 2013 by kme
Humor: What is the geekiest joke? - Quora
Some people say the glass is half full.
Some people say the glass is half empty.
Engineers say the glass is twice as big as necessary.

An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician are standing in a field – each one is given equal amounts of fencing and told to accommodate in as many sheep as possible.

The engineer builds a strong square shaped sheep pen; the physicist builds a circular pen and claims that his pen would hold the most sheep.

The mathematician builds another circular fence; he then sits inside his fence and says, “I declare that I am outside this fence.”

An infinite crowd of mathematicians enters a bar. The first one orders a pint, the second one a half pint, the third one a quarter pint...

"I understand", says the bartender - and pours two pints.

"An SEO expert walks into a bar, bars, beer garden, hangout, lounge, night club, mini bar, bar stool, tavern, pub, beer, wine, whiskey..."

Hey, what's your sine?
It must be pi/2 because you are the 1.

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one tells the bartender he wants a beer. The second one says he wants half a beer. The third one says he wants a fourth of a beer. The bartender puts two beers on the bar and says “You guys need to learn your limits.”

A line of boys is standing 1 metre away from a line of girls. The boys move 1/2 metre towards the girls in 10 sec, 1/4 metre in the next 10 sec, 1/8 metre in the next 10 sec and so on.
The question was - "when will the boys meet the girls?"
Mathematician - They will never meet
Physicist- They will meet at infinite time
Engineer- After about 40 seconds, they will be close enough for all practical purposes.
engineering  math  technology  geek  humor 
july 2013 by kme

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