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GitHub Sponsors | Hacker News
"This is a nice start for allowing sending "coffee money" between persons. If however you want to drive Serious Money into actually funding OSS projects please remember this: While virtually no company has a donations budget, almost every company has a $$$ marketing budget.

Please let me give you some of that money that would otherwise be spent on blue pens with logos and endless display ads to GitHub projects. I'd be happy to drive $xxK/mo to open source projects my company depends on or that are simply being used by an audience that aligns with our own. To sell that internally, I need (as in, I would be laughed out of the room to propose it without):

- My sponsoring company logo on the GitHub project page

- UTM links and all that jazz to attribute traffic and campaigns to the specific projects that we sponsor

See for a good example of a successful sponsorship program. Literally the biggest hurdle remaining for BigCorp to sponsor something like Webpack today is selling your boss on "Patreon" and "OpenCollective". But if you just increase our GitHub budget by a few K/month, AND the marketers get attributable traffic to boot that we can point to, well that's an easy sell! "
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may 2019 by MarcK
Joe Armstrong has died | Hacker News
"yen223 10 hours ago [-]

> Well every body is a random guy until you share stories.

I absolutely love this quote"

CS  erlang  HN-comments  elixir  joe.armstrong  *** 
april 2019 by MarcK
Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 on the Day Before Deadly Crash | Hacker News
averros 1 hour ago [-]

Actual instrument-rated pilot here.

What people (including pilots) do under stress is resort to simple actions drilled in by training. That's why emergency procedure training is a major part of pilot training curriculum.

What goes away first under stress is capability for complex reasoning, which is what one would need to figure out what the heck is going on and take appropriate action. In this case an a/c doing uncommanded dive can be a result of three things: elevator controls malfuncion (unlikely in modern jets, the mechanisms for transmitting control forces from the yoke to the elevator are multiply redundant and well-understood to be critical), structural breakdown (empennage falling off would do that), or run-away elevator or stabilizer trim.

In most a/c the runaway trim can be only caused by malfunctioning auto-pilot (that's why APs have multiple redundant ways to disable them), so the pilots faced this situation react by trying to disable AP in all available ways and then immediately jumping to conclusion that there's something catastrophically wrong with elevator system or even airframe integrity. The thought that there could be yet another system which can do major trim adjustment doesn't even enter their consciousness.

Training (and/or being in a position where there's no immediate stress of wrangling misbehaving a/c) would help to get to the correct solution (disabling trim motor by pulling the circuit breaker).

That said, flying an a/c seriously out of trim is hard, and can cause an accident on its own (the fine pitch control is gone, and you can even be so far out of trim that you cannot do landing flare no matter how hard you pull up, which in heavy jets would result in structural breakdown when the plane slams into runway). "
stress  thinking-under-stress  bandwidth  cognitive-load  automatic-decision-making  training  experts  **  HN-comments  pilots 
march 2019 by MarcK

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