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Message: [Acro] Re: "Necessary Risk" (was: It's a very sad day for me)
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From: Andrew Boyd <aboyd at qnx.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 16:51:57 UTC
On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Greg Dungan wrote: > Most of us accept the "necessary" risk each day as we drive to/from work Many of our activities involving risk are "grandfathered". Try to imagine that the gasoline-burning internal combustion engine had not been invented yet, and some engineer was making a pitch to sell his design to a large company. Imagine what their lawyers would say about gasoline: "What! It's pound for pound more explosive than dynamite? What happens when people have an accident? The tanks could explode!!" "Let me get this straight: you are going to require people to put these 'gas stations' on every street corner, leaking gasoline into the water table, and catching on fire and exploding?!" Clearly, it is careless and reckless to drive or even refuel a gasoline-powered automobile because of the risks involved. Imagine the propeller-powered aircraft had not been invented yet. What would the lawyers think about having a 6 foot blade - with no guard! - rotating around at hundreds of miles per hour (tip speed) on the "ramp" where people and pets walk, cars drive, etc. Need a guard on that propeller at the very least. Clearly, it is careless and reckless to even taxi a propeller aircraft around on the ramp because of the risk of damage or death to persons or property from the un-guarded propeller. And obviously to anyone who understands the effect of gravity, it is careless and reckless to fly any aircraft over any person or property, because of the risk of damage, destruction, injury or death that it poses to that property or person. Imagine the turbine engine had not been invented. What do you think the lawyers would think about all those whirling blades of death, combined with a tremendous suction, pulling in everything that wandered by? It's a killing machine! Obviously, it is careless and reckless to taxi a turbine engine on the ramp. It's a good think lawyers don't know that kinetic energy is a function of velocity squared. Otherwise, for safety, all vehicles would be limited to max 30 mph. It is obviously careless and reckless to operate any vehicle faster than that speed, because of the risk of damage, destruction, injury or death to property or persons. Sigh. What did Heinlein call this - the "crazy years"? -- aboyd