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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: "Necessary Risk" (was: It's a very ...



                


Thread: [Acro] Re: "Necessary Risk" (was: It's a very ...

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


Message:

  
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


                


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