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“He wasn’t tall enough” – mystery of collapsed 787 revealed



In what sounds like the beginning of a comedy sketch, the report is in from the UK’s aviation investigator, and it’s not good news for size-challenged engineers.

On June 18th, a British Airways 787-8 collapsed at Heathrow when it was preparing for a cargo flight to Frankfurt. 

The UK’s aviation safety regulator has now blamed human error for the bizarre incident.

The incident took place when crews were performing what’s called a “Dispatch Deviation Guide” (DDG) procedure.

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This procedure required the cockpit landing gear selection lever to be cycled with hydraulic power applied to the aircraft. According to AAIB, “to prevent the landing gear from retracting, the procedure required pins to be inserted in the nose and main landing gear down locks.

But this didn’t happen. Why?

The investigation revealed the mechanic who was tasked to handle the landing gear of the 787 was not tall enough to reach a pin.

When another taller mechanic stepped in, the second mechanic put the pin in the wrong recess. The error made the landing gear suddenly retract, thinking the plane was flying.

A service bulletin was provided by Boeing, which instructed the 787 operators to “install an insert into the NLG lock link apex pin bore”.

Either that, or hire taller engineers.

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Meta to launch microblogging competitor in wake of Twitter backlash



The recent backlash against Musk’s proposed tweet cap could prove to be the perfect time to launch the competitor 

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, plans to launch a microblogging app called Threads on Thursday, to operate as a direct competitor to Twitter.

The launch comes just days after Twitter boss Elon Musk attracted criticism by announcing limits to how many posts users could read on the platform.

Threads will allow users to directly port their followers from Instagram, another app owned by the company, and to keep the same username. This feature will allow users to supercharge the often slow process of building a following on the new site.

While other apps such as Mastodon and Blue Sky have failed to present much of a challenge to Twitter, Threads is launching after a period of intense criticism and scepticism of Twitter, which followed Musk’s US$44 billion purchase of the platform in 2022.

Musk has made significant staffing cuts in areas like content moderation which has caused a rift with advertisers. He has also implemented several elements such as an US$8 per month account verification system which has proved unpopular with users.

Instagram boasts roughly 2.3 billion users compared to Twitter’s almost 400 million, which poses a significant user advantage from which to draw from.

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Why is OpenAI’s ChatGPT being sued in the United States?



OpenAI sued for stealing everything anyone has ever written on the Internet

A class action lawsuit has been filed against OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.

The suit claims that the company’s ‘AI’ training methods violate the privacy and copyright of numerous individuals who have shared content online.

So, what does this mean for new breakthrough ‘AI’ programs and software?

Oz Sultan, the Chief Strategist with the Sultan Interactive Group joins us to discuss. #ai #artificialintelligence #tech #technology #openai #chatgpt

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