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What It's Really Like to Be a Pilot

"Once you shut the cockpit door, you don't really ever think about the fact that you're carrying passengers."<p><i>Dina* had been fascinated by airplanes since she was a little girl. So she went to an aviation college and graduated with a degree in aviation business. She then worked for a firm that</i> …

Richard Branson plans new supersonic passenger jet capable of flying from London to New York in UNDER four hours

Passengers may be able to fly from London to New York in less time than it takes to get to Newcastle if Sir Richard Branson's new plans become …

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The F-35 Is Still the Worst Military Investment Ever

What's wrong with a jobs program, again?<p>It's been a while since we checked in on the F-35, the Flying Swiss Army Knife, which may be a floor wax or a dessert topping, but which sure as hell isn't an viable aircraft, but is one of the epic money pits of all time, even by Pentagon standards, which …

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The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run for Its Money

The war in Afghanistan proved that we can't just rely on new technology, but the Pentagon wouldn't listen—and troops paid the price.<p><b>John Ismay, Adrian Bonenberger, and Damien Spleeters</b><p>On December 5, 2001, an American B-52 flying tens of thousands of feet above the ground mistakenly dropped a …

Windows 10: tips and tricks for Microsoft’s most powerful operating system

Hello Cortana? Give me 21 features and tools to master Windows 10

Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month

The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.<p>In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million …

6 old weapons that still serve the military well

Sorry Mike Huckabee, but some old workhorses don't need replacing.<p>During the recent Republican debate, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee chose the venerable B-52 Stratofortress to exemplify how the military was being hobbled by declining defense spending. But as some commentators have explained , …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhy Didn’t I Say Something? Isaac Chotiner A prominent Catholic intellectual on the sexual-abuse rumors he never acted on.<p>Can We Accept …

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

CEO sugar-coats the medicine for Nokia phone bizThere’s nothing like sweetening the bad news medicine, and that’s what Microsoft’s tried with its …

Little Girl Was Tired of the Usual Plane Ride With Dad, So He Took Her Up for an Aerobatic Lesson: Watch Her Face

Little Lea is used to going up in the air with her pilot dad in a two-seater plane. You can see it on her face during the takeoff as she watches the ground get further and further away with little reaction.<p>This time though, she asked her father to kick it up a notch.<p>“Today, she ask me to make some …

Google explains how it will make Chrome suck less battery

For all its popularity, Chrome can still be an irritating browser to use — soaking up processing power and draining battery life. And while these issues are true on any platform, they seem particularly acute on Macs, especially when compared to Apple's native Safari browser. Google isn't blind to …

Windows 10 Settings menu: The System tab

It's clear that Microsoft is trying to phase out the Control Panel and replace it with the prettier, touch-friendly Windows 10 Settings menu. In Windows 10 you can change most (but not all) of your computer's basic settings in the new Settings menu, which has a permanent home in the Start menu, …