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Yeah well, if you do bizniz with stupid gits like AnsaldoBreda, then you're kinda sorta asking for it.

These are, after all, the same gits that broke CERN.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 01:48:40 AM EST
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Ah, I was not aware of the Ansaldo Components involvement with those magnets...

In the case of AnsaldoBreda, beyond production quality and management issues, the failure to deliver the IC4 had an extra reason: a case of cascading problems. The theory is that AnsaldoBreda gave priority to another customer and another troubled product: the E.403 locomotives for state railways FS (last I heard, those are still not operational).

But, to not let up Danish authorities: their error was to go with the cheapest offer... an error amazingly repeated by the Dutch-Belgian high speed consortium.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 03:57:35 AM EST
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Ansaldo-Breda screwed up the Gothenburg tram order too IIRC... Eternal delays, and really bad quality when they arrived. Still, they do make world class naval guns.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 04:23:39 AM EST
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Word class by what measure? Any practical applications in the last half century? ;-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 06:06:49 AM EST
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I was of course thinking of the War Nerd's classic U Sank My Carrier! (and its follow-ups Take America's Navy Battle Group...Please! and This Is How the Carriers Will Die); though you may think of smaller calibre.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 06:25:26 AM EST
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Mixed it up with the famous Otobreda gun, made by Oto Melara.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Aug 4th, 2009 at 07:01:33 AM EST
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