This news group is primarily for politics and religion followed very closely by food and cooking. Occasionally someone throws in some electronics related stuff, but that should always prepended (that word's very geeky) with an "OT:" in the subject line.
Absolutely. The ego-maniacs who constitute the core of this group never miss a chance to demonstrate how clever they are. By the natureof things, we are cleverer about exisitng circuits - where we've had a chance to make all the regular mistakes - than we are about new circuits (not that we see all that many circuits which we are prepared to recognise as new).
We also discuss a large number of other subjects amongst ourselves - the general rule is that if the thread isn't about electronics, it isn't worth following.
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen (but in Sydney at the moment)
You want to read Mark Zenier's Guide to sci.electronics.* at ftp://ftp.eskimo.com/u/m/mzenier/seguide9706.txt
which I now see is the same text that you were pointing to.
Too often people are confusing this with sci.electronics.basics That's where you should be asking beginner type questions, not just because they don't belong here, but because you are more likely to get an answer on par with the level of the question.
The guide is descriptive, it says "The design group is for persons combining components into circuits" which would tend to rule out existing equipment.
This is not supposed to be a tutorial newsgroup, so a curiosity about an existing design likely doesn't fit. It might apply to the equipment newsgroup, though I've never looked in there, because asking about the design might be relevant to what you purchase.
But if it's some circuit you don't understand, be it in an existing piece of equipment or a schematic you saw somewhere, it likely belongs in sci.electronics.basics Because you are seeking understanding in itself, and that's what that newsgroup is for.
Since it's more massive than the 747, would its mass tend to dampen out the unpleasant effects of air turbulence? I fly on Boeing 737s regularly from Sacramento to Southern California for work, and man, the Santa Ana winds just blow that thing all over the place. Rocking like a boat. Can't remember turbulence being as bad on a 747. Even takeoffs are smoother on a 747 (more gradual slope).