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Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 291

by Dahamma (#48944753) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

The majority of the *jobs* associated with manufacturing the A-380 are in Europe. In fact, the process by which the parts are assembled, transported, etc through the EU is fascinating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

And the reverse is true for the 747 - much of the labor-intensive assembly is in Everett, WA, of course.

Wholesale cost of the parts is a poor metric for claiming where something is "built", especially in the political arena, where manufacturing jobs are what gets votes...

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 291

by Dahamma (#48937621) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

I kind of wonder why my own country went for totally unproven foreign F35 JSFs (yay budget overruns)

I just love how the highly compromised F-35 is now up to about $115-$140M each, while the horribly overpriced but unquestionably best fighter in the world F-22 is now looking almost affordable at a cool $150M.

Then again, not sure I'd question canceling most of these programs. In the future fighters will probably only be needed for interception (assuming stealth isn't totally defeated by S/A missiles) - attack roles will be mostly drones that will cost a tiny fraction of these costs...

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 291

by Dahamma (#48937575) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

Airbus, oddly enough, would be another "American" option - maybe even more American than Boeing.

No, that's just not true in the slightest, since we are talking where it was built. Boeing is hugely overwhelmingly built in the US, and Airbus in Europe (as much by political decree as anything but it's a fact).

Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 291

by Dahamma (#48937569) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

The Galaxy is utterly different than a passenger plane like the 747.

Significantly slower, worse safety record, horribly worse range (you don't want to be in-flight refueling every 2500 miles), and in no way adapted to a 2-level, passenger focused layout they obviously want in "Air Force One". Not to mention the last C-5 was built in 1989. They just don't want to recondition a 25 year old plane as the flagship aircaft of the United States...

Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48872767) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

My point was people did use it in many applications (church as well as science) back in the 1600-1700s when it was first used to name species.

And not speaking it in normal conversation doesn't mean it isn't or wasn't used. There are many thousands (tens of thousands? hundreds of thousands?) of scholars *now* who can read it in order to read and study old texts. And in the 1600's when the biological taxonomy was first established, Latin was literally the common written language between scientists of a dozen different countries who may not even have been able to communicate any other way.

Comment: Re:Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Dahamma (#48872717) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

One can argue the Moon is made of green cheese. The obvious rebuttals are 1) computer languages aren't languages, 2) unlike Latin, Perl is in widespread use as far as computer languages go, and 3) nobody argued that a language was dead on the basis of it remaining static over time.

Yet none of your points has remotely disproved the green cheese hypothesis...

Comment: LAPTOP?? (Score 2, Insightful) 78

by Dahamma (#48837611) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

Sorry, but this dude looks like he works out 2 hours a day, and I think I heard him grunt when he picked it up. If the 5" thick body didn't already discredit that term (note: the original IBM Portable was NOT A LAPTOP).

You'd probably get bruises on your thighs if you put this on your lap, if you didn't get 2nd degree burns before that...

Comment: Re:I don't think so. (Score 2) 154

by Dahamma (#48837587) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

I don't disagree that coal has had more effect than nuclear on the environment, but your "fact" is completely wrong. Kind of sad, since if you had just kept to the facts it would have been a decent point.

And yes, the top 3 Google results (as per your suggestion) say you are wrong. Feel free to find a citation that contradicts your suggestion, though.

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