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Comment: Re:By Country (Score 2) 199

by Darktan (#47868059) Attached to: China's Island Factory
The dreadnaughts effectively were made obsolete in the First World War. They were forced to stay far enough out to sea as to avoid the small, cheap, torpedo boats. By the time the Second World War rolled around, battleships couldn't safely leave port except in cloudy weather, or risk destruction by land based aircraft.

I suspect aircraft carriers are where the battleships were in the First World War. Great for force projection against lesser navies, but have to stay far from shore to keep from being overwhelmed by small, cheap, missile boats and land based missiles and aircraft. As always, you can't know until you try.

Comment: Re:Control vs. Prosperity (Score 2) 119

by Darktan (#46241561) Attached to: A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

Wait. What does Capitalism have to do with democracy? Some Capitalist countries, especially the richest ones, are democratic, but democracy is by no means a required part of the Capitalist economic system.

A better statement might be to say that central planning of economies doesn't work. While central planning is a typical feature of Communism, they aren't always the same thing.

Comment: Re:Their API's are exactly what you would expect (Score 1) 53

by Darktan (#43901741) Attached to: GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

I find the truth is almost the opposite. The REST API is pretty good, at least compared to anything the OGC has put out. While ESRI's tools are okay for authoring maps, their server software is some of the worst crap I've ever had to work with. It's slow, and buggy. And slow. Map tile generation takes 7000 longer than on open source software, on the same hardware.

While technically all their stuff is documented, they have a nasty habit of creating a new documentation portal for every major release. And Google always takes me to the version from three releases back.

Rather than standardization, I just want a way to take a map document and turn out cartocss, or mapnik styles.

Comment: Re:Not only tech, but new cars also (Score 1) 329

by Darktan (#43624595) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

When buying my last dishwasher, the salesperson gave me the big list of things that can go wrong, was really going for the hard sell on the extended warranty. I put on my best concerned face and replied "Oh gosh! Is it really that likely to break? I certainly don't want to buy such a poorly made appliance."

It's always fun watching them back-pedal like mad.

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score 1) 1591

by Darktan (#42605321) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

Oddly, in Canada, the opposite is true. Rifles are widely owned for sporting purposes. Handguns associated with law enforcement and criminals. As such, it's pretty easy to get a rifle, but much harder to get a license to buy a handgun. Unless you're a drug dealer, self defence rarely enters into it.

As an aside, we tried having a registry for firearms, but that idea was so flawed I have a hard time imagining why any Americans think it would work. What does work is licensing the gun owner.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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