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Comment Re:No push for teacher education? (Score 1) 657

With that logic, I recommend we take away your car, computer, cell phone, gas grill, laptop batteries, lighter fluid and anything you own that COULD be used as an explosive device, a trigger for an explosive device, a delivery method for an explosive device or a tool to make an explosive device, until the authorities can firmly establish what your intent is with those items.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

Sounds like someone isn't looking hard enough for good music. There are seriously so many good groups out there now, whatever your tastes are, that its hard to believe anyone when they claim that all the 'good music' come out in the 60s-80s. That to me says they are either very closed minded, or just listen to the crap on the radio.

Comment Re:Return, Reload, Repeat as necessary. (Score 1) 843

Everyone needs to remember that the F35 is not the military's primary air superiority fighter. The F22 is meant for this role. Which means that in a combat situation, the F22s would come in first, or along with the F35s to establish air superiority and knock down any enemy fighters. F35s would likely be tasked with taking out any SAM, ground radar or other ground-based threats.

Comment Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609

Because they have a lot of guns, but no ammo. The majority of the guns are militia issued weapons. Most men between 20-30 years old are conscripted into the militia, and thus have a firearm in their house. Before 2007, limited ammunition was issued with these guns in sealed cans which were periodically inspected to make sure the seals were not broken. Since 2007, militia issued ammunition is no longer allowed to be stored with the guns.

However, ammunition can be bought privately at shooting ranges, however, such ammunition typically has to be used at the range.

Also, unlike the US, all guns have to be registered, and there are background checks for purchases of all weapons.

Finally, Switzerland's gun homicide rate isn't as low as you'd think. They have 3-10 times as many gun homicides as other nearby European countries (France, Germany, Netherlands, etc). They're just very low compared with the US.

Comment Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

If they have starships then they can likely use relativistic weapons. The theory behind these is you accelerate a mass towards a target up to or near light speed (potentially taking many years). This means that the weapon won't be far behind the light front emitted from the weapon, so it is pretty much impossible to detect until very close to impact. And the kinetic energy from such a weapon would have devastating effects on a planet. With such a weapon, there would be no need for any kind of invasion, just kill everything from afar, while staying undetected.

Comment Re:not complicated...monopology (Score 2) 346

The Swedish model is a lot like the French model - Orange (formerly France telecom) owns all of the last-mile infrastructure, but any provider can use it for their services. So there was a large amount of competition, especially after the company Free came along. So you can get TV, phone (free calling to 100+ countries) and >50Mbps internet for about 30 Euros a month (roughly $40). Now I'm back in the US and I'm getting raped by Comcast for their 'high speed internet' which costs around $100/mo.

Comment Re:i-war (Score 1) 470

I'm pretty sure you could turn off the 2D assist in I-War2... I remember there was a mission that required stealth, and to reduce your thermal signature, you had to disable the assist to prevent extra thruster usage.

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel