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Comment Probably Safe To Install... (Score 2) 105 105

...but not safe to use. Since this is open source its doubtful there is any malicious code, though the jury is still out on that fact...doubtful anyone who knows anything about IT and the NSA would be jazzed about the release of something like this. I'd be more suspicious of this purposefully overlooking the stealthier ways they have of accessing networks that may not be widely known. 'Cause if this was found to have backdoors or whatever else the ~10% of tech-knowledgeable people who don't already mistrust them might grow to about ~11%. Really, anyone who didn't already not trust them...even if this tool turned the machine it ran on into a direct line to Fort Meade they wouldn't think much of it- they probably are pretty set in their patriotic mindset.

Comment Re:intersting but. (Score 1) 138 138

I think 900mhz is better for longer distances and diffusing around obstacles, with the gain usually 14dbi+ 900 can easily tune resonant reflections of 2.4 in the clear...maybe even 4.9-5.0 (I think that's allocated to something or other, too), but yeah, to tx you'd need a call sign...but as this claimed to anonymize traffic txing wouldn't tip your identity, only your location, and you'd have to be bleeding over the spectral masks of nearby bands and making a huge dick of yourself before there would be any reason that someone might call the radio cops on your ass.

Comment They just crossed the HAM homebrew Rubicon (Score 1) 138 138

As a longtime ARRL license holder I was following this project closely and I have to say...what whoever did and whatever they did to do it pretty much accomplished the equivalent of the Streisand Effect on steroids traveling at the speed of light (radio). 'Disappearing' this project virtually guarantees that almost a quarter-million DIY techies that build things like this from what they find in their garage plus a pound of solder just because they are bored and want to 'chew the carpet' about it on the next local repeater Net will do so, and because you can't shut us the hell up even people who don't want to know or care about this will hear about it 16 times. And there will be huge amounts of coax and silicone tape sacrificed to this end.

Comment Lightning II is Multirole (Score 1) 843 843

It can dogfight. It may be expensive as hell and already getting old as tech goes before its even rolled out officially, it may not be able to go toe-to-toe with Su-35 Flanker-Es or F-22 Raptors, PAK-FA or the supposed Chengdu J-20, it may not "technically" have Supercruise ability. But all this is is designed as a multirole, modular attack fighter: it can put up a fight that is risky for even the best fighter jets to commit to if forced to...and that is all that needs to be accomplished. In it's designed role it will act as an attacker flanked by air superiority badasses which as of right now is technically still the F-22 Raptor (that may not be true theoretically now, but still...). In its role as a piece in the air dominance puzzle it fits, it may not be pretty and getting old on the vine and almost ready to ship to the modern jet boneyard, but saying "it can't dogfight" is a stawman: it can, but isn't designed to be an air superiority jet. Its like saying "The Raptor can't attack infantry columns or submerged subs". Yeah...but it can make sure that other attack platforms in the air that can do that are 100% free to do so in air conditioned comfort.

Comment Good piece on this (Score 1) 88 88

Yesterday on the John Batchelor Show, the proposal by was for the Spaceguard to be formed as the Coast Guard for space, and for space to be governed by the space-equivalent of Maritime Law, which would fly in the face of current space treaties. The Spaceguard would also become sentinels and eyes out into space, having the funds and decision-making authority and hierarchy, as well as arms, like the USGS defending against asteroids and you-name-it. Until the mission into space becomes primarily for colonization rather than exploration, like the government states in public at least, then it will be regarded as unimportant. Also the fact that our governments are so risk-adverse as to allow for reasonable casualties and the necessary risk to be allowed, by the many who would gladly do so and who did so in the past commonly, is holding expansion into space back.

I think it was the author of this book:

"History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions." -- Ted Koppel