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Comment: Whoever gives the most brown envelopes (Score 1) 21

The EU will welcome whatever or whoever gives them the most money in the form of brown envelopes. You see this in cars. Under the guise of safety new EU laws are introduced for certain safety and emissions limits. It just so happens that BMW/Mercedes are the ones that can provide vehicles which meet those regs...

Comment: Re:In highschool (Score 4, Informative) 201

It's not so much oil running out. It is the easy oil running out, i.e. oil which has a high energy return on energy input. As humans we like to pick the low hanging fruit first. Coal mining is a good example, we go for the stuff on the surface, then open cast, then dig shafts. Ghawar field in Saudi is an excellent example, it is 150 or so metres down on dry land. You can shift big machines on dry land. Deep water horizon gulf of Mexico is an excellent example too the oil was in deep water, which presents logistical challenges and deeper down meaning more work is required to get it to the surface. The Russian find is 300 or so metres down and thus it is easy oil.

Comment: Re: Umm no (Score 4, Interesting) 470

by Justpin (#48014443) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles
I'm not so sure missiles would dictate battle range. On Earth we have dedicated weapon platforms to shoot down anti ship missiles. USN has the AEGIS cruisers, the Russians the Kirov battle cruisers. The horizon means the really really fast ones give about 10-20 seconds notice before you have a massive hole in the side of your ship. Weapons firms claim they can shoot down missiles (I'm not so sure about the claims). To extent the interception time they use airborne radar. However if space battles are fought at 10,000,0000km then you have quite a lot of notice of the missile coming as there is no horizon to hide behind and no sea to skim. If the missiles manoeuvre, you can see it and it is telegraphing its attack and movement direction with hours if not days and weeks.

Comment: Re:i-war (Score 1) 470

by Justpin (#48014315) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles
I-war-2 was a bit more limiting as you couldn't really turn off the 2D space assist function. I-war-1 had bad enemy scripts. If you went into free flight mode with inertia and no computer correction to limit you to 2d space very few things could hit you. You could abuse it even more with LDS when a missile or anything was going to hit you hit LDS and instant 1000m/s

Comment: Re:The F35 is a joke: (Score 1) 275

by Justpin (#47636529) Attached to: Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology
It is in operation yes, in limited numbers. But they aren't making any more and as the costs escalate it seems they might as well make more F-22s than F35s. The the F-22 is tested and operational and mostly does what it was advertised to do. The F35 is still promises a lot of things, for the costs of the F35 you might have been able to replace on a 1:1 basis all the aging F-15s the USAF has.

Comment: Re:The F35 is a joke: (Score 1) 275

by Justpin (#47632255) Attached to: Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology
The F35 is a government subsidy program for Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin were pretty much given a blank cheque to write for as much as they want. The irony is Lockheed Martin had a completed and viable aircraft the F-22 which could have been modified like the F-15 which grew over the years to become the F-15E

Comment: It is already being done elsewhere (Score 1) 205

by Justpin (#47612633) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated
I remember going into Manchester University / MMU/ Salford. (MA courses) The course I was looking at had 2 out of 8 core modules the other 6(+2 if you wanted) were electives and depending on the combination that you chose your masters qualification would be named differently, it could change from MSc to MA or MEd.

+ - Piracy is NOT legal or Decriminalized in the UK->

Submitted by qjdotnet
qjdotnet (949901) writes "I've seen this story around the net and on social sites, but the title is completely misleading to make people click, or just believe the title without reading the article, which doesn't really go to great lengths to contradict the title. Piracy is not legal, there will be less enforcement.

Originally posted a very misleading topic that the UK has decriminalized piracy. It's simply not true.

Piracy is very much illegal, but the enforcement aspect will be minimal. However, ISP logs will still be kept so in my opinion if the government/media corporations want to go after a high profile target, they will. We are not yet 100% in bizzaro world where piracy is legal."

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