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Comment Re:Some innacuraties (Score 1) 563

Err, small technical note: the F-16 RTWR ("Radar Threat Warning Receiver") system can certainly be updated to account for different signatures, and the antennae are located all about the perimeter of the plane for full 360-bubble-style reception.

Pretty sure that while not a perfect setup (given the commonality of radar set components/behaviors across airframes), it would probably have zero problems telling friendlies from the not-friendlies. ;)

Comment Re:Turkey downing plane (Score 4, Informative) 563

If this claim is true, then Russians planes are shitty.

(I'm turkish),

The F-16 is a very capable fighter (especially when flown clean - that is, not weighed down with a LANTIRN pod or wing tanks). It's capable of sustained 9G maneuvers, and can even accelerate while flying straight up - which most jets cannot do. It has superior pilot visibility, has up to 9 hardpoints on which to mount armament, and there's a built-in 20mm cannon to boot (just behind the canopy on the right-hand side above the strake).

It may have been designed and built in the early-mid 1970s, but it was far ahead of its time, even back then. It was originally built as a 'cheap-but-plentiful' fighter (to compliment/support the expensive flagship F-15 fighters), but in the right hands, 'the little jet that could' turns out to be quite a little badass in its own right.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 5, Informative) 563

I shudder to think how WWII would have ended if the alliance powers had each worried so much about what the other sides would do AFTER they defeated Hitler that they refused to ally with one another to begin with.

Oh, believe me - they worried. Churchill openly worried about it (especially post-Yalta, where he saw that the UK got screwed pretty hard.) Roosevelt worried about it, though not as much... now post WWII, his big worry was that Gen. Patton would decide 'fuck it', and start a fight with the USSR anyway (just to get it out of the way).

Incidentally, there were more than a few tense crises between East and West (towards and at the end of WWII) that never really made the papers - the relative silence was only because back then, the government would tell the press to shut the hell up about something, and the press (more often than not) compliantly kept quiet about it.

Comment That won't last long... (Score 5, Interesting) 780

The school certainly overreacted, but...

1) the kid was not arrested, nor did he suffer any "damages" in light of the celebrity and overly-friendly treatment from the President, and
2) once the jury hears about his overly-activist father and the lawyer's insinuation that the whole thing was a set-up?

I'm not seeing this one going very far.

Comment Re:Short version (Score 1) 150

Sony is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering on Playstation hardware and software capabilities. This would fly in the face of much of their history. I suspect it was simply cheaper to pull off an attempt at emulation to try and make this bundle of Star Wars games work, vs trying to build it again, as a quick cash grab.

Comment Re:Wouldn't a PS3 emulator make more sense? (Score 1) 150

I have so few games that "struggle to run" under software backwards compatibility under a PS3. The list on Wikipedia is quite short when you compare it to the thousands of available titles. The only titles that tend to cause me trouble were music games where the timing and sync of audio and video was tantamount to player success.

Comment Re:My question is... (Score 2, Insightful) 96

I used to think the same way... then I had to go from Portland to Seattle on business... a lot.

Turns out that the train takes the same amount of travel time (esp. when you factor in traffic), and when you add up gas and the cost of parking in Downtown Seattle (where even hotels will charge something like $40/day), it is actually somewhat *cheaper* than driving. Seattle is small enough size-wise to make most of it walkable without too much trouble.

I'd much rather sit in a fairly cozy seat on the train, plug in the laptop, maybe grab something to eat, and have a drink or two (even coach does this). Much superior to shouting at traffic IMHO.

"The most important thing in a man is not what he knows, but what he is." -- Narciso Yepes