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Comment Re:anti-business liberal scoring points (Score 0) 314

My answer to this is very simple actually, if there is no business case to go to Mars I don't want any government stealing money from people to go to Mars because at that point it is all it is: theft.

Eventually a business case for Mars may become real and then businesses will find a way to get there. Today it is likely not the case at all that there is any sort of ROI on going to Mars except for raising spirits of those, who want to see it happen.

Well, if the people who WANT to see it happen actually PAY for it by BUYING bonds that would pay for it, then a private business can do it without government! That's because a private business can print bonds that can be sold (tentatively) to people and if enough money is raised then actually collect the money and start building.

To do it otherwise is to steal, but that's nothing new, that's what all governments always do.

Comment linux based POS (Score 0) 91

One of the benefits and reasons why we build Linux based systems for retail chain management, store management, supply chain management, e-commerce and such is ability to secure against these types of attacks better. Beyond that we came up with a new way of protecting credit card information by tying it to the location of the user's phone, but we are not a nominal 'fintech' and those guys are too hard to approach (for now at least).

Comment Re:Some innacuraties (Score 1) 578

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) 578

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) 578

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) 786

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 User Serviceable Everything (Score 1) 491

Phones with no way to replace the battery? Gosh, your battery is dead, you have to buy a whole new device.

The video card on your lap top is flakey? What a shame, time to buy an entirely new machine.

Your provider won't update the official version of Android (or whatever) on your device? Well it's really hard to do, I guess if you want that new version you better buy a new device, or figure out how to jailbreak the old one and pray you don't brick the thing.

Comment Re:It will never go anywhere. (Score 0) 27

Well, not all companies do that, some base their business model around personal security, for example numbered bank accounts are designed on purpose not to let authorities (or anybody) know who is the owner if the account. Bearer certificates have the same purpose actually, they are like cash in that regard.

Now, governments fight against such very important individual freedoms of-course. Governments destroy personal freedoms much more than any company ever could.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming