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Comment: This was a good idea... in theory (Score 1) 364

by Kilo Kilo (#47420669) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
Having all the branches use the same plane should have been a cost saver. Only develop one plane, same parts, same training, etc. Except the different branches need different planes for different jobs. So we're going to take one plane and then alter it into a few different models.

I used to design fire engines. I learned a lot of really good lessons about designs and specifications. You have to define the roles for your machine. If it is going to do more than one task, which task is more important? We had a lot of customers that were combining two old trucks into one new one. That was fine as long as they understood that it wouldn't do either job as well as a truck that was specifically built for one task. We usually saw this with small towns who couldn't afford to keep running two trucks because of a limited budget. The US Govt, is not a small town. They definitely had enough money to keep their fighters, ground attack and other warplanes as different models, especially since there wasn't a whole lot wrong with them.

Flawed concept aside, this program has been horribly managed, that's where the real problems come in. Lockheed didn't even finish designing and testing the planes before they started production. Then they start jacking the price up and soon we come to our current situation.

Now I work for a place that actually makes parts for the F-35. As far as the "save all the jobs" part of Lockheed's argument, we'd be just fine without it. In fact, most of the surrounding community doesn't even know what we make or care how much we get paid for it.

Comment: Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (Score 1) 519

This entire discussion is about the fact that he won't get a fair trial. He would definitely get a trial if he came back and he would most certainly be convicted because as you pointed out, he's confessed to his crimes. He would be arrested and held until the trial, then held until his appeal. If he loses his appeal, then he will likely be in prison for the rest of his life. No one really wants to put themselves through all that especially since there is nothing to gain from his imprisonment.

The issue here is that the law differs from what is morally wrong. Therefore, the law should be changed. We don't need to cause suffering to people for pointing out wrongdoings solely on the argument of "the law is the law."

Also, your possible positive outcomes are extremely unlikely with our current government.

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 255

by Kilo Kilo (#47100267) Attached to: Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

I'm saddened to say I agree with you.

I'll second this. The Republicans can't put up anyone decent, so the Dems really don't have to try. I live in NY and I was shocked that she was elected as a Senator since she never lived here before deciding to run for the seat. She literally just walked in and said, "I'll represent this state that I don't live in," and won. This was some weird combination of the Republicans running a moron and people saying, "Bill Clinton did such a good job, his wife will do a good job too." The same thing could happen for his daughter.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 2) 107

by Kilo Kilo (#46950493) Attached to: ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee
He was making a generalization, but there is a valid point in there. Most people will blindly reelect their congressman because they bring home pork for their district even if they voted for the Kill Puppies, Spy on Americans and Piss in the Drinking Water Act. Your congressman seems to be an exception because he actually cares about stuff like this.

Comment: Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (Score 1) 1374

by Kilo Kilo (#46890045) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
I see what you're getting at, but they're not really the same thing, although in either case if the battery dies, you might too. The difference is that the pacemaker is on all the time and the gun isn't. When the battery dies in the pacemaker, you know right away. If the battery dies in the gun, you might not notice it until you go to use it.

And most people aren't very good about checking the condition of their batteries. There's a good story from the next town over where the Fire Dept went to a heart attack and grabbed the AED only to find out that the battery died. These events might only happen once in a lifetime, but people would prefer to avoid taking the chance by simply removing the electronics from the equation.

I'm sorry, I forgot that we were talking about guns. This is no place for logical arguments.

Comment: Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (Score 2, Insightful) 712

The article is a summary of a larger proposal. Even in the article, they state that power generation will be transitioned to other fuels / sources, workers retrained, etc.

There's no mention of how they plan on doing this.

What are you going to retrain the workers to do? How are you going to "create job opportunities and prosperity for coal-based communities" ? There's nothing substantial in this article. These people think that they can replace coal overnight with unicorn farts and sunshine.

The coal industry is bad for the environment. Yeah, we get it. However, it's a major part of the economy and one of the leading producers of electricity. While trying to transition from coal is a noble intent, there's nothing of value in this article. There isn't any plan, there isn't even a good premise.

The article starts by saying "Would you make a one time $50 (£31) investment to save $100-500 each year?" Then it goes on to talk about the "benefits" that buying out the coal industry has. This isn't a good comparison. If I make an investment, I want a return on that investment, not some intangible benefits. If I want intangible benefits like a warm fuzzy feeling, it's called charity. Now, there's nothing wrong with charity, but TFA starts out talking about investments so now they're just misleading the reader.

They go on to talk about coal's "dark future" and how it's a "dead end industry." Ok, so let it die. There's no need to blow $50B on a "dead end industry."

Comment: Re:For A Non-Profit, The NFL Sure Has A Lot Of Pul (Score 0) 133

by Kilo Kilo (#46121605) Attached to: Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Those elite professionals who even make it to the NFL

Have you ever heard a football player speak? I don't really want to defend these idiots, but I think that some of them might not understand the severity of the trauma they're subjecting their bodies to. Most probably are too stupid to care, but they are actually getting hurt at work and their employer is denying that the job is causing the injury.

Comment: Re:At least Princeton... (Score 0) 193

by Kilo Kilo (#46058381) Attached to: Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise
I went to a private university. It wasn't horribly expensive, but it was a very good school. Everyone I know that's gone to a state college has gotten a much worse education. My coworker is a great example - he's got the same degree I have, but knows very little about basic engineering subjects.

The problem is that the state and community colleges are set up so that everyone can get a degree. The problem is that many of them don't need one. So many people go to community college because they have no plans after high school. And a large percentage of those people don't go on to complete a bachelor's. These people then wind up working somewhere where their degree is useless and they would have been better off going straight to work after high school, but they just don't want to.

The other problem is that many of the degree programs are useless. My father teaches for the "fire science" program at the community college and it gets a lot of students since all the volunteer firefighters enroll in it because it involves fire. It has almost no useful skills. If they had a program for fire alarm and sprinkler installation, that would actually be useful, but why would they do that? Does no one really notice where these people are going after they waste 2 years at community college?

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 4, Informative) 1431

by Kilo Kilo (#45952921) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
It applies in the U.S. as well. It might vary from state to state, but many laws say that the emergency vehicle must come to a complete stop if they do not have the right of way. A lot of FD's (that I've seen) have started training their drivers to be very cautious and drive slower, since there's a tanker rollover accident every other week now. Also, the newest fire trucks have their speeds governed based on their weight.

The cops, (again only the ones I've seen) have a habit of driving as fast as possible and don't like using their sirens, even when blowing through an intersection. This is based on my experiences driving fire trucks and ambulances.

Comment: Re:Math, do it. (Score 1) 1043

by Kilo Kilo (#45941037) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
It's not that 1 in 7 Americans would starve to death without food stamps, it's that 1 in 7 Americans are receiving food stamps. While I'm sure that there are some that really do depend on these for food, there are many that could get by without them, but accept them because it's a free handout. I see this every time I go to the grocery store (I'm in central NY); there's someone there, decently dressed, driving a good car, but paying with food stamps. Something doesn't add up.

What causes such an argument is that there is no stigma attached to the benefits like there used to be (this is what I've been told). If you lost your job or something bad happens and you don't have enough money to get by, you went to the govt for help until you got back on your feet. Now, people get these benefits and hang on to them for life. There's no incentive for them to not want the benefits.

When I heard this commercial for food stamps I nearly lost my mind.

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