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Comment Re:it took 2 1/2 years... (Score 1) 56

Just 'cause it's open doesn't mean someone's gonna notice. For example, look at this text that I'm typing now (and still typing) and see if you can spot the hidden message. It's open, can you find it? Can't make the association? No? Well, here's some more words to make it finish - consider this random text.

Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 1) 70

Eisenhower also, likely, knew that we weren't as far behind as the populous believed. One could say what we weren't even really "behind" so much as we were concentrating on different aspects. Not long after Operation Paperclip, we were able to put stuff *in* space but we were concentrating more on things like navigation, processing, accuracy, and reliability.

Another interesting aside, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, Yuri didn't actually do much in the way of piloting his craft. It was controlled from the ground while we wanted things to be able to be controlled from the craft (making more accurate munitions - for example). A few documentaries (hard to get without a bit of bias) mention this as well as a big indicator being that the USSR did not announce things ahead of time because they weren't sure they'd work and we still don't know how many failures they did have (up to and including some group of Soviets who were lost in space maybe).

Some thought may be given to why it was a race at all, beyond the weapons aspect. A fearful group is easier to control and beer and circuses goes a long ways towards keeping people content. So much that changes seems to remain the same.

Comment Re:Don't hold your breath (Score 1) 70

Inflation isn't that high but there are lots of costs associated with such projects. These are not the same carriers purchased twenty years ago - look at the available tech that they can now stuff into one.

That does NOT negate your point about it being too pricey. It just means that the rate would almost certainly exceed inflation because they're not even similar products except they both float and launch planes - not even the planes are the same in many cases. Add in the amortized design changes and, yeah, it's gonna be more costly - tech that we have now simply was not available then. It is still, of course, too damned expensive because, honestly, we've got enough of 'em already and nobody else can even remotely compete with such a class.

We've won... We can trickle along with moderate improvements at much lower cost, at a decreased level of alertness, and be fine. Our military has lots of problems but our Navy is, very much so, far above any other blue-water force on the planet. Bar none.

That said, there's no real comparison between the two types of carriers. Even if we left the design largely the same, the amount of tech that was unavailable for prior inclusion would make it more expensive by default.

Finally, I wonder if the Russians are accepting anonymous donations? I'd throw a few bucks there way. I like space and I like Russia. I've donated to NASA before (I'll skip the novella) and that made me feel pretty good. Donating to Russia would be even more meaningful as they're probably able to stretch the Rubles further even after their administration takes their cut.

Comment Re:Can I bid on the cash cops seized without warra (Score 2) 34

It looks like these items (from following a few links posted in the thread) are not - in fact, taken as civil forfeiture or as ill gotten gains but are from judgments handed down with due process. Hmm... I don't know if it's possible to be sure but it looks like there is some information attached. Heh. Maybe I can buy some stuff and not feel like I'm contributing to the process.

(I felt obligated to make this clear, my first post was under the impression that that's what it was - given the summary and I sure as hell didn't read the article or do one iota of research.)

Comment Re:Can I bid on the cash cops seized without warra (Score 2) 34

That's included too, as far as I know. I've seen lots of nice stuff - at great prices. I will not buy them. I will not contribute to this, I find it abhorrent. You go to prison as punishment, not to be punished. If they can prove they are ill-gotten gains then the funds should go towards the reparation or rehabilitation but that aspect seems to be lacking. "Oh, no receipt? Well, we'll just be taking this." There's no real due process there and, as such, it's deplorable.

I can buy lots of this stuff - some of it is nice. I don't. I won't. *sighs* Someone else will but it does make me feel good to not contribute.

Comment Re:Knew this was coming (Score 1) 39

An observation about your complaint comment;

The people who complain loudest about Microsoft don't buy Microsoft products.
The people who complain most about Apple don't use Apple products.
The people who complain most about Linux don't use Linux.

I may be noticing a trend - one might even call it trendy.

Some systemd users are really vocal about using it and not wanting to use it.

So, there are some exceptions (like game console owners who don't appear to ever be happy but buy regardless of their complaints) but it's seemingly true that the loudest complainers are not the target market but feel obligated to bloviate as though they *should* be the targeted group. It might be entitlement, it might be ego, I don't know - I'm not an expert. 'Tis just an observation.

Comment Re:breach fatigue (Score 1) 34

It's not a loss of personal information, it's just a copy of the information and information wants to be free. Once you have a thought and share it, it is no longer your's. It belongs to everybody. You don't own information.

(Yes, yes I am kidding - but, well, it's an interesting line of thought to see if anyone will actually defend this as such.)

Conclusion: This material should be covered under copyright laws and should not be able to be willed away by the parent of a child by something so trivial as a EULA.

Comment Re:James Hanson (Score 1) 289

They seemed genuinely interested and asked because they didn't seem to know a whole lot either - enough to email me for it. There's a HUGE amount of data to digest and process. I kind of want to get some source material, build out something close to spec (I've got time), and run some of these models myself. The data is scattered around, all over the place, and my contacts with the journals haven't been forthcoming. I'm likely to pay for some papers out of curiosity or wait until I'm home and have the University access.

Hmm... New thought... I know some admins at the Uni. Maybe I can get access from them.

Comment Re:Battery Advancements (Score 1) 102

We're geeks and nerds. We don't get out much. We kind of expect everything to increase at a rate similar to Moore's Law and anything less means there's a conspiracy (involving one of two major US political parties or secret organizations). Once in a while, we're right! We then tout this out proudly as a means to show our wit and insight - also to validate any other theories we might have.

Personally? I'm pretty sure we'd have better battery tech but we don't really understand it as well as we pretend we do. That's because the tech is handed down, at a controlled rate, by aliens who live among us but have secret bases in the oceans. Some of those aliens can shape-change and appear as humans (if you're careful, you can tell the difference between some of them but they're getting better at it) and they've been controlling humans as a controlled scientific experiment since the dawn of written history (which isn't all of our history, mind you).

I should also add, that written history and archaeological "evidence" is also, frequently, planted. Presumably, they want to be able to feed us controlled stimuli and see the results in a timely fashion thus we're enabled to "discover" certain things as they wish to acquire new data. It's likely because we'll be used as a proxy war with another alien race at some time in the future.

Want some evidence? Obama... I bet you never heard of him before his senate race, right? Yeah, I thought so. There was a real Obama but he died in a car accident and was replaced by an alien who assumed his likeness.

And that's why we don't have the battery technology we're deserving.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.