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Comment: Re:That's not the only way it's inferior (Score 1) 236

by Glock27 (#48682305) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

The last major attempts for a "one size fits all" muti-role fighter was the f4 which resulted in the services abandoning the approach in favor of the F18, F-15, and A-10. Like a bad penny the multi-role fighter concept just keeps coming back. We are ending up with a plane that does everything and will not be able to do any of it particularly well.

I see you've conveniently forgotten the F-16, which is the plane the F-35 is succeeding. The F-16 has been a resounding success. Whether that translates to the F-35 remains to be seen, but the precedent is there.

The F-15 and F-18 are also highly successful examples of multirole aircraft, FYI.

I do wish the F-22 production line hadn't been shutdown, it could have been a very successful export to Japan and the US could have bought a few hundred more.

Comment: Re:Zero-Day Flaw? (Score 1) 81

by ultranova (#48681571) Attached to: Lizard Squad Targets Tor

This is why we can't have nice things.

Of course we can. Reality - including human nature - simply sets the design parameters for those nice things. For example, would it be possible to fit major torrent clients with built-in (non-exit) Tor nodes? That way, torrent traffick would not swamp exit nodes and would actually help hide the kind of traffick Tor was originally designed for.

Comment: Re:More Anti-Republican Prior Art (Score 1) 182

by Grishnakh (#48681337) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

The monkey thing is only racist if a white person calls a black person a "monkey".

However, this incident has North Korea comparing Obama to a monkey, so it can't be racist. Many people here in the US believe it's impossible for non-white people to be racist.

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 144

by ultranova (#48680703) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

At least if most of the learning happens at school, kids get mostly the same shot at it.

Those who aren't bullied, at least. Those who are get to spend some more mandatory time in Hell. And longer school days mean more stress and thus more bullies and less teachers willing to do anything about it.

Comment: Re:Cue Liberals (Score 1) 113

by ultranova (#48679917) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

Democrats hate the thought of anyone determining their own fate and Republicans want to prevent anyone from enjoying the same advantages they do.

And once you accept such a premise - that everyone who disagrees with you is acting in bad faith - how could you possibly behave any differently than the NSA did? After all, you are surrounded by Fifth Columns trying to subvert the nation for whatever reason. What else can you do but keep them under surveillance in hopes of catching them in the act?

This is what's really wrong with American political process: treating political opponents as enemies. Democracy works because everyone gets to make their case without having to resort to violence. Democracy is efficient because every viewpoint gets represented and thus considered. But there's also the temptation to simply hurl mud on one's opponents rather than argue one's policies on their merits, and for whatever reason that's the road US has taken. It's a flaw that needs to be corrected.

Both Parties have become useless to the majority and only serve specific, rabidly vocal special interest groups.

So both parties listen to the voters, otherwise being rabidly vocal would have no effect. So rather than complain that they can't read your mind, why don't you learn from these special interest groups and start your own? Because "Party X only listens to me if I speak" is not exactly a damning judgement, at least not on the party.

Comment: Re: Let's just cover the earth with nuclear react (Score 1) 53

by dbIII (#48679091) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks
Hmm, three of my posts on different stories all modded down within minutes, including this one on a relatively old story well past the date when most readers have moved on. It appears that I've annoyed someone who is very petty and has decided to list my comments then downmod them. Is that person going to be a childish coward or own up?

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 2) 113

by dbIII (#48679083) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

Snowden turned both whistle blower and traitor.

I mostly agree with you, but I don't see how giving information to American journalists could be considered treason. The rest of the world did not hear it direct from Snowden. We've been manipulated into thinking he's a traitor when he was really the enemy of powerful bureaucrats instead of the USA.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 113

by dbIII (#48679075) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Yes but none of them actually had time to read it did they?
Even the name was a very low trick, since it implied that anyone rejecting it was not a patriot. In the political climate of the time voting against it looked like a career ending move, and career is what seatwarmers on both sides saw as important above all else.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 113

by dbIII (#48679071) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Because the part that changed is a very small part of the structure of government. When there's a mess dating back to Edgar Hoover it's not going to be cleaned up by a single administration no matter who is in charge. I wrote something similar here when Baby Bush got in, but he didn't even attempt to touch the Clinton era mess since it would have cut into his vacation time.

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him--that's where the money is. -- Robespierre