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Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by ShanghaiBill (#47436487) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

No one is going to waste a $250 smart bullet attached to a $5000 weapon system on some kid.

The Iraq war has killed an estimated 300,000, and we have spent about $500 BILLION to do it. That comes out to about $1.7 million per kill, and MANY of them were kids. $250, or even $5000, is an infinitesimal sliver of a rounding error when it comes to the cost of a war.

Comment: Re:Provide money and guidance (Score 1) 46

Too often, school funding comes with so many flipping strings attached it's sickening.

An obvious solution would be to consolidate all federal education spending in a single department (maybe this would be a good job for The Department of Education). Then all the other departments can go back to doing their jobs. Why the hell is the FCC sticking its nose into school spending? Nonsense like this is why we have a $17 trillion national debt.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 2) 157

by ShanghaiBill (#47435205) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

It would probably be easier to have a couple cameras capable of seeing infrared and ultraviolet. You will see the laser on target and can just remove yourself from the area before the trigger is pulled.

An obvious countermeasure would be to have the laser turn on only when the trigger is pulled. With a velocity of about a km per sec, the bullet won't give you much time to "remove yourself from the area".

But all these silly scenarios about "always on" spoofing, and arrays of cameras, are not realistic. Most of America's likely adversaries are not sophisticated. The likely target of this weapon is going to be some impoverished kid wiring up a dud mortar round as an IED by the side of the road.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 157

by ShanghaiBill (#47434697) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

I think the point is that important figures could have several "dummy" lasers present at all times to fool the bullet into going elsewhere.

Then target the "dummy" lasers with an area weapon, such as a cluster bomb.

It would act similar to any other frequency jammer.

"Always on" jammers tend to have very short lifetimes on the modern battlefield.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 1) 200

you will likely want to look at some actual polling data ...

This polling data is after the war was already started, so it doesn't count. It is much harder to get out of a war than it is to avoid it in the first place. So it is only effective to oppose starting the war. In later years there were hundreds (eventually over a thousand) of Americans in North Vietnamese prison camps. Thousands more were missing in action. Tens of thousands were dead, and their deaths would be "in vain" if we pulled out (there are no "sunk costs" in politics). North Vietnam was completely intransigent on all these issues. It was called a "quagmire" for a reason.

Comment: Saw this the other day on SN (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by LoRdTAW (#47426567) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

This was discussed already and the general conclusion was the restaurant had very poor service. Poor service will kill a reputation faster than anything else. I remember going to a restaurant that was short staffed. They were trying to accommodate people, and were nice about it. But after waiting 30 minutes for bread, we left. You can always expect bad reviews based on food, you can't please everyone.

Plus I don't think Google information can kill a place in just a few weeks. People have phones and call ahead to confirm hours, seating availability, location and even directions. I know I always call. It's lazy people who just browse Google and believe everything they see without confirmation.


Yelp Reviews:

Trip Advisor reviews:

Google Maps entry:,-77.295876,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b6360d0a8fbba5:0x79a2bbe49b2f3a1e

Most of the reviews complain about very poor service. Waiters not checking up on the tables, one guest said they had to wander around to find a water pitcher and refill it themselves. People have waited 30+ minutes to receive the menu and bread. One guest claimed they were there for over 3 hours in total waiting for various courses. Guests would arrive only to find there was not host/hostess at the podium to seat them. Guests complained about rude staff both in person and over the phone. And these aren't recent complaints, they go back to 2010.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 4, Informative) 200

a war that nobody but a small number of politicians seemed to want

This is revisionist nonsense. Vietnam was the most popular war in US history. At the time of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, 90% of American's supported deeper involvement. No other war has ever had so much support. For instance, only 70% of Americans thought the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a good idea. Of course, support for any war declines as it drags on, especially if we appear to be losing. But it is a lot easier to get into a war than out, so it is only the support at the beginning that matters.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed the Senate with 98 votes. The two senators that opposed it were both voted out of office at the next election. It is silly to say that this war was forced on the American people by the politicians, when the truth is that it was fear of the voters that pushed the politicians into supporting the war.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.