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Comment: Re:Not to say it's unnecessary (Score 1) 736 736

Yeah that's why I said "I partially agree" (and the response was directed at guruevi).

I feel that we already had a great dog-fighter in the F-22, and it was misguided to terminate production of it, because let's face it....the F-35 won't be able to fill that role, and the F-15/16/18 won't be competitive forever.

Comment: Re:Not to say it's unnecessary (Score 4, Informative) 736 736

"But how many US pilots have been in an actual dogfight since, say WWII"

I partially agree, but this is the mentality that cost a lot of American pilots their lives in Vietnam. Even the latest American jets had a hard time dog-fighting against the obsolete MIG-17. The F-4 Phantom originally didn't have a gun, because the pervasive thinking was that air combat would be fought with beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles. This mindset started to change once the missiles (such as the AIM-4 Falcon) were shown to have serious reliability issues......and visual identity of the target was required anyway, to avoid friendly-fire incidents. By the time you get close enough to a plane to make sure it's in fact hostile, a BVR missile loses it's threat potential, and it comes down to the skill of the pilot.

Comment: Re:time to cut full time down to 32-30 hours a wee (Score 1) 367 367

I'm pretty sure people in the UAW, AFL-CIO, and USW work 40-hours a week, in industries that are highly automated.

When pay is tied to the number of hours worked, it's the workers that want more hours. When you're paid a salary, management wants you to work more hours. The Unions would never agree to a reduced number of hours unless there was a corresponding increase in hourly pay.

Comment: Re:You do not seem to care (Score 3, Informative) 176 176


I don't think that this is the case:
"As of 2011 and since 2004, the law for trust in the digital economy (LCEN) mostly liberalized the use of cryptography.
As long as cryptography is only used for authentication and integrity purposes, it can be freely used. The cryptographic key or the nationality of the entities involved in the transaction do not matter. Typical e-business websites fall under this liberalized regime.
Exportation and importation of cryptographic tools to or from foreign countries must be either declared (when the other country is a member of the European Union) or requires an explicit authorization (for countries outside the EU)."

"The UK is part of Europe and internet is CENSORED"
This one is complex, but it looks like any type of net filtering is done voluntarily by ISPs

As for the parent:
"If something like that had happened in Europe, we would not have tolerated it even for a microsecond. We would have rallied on the streets and attacked the agency's headquarters."

I assume he's talking about recently? I mean, Europe was home to the Stasi, Fascism, Nazism, etc etc. Besides, what are they going to attack the agency's headquarters with? Cricket bats?

Comment: Re:And who's going to pay for it? (Score 1) 275 275

One of the big reasons for a manned space program has been so-called technology "spin-offs" resulting from the program, but I think that they pale in comparison to the list of spin-offs that we receive from military technology. Here's a short list off the top of my head:

The Internet (Eisenhower created DARPA, and packet-switching was created as a way to maintain communications during a nuclear attack)
Electronic Computers (Alan Turing's "Bomb", ENIAC for ballistics tables, etc)
Rocketry and Jet Propulsion (The V-2, which is weird because it's a spinoff from war that made it's way to space)
Chemotherapy (Mustard Gas was the basis for the first chemotherapy drug)
RADAR/SONAR (a modern airport would be near-impossible without RADAR)
Nuclear Fission (energy production)
Submarines (another "spin-off" that has moved over to undersea exploration)
Plastic Exposives (used for construction, better than blackpowder)
Encryption (has been around for centuries, probably invented for military purposes)
Synthetic Rubber (such as Ameripol)
GPS is pretty pervasive too

All of these things have had a significant impact on our civilization, and to be honest, we wouldn't have a space program without some of them....It's just horrible that so many millions of people had to die for these things to come about. If a manned space program could provide these sorts of technologies, most people would be on board.......but ask them what the International Space Station has provided, and they would be hard pressed to tell you.

The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm. -- Travis McGee