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Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 4, Insightful) 244

by OolimPhon (#48679839) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

I have to wonder why we're trying to get three services, each with historical antagonism towards the other, to work together rather than simply have a force with ships, planes and armoured cars.

We do!

They are called the Marines...

Ta Da!

Comment: Re:How does this work exactly? (Score 1) 28

by OolimPhon (#47579987) Attached to: New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

Yep. I have different degrees of long-sightedness in each eye plus varying amounts of astigmatism. How is a gadget like this going to show each eye what it needs?

Since I'm already wearing glasses to drive with, my eyes would have to adapt again to view whatever this gadget is displaying. They're already doing that without spending money on the gadget. FAIL.

Comment: Re:I don't assemble computers. (Score 1) 391

by OolimPhon (#47572797) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Cables for USB headers. Usually flat 4- or 5-pin connectors with no keys, although these days the 8- or 10-pin versions (2 USB ports) are (sometimes) keyed.

Plug one (or two) in the wrong way round, or worse, one of each, and I can tell you from experience it doesn't end well. Expensive, but not well.

Comment: Re:How surprising... not (Score 1) 110

by OolimPhon (#47210757) Attached to: There's No Wind Chill On Mars

Mars' atmosphere is about 1.5 % of Earth's atmospheric density. It's around 20 mBar, or eight times too thin for sustaining life even if it was pure dioxygen. For all practical purposes it's near-vacuum. And vacuum makes for a very good thermal insulator.

Well, yes, but then the thin atmosphere doesn't interfere as much with radiative effects. If this were not so, Mars would be hot because of the continuous radiation input from the Sun, retained by the rock.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton