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Comment: Re: There are still contingency plans (Score 1) 195

I see your M-1 Tank and raise you asymmetrical warfare.

The out-gunned side takes more casualties but always wins in the end...

It all depends if the non-outgunned side cares about pacifying or wiping out the outgunned side. Why did the japs surrender when only a comparatively small number died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? They were outgunned and could have taken on asymmetrical warfare and cause all kinds of hell for the allies.

Anyway, the M-1 was a facetious reference to the fact that the military has an assorted range of larger and more deadly toys than an AR-15

Comment: Re: There are still contingency plans (Score 1) 195

> I see your AR-15 and raise you an M-1 Tank

Marine infantrymen are trained how to disable tanks. They are aren't armed with much beyond the AR-15.

Aaaaannnd what side of the battle you think they will be on? You know, after having sworn oaths etc, and a command structure that can say "bang! you're dead" for not obeying orders?

Or do you consider that every ex-miltary person has a raging libertarian anti-government hard-on? And want to kill their former squad mates?

Comment: Re:Good example of bad use of touch screens (Score 1) 39

by OzPeter (#48904971) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

I wish the industry would go back to knobs, dials, and buttons

I generally work in industrial automation and I can assure you that physical controls are still used in a lot of places as primary controls where direct and rapid operator intervention/control is required (EG cranes, steel mills). Only secondary controls get shuffled off onto graphical displays.

This morning I was also lamenting the loss of the analogue volume control from laptops. It used to be that you could dial the volume down before you booted, where as nowadays the volume is stuck at where you left it, until the system is running enough processes that you can use the digital controls to quite it down.

Comment: Good example of bad use of touch screens (Score 4, Interesting) 39

by OzPeter (#48904805) Attached to: Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

The last video in TFA is about the Ford's HMI testbed, which is used to try out different cockpit configurations. During that video they show the driver selecting something on the touch screen panel in the center console. During this event you can clearly see the driver take his eyes off the road in order to watch what his fingers are doing.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 1) 361

Most of us practice head shots for hours at a time.

People in the South tend to have guns within reach at all times; what could possibly go wrong? :)

As I replied to a similar comment below.

Do you idiots seriously believe that if the government was going to target you for surveillance, and go to the length of breaking into your home in order to bug it, that they would do so while you were there????

Comment: Re:Let em try (Score 2) 361

I have my 9mm and AR-15 handy, they will be risking their lives if they try to break into my home whil I am there.

Do you idiots seriously believe that if the government was going to target you for surveillance, and go to the length of breaking into your home in order to bug it, that they would do so while you were there????

Comment: Re:Translation ... (Score 4, Interesting) 361

Maybe Texas?

Last week a guy in Oklahoma shot a sheriff 4 times in (3 in the chest) when his house was raided (because police thought a bomb threat had been called in from his house). Fortunately for the Sheriff he was wearing a bullet proof vest and survived. The shooter was not charged, but you have to wonder what would have happened if the Sheriff had died.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 5, Funny) 361

People in the South tend to have guns within reach at all times; what could possibly go wrong? :)

Apparently quite a lot if the rest of your education is as weak as your grasp of geopolitics and aristocracy. Sir David Omand and the GCHQ happen to reside on the other side of the pond.

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