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Comment Re:Some innacuraties (Score 1) 592

Err, small technical note: the F-16 RTWR ("Radar Threat Warning Receiver") system can certainly be updated to account for different signatures, and the antennae are located all about the perimeter of the plane for full 360-bubble-style reception.

Pretty sure that while not a perfect setup (given the commonality of radar set components/behaviors across airframes), it would probably have zero problems telling friendlies from the not-friendlies. ;)

Comment Re:Turkey downing plane (Score 4, Informative) 592

If this claim is true, then Russians planes are shitty.

(I'm turkish),

The F-16 is a very capable fighter (especially when flown clean - that is, not weighed down with a LANTIRN pod or wing tanks). It's capable of sustained 9G maneuvers, and can even accelerate while flying straight up - which most jets cannot do. It has superior pilot visibility, has up to 9 hardpoints on which to mount armament, and there's a built-in 20mm cannon to boot (just behind the canopy on the right-hand side above the strake).

It may have been designed and built in the early-mid 1970s, but it was far ahead of its time, even back then. It was originally built as a 'cheap-but-plentiful' fighter (to compliment/support the expensive flagship F-15 fighters), but in the right hands, 'the little jet that could' turns out to be quite a little badass in its own right.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 5, Informative) 592

I shudder to think how WWII would have ended if the alliance powers had each worried so much about what the other sides would do AFTER they defeated Hitler that they refused to ally with one another to begin with.

Oh, believe me - they worried. Churchill openly worried about it (especially post-Yalta, where he saw that the UK got screwed pretty hard.) Roosevelt worried about it, though not as much... now post WWII, his big worry was that Gen. Patton would decide 'fuck it', and start a fight with the USSR anyway (just to get it out of the way).

Incidentally, there were more than a few tense crises between East and West (towards and at the end of WWII) that never really made the papers - the relative silence was only because back then, the government would tell the press to shut the hell up about something, and the press (more often than not) compliantly kept quiet about it.

Comment That won't last long... (Score 5, Interesting) 814

The school certainly overreacted, but...

1) the kid was not arrested, nor did he suffer any "damages" in light of the celebrity and overly-friendly treatment from the President, and
2) once the jury hears about his overly-activist father and the lawyer's insinuation that the whole thing was a set-up?

I'm not seeing this one going very far.

Comment Re:My question is... (Score 2, Insightful) 96

I used to think the same way... then I had to go from Portland to Seattle on business... a lot.

Turns out that the train takes the same amount of travel time (esp. when you factor in traffic), and when you add up gas and the cost of parking in Downtown Seattle (where even hotels will charge something like $40/day), it is actually somewhat *cheaper* than driving. Seattle is small enough size-wise to make most of it walkable without too much trouble.

I'd much rather sit in a fairly cozy seat on the train, plug in the laptop, maybe grab something to eat, and have a drink or two (even coach does this). Much superior to shouting at traffic IMHO.

Comment Re:Because it already is (Score 3, Informative) 274

Clue: suicide bombers really don't give a damn how much money they have in the bank, or how big their mansion is.

You (and others) harp on "wealth inequality" as if it 'solving' it were some sort of panacea. It's not. The source for this mess is far more ideological than economic. You could make everyone equally wealthy tomorrow morning at 9am sharp, and it wouldn't change a thing as far as these folks are concerned.

Militant Islam doesn't really give a shit about wealth, except for the type and quantity of armaments that can be purchased with it.

Comment Re:You're asking in the wrong place (Score 1) 192

Most people are thrilled to get workflow enhancements.

Not always; it depends on the product and who uses it. I remember there being a rather large shit-fit when the UI was changed about a bit on DAZ Studio (a CG compositing/rendering app with some animation capabilities).

This is because CG artists (pro or hobbyist) tend to bristle whenever you tinker with their muscle-memory; I suspect other niches with complex workflows are similar.

Also, it would be worth taking a look (a hard look) at how the majority of users actually do use the UI (and be sure to beta-test the shit out of any changes), because there are cases where a quirk, bug, or otherwise-considered 'problem' may be the one critical thing that many customers need to complete their tasks.

Comment Re:Go Work for the Competition (Score 5, Interesting) 192

Barring the idea of jumping ship, just go make some pretty images and/or a mock-up site showing the UI enhancements, and then show them to some of the head honchos at Marketing. Be sure to include lots of eye candy and extraneous gee-whiz shit that will be naturally pared off when the final requirements are drawn-up by Management.

You'll be re-writing the UI within a month at the most.

Comment Betteridge's Law Of Headlines (Score 2) 291

..."no" especially applies here, since wording, subtlety, and semantics are a rather big pillar of infosec, for frig sakes. If you get butthurt in the adverts, then how do you expect to once you're in it?

PS: 14% and 14.5% aren't far enough off to get anyone's panties in a bunch (yes, pun intended).

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