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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 1) 167

If they want to launch it at us, they've pretty much got to get it small enough to fit in a car.

That's an excellent point. But my comment about the timeliness of launch still stands. An eventual car bomb attack that may or may not work is a lot less of a deterrent than a couple of dozen ICBMs.

Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 2) 167

I don't think N. Korea can miniaturize their bombs to that degree. It's probably about 10 tons and bomb-looking as hell. A ground burst also limits the damage. The slow nature of deploying it would make it offensive only - if they were attacked it would be too late to use it. They need the opposite, something that could be launched within a few hours in response to an attack. Something that would sting just enough to make the US decide not to invade.

Actual use would mean suicide, so it's not meant to be used.

Comment Re:Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 1) 345

If they get to the theoretical capacity, it is true that they will someday be similar. Propulsive efficiency of jet engines is already very good, there is not much room for electric to improve on this - but they could conceivably be similar.

On the other hand, as the jet fuel is consumed the weight decreases. Batteries stay the same weight for the entire flight.

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 2) 106

No question. The issue is that - under the current Verizon scheme at issue - only Verizon can pursue this business model. Anti-net-neutrality proponents would argue that Netflix should be able to pay Verizon more money for access, and Verizon could then use that money to upgrade. Net neutrality proponents would argue that Verizon should just directly charge their customers to use more bandwidth, and then use that money to upgrade.

Verizon wants a little of both to give themselves something of a monopoly (1). That doesn't benefit anyone except Verizon.

(1) Not really a monopoly, as cell phone service is fairly competitive. Verizon does have the best rural network, though, and they have something of a monopoly outside of metro areas.

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