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Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 1) 457

> IF the F-35 does four different roles

But it can't do _any_ of the roles well. The tradeoffs made to accommodate all different military branches needs have played havoc with doing _any_ role well. The repair and upkeep costs are astronomical, it's a fuel glutton, it's fragile, and it's clumsy.

Yeah, like a Swiss Army knife while it has a multitude of tools it excels with none of them.

Comment Re: A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 457

And speaking as an ex-tanker guy, speed and height are not what we want. The job is *close* air support- this means being nearby, able to see the target. Is this a dangerous role? Yes- modern AAA is very good. But being on the ground is kind of dangerous too, and it would be kind of nice if the Air Force were willing to actually help out rather than just chucking a precision bomb from 20KM away and hoping it's enough. (And then being shot down by a modern dedicated fighter jet since it's not very stealthy with the weapon racks open and sucks in air-to-air combat even against 40-year-old models like the F-16)

Right, you nailed it. The A10s do CAS and the the more capable air-to-air combat planes cover for the A10s.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

It wasn't long before the drone's owners appeared.

"Four guys came over to confront me about it, and I happened to be armed, so that changed their minds," Merideth said.

"They asked me, 'Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?' and I said, 'Yes I am,'" he said. "I had my 40mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, 'If you cross my sidewalk, there's gonna be another shooting.'

Oh lookie at that, a clear example of why that law is in place, all neatly wrapped up in the topic at hand.

That's not reckless endangerment. That's warning four miscreants to not trespass with the intent of doing bodily harm. Warnings like that are actually encouraged.

The reckless endangerment is from firing a shotgun in a residential neighborhood.

Comment The joys of baseball (Score 3, Insightful) 68

The problem I have with this approach is the human element with its possible mistakes is what gives baseball a lot of its soul. First instant replay, now this? I'm all for progress and technology, but from where I sit on the couch and in the bleachers this is solving a set of problems that doesn't exist.

Comment C'mon.... (Score 4, Informative) 628

...how many average Windows 10 HOME users would know if a patch breaks something so badly and that they would know how not not install it? If it's that bad and ubiquitous, MS will pull the patch. Tech savvier people will be either running a higher version, or know how to work around it.

This policy is really a non-issue; it's just geared towards the lowest common denominator--of which there are LOTS.

Comment Ford's Privacy Policy re Sync... (Score 1) 151

..@ https://owner.ford.com/tools/a... basically says "All your base all belong to us."

By activating or using the Service you expressly agree to the collection, logging, storage, and sharing of your vehicle travel information and other call details for the purposes set forth above in these Terms and Conditions regardless of whether or not you have read them. Further, you agree to obtain the consent to the collection, logging, storage, and sharing of vehicle travel information and other call details for the purposes set forth above from any other person(s) to whom you provide access to and use of the Service via your cell phone. If you don't consent or wish to disclose this information, do not activate or use SYNC Services.

Ford's Service provider 24/7 Customer, Inc. ("24/7"), may record and retain user voice utterances ("recorded utterances"), which are recordings of sounds made when SYNC Services is in listen state and waiting for a user command or response. These recorded utterances may include all sounds in the vehicle, including the voice of the user and voices of other vehicle occupants, while the service is in listen state. 24/7 may also, at Ford's request, randomly record and assemble in sequence, all voice communications made from the time the Service is connected (by the user pressing the VOICE button) to the time the Service is disconnected. ("Whole call recordings (WCRs)"). WCRs will include voice utterances and may include any other sounds in the vehicle, including the voices of the user and other vehicle occupants, during the entire time the Service is connected. Both recorded utterances and WCRs may be associated with you or the cell phone number assigned to the Service. 24/7 records and retains recorded utterances, and WCRs (if Ford requests) for the purpose of improving the performance of voice recognition and to improve the overall design of the user interface. 24/7 Customer, Inc. may share recorded utterances and WCRs with Ford for this purpose, and Ford may use them for this purpose. If you request Operator Assistance, the operator may be provided with your cell phone number and SYNC Service request including your last utterance in order to assist you.

By activating or using the Service, you expressly agree to the recording and sharing of your utterances and WCRs as set forth above for the purposes set forth above in these Terms and Conditions regardless of whether or not you have read them. Further, you agree to obtain the consent to record utterances and WCRs from all vehicle occupants and any person(s) to whom you provide access to and use of the Service via your cell phone. If you don't consent or wish to disclose this information, do not activate or use SYNC Services.

The above and beyond shitty thing is to even find out how many miles you have til the system thinks you need an an oil change you have to upload god knows what info to them. If you don't use Sync services, you can't find out basic info about your car. Kind of stacked the deck, haven't they? Makes me never want to buy a Ford again.

THAT is what some clever hacker needs to do is to hop on the bluetooth stream between their Sync (Sink) and the user's cell phone and dump and decode all that's being sent. Be damned interesting, that's for sure.

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