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Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 3, Interesting) 388

The A-10 does one job, and there are several other aircraft that do different jobs.

The A-10 only does "one job" because that's all it's been allowed to do. However it has on occasion gone outside the box with devastating results against a variety of primary ground targets not in a CAS role, and it could also be used against maritime targets in the same way. The A-10 has demonstrated devastating anti-aircraft ability as well, with at least one known air-to-air kill. This is an area that could easily be expanded: no known aircraft can survive the A-10's gun. It is the most powerful dogfight cannon ever put in the air.

That's the key: very few things used in war or on a battlefield could resist that gun. The A-10 is likely to be a formidable platform if it was allowed to do more than CAS. Let it hit buildings, vehicles, ships and boats, and aircraft. All the A-10 needs is freedom to shoot anything that needs to be engaged.

Comment Crickets chirping (Score 1) 1034

In my youth, I was a voracious reader of Scifi and it is still my area of choice in reading and other forms of entertainment.

But I've never given two shits about the Hugo awards so hearing there's a dispute among several factions about.... something that isn't entirely clear, just made me realize I still don't give a shit about the Hugo awards and by extension I care even less about the people upset about it. My life up to now has been just fine in blissful ignorance of the entire thing. I suspect a lot of other people have gotten along just fine too.

And if that is the case, if people can lead meaningful lives without knowing about the Hugo dispute, then do the Hugo awards need to exist at all? Not existing would solve everybody's problems all at once.

Comment The cat is out of the bag (Score 1) 286

Why are extortionist's victims falling for this? The information is OUT there. :Lots of people have copies now. If you are dumb enough to pay off one extortionist, so what, there will be five or twenty more lined up also wanting money.

If your info is in there and going to cause you trouble, oh well. Paying extortion on top of that is just dumb.

Comment 16 is my sweet spot (Score 1) 350

All three of my PCs run Windows 10 and 16GB, with an SSD for boot. Windows itself needs about 4GB to run happily. Windows 7 suffered below 4. Windows 8.1 was OK with 4 but happier with more. 10 is even happier with 4. So 4 is what I would call base.

8 if planning to run programs or do much of anything. Games or Chrome will suck this up.

16 is what I run, because I run virtual machines from time to time and each one gets 4GB dedicated ram. No matter what I do, or which PC I happen to be on, I always have enough for the VM to run without compromise. Currently the VMs are Windows 7 Pro so 4GB is just what they need.

16 also comes in handy for gaming -two of the boxes have late model 4GB Nvidia GPUs so there's really very little I cannot run. Also do occasional video editing in Sony Vegas Pro 13 which makes heavy use of the GPU ans system memory for rendering. So all in all, 16 is where I want to be.

Comment Re:Interesting, from someone other than Google. (Score 1) 276

You make Google sound like a bad guy but how is this REALLY any different than AT&T or Comcast supplying a router and using information gleaned from it? Because both of them supply routers right now for their respective internet services, although you can choose to use your own in both cases.

Whatever you do, your connection eventually gets to their network where they monitor it anyway. Short of an encrypted tunnel (assuming it hasn't been cracked) they're going to know what you are doing.

For Google fiber, allegedly coming soon to my neighborhood, Google supplies a custom fiber router box. The rest is the same: what I do has to cross their network so they're gonna know what I am doing, to some extent. Just like any other ISP.

This new router sounds no worse.

Comment Re:Probably By Design (Score 1) 732

Indeed. A forgotten accomplishment and suggest that the A-10 could have been used against aircraft (which would be obliterated if hit by an A-10), ships, buildings, railroads, really all sorts things.

It's also cheap and reliable, loved by our pilots and deeply feared by our enemies. Hell, it's even feared by our side: before 9/11, one of the THE big news conspiracy things running in the news was about an American A-10 pilot who took off and disappeared into the Rockies with a fully loaded A-10. Reporters were practically crapping in their pants about what kind of new Oklahoma City someone could pull off with an A-10. I suspect many of them expected it to pop up at any moment and blow away Pocatello Idaho, or something. It was a Big Deal story.

And then 9/11 happened and everyone forgot about the missing A-10 or the shark attacks live on the news which was the other big story that summer.

The A-10 was eventually found, crashed into a mountain. Sadly. But it was of course what everybody with a brain had expected. No conspiracies. No pending attacks on grain silos. Just the loss of an airman and his A-10.

Comment Carriers unhappy? (Score 1) 64

Why would carriers be unhappy? They aren't in the business of selling wifi, except perhaps AT&T, but even so, all of them went into paid hotspots KNOWING wifi was unregulated and effectively open to anyone to use, including advancements that obsolete existing wifi.

Broadcasters might be upset but this is a great time to remind them and everyone else that the airwaves in the US are owned by the FCC. All the TV and radio stations and cell phone bands and so on are merely licensed to use their assigned spots, but they don't OWN it. They merely lease it.

So the FCC is within its rights to look at other ways to use the things the FCC owns. If the broadcasters and other users don't like it, they can simply do something else for a business.

Comment Re:Just a though but for you cord cutters (Score 1) 319

Um, as a cord cutter who fired satellite some time back, here is where I get my content now that I no longer have satellite: I don't.

It turns out nothing offered by cable or satellite is actually all that essential. I've managed just fine without it. Sure I watch a lot less TV but this is fine too. Last time I checked, I had over 60 OTA TV channels plus Netflix, Amazon Prime and whatever else my Roku has. I'm fine with this.

As for what will happen to all these companies, well by and large all these companies and channels and the broadcast networks don't actually MAKE most of the things they air. Nope they merely buy the shows from production companies and studios who are the ones actually making it, hiring the actors and crews and so on.

The TV networks are really just middlemen distributors who exist mainly because nobody had yet invented a better way to get shows in front of viewers. You had to have local TV stations and later cable channels. But NOW, you no longer need any of that. So it won't really matter if those networks die off and take with them large numbers of unprofitable TV stations who would not exist at all except for network subsidies.

Comment Schroedinger's softwares (Score 1) 285

Worst bug we ever ran across was a program that absolutely would not work as soon as anyone looked at it to see if it was working or just to observe the GUI. If you did that, it broke. So we spent a LOT of time trying to run it, debug it, rerun it, and no matter what we did it never worked right as long as someone was looking.

But the moment you stopped looking, locked that PC and walked away, the program would run fine on files dropped into the appropriate input hot folder. It would happily do its thing and give you good results in an output folder.

Look at it, however, and it blew up immediately.

We spent a LOT of time trying to fix this, however it's not a product we made. So there's a limit.

We did finally realize the program is licensed only for the PC where it is installed. If you remote into it, the program sees the remote client as if it's the installed machine which has no license and thus it runs in kind of a suicide mode. When you stop looking at it and drop the remote connection, the license assignment returns to normal and the program runs again.

I documented and discovered all of this and solved a major headache for our company, because we had to have this software working. I unlocked the secret and got it working. My FUCKING BOSS stole credit for the discovery and promptly began parading around like she thought of the solution.

Which is funny because guess who they called next time it broke? Me. I know it inside and out, now.

Comment Waiting for the dashcam videos (Score 1) 465

Cannot wait for the epic dashcam crash videos as INSANE Russian and Chinese drivers hit Canadian and American roads. It's going to be teeth, hair, and eyeballs ALL over the road.

All that fear about Mexican truck drivers is nothing compared to what's gonna happen with this.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 1, Insightful) 518

Whoa, modern physics is never incorrect? Any science that claims to be perfect is inherently flawed because our current state of science and knowledge certainly isn't complete in any area. We may think we have a pretty good understanding of things but there is absolutely no way we've got it nailed with a flawless understanding. It's not possible.

The only thing we can say for certain is that we don't know what we don't know.

And 50 or 100 years from now someone will look back on what we think we know right now and laugh at how silly and naive we were. And in 1000 years, what we know right now will be a joke if anyone even remembers it.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 321

Tossing them out an airlock, they would probably live for 20-30 seconds. They'll suffocate long before heat or cold or radiation kills them.

As was said of the man you went insane and ripped out his own entrails in a fit of madness, "He lived long enough to regret his actions"

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 321

Here is the thing, other than your dog and perhaps your cat and some farm animals, not a goddamn thing in this universe CARES what people call it.

If you have a mythical being known as "significant other" he or she may care what they are called.

But that's it. What humans call Pluto and whether we consider it a planet, a mini Planet or a bowl of yogurt are of no consequence whatsoever to that world. It. Doesn't. Fucking. Care.

So if IT doesn't care, don't you go getting your panties (purchased for research purposes of course) in a wad.

Comment US needs an OFCOM (Score 1) 272

It's too bad the US has no real authority to review advertising for matters of whether its truthful or not. For example, calling their plans "unlimited" when they aren't would not fly in the UK.

But in the US you can call anything anything and modify it as needed with tiny disclaimers.

It would be fun one day to see an add for a new phone with a disclaimer saying you actually get a paving stone and some wadded up paper, ala the faked game console/iPad boxes that always appear in stores during the holidays.

The nicest thing about the Alto is that it doesn't run faster at night.

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