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Comment Re:At how many kbps? (Score 1) 113

http://www.smtube.org/

I can't get streamed content to work for crap, because of my bandwidth. But, with SMTube browser, I can right click and select "open with MPV & youtube-dl". When the viewer pops up, I hit pause, wait til the buffer is well filled, then hit play. It works far better than any flash, or HTML5.

Comment Re:Christie is ideal (Score 1) 560

Yeah, except that much of what Kerry babbled about was simply untrue. He wasn't there, he didn't see it, he didn't participate. He made shit up, in the aftermath of real atrocities, committed elsewhere.

Oh - wait - you saw that, didn't you? I readily admit that the US did indeed commit atrocities in Viet Nam. They are on record. It happened. I'm not defending them, I'm not defending the people responsible, nor am I defending the dirty politicos who made it happen.

But Kerry is a lying sack of shit. Kerry was an opportunist from the day he entered the military, to the day he wrote his own Purple Heart commendations, to the day he lied to congress, to the day he was elected, and now today, sucking Muslim dick while hoodwinking the American people.

Comment Re:Christie is ideal (Score 1) 560

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... The terrorist who was rewarded by the left with a professor position

Hillary, capitalizing on her appointment as secretary of state to the tune of 300 million dollars

RWNJ? No - I'm far more centrist. I'm not left or right. I'm a realist. Delusional, you say? Phhtt. Look around you. The left sells America out, just as readily as the far right does.

Comment Re:remember it well (Score 1) 154

Bullshit. Ministers are permitted to voice their opinions, even when those opinions are political in nature. And, those opinions should never affect the "tax free status". Churches don't pay government. Government may not curtail a minister's freedom of speech.

The bitch was out to undermine the constitution of the United States.

Coerce people? How, exactly, do you coerce people into attending a church? This is 2015, not 1215. No inquisitors come in the middle of the night to drag you off to the dungeons for failing to attend church.

Comment Re:I thought so too (Score 1) 466

Mmmm-hmmmm. I'm not an electrician, but I find myself doing plenty of electrical work. I also have a tool belt. I often use the smaller Klein wire stripper (yellow) because it's to much bother to walk all the way back to my tool box to get the larger pair. I wouldn't call it "automotive" size though, I would call it "household" or "electronics" sized.

And, I still have at least 15 plier like tools in my toolbox. Each of them has their uses, and often enough, no other tool quite fits the bill.

Comment Re:Rebuilding supply chains = really hard (Score 1) 466

Sounds reasonable enough. The Army and Marines pull out their specs on the A-10, and call in the negotiating teams for the major aircraft manufacturers.

"Gentlemen, we want THIS, but improved to the current state of the art, and we want each and every craft delivered at a cost equivalent to the original A-10's. You eat production delays, over runs, you eat all unexpected costs."

Then they get into specifics, regarding electronics, etc.

Fighting the last war? Yes, that happens so very often. Maybe that is the case here, but I don't think so. This particular weapons platform is so very versatile, unlike aircraft designed and engineered for dogfighting.

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 4, Insightful) 466

I posted another comment with the same basic content -

Reopen the A-10 production line. But, don't just start producing the exact same aircraft. Electronics have advanced astronomically since the last A-10 was built. So, we improve the electronics. Maybe we can improve the air frame a little - so build in the improvements. We might be able to grow the fuel system a little, addressing the complaint of limited range. The wings are probably already strong enough, we could probably add external fuel pods to get more range. Hell, we might be able to improve the pilot's view a little. Can we give the cannon magazine any more capacity? Might we add any thrust to the engines?

With the new aircraft, and new parts, and new logistics lines, we will have addressed your father's complaints of old, worn out, damaged, stressed components.

But, the basic engineering is solid. Start production of the newer, improved A-10's. Roll out a thousand or more, and get them out to the fleet, and the troops.

If the Air Force doesn't want A-10's, the rest of us don't give a flying fuck about the Air Force. Everyone outside of the Air Force upper echelons loves these craft.

Even with the cost of retooling and reopening the A-10's production line, we could probably build five of these for the cost of a single F-35. Ignoring the cost of tooling and opening the production line, we can build ten or eleven A-10's for the cost of an F-35.

And, no matter the level of technology, often times, numbers count. Five A-10's can most certainly fly more missions than that one F-35, even if everything else was equal. Of course, everything else is not equal. The A-10 is a superior weapon platform for ground support, hands down.

Comment Re:CSB time (Score 1) 466

I've seen these planes at relatively close range. That is, I've been within a football field's length of them. I've watched them take off and land. But, I've never been anywhere close to them when they went into action. All I have to go on are videos, Marine's accounts, and imagination. I don't guess I love the things like a Marine loves them, but I'm close enough to Marines to appreciate that love.

Comment Re:Expect major BIAS (Score 3, Insightful) 466

What we SHOULD HAVE done, is to revamp that A-10 production lines, and just improved every system aboard, then called it the A-12. Maybe increase the engine power a few percent. Update ALL the electronics - radars, navigation, computing, everything. Install larger fuel tanks, since one of the more legitimate complaints is the A-10's somewhat limited range.

In short, we should have just rebuilt the A-10. The basic engineering was done long ago, and done right. The airframe is solid, so we should stick with it. Maybe structural members can benefit from the addition of carbon fiber? Do it. Maybe computer models show that the precise placement of structural members can be improved? Do it. Maybe some of those wires can be replaced with more efficient fiber optics? Do it. We're looking for improvements, so build them in. When all is said and done, we'll have an updated A-10, and everyone is happy.

Comment Re:Expect major BIAS (Score 1) 466

1. The previous generation of soldiers, sailors, and airmen used them - they've got to be replaced.
2. I've got to get my name associated with something big, so that I'm remembered in the footnotes of history books.
3. I can't get any kickbacks from the A-10's - see #1.
4. New and shiny is always better.
5. Public relations has already sold the damned thing to the public.
6. You can't fight the tide, and congress is already going with the F-35.

If I spent some time on it, I might come up with more reasons for self important assholes to hate the A-10.

Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 2) 466

The basic fact that you're forgetting is, a tool that is engineered for one specific purpose always performs that task or purpose better than some awkward multi-purpose tool.

The F-35 is a multi-purpose tool, trying to fill the niches of multiple special purpose tools. It is going to fail. It is going to fail expensively, and it is probably going to fail disastrously.

Let's assume that you are an electrician, electronics, or some related technical person. You have a tool box with a couple dozen pairs of "pliers" in it. You have wire strippers in multiple sizes, you have end cutters, you have side cutters, you have slip-joint pliers, you have channel-groove pliers in multiple sizes, you have vise-grips in multiple sizes and configurations, you have locking alligator pliers - you have the tools that a lifetime of experience has proved to be invaluable for certain tasks.

Your boss decides that he is going to modernize his work force's tool boxes. He settles on one multi-purpose tool, and takes away all of your special purpose tools. Because these new multi-purpose tools are pretty expensive, he only gives you one pair of multi-purpose pliers. If you preform deviant sexual acts for him, you might get two. So, you have two tools to replace many tools.

How in hell are you going to do your job?

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 4, Insightful) 466

Pardon me, but I seem to hear you justifying the rigged tests.

"We know the A-10 does a hell of a job in ground support, but we have a new tool that doesn't quite do the same job, so we're going to change the job description to make the tool fit the job better."

Strip away all the bullshit, and doctrine amounts to the judgement of a bunch of stuffed suits trying to explain what is happening in the real world.

How about this for doctrine?

"We're taking away all the cost efficient tools, and replacing them with new tools that will make our campaign contributors a hell of a lot richer."

Comment Re:Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 4, Funny) 466

You call it a mistake. It's name is "Warthog". Calling it "Thunderbolt" or "Thunderbolt II" just marks you as an outsider. Troops on the ground sure don't call it that. "Incoming Hog, duck!" No one wants to be clipped by a wing as the Hog passes overhead. Let's see if those fucking F-35's get that low to the ground.

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