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Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 98

You sir, have summarized an awful lot of space-warfare understanding in a few sentences.

A lot of quite intelligent writers have said much the same thing. War in space will be terribly, terribly expensive. Low tech will often trump high tech, just because there is so damned much low tech available, and it's easy to use.

We see some of that right here on earth. We spend zillions of dollars on surveillance, but a handful of low-tech jihadists pulled off a fairly successful terror attack in Paris, using mostly just weapons available a hundred years ago.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 98

Jesus H. Christ. I posted in my original post - OP understood what he was talking about, I understood what he was talking about, but OP didn't state it as clearly as he might have. I stated the almost-obvious for the sake of idiots who would come along and not see the obvious.

And - you're not seeing the obvious.

But, thanks for playing. You don't win the internets today.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 0) 98

Mmm-hmmm. It seems that you meant to explain something, but simply failed to enunciate it fully. Don't get butthurt because I added the phrase that you neglected to type into your narrative. It's pretty obvious that you and I both understand what you were saying, but even among rather well educated people, some don't.

Comment Re:Hemi (Score 0) 98

Sister in law had a Satellite Sebring. Can't remember the year now. It was fairly badass, but she got much better gas mileage than you're claiming. 12 - 15 mpg I guess. It wasn't as good as my Nova on fuel mileage, but it was a damned nice car.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 4, Informative) 98

"bullets lose energy quickly with distance" IN AN ATMOSPHERE. In a perfect vacuum, a bullet is going to retain just as much of it's initial energy as your buckets of sand will - pretty much all of it, for a long long time. And, like your particles of sand, the bullets will stay in orbit long enough to make a number of near misses, before finally hitting the target, or falling into the atmosphere.

Comment Re:The real worry should be Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 98

No different than aviation. Aircraft are relatively easy to track and target. Opposing forces might tolerate each other's aircraft, until one side or the other decides that he is at greater risk because of the aircraft. So, he swats them out of the sky.

Satellites will be no different. Whoever calculates that he gains the most by killing satellites is going to kill them.

War crime? Maybe - but if I'm still alive next year, or next decade, to stand trial, then I've won. If I'm NOT still alive the - well, who really gives a shit then?

Comment Re: Words Words Words (Score 1) 85

I've kept ledgers. Money in, money out. Accounts receivable, etc ad nauseum.

If PP receives cash in return for body parts, then they've sold body parts. That is the bottom line.

That's like they claim that no federal tax dollars are spent on abortions. Utter bullshit - a huge part of their income comes from taxes. Without the taxes, they couldn't keep their doors open. Keeping their doors open enables them to perform abortions. Bottom line - tax dollars enable PP to perform abortions, despite what their imaginative accountants claim.

Comment Re: Words Words Words (Score 1) 85

It is you who is being disengenuous. We see advertisements on Ebay for items worth - ohhh - fifty bucks. They are advertised for some ridiculous price like $1, plus $100 shipping. The vendor who offered that fifty dollar item gets real close to 100% markup. Are we going to argue that he didn't "sell" the item at a profit?

GP makes a valid point. DIshonest people play with words to make their dishonesty look honest.

Comment Re:Does this really change anything? (Score 1) 85

OK - good point. Now, tell me which old computers have WIFI transmitters inside of them. The nearest thing to that, was an ASUS server board that came with an optional PCI card. That card had to be installed in the last PCI slot, it wouldn't work in any other slot. Can't remember the board's part number now, but it was one of the earliest AMD Bulldozer offerings. I've still got that PCI card lying around somewhere, but it's not nearly as fast as the routers I'm using today. Wireless G is simply obsolete now.

Comment Re:Does this really change anything? (Score 1) 85

Most of my routers have had firmware updates available from the vendor. Not all, but most. The cheapo routers that I've inherited, like Actiontec, have never been updated at all. Zoom has been updated. I think Zhone had an update availabe, can't remember for certain. But, the better quality routers have all had official updates available. I'm partial to Netgear, and my newest told me that a firmware update was available, just before I upgraded it to DD-WRT.

Comment Re:Does this really change anything? (Score 1) 85

"moving OS driver code into firmware"

Change of OS requires that driver be recompiled though. A Linux 3.1 kernel can't use a driver from Linux 2.6. If/when my kernel is upgraded to 4.x that driver will have to be recompiled again. That means, updating the firmware of the radio. And, while I'm recompiling that driver, I can set the parameters under which the radio will operate.

Sorry, it's all or nothing. Either I have access to all the hardware, or I have access to none of the hardware. Anything else is just a brick.

Router Name DD-WRT
Router Model Netgear WNDR4500
Firmware Version DD-WRT v24-sp2 (02/04/15) giga - build 26138M
Kernel Version Linux 3.10.67 #6269 Wed Feb 4 06:34:18 CET 2015 mips

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