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Comment Re:"you don't have to be very accurate" (Score 1) 246

A nuke hitting somewhere in your country at more-or-less random is still a nuke hitting your country.

Sure, you might luck out and have it land somewhere completely uninhabited. But then again, you might not. And you still have radiation and fallout issues.

Not to mention the whole 'now we either MUST nuke them back, potentially kicking off a war with China, or admit that deterrence is a huge bluff, and watch everybody rush the tech tree to nukes.'

Comment Re:Heavy??? (Score 1) 246

In this context, think of 'a reasonably stable orbit' as 'an over-enthusiastic ballistic launch.' Or, think of a ballistic launch intended to land on a continent on the other side of the planet as 'something with a really short orbital period.' In other words, if they can get something that high, they can put it slightly less high, and have it come back down.

Comment Re:It were the russians (Score 1) 62

It's been a while since I read my 80s techno thrillers, but the idea was a nuke sub (or mobile land-based launchers, in theory, but I don't think they ever bothered with that) would use GPS to get an exact fix on where it was, and input that into the missiles as their start point for inertial navigation. This allowed for 'first-strike' capability, which required silly amounts of precision to hit hardened launch sites on short notice, before enemy C&C could authorize retaliatory strikes, and simultaneously denied the enemy the ability to perform a first-strike on you, as first they'd have to find your hidden SSBNs.

The GPS system was originally called 'NavStar,' as it was intended as a navigation aide. The missiles themselves were intended to be as autonomous as possible after launch; after all, the GPS satellites were easy to find and destroy, what with them broadcasting their locations.

Comment Re:H-1B visa are not a free market (Score 1) 243

And the same is true of the states. Trying to cross the border from Canada into the States to start a job, transferring a Canadian company to it's brand new American owner, and getting stopped. Should have been a thirty second conversation with the border folks, under Trade NAFTA. Nope. I was trying to steal an American Jerb, and that was that.

The company started to lawyer up, but I declined to continue the process, and stayed in Canada. What can I say, I was young, and foolish. In retrospect, I made the correct choice.

Comment Re:The Hipster Comparison Misdirection Fallacy. (Score 1) 186

If Wikipedia is imperfect, and the response is 'neither is Britannia, or Merriam-Webster, or whatever,' then I think the point is, indeed, being missed completely.

The response *should* be 'You're right. But unlike Britannia, or Merriam-Webster, or whatever, we can, indeed, improve Wikipedia.'

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

Thus illustrating the problem with American political thought; the believe that all political thought is a single, binary choice, an not a whole series of spectrums.

Guess what? It IS, in fact, possible, to be a 'liberal' and be pro-gun. It IS, in fact, possible to be a 'conservative' and be pro-choice.

Comment Re: Is this the 21st Century? (Score 1) 510

Creationism: The theory that Koala Bears lived and thrived in the Middle East until the Flood, at which time the lone remaining male and female picked up the last known Eucalyptus tree, which had enough leaves to feed them, trekked across the Middle East, across Asia, across the ocean, and into Australia. In one mighty march. Upon arrival, they planted the tree, then proceeded to be fruitful and multiply. Without leaving any evidence of their passing along the way.

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