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Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 466

I honestly have no fucking clue why they're doing this test. F-35 is not supposed to be the plane that flies into the teeth of the enemy's bnti-aircraft guns 50 ft from the infantry. That's supposed to be done by drones.

Very simple. They need to kill any cost center that competes for funds with the infinite black hole that is the ongoing F-35 fiasco, and they need to kill every aircraft in any role that the F-35 (in some fat assed desk pilot's fevered imagination) might be able to perform, with the goal of proving the fiction that F-35 is a multi-role fighter. There's some truth to that: F-35 sucks equally badly at all known roles. Erm, well sorry, actually it sucks extra specially hard at some roles, most probably including CAS.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 466

I guess people will be interested in seeing F-35s at airshows ten years from now in the same way that they like to check out Edsels and wallow in that monumental fiasco. The A-10 on the other hand is likely to continue to be much loved even in its afterlife. CAS will increasingly be the domain of drones and those drones are likely to look an awful lot like A-10s. There, that's what my crystal ball says, next thing to do is wait ten years.

Comment Re: So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 301

I had to tether my desktop to a t-mobile phone due to failure of all cable and POTS providers to successfully install broadband in a supposedly modern city that I will not name. The POTS providers simply evaded their regulatory obligation through foot dragging and the cable guys failed by pure incompetence. So as a result I got a lot of experience with t-mobile, who I already appreciated as the best of a bunch of extremely pathetic alternatives in the US connectivity market. The way T-mobile caps the data is to stop providing the 4G link after a few GB of data, which is just normal network use these days. You can easily hit that without surfing pron sites or downloading videos or doing Netflix. Just install a few SDKs or watch a how-to video or run Skype video.

The thing that really sucked was not so much the unstated high bandwidth cap, but QoS on the cell network is just awful, with regular latency spikes and bandwidth dropouts. I can't help thinking that shortage of towers is not the biggest reason for that. I think they just have not bothered monitoring the quality of service and there is a lot of broken stuff in their stack that drops packets.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 466

If the A-10 is so great I'm confused as to why they cannot upgrade the hardware like they've continually done with the F15, F18, etc. etc. to evolve its capabilities retire the Harrier and deploy Apaches in their place.

Because blocked by politics. In any case, the A-10 has been upgraded. IMHO the next upgrade should be to turn it into a drone. Keep the titanium bathtub to protect critical systems, lose the windows and add anti-MANPADS hardware.

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 138

Gnome was never the star of the Linux environments, it was always a conglomeration of marginally functional half measures kept on life support by cynical Red Hat strategists and conservative Debian maintainers. Gnome only ever had one reason to exist: QT was not open source but was winning the race to catch up with Microsoft and Apple in desktop functionality. We would have all been better served if the entire Gnome project had been retired after forcing QT into full open source.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel