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Comment: Not too many, but instead, LOUSY ones. (Score 1) 131

Seriously, the more that I see of today's profs the less impressed I am. Have you noticed how many announcements are made about various new items that never make it to market, or even to change the R*D? In some cases, it is all predicated on lies. The profs that the universities are hiring are HORRIBLE, and getting worse. Bad R*D and bad teaching.

The American universities are falling apart, in no small part, because of the quality of ppl being hired.

Comment: Re:Who is best situated to replace oil and coal? (Score 1) 214

exactly right. What is needed is NOT to try and destroy them, but instead to get them to change because you DO have large investments.
In addition, they need to put their money where their mouth is. Get them to put in geo-thermal HVAC on campus. Put in solar panels that were built by these companies. Heck, if these schools would go together and say that they will buy X amount of solar panels from one of those companies if they built them in the USA, they could help those companies make the jump. At the same time, they gain with cheap electricity.

Comment: Now, they need to create several one-offs. (Score 1) 630

by WindBourne (#46708019) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
In particular, for the ships, they need a replacement for Phalanx. Basically, imagine a gattling gun with these at say 8 megajoules rather than 64 mj that this uses. Simply fire small rounds to take out an incoming missile or plane that comes within 20 miles.

In addition, the house republicans need to allow the DOD to stop production on the M1A2. They want to upgrade the system so that it will have better protection from IEDs, but also so that the main gun can be replaced with this. A tank that can shot shells like this just 10 miles, but in particular, can do it with 3 second bursts, would be a major change in warfare.

Comment: Re:New Railgun? (Score 1) 630

by WindBourne (#46707897) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
Not really old news. THis is the winner of all that work. Prior to this, BAE and GA were competing to make these, which is not easy. And DDX has been gutted, so now, the focus is on putting railguns on current ships. Personally, I wish that they would make the DDX, but make it nukes so that it can have plenty of power to run motor, lasers and multiple railguns.

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