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Comment: Re:The mistake was having one plane do everything (Score 1) 395 395

And indifferent to that, the F35 is objectively inferior to 12 different specialized planes.

Of course it is, any plane not special built for it's role is going to be less effective for that role. The question is how much specialization do you need vs. the increased logistics complexity. The F-35 tries to wear too many hats, that's for certain, but I would argue we really only needed one more airframe. The F-22 for air superiority, what the F-35 should have been for air interdiction and multi-role use, and a heavy close air support VTOL. The worst design compromises would have been avoided and it we'd have a much better product without too much extra logistics complexity.

Comment: Re:Is Dogfighting really that important? (Score 1) 395 395

If a war were to break up, is Dogfighting really "the" efficient way to take care of fighter? With all new modern weaponry (AAM, SAM, laser etc.) I'm not completely sure if this feature is still relevant in modern time.

So far there haven't been any game changing technologies that eliminate the need for aircraft. Eventually high powered lasers, new sensors and sophisticated tracking systems might make planes obsolete, in the meantime they're still pretty critical. If you have planes flying around trying to kill each other it's inevitable that they're going to end up close at some point, in which case you're going to want A) a gun and B) a way not to get hit by the other guy's gun.

Comment: Re:The mistake was having one plane do everything (Score 1) 395 395

What you want is not one plane but maybe a dozen different types that all do different things.

Well, it's a trade off. More types means more complicated logistics and that's bad. You want as few types as you can get away with while still having enough types that they do the job well.

The most important roles for separate fighter designs:

Air Superiority (shooting down other planes)
Air Interdiction (precision strikes against ground targets, often in the face of air defenses)
Close Air Support (direct support of ground troops)

There are a number of specialty roles like aerial recon, suppression of air defenses, forward air control and such.

The air superiority role really needs something purpose built like the F-22 as it has a unique set of requirements and compromising them really reduces it's effectiveness.
The air interdiction role can usually handle being a multi-role aircraft as long as you don't go crazy with it like they did with the F-35. The main purpose is as a fighter/bomber but they can be modded to air defense suppression, recon and a variety of other specialty tasks.
The close air support role needs to be purpose built due to the need for heavy firepower, high armor and usually VTOL capability.

Comment: Re:Paywall (Score 1) 139 139

I'm sure IT would be happy to allow and support R if management would commit to providing training, staff time for support and budget to handle the related costs. That won't happen though so basically you're trying to make your job easier at the cost of making their job harder.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1065 1065

So are you in for child brides too?

Marriage can only take place between consenting individuals. Children can't consent, so they can't get married. In some cases parents are allowed to consent for their children, so there might be some space to argue about whether arranged marriages of pre-adults are kosher. Personally I'm a bit skeptical, but that's a matter for public debate.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1065 1065

It's activism if you are distorting the meaning and intent of the amendment to reach a desired end by illegitimate means, by intellectually dishonest means.

Perhaps, but that's not what is happening in this case. The equal protection clause was specifically designed for cases like this where a minority group is given less rights than everyone else.

Comment: Re:Roberts admits to being wrong (Score 1) 588 588

The text is essentially a hunk of code describing how to execute the law.

The controversial section is a bug.

Do you think the courts should faithfully execute the buggy code, crashing part of the country in the process, or do you think they should fix or ignore the bug and allow the law to execute successfully?

If stated in those terms then the correct course would have been to execute the buggy code and let the developers come out with a patch when they realized how painful it is to the customer.

Frankly I think it would be hilarious to watch the Republicans fall on their own sword over this one. The public would expect them to create a reasonable legislative fix in short order and frankly I think they're just not capable of that level of governance right now. At the moment they're all breathing a private sigh of relief, especially since the majority of pain would have been felt in the red states that refused to set up an exchange.

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