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Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 3, Interesting) 503

by budgenator (#47484143) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

When I was in the US Army, I was a Hawk Missile and Launcher repairer, and work in IGLE, Internal Guidance and Launch Equipment back in 1974-78 and I can say with pretty good authority that the technology available in that era required pretty much constant maintence. The Guidance packages was all electron tubes except for one transistor, the microwave reciever was klystron based so everything drifted constantly. When something drifted out f spec it's not amatter of twisting a reostat either, you have to take it apart, unsolder a fixed resistor, and replace with a resistor of different value, potentiometers would never hold their value durring launch G's or after bouncing acrost the grond on top of a tracked vehicle. It's highly unlikely that the rebels could have just stubled upon a lost or abandoned weapon system and have gotten it working with out highly trained support personnel and operators. It takes a lot of finesse to work the old stuff, modern systems just work or not.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 2) 503

by budgenator (#47483595) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

You do realise that US satelite scrutiny of the area is extremely intense, we saw the heat signatures of the launch, we have radar tracks of the missile trajectories, It's just a matter of analysing the data, figuring out who in the area, and putting everything together in a way that doesn't reveal classified capabilities.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by budgenator (#47483459) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Consider if your car had a black box, which it should. But in addition to collecting the data was transmitting that information continuously to the government for them to peruse any time they wanted.

Consider your car does a black box, but in addition to collecting the data was transmitting that information continuously to your auto insurance company for them to peruse any time they wanted.

Comment: Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (Score 1) 751

by budgenator (#47479431) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

EU is in a sticky situation, they're pretty dependant on Russian natural gas, they're pretty dependant on natural gas pipe lines running through the Ukrane, Russians are pretty dependant on Ukranian warm water seaports; lots of inter-dependancies to make things complicated. Personally I think Obama didn't create strong US sanctions against Russia because he doesn't have the balls and Putin knows it.

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