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Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 174

by cheesybagel (#47420635) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The F-35 is particularly awful because they tried to make an all services plane out of it. They probably could have made a combined USAF/USN fighter more or less easily. But adding the VTOL requirement for the Marines and the UK was the final straw.

Last time the US tried something like this was with the F-111 and that was a procurement disaster.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 1) 316

by cheesybagel (#47417143) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

The rise in temperature been flat for the last decade. Every single prediction made by anthropogenic global warming I have heard so far has failed. It is junk science.

It is convenient to make a theory that neither explains anything nor can be proven until after you die and your grant money had been already spent.

Comment: Re:It *isn't* that well understood (Score 1) 316

by cheesybagel (#47417023) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

There is a painting in Venice of a staircase to the canals made a couple of centuries back. The staircase is totally submerged now. The sea level has been rising for a long time. It is not a new phenomenon. What a lot of people disagree on is a) how much of it is actually caused by human activities. b) is it a problem or not.

AGW theory is bullshit because it cannot make long term predictions of climate. It mispredicted the temperature for the entire last decade for example. The model is flawed at best and probably worthless.

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by MightyMartian (#47411209) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

That's rubbish. Most of the major platforms have had Java ported to them. Including various obscure systems is ludicrous. If I want a program that I'm almost guaranteed will run without recompile on Linux, Windows, BSD and even many mainframes, then Java remains the best solution. I'm not saying, from a programming perspective, that it's all that great, but from a platform neutral perspective for most of the systems that a programmer will encounter, it remains the best.

Have fun running an x86-64 Linux binary natively on a Windows 8 machine. I can. however, write a Java program that I can almost guarantee will in fact run on x64 Linux or Windows.

Comment: Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (Score 1) 514

by cheesybagel (#47404599) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

They already are incredibly cheap to manufacture. How do you think Apple gets all that profit every single year?

Of course if the robots were that good the location where the manufacturing plant is should be mostly inconsequential. Productions could be anywhere with cheap space and electricity. What I suspect will happen, as usually does in any corporation that tries to apply robots to what used to be an all human assembly line, is massive failure and hiring of more indentured servants, er i mean interns.

To be awake is to be alive. -- Henry David Thoreau, in "Walden"