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Comment: Re:essential to know about jQuery (Score 1) 123 123

Given the fact that this is a third-party library that you are unlikely to modify, hosting it on your own servers provides no advantage whatsoever.

Of course it does. It has the same advantages in terms of security and your visitors' privacy as any decision to host your own material instead of quietly using a third party service. Whether you consider those significant advantages is a different question, and whether your visitors would is a different question again, but clearly there is a difference.

+ - Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can't Dogfight->

schwit1 writes: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.

The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Comment: Re:Uber this! (Score 1) 293 293

If you think their getting invaded has anything to do with the French troops and not who was invading them, you really do need to brush up on your history.

Also, the government already promised to do something about Uber, and then didn't. Hence the protests and the response. Protests such as these are common in France and especially in Paris, and have been throughout the centuries.

It sounds like you know very little about France's history, and thought to wade in and let everyone know. How considerate.

Comment: Re:Uber this! (Score 1) 293 293

That's so when people get in a taxi they know the car is insured for any accidents, and it is in good working condition, not to mention background checks and extra training (in some countries, it doesn't sound like yours). Without the medallion system this is still the case. You seem to be confusing several issues, making a blunderbuss attempt to make your point, and failing miserably. Ouch.

Comment: Re:no we can't (Score 2) 69 69

I find this an interesting statement. Running the numbers, I find that you'd have to be using a rocket burning something rather better than H2/O2 (we're talking Isp >500 just to reach escape speed, much less to reach the target rock) to allow two launches of a delta-IV heavy.


The fact that a Delta-IV Heavy has a LEO payload of over 27 tonnes is a fact. You don't need to "run the numbers". As for the kick stage, I didn't specify a propulsion system - for all we care (since we haven't established a timeframe), it could be an ion drive and not even take a rocket so large as a Delta IV-Heavy.

Meanwhile, the Falcon Heavy is to make its first launch this year, with double the payload of a Delta IV-Heavy. And as was mentioned, the Tsar Bomba was not optimized to be as lightweight as possible.

And this entirely ignores that noone actually has a Tsar Bomba sized nuke available to be detonated.

Oh, and you didn't allow for a backup

It's almost as if I didn't add "with enough advance warning" for that scenario and leave what "enough advance warning" is unspecified. But if there's another rock the size of the Chicxulub impactor out there and we don't see it until the last second, we deserve to get hit - we're no longer talking about a 50 meter spec (Tunguska-sized), rather a rock with a cross section 30% bigger than the island of Manhattan. We're talking about an impact of a scale that happens once every hundred million years or so.

+ - Former L0pht Hacker Mudge Leaves Google to Start Cyber UL

Trailrunner7 writes: One of the longstanding problems in security–and the software industry in general–is the lack of any universally acknowledged authority on quality and reliability. But the industry moved one step closer to making such a clearinghouse a reality this week when Peiter Zatko, a longtime researcher and hacker better known as Mudge in security circles, announced he’s leaving Google to start an initiative designed to be a cyber version of Underwriters’ Laboratory.

Zatko said on Monday that he had decided to leave Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team and start a cyber UL, at the behest of the White House.

The new project will not be run out of the White House, Zatko said, and the specifics of the plan are not clear right now. But the fact that someone with Zatko’s experience, history, and respect in the security community is involved in the project lends immediate weight and potential to it.

Comment: Re:a hollow gesture from the cloistered elite (Score 1) 258 258

I see you are confused. Yes, the climate changes. What's worrying is not that it's changing, but that it's changing so fast. Yes, coastlines rise and fall without humanity, but when the world depends on cities built on the coast, you can see that it's rather worrisome that we as a species are doing everything we can to ensure they will be flooded at some point. Humanity would not be "fine" if we had the CO2 levels of the Eocene - our staple crops rely on being grown where they currently are, and rely on the current amount of CO2. The more CO2, the less nutritious they are, requiring more of them to be grown. The warming means the viable land suitable for agriculture will shift towards the poles, often onto poor soil (thanks to glaciation and other natural processes) and without the necessary infrastructure that humanity has built up over the last 50 years, and often over international borders, creating political problems as well as humanitarian ones.

But I'm sure your half-assed, factually incorrect assumptions are true. Yeah. Definitely.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way