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Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 2) 347

I got to see an AC-130 up close at LRAFB once and...dayyymm, that sucker is just bristling with firepower, like the flying fortresses of old. If we aren't gonna build more A-10s then I say the replacement is obvious as 1.- The AC-130 is a hell of a lot cheaper than an F-35 techno-turkey, 2.- The AC-130 is a hell of a lot tougher, 3.- the AC-130 can loiter a lot longer, and finally 4.- the AC-130 can carry a lot more firepower.

As for TFA....sigh, how long will it take before the DoD admits the F-35 is a giant techno turkey and pulls the plug? If the fighter jocks have to have their stupid stealth give 'em the F-15 Silent Eagle, which can run rings around the F-35. To me the saddest part is reports are the Chinese knock off is actually better than the original (which ain't saying much) thanks to not having to have the retarded vertical take off crap for the marines. What we need to do is give the marines an updated version of the Bronco or Dragonfly, which should be small enough they should be able to launch 'em off of just about anything, give 'em a baby flat-top to carry the things and kill the VTOL crap along with the F-35 once and for all.

Comment Re:Ministry of Truth? (Score 2) 264

They have a lot of functioning democratic process in 1984 then? Because that is what we are talking about here.

The people of Alaska didn't WANT it named for a guy that did jack and squat for their state, tried to have it changed, hit red tape,asked for help from the POTUS in cutting through said tape, and finally the name got changed.

Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 3, Insightful) 175

And the sad part? So many here will cheer when HTML V5 video is worse in every metric than Flash by a country mile!

Uses more resources? Yep, both CPU cycles and memory, just compare Flash/VP8 to HTML V5 H.264 of the same quality and you'll find its a pig. they try to hide how big a hog it is by offloading to the GPU but guess what? GPU cycles don't grow on tress and all that extra power sucking will equal much quicker battery drain.

Has less features? Yep again, when it comes to animation and gaming HTML V5 isn't anywhere as good as Flash, despite it being in development for...what? The better part of a decade?

And finally the rotting elephant in the room...DRM. Adobe not only has always allowed any format to be put in a flash container but they also have had zero problems with people redistributing Flash or even producing a FOSS option in Gnash. Compare this to HTML V5 which thanks to APPL and MSFT is tied to H.264, a format owned by one of the nastiest patent trolls on the planet. Anybody think they are gonna let FOSS OSes add support without cutting them a check?

I'm all for replacing flash but it should be with something BETTER, what we are getting with HTML V5 is practically a wish list written by APPL and MSFT to help their position. think APPL wants HTML V5 to be great for animation and gaming and possibly compete with their appstore? Think MSFT wants a video format that doesn't have a patent tollbooth for any possible competition?

So if you want to replace Flash? Then replace it with something BETTER, with more features, more open formats, less resource usage. What we are doing is replacing one bad idea for another and that isn't progress to me.

Comment Re:Sounds like an ad (Score 1) 314

Thanks. These ACs are a perfect example of why they are afraid to take the challenge, because they will find out the truth which is update a Mac? Everything WORKS, update Windows? Everything WORKS, update Linux? Uh ohh their OS made a stinky.

The sad truth is the last version of Windows Linux could compete with? Windows ME, as every version since could update without crapping itself. I have heard they same is true of Apple since OSX, updates just work, Linux? Has a driver model older than Win9x and the challenge just shows without any BS or trickery that Linux cannot even update itself without breaking which is honestly a worse indictment of their OS than anything I could ever say.

Comment Re:/facepalm (Score 1) 416

Uhh yeah..about that? those are like the button at a stoplight, makes ya feel good but don't do shit...didn't ya get the memo? Unless you set up a hardware router with IP based blocking and block a shitload of IP addresses then everything you do is getting sent to the mothership whether you like it or not.

You didn't think you'd get anything "free" from MSFT, did you? Hell its the most expensive version of Windows EVAR as not only do you trade a legit key from a non spyware version of Windows but you ALSO give them your data for sale, so you get to double pay for that "free" OS...hell of a scam,huh?

Comment Re:Driver Model (Score 1) 378

Just FYI I have never posted AC in my life and have said repeatedly that AC posting should be banned since its just flinging shit, no dialog can be had with an AC.

So don't worry if I think you actually blather something noteworthy? I'll be happy to address it, but so far all I see is memes, like "Anything with a kernel counts as a desktop", "If Linux runs on a router that makes it popular", just the same dumb shit anecdotes and memes. Well i don't waste time with memes, if you wanna post that shit go to Reddit, the soon to be owner of /.

BTW if you bother reading any article here in the past 2 years? You'll see the majority of posts are ACs because the quality has gone to shit, its 4chan with advert articles, so you really shouldn't be surprised when 80% of the responses to your posts are ACs, that is the same percentage everybody gets.

Comment don't draw their attention (Score 3, Interesting) 236

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 732

If Japan hadn't attacked the USA then Germany and Japan could have easily won, simple as that. Look at the state of america's weapons at that point, our "premier" fighter was the Buffalo, our "tanks" were M2A4s, most of our ships were WWI vintage, and the American populace was by a pretty large margin isolationist.

I would argue that it was the USA getting involved that 1.- took a LOT of pressure off the USSR (nearly all their support vehicles were quickly supplied by the USA, so many that they used Studebaker trucks as offensive weapons with the Katusha simply because they had so many) and 2.- gave the allies an almost endless supply of resources and weapons, which Germany and Japan just couldn't compete with. If Japan hadn't attacked the USA we probably would have stayed out of the war and the isolationists would have demanded we stick with "cash and carry" which would have put serious strain on the resources of the UK and USSR.

Could they have won without us? Possibly as Hitler was nothing if not a shitty strategist but it could have easily lasted into the 1950s and if the Germans would have been able to capture the southern oil fields of the Caucus region the USSR would have simply run out of gas. Ironically Japan really had no reason to attack as the resources they most desired was controlled by the Dutch and Brits and with them occupied in Europe they probably could have captured them without the USA getting involved. Pearl Harbor was a strategic blunder that even Yamamoto thought would bite them in the ass, saying "I can run wild for six months ⦠after that, I have no expectation of success".

So I would argue the key event was getting the USA committed to the fight, if that wouldn't have happened? It is quite possible their lead in tech would have been so great by the time the USA felt threatened it would have been too late.

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