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Comment: Re:This is why we need a war (Score 1) 236

by fnj (#48680537) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Russia beat America into space, how can Russia, with the obvious space spinoffs, need to steal technology?

Well, it's a documented historical fact that they stole the technology for the atomic bomb.

Just like the fact that Stalin personally commanded that interned B-29s be copied whole and mass produced, engines and all, to make the first Soviet nuclear capable bomber; the Tu-4.

As far as space technology, both the US and USSR just put captured Germans to work to get that off the ground.

Comment: Re:FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 236

by fnj (#48680505) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Which is EXACTLY why the Army should operate its own ground support wing, just like the Marines do. Both the Army and Marines operate their own rotary wing aircraft, but only the Marines operate their own fixed wing aircraft too. That is one reason that when you need some ass seriously kicked, you ALWAYS call the Marines. Sea-air-land, all under unified command.

It doesn't have to be like this. Make some policy command decisions, re-legislate if you have to, and voila. This would help the Marines too. It is probably way beyond their means to retool and build more A-10's, or build a new plane like it, but you spread that cost out to the Army as well and you can do a lot more.

Comment: Is the premise serious? (Score 1) 236

by fnj (#48680441) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Seems to me the state of the art in sensors 10 years ago was far more than adequate for any conceivable mission even now. There have been no magic advances by any potential adversaries since then. Hell, even 23 years ago the state of the art in Desert Storm was shooting fish in a barrel, and zero susceptibility to enemy aircraft.

Yeah, the F-35 is essentially a piece of gold plated crap, but I don't see anything that savages trapped 1000 years in the past are going to do to challenge its air supremacy, given the numbers, and given its more rational sister planes. Of countries which in the wildest imagination could be envisaged as adversaries, only Russia and China are even in the same universe. But when you show me evidence that their training and experience level is within 1/10 of the US, I might get concerned.

Israel is probably close in technology, training and experience. Good thing as far as fantasy matchups go that they are not raving, frothing maniacs and have no industrial manufacturing base. They don't even have enough ammunition for more than HOURS of real combat, and no possible way of replenishing it domestically on real time.

Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 4, Informative) 117

by fnj (#48673557) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

But why isn't the Navy doing this themselves? Surely they have the manpower & capability and there must be huge sections that can easily be re-used.

Hah! The Navy has no manpower any more; certainly not for construction and demolition. The Navy doesn't build aircraft carriers; why should they dismantle them? Everything that is done except direct warfighting and readiness for warfighting is farmed out.

On August 14 1945, the Navy had in active service 23 battleships, 28 fleet carriers, 71 escort carriers, 72 cruisers, 377 destroyers, 361 frigates, and 232 subs: a total of 6786 ships, including auxiliaries. The total personnel strength was 3.4 million. Uniformed personnel cooked the meals, drove the trucks, loaded ammunition and fueled the ships, etc.

On September 30 2006, the Navy had 0 battleships, 12 carriers, 27 cruisers, 54 destroyers, 35 frigates, and 74 subs: a total of 318 ships including auxiliaries. The total personnel strength was 0.35 million. Meals, truck driving, loading and fueling, etc, are all performed by hired service companies - just like for the Army and doubtless the Air Force (not entirely sure about the Marines, but probably them too).

The size has shrunk considerably since 2006. This despite having twice the national population to draw upon. The Navy can barely man its ships, let alone sparing "manpower" for non-essential tasks. And just like the merchant marine, knowledge, specialties, and capabilities have been cut way back. There are no more hundreds of sailors manning the engine rooms in large ships. The engines are automated.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 4, Interesting) 360

by fnj (#48656631) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

Absolutely correct. Blacks are statistically several times more likely to be shot by police than are whites. Concerning ages 15-19, the ratio is about 20 times more likely. But what you conveniently overlook is that blacks are FAR more likely to be murdered by other blacks than by police (many of which are themselves black). We are talking many scores of times more likely.

Could it just POSSIBLY be that blacks are far more likely than whites to be engaged in street activities that are begging to attract police attention? And that, once confronted, just maybe they might be far more threatening - as in, likely to whip out a handgun or rush the officer?

Hey, it's just a question, though I strongly suspect what the answer is. And yes, it leads directly to other questions about disadvantaged groups and vicious circles of crime and despair.

One of the most impressive dramas I ever saw dealing with blacks, antagonism between blacks and cops, and disillusionment of black cops was an episode of Dragnet from 1968 or 1969 showing the situation after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. It showed the raw hurt and grievances, but also it ended on a positive and uplifting note that mirrors my own hopes. On the other hand, every single one of the issues presented remains absolutely topical to this day. You take the afros and 60s cars out of that episode and it could have been made yesterday.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 3, Interesting) 360

by fnj (#48656439) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

It kind of begs the question about what the US is still doing in South Korea anyhow. South Korea is a rich country. They can afford their own defense

So is Germany, and the US has 39,000 troops there. So is Japan, and the US has 50,000 troops there. Hell, there are 11,000 US troops in Italy.

So there are 29,000 US troops in South Korea, which unlike those countries named above has a border with a fully militarized raving psychotic insane evil totalitarian state who viciously threatens South Korea constantly. The capital of South Korea, with a population of 10 million, lies only 50 km from the border and could be overrun and decimated within hours, regardless of whether or not the psychotics ultimately win the conflict.

Is any of this difficult to understand?

Comment: Re:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS = No Skype for me (Score 1) 99

by fnj (#48611481) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

To me the point is that Microsoft's support for linux is laughably bad. You don't design a linux app so it won't compile/run on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS until at least 2017. Ubuntu is one of the, if not THE, most widespread desktop linux distros. Amd you don't design a linux app so it won't compile/run on RHEL 6 until at least 2021 (RHEL 6 is one of the, if not THE, most widespread enterprise workstation linux distros).

You don't jump on the latest APIs because they are new and shiny. Not if you know what you are doing, and you care about supporting the operating systems people USE.

Linux distros don't "support" apps. Apps support linux distros.

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him--that's where the money is. -- Robespierre