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Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 491

Patted a SR-71 on the nose at Castle Air Museum and was amazed how small it seemed.

Answer to why it was retired is straight-forward, cost. The fuel alone was ridiculously expensive; a quote that sums it up- "It would have been cheaper to use single malt scotch". Assuming that any country that could shoot down a U2 could also shoot down a SR-71, having them do 2 000 mph is not needed. Also, satellites are a little better these days https://vimeo.com/130889259

I realise that this video is far, far below the spatial resolution of even a 50 year old spy satellite, it's still indicative of new directions that are now possible.

Comment Telling it straight (Score 3, Interesting) 182

From TFA.
And, the NERC, which owns half of K Street and has got very deep pockets, has been successful in lobbying against legislation like the Grid Act and the SHIELD Act, both bipartisan bills supported almost unanimously by Democrats and Republicans. They've been able to stall for years and keep these bills held up. One time when we got a bill passed: the Grid Act actually, in 2010, unanimously passed the House. Everybody supported it. But Washington is so broken, one senator put a hold on a bill - if they know which senator to buy, they can buy that one senator and the person can put a hold on the bill so it can't come to the floor for a vote and they can do it anonymously. The senator doesn't have to identify themselves. So, you never know who stopped the bill.

Comment Norman Wisdom (Score 1) 186

A few years prior to his death, I was looking up some obscure entry to be startled to discover that Norman Wisdom, a nonagenarian British comedian, was alleged to have invented a key device referenced within the article. Corrected and thought no more.

However, someone had big plans for Norman, as after his death, similar sets of spurious facts had been seeded all over Wikipedia, some making it to his published obituaries - see

http://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2010/oct/05/norman-wisdom-wikipedia-mirror

Wonder if they're still there?

Comment Re:OK, I'll bite... (Score 1) 676

I wasn't after a partisan approach, but interesting.

My interest was piqued by the Benghazi accusations of intelligence mismanagement, especially by Fox. To be able to say 'this was on your watch, it's your fault' about a terrorist raid in N Africa seems fine, but to do it about Sept 11th isn't. This contradiction stinks of the grossest hypocrisy (I know, quelle surprise).

Hadn't heard about the Sandy Berger accusations. Turns out there's a reason why (they weren't true)
http://mediamatters.org/resear...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 676

If you can't get the citizenry outraged over the 9/11 fuckup what makes you think they'll even wake up for that nothingburger?

Never understood this. A country attacked from within, thousands dead, hundreds of billions of associated costs, but not a single government official, was to blame? No-one?

You can see why the nutters think it was an inside job.

Comment Re:No obvious reason (Score 1) 253

DMSP F11 exploded in the same way 11 years ago. See the last paragraph here:
http://planet4589.org/space/js...

Some anonymous user from Washington DC deleted the above reference from Wikipedia on 6 June last year (and that's all they did). Now, the discussion on this site, full of clever, well-informed people, is without that information (it would have been just above F13). That in itself is interesting.

I was at a meeting last week where we were shooting the breeze over satellite-killers and how if you were going to try out your technology, what type of target would you use? For the USAF, an old, inoperational, big weather satellite was the one we would choose = F11 and now F13.

But you are right (no sarcasm intended), we have zero proof and propellant explosion is more probable.

Comment Re:Star Wars! (Score 1) 253

Unfortunately, I think they did install some bleeding edge technology as a sister satellite, the F11 exploded in a very similar manner in 2004. See last item here:
http://planet4589.org/space/js...

Only interesting part of this story is that I included the JSR reference for F11 in Wikipedia in June 2004. It was deleted last year by an anonymous user in Washington DC.

Comment Re:Okay, didn't want to go here but... (Score 1) 253

We have never seen a battery failure like this before

Er, yes we have.
http://planet4589.org/space/js...

Interestingly, the earlier explosion has been excised from the DMSP's wiki entry... (I added it in 2004- have been working with the SSMI and SSMIS since 1990).

Comment Re:Replacement Co-Anchors (Score 1) 277

Joking about how old and tired he looked, he said that people regularly meet him and say "Jon Stewart!, hey, are you OK?". Can see why he wants to leave and I don't think the Daily Show has faded that much over the decades.

Am reminded though of a show from 2008 with photos of world leaders showing how much they'd altered after their long terms in office. Then he compared W from 2000 to the present day...

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"

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