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Comment: Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (Score 1) 112

by TheRaven64 (#47430255) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted
In the UK, university research departments are assessed base on the Research Excellence Framework (REF, formerly the Research Assessment Exercise [RAE]). Each faculty member is required to submit 4 things demonstrating impact. These are typically top-tier conference or journal papers, but can also be artefacts or examples of successful technology transfer. The exercise happens every four years, so to get the top ranking you need to write one good paper a year. The only incentive for publishing in second-tier venues is meeting other people who might lead to interesting collaborations.

Comment: Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (Score 1) 112

by TheRaven64 (#47430227) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted
Reproducing work is often a good thing to set for first-year PhD students to do. If they reproduce something successfully, then they've learned about the state of the art and are in a good position to start original research. If they can't reproduce it, then they've got a paper for one of the debunking workshops that are increasingly attached to major conferences and that's their first publication done...

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 73

by Neil Boekend (#47429697) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

How is voiding the warranty threat show they are taking security seriously? Everyone puts a voids the warranty warning when they don't want you to see whats inside. IF someone hacks your car is the warranty still void?

That's like buying a nice and secure computer, installing Adobe Reader on it and complain to the manufacturer that it got hacked.
He didn't just look around. He installed Firefox. While FF is not as idiotic as Adobe's bloatware, it is still an entry vector. They warned him against that.
Of course Tesla is not responsible when you install a webbrowser on your car, go to some virus ridden site and have a problem. They could have prevented the installation, but they didn't. Instead they warned the idiot that what he was doing was idiotic and beyond their responsibility.

Comment: Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (Score 1) 342

by Luckyo (#47429677) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Marines and UK need replacement for Harrier. That means STOVL or full VTOL. At the moment, the only aircraft that meets the requirements is the Harrier and the barely flying version of F-35B as well as Soviet Yak-38 which is no longer in service and cancelled Yak-141 which is the aircraft from which Lockheed Martin licensed the STOVL system from.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 342

by Luckyo (#47429639) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

In a fight with "real adversary" by your definition, F-35 is the single worst choice of all aircraft, barring downgrade to F-4 or similar, due to its extreme cost. Ignoring the MAD aspect of the issue, if you're facing a massed assault of decent air superiority aircraft in a shitty fighter that has barely any missiles and only frontal stealth, you're dead.

Current fleet at least has a chance because there's enough of air superiority aircraft that have decent to good performance.

And again, you appear to be ignoring the fact that F-35 is a terrible attack aircraft even if we pretend for a moment that Lockheed Martin isn't advertising it as a fighter. Attack aircraft's primary role requires it to have decent operational range and payload. F-35 has neither without external hard points.

And no offence, but in modern world, enemy will know you're coming. Political conflicts that result in massive conflagration between two major states are affairs that take months to appear. And once that happens, spy satellites AWACS aircraft and strategic search radars kick in. Stealth provides little protection from those, you will be spotted. It will only provide protection from fire control radars which cannot get a proper lock due to sensory deprivation, and considering the questionable stealth that F-35 has in the first place and the fact that Russians operate MiG-31s which will be locking on it from above rather than below, F-35 is still pretty much the worst choice.

Comment: Re:UK is not a free country (Score 1) 136

by sillybilly (#47428811) Attached to: UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws
I can personally attest that going by that list the US does not meet the definition of a free country either. Surprise!

But the anthem still says "the land of the free and the home of the brave." More like the land of the we can't compete in this global economy against people who don't have EPA, OSHA, housing cost, healthcare costs, or even insurance, taxes, utility or car related costs, like car payments, car insurance, gasoline, and car repair. And welcome to this list is Obamacare! Now we're even better fit to compete, with even more standard costs dragging us down by raising our minimum wage sky high.

I wonder how long til we change anthems. A lot of countries regularly change anthems.

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