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Comment Re:Jack of all trades, master of none (Score 3, Interesting) 731

I don't think anybody in the AF believes that F-35 seriously replaces the A-10. It was just an excuse to get rid of A-10. The Air Force simply wants out of CAS business, hoping that the Army helicopters and precision strike from fighter-bomber jets will be good enough.

Even though AF's main job for the last 20 years was about trucking the American troops and equipment back and forth to the site of deployment as well as providing CAS operations, the Air Force generals hate to be seen that way. Their minds are flying in the blue skies, where the non-existing glorious dog fights will be happening between super duper high tech fighter jets. That's why they spend their brain power so much on procuring those fighter jets, even though those are the least likely AF aircraft to see any real action.

Comment Re:Fighter "Generations" is a Lockheed Marketing T (Score 1) 731

I recall another (optional) check-box for the fifth generation fighter jets to meet is the "super cruise" capability (supersonic flight without afterburner).

I personally don't believe that conventional all-out warfare between USA and a big player, like China or Russia, is likely to happen. Just imagine the impact on the world economy. Russia is armed with nukes and nuke delivery platforms up to teeth, while any conflict with China will create a financial panic, seriously harm the world economy, etc. Say hello to a new great depression.

But perhaps we could see proxy conflict and wars, possibly involving "hybrid" warfare. Possible focal points: Taiwan, Ukraine, Moldova, South East Asia, or some place in middle-east, with at least one big opponent operating through proxies rather than directly involved (just like it used to be since WWII).

Comment Re:Might be? (Score 1) 731

That's a far fetched claim. For all we know, F-35 is still an excellent fighter jet for beyond visual range engagement due to its stealth features. The Russian and Chinese stealth aircraft are still either on drawing board, or in early stages of testing. While the timing of the Chinese and Russian stealth projects is quite delayed, I think they could benefit from observing the struggles of JSF program in order not to commit the same errors.

Comment Jack of all trades, master of none (Score 0) 731

It is commonly believed that the F-35 isn't as good as it could have been because it tries to do too many things. As the Joint in the JSF name suggests, this aircraft was designed to replace many different types of aircraft in various branches of the military. There will be three versions:

F-35A (conventional fighter jet, for the Air Force)
F-35C (carrier version for the navy)
F-35B ( short takeoff and vertical landing, for Marine Corps, royal navy, etc)

It turns out that in order to meet the STOVL requirement, the more conventional F-35A and F-35C designs have been compromised in a variety of ways.

Considering that the united air force already has F-22, one of the best fighter jets in the world, or possibly the best, I suppose that on a lot of missions the F-35A could used for strike role while being escorted by an F-22 to counter any aerial threats. On the other hand, for a lot of countries that planned the F-35 to be _THE_ main fighter-bomber jet, lousy dog-fighting capabilities can be a problem as they now have to deal with this gap in the F-35s capabilities somehow.

Comment Why hasn't anybody forked Firefox already? (Score 2) 294

Honestly, for the last four years or so, the only news I see about Firefox here on Slashdot is the "bad news". The foundation keeps introducing new features nobody asked for and keeps changing the familiar user interface. About the only time I thought something good is coming out of the Firefox is when they announced that Firefox will block third-party cookies by default, thus ending one of the biggest routes to privacy violation on the web.. then nothing happened. Firefox has already sold itself to commercial interests, but some how we continue using it by default as if there were no alternatives.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 249

The rebels had shot down many MANY Ukrainian aircraft in the preceding days prior to the Malaysian air tragedy. Who was the genius who considered this a "negligible risk"? I bet one way or another, eventually the lawyers will be lining up to sue Ukrainian government for letting civilian aircraft fly there.

Comment Re:How is it Ukraine's fault (Score 1) 249

It's called plausible deniability. Everybody knows that Russia helps the rebels in many ways. They're being armed with the latest Russian-made ATGMs and a recent Russian T-72B3 tank, which was never exported, has been sighted in east Ukraine. But "formally" Russia maintains neutrality and wants others to acknowledge this.

Comment Re:Russians are to blame regardless (Score 1) 249

Who said there was an invasion? There are ethnic Russians in East Ukraine who are very unhappy with what they believe an illegitimate government in Kiev. They have been demanding political and cultural autonomy for a long time. Russia may have done its thing to stir up this conflict and it helped the rebels in various ways, but I wouldn't call it an invasion.

Comment Re:Say Russia did it for the purpose of argument.. (Score 1) 249

An irrefutable proof of what? That somebody shot down the airplane? Look at the million of possibilities:

1. Plane shot down by Ukrainian BUK manned by Ukrainian forces
2. Plane shot down by a Ukrainian BUK system captured and manned by Pro-Russian rebels.
3. Plane shot down by a BUK system provided by Russia to Pro-Russian rebels and manned by Pro-Russian rebels.
4. Plane shot down by a Russian BUK system which was manned by regular russian troops.

I don't think studying the wreckage will ever conclusively prove or disprove any of these possibilities.

Comment Re:Windows 10 Sharing Ur Wi-Fi Password with Faceb (Score 4, Insightful) 515

There is a serious problem. What is one of your contacts has a seriously malicious intent? They can park a car with tinted windows across street, and then access your LAN, which is a huge privacy AND security issue. At once, this feature of Windows 10 not only compromised privacy, but also the security of your entire home LAN. There will be a million interesting ways to exploit it. In fact, you don't even need to be a friend with the target. You simply need to be friend of his friend, and all will be good as long as the friend of the target has once visited targets home and cached his wifi network password. The possibilities are limitless. Would you like to snoop around on your boss or do you want to stalk your ex? Want to snoop around on their LAN? Find unsecured PC, SMB shares, or media servers? Well now you can, thanks to Microsoft.

I think MS will be eventually sued for that.

Comment Why? (Score 2) 249

I have used Windows 10 for a couple of weeks, and so far the Start Menu the way it's shipped is more of a hindrance. The Start Menu becomes somewhat usable once you remove all or most of those tiles from it, remove all the defaults, and then add a bit of your own customizations. The end result is not much different from Windows 7. Why should Windows 10 get any big awards for it. Who is funding IDSA right now?

Comment Re:When to upgrade? (Score 1) 187

Everyone recommends to do an upgrade in place so that Microsoft will activate your Win 10 license. Once you have confirmed that the Win 10 key is active, you can than wipe and reinstall, this time from scratch. Even if you do a clean install, the installer might save your entire old setup in C:\Windows.old and I haven't figured out how to force the installer to format the drive without making a backup of the old system.

Otherwise, it seems like a normal OS once your disable about two dozen major privacy and security risks such as Wi-Fi sense, as well as about a dozen of services and apps that collect all information about you and send it to microsoft.

Comment Re:Wi-Fi Sense (Score 1) 187

And the problem is not just with _guests_. If I want my family member's laptop to be on the regular WLAN with me, I would have to make sure, if they use Windows 10, that this Wi-Fi sense BS is turned off. Of course, one day I will not be around when my uncle visits my place, he gets the password, and then suddenly all his facebook buddies have access to my WLAN.

There can be something like a million ways to exploit this issue in a million of inane ways. Want to snoop around on your ex's WLAN? Check what goodies you can find: unsecured PCs, SMB shares, or streaming servers? Well, now you can! All you need is to be a facebook friend with one of her friends who happened to have WLAN access. The possibilities are insane. It's not just a loss of privacy. It's a loss of home LAN security thanks to microsoft.

I think everybody will have to rethink their WLAN security because of Microsoft. For one, having a special "guest" network might be necessary, but that won't prevent your uncles and game-night buddies connecting to the main WLAN from sharing your WLAN access with everyone..

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?