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Comment: Re:Marketing?... NOT! (Score 1) 239

by milkmage (#48648215) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

"management runs to the US Government "
was that before or after they speculated on a certain Black President's preference for films with Black movie stars?


"Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?" she wrote, referring to the film about a freed slave. Later in the exchange Pascal wondered if she should ask Obama if he liked two other African American-focused films, "The Butler" and "Think Like a Man."

I don't think anyone ever wants to be a position to have to talk to Al Sharpton about racially insensitive remarks.

Comment: Re:End of flight as we know it (Score 1) 225

by milkmage (#48573771) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

think phalanx - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

  In the short term, the LaWS will act as a short-range, self-defense system against drones and boats, while more powerful lasers in the future should have enough power to destroy anti-ship missiles; Navy slab lasers have been tested at 105 kW with increases to 300 kW planned. Laser weapons like the LaWS are meant to complement other missile and gun-based defense systems rather than replace them.

In the video, the LaWS disables a small Scan Eagle-class UAV, detonates a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), and burns out the engine of a small inflatable boat (RHIB). Following these successful tests, the US Navy has given the commander of USS Ponce permission to use the laser weapon in combat.

you speak as if RPGs are used exclusively against Captain Phillips.

Comment: Re:End of flight as we know it (Score 1) 225

by milkmage (#48569253) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat


1) “It would be [used] against those [unmanned aerial vehicles], slow moving helicopters, fast patrol craft.” - not likely to have countermeasures of any sort


2) they say it costs about a dollar per shot..

The system is powered and cooled by a so-called “skid” that provides power through a diesel generator and is separate from Ponce separate electrical systems.

Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot, as each firing of the weapon requires only the minimal cost of generating the energetic pulse; by contrast ordnance for projectile weapons must be designed, manufactured, handled, transported and maintained, and takes up storage space.

safe, cheap (consumables) and effective.. what more do you want in a weapons system

Comment: Re:Underwhelming picture (Score 1) 81

by milkmage (#48426297) Attached to: Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

maybe this will make up for it.


When 20-year-old web designer Erick Reis left a friend’s house on Sunday, he saw what looked like thousands of spiders overhead, reported G1, a Brazilian news site, on Feb. 8. The large, sturdy spiders were hanging from power lines and poles, and crawling around on a vast network of silk strands spun over the town of Santo Antonio da Platina.

Comment: Command and Control (Score 1) 176

by milkmage (#48355577) Attached to: The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles


A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 2) 283

by milkmage (#48229309) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"


S3 - competes with akamai, and azure - cloud services
fire/kindle- compete with sammy, goog, apple - hardware (nevermind all the amazon basics branded accessories)
amazon locker, next day delivery - distribution/logistics- FedEx/UPS
the dome - major studios, netflix - content
amazon fresh - safeway, albertsons - food
music/video streaming - apple, netflix, google, MS - digital distribution (and don't forget the game studio they bought)
and with a "store" coming to Manhattan - retail.
what's next, cars? oh, wait... http://www.autoblog.com/2014/0...

amazon is fighting a multi-sided war
look what happened to the Nazis when they decided to take on the Allies in the West, and the Russians in the East - Germany got crushed in the middle

if you spread yourself too thin, you risk losing all the battles. (Fire phone anyone?) - a little dramatic perhaps, but
Wall Street just set a shot over the bow.. the "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy is going to come back and bite them

you invest in a company to make money... sooner or later, your investors will bail if they don't see a return.

what kind of business likes to see their investors bail?

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."