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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 85

We got the idea with the Hercules that you could resupply military fleets or save fuel with launch your cargo ship into the air if time became an issue(because of the war). It was misguided, but at least a reason for the amphibious design.

Why are they building giant amphibious cargo planes today? Who has that need?

There are these islands which are kind of contested and which China is trying to assert sovereignty over. They are really small and many won't have room for an airstrip.

I *guess* that being able to quickly resupply these islands from the air would be very handy for China.

Comment: Re:"Issue on board" (Score 1) 752

by myowntrueself (#47477969) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

The use of the word 'poking' in that sentence just cracks me up.

I imagine a cartoon missile polity peeking in 'Excuse me, mind if I explode?'

That would be a Canadian missile. And it would probably go something like
"Sorry, mind if I explode? Ooops looks like I'm going to explode anyway, sorry. Sorry about that. Sorry."

Comment: Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (Score 2) 102

by myowntrueself (#47284795) Attached to: Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

I have literally never had a complaint with an intel motherboard except when it had onboard ATI graphics — Mach64CT, what a POS, you couldn't even trust it to provide a framebuffer without getting the colors wrong.

server mainboards, who cares about the colors? That includes windows.

But how will you know your Windows server has crashed unless you can see the blue screen?? If its purple or green how will you even know?!?!?

Comment: Re:And other stuff (Score 1) 378

Usually they'll use that to threaten the suspect into a plea bargin. Either admit guilt and go to jail for five years, or fight it and they'll do the best they can to send you for fifty.

What amazes me about this plea bargain system is that if you are, in fact, innocent and you 'plea bargain' to plead guilty and get off lightly aren't you purgering yourself (ie lying under oath about your guilt)?

Not that I'd expect a conversation to go like:
"If you plead guilty you get 5 years but if you fight we'll see you locked away for 50"
"But I'm innocent, wouldn't that be purgery?"
"Oh yeah true, you can go then."

Comment: Re:Continued development (Score 1) 475

by myowntrueself (#47146003) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

If the last current build is secure why should we need continued development? The tool is out there and it works. I don't see that as a problem.

Possibly some service pack for windows will make truecrypt stop working on that platform. This could easily be engineered and 'requested' in an NSL to MS.

For Linux, less likely but perhaps some changes to the kernel could do it, less likely to be from an NSL though.

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 1) 190

by myowntrueself (#47098611) Attached to: B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

Still being used purely for counterinsurgency operations.

Only true, today, because that's the only kind of wars the US is fighting at this time. But B-52s absolutely are used in other roles than counterinsurgency.

"B-52s also played a role in Operation Iraqi Freedom," long before the insurgency even began.

"B-52 strikes were an important part of Operation Desert Storm," in which the US did not face a notable insurgency.

"B-52 had the highest mission capable rate of the three types of heavy bombers operated by the USAF in 2001."

Right, so when its not used *in* counterinsurgency operations its used to set up the conditions for a nice long running counterinsurgency operation.

Comment: Re:Mutants! (Score 1) 213

by myowntrueself (#47078875) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Australian animals aren't dangerous, just scary. More Australians are killed in horseback riding accidents per year (~30) than are killed by wild animals (~10).

Australians are just knowledgeable enough to stay the fuck away from them, that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous.

Box jellies, blue ring octopus and a snake whose toxin is especially nasty to primates. Me, I stay away from Aussie, its obvious that it never wanted humans in the first place!

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