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schwit1 writes: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) remains the problem child of the US military, with some operational tests abandoned in 2014, and buggy software proving a headache.

The US military's Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) has released its latest annual report, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter chapter describes the Department of Defense's efforts in trying to get the project back somewhere close to schedule.

To avoid a cascading series of delays that would have stretched into 2016, the project abandoned an Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) planned in April 2014 for the Marines' Block 2B configuration of the aircraft.

How bad does a government procurement program have to get for it to get cancelled?

Comment To those asking what's the point... (Score 1) 133

I don't know, but let me come with an example.

You can either customize Emacs by writing a bit of Lisp and dumping it in your .emacs (or init.el), but you can also use the built-in customize interface that many packages support.

If you've ever used M-x customize, it's like a... a toolkit built with text elements. It's... weird. I actually tried starting it again now, and I think it's less weird than it used to be, but it's still some way from any configuration window you'd ever see in a regular GUI editor.

So presumably some of that gap can now be bridged.

Comment Re:Wrong way around (Score 1) 785

Since you picked GNOME, with all the research you've been doing, you must also know that Olav Vitters @ GNOME has repeatedly said that the official line is that if it's possible to support other things, they don't mind doing it. But nobody showed up to do the work.

I think at this point it's down to other software needing to support the DBUS interfaces GNOME is relying on. But it's not my impression this is a real problem, if just people would show up to do the work.

Lennart knew that by saying no to porting systemd to other kernels, he'd receive a fair amount of flak so he's been actively working on the API and pointing people to that instead ("reimplement the API"). It's even in the thread you link to.

Comment Re:So big and yet... (Score 1) 143

So popular, and yet they still haven't fixed the hugely annoying core issue of emulating magic quotes, even years after PHP itself completely threw out the feature.

Well, if you think about it, probably there's no contradiction here - in fact, there may be correlation.

There's probably tonnes of weird Wordpress PHP out there made by people who aren't expert programmers.

Comment Re:Please share more (Score 1) 621

also, what the hell is he showing it to his english teacher for? and during the middle of class? if he wants his teachers' approval, after class so as to be non-disruptive. Also... he's trying to impress his teachers with a clock he took apart?

Look, it's a school kid. If you look him up on Wikipedia, previous teachers are cited for explaining that he likes to hack electronics and bring them along to show.

According to Wikipedia, the English teacher didn't freak out, but thought that it looked like a bomb, so the school decided to crack down on him for making a "hoax bomb" which is apparently a legal term in Texas.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 211

Seemingly concerned with the "Texas" angle, TFA fails to mention if this is a rare anomaly or worthy of storage development.

In Denmark, where the goal is to cover most of the electricity needs from wind turbines, those negative spikes happen from time to time. But it happens 1% of the time (can't recall the exact number). So definitely in rare anomaly territory, not something you can build a storage solution upon.

But I predict we'll see more stories like this on Slashdot. For some reason, even if totally unimportant in the bigger scheme of things, they still make big news in Denmark, with people from all over the place suggesting impractical solutions - the investment costs invariably dwarf the little return you can get from something that happens %1 of the time.

Comment Re:Just convert a shipping container (Score 1) 164

It apparently fits in a shipping container but that raises the question of why not just convert the shipping container to living space?

Tempohousing does this.

There was an article about the Danish branch planning to sell a full stackable student-sized apartment with shower and kitchen. I think the price tag was around 40-50k USD for one. Unfortunately, I've forgotten the name of the company

Comment Re:So much wrong with this (Score 1) 458

The "purer" a democracy, the shorter the time until that system of government collapses. This happens precisely because people will cheerfully vote to give themselves other people's property.

[Citation needed]

Not destroy America, just destroy American prosperity. You know, like Greece. Or Detroit.

Ah, so the prosperity of Greece was destroyed because they had a well-functioning democracy?

Comment Re:Good for experiments, not powerplant ready (Score 1) 337

There are a number of very safe and practical designs for nuclear power today, it's just impossible to get a permit to actually build one because the environmentalists won't let that happen..

[Citation needed]

I'm no expert on nuclear, but it's usually the price that's the real problem. The plants are just too damn expensive to build. This goes for old and tested designs, and no least for new, safer, untested ones.

Comment Re:It is what it is (Score 1) 332

The problem being that if the full extent of Japan's crimes in Asia before and during the war were known, people would be Sking why ten bombs weren't dropped.

So you are saying that the civilians, men, women and children, who died deserved it?

I think the same kind of reasoning is used in some parts of the world to conclude that the victims of 9/11 deserved what happened to them.

Comment Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 465

And if there were really that much of a business case for a US to China railway connection, the same case could be argued for a China to Europe railway connection,which already exists.

It's my understanding that while this exists, it's not really terribly useful, and that China is already building new tracks, going so far as as to finance the parts going through poor nations. It's not easy to find much online on this, but here are one discussion and another.

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