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Comment Re:Just reading the summary... (Score 1) 345

"After all, Boeing has not been able to put something together against the mighty A380."

Boeing's not trying to put something up against the A380. It consciously decided to go another route with the 787 - offering airlines more smaller, cheaper jets that could fly into more airport than one huge megaplane limited to a few major hubs.

I'm not sure the industry has fully decided which model it prefers, but sales for the A380 have been sluggish:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

While the 787's have been more in line with expectations before design.

Comment Easy Way to Kill Robophobia (Score 2) 101

When the sergeant tells the grunts that SOMETHING is going to have the carry the thousands of pounds of stuff (food, water, ammo, batteries, etc.) that the platoon requires - it can either be them or the the robots - I think that the grunts are going to get over whatever dislike of the robots they may have had.

Comment Ranger in Top Gun??? (Score 1) 118

What parts of "Top Gun" did RANGER appear in? Any shots that could be identified were of ENTERPRISE, with her distinctive cubic superstructure. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Did they shot some interior footage on RANGER, or is this just wrong?

Amazingly, one of the pilots in the F-14 footage is still on active duty, nearly 30 years later. ADM James Winnefeld, now the Vice Chair of the JCS, was one of the instructors at Top Gun when the movie was shot and flew some of the dogfights.

Comment Re:What's the difference... (Score 1) 284

I think that drapes are a better analogy. Banks, safes and safety deposit boxes protect things that might be stolen, while drapes prevents people from seeing what you are doing in a place where you have an expectation of privacy.

Being on the internet without encryption is like being in your house without drapes.

Comment Drapes (Score 1) 354

Similarly, the FBI has indicated its displeasure with the manufacturers of another new product intended to thwart law enforcement officials from keeping all Americans, but especially the children, safe.

"This new product will make our job much more difficult. Honest people, true Americans, with nothing to hide, should have no need for such a product."

Despite such warnings, the sales of drapes and Venetian blinds have been brisk.

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