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Comment part of the image at a time. One pic b/c free $bil (Score 1) 56

I imagine they'll look at, or process, a small part of the image at a time. If you eyes can only see a few megapixels at a time, and your GPU can only analyze a few megapixels at a time, "why not just take a thousand images of 10 megapixels each?" you might ask. Because the tax payers won't give you a half billion dollars if you do that. When the government is ready to hand you half a billion dollars, why not go ahead and have bragging rights to the highest resolution in a single image? At least until the iphone 9 comes out, anyway.

Comment actually that's net of inflation (Score 1) 655

Actually the 6% number is net of inflation. Over the long term, stocks tend to return about 9% including dividends. Some calculate 10%. On average, bonds yield about 6%-7%. So the gross yield on a balanced, diversified portfolio will be about 8 or so. Subtract inflation and you get 6%.

Also, as one might expect, an overall price increase (inflation) tends to correlate with bond and stock prices rising too. So inflation serves to dampen volatility a bit. That is to say, when inflation is high, returns tend to also be high, so net returns are more consistent than gross.

Comment you're both right (Score 3, Informative) 655

You are correct that a million will net about $60k. That's in a diversified portfolio of long-term investments, a fairly reliable income. Actually $600K per ten years is reliable - year to years gains will fluctuate and that's okay - your spending doesn't have to fluctuate to match each year.

What will ALSO net $60K spending money is earning 100K, saving 12% for retirement, spending 15% on your mortgage, etc. Once you retire, you're no longer saving up for retirement. If you pay off your house before you retire, you're no longer paying mortgage. You're probably not saving for your kids' college anymore. Therefore a $1 million retirement fund will provide approximately the same lifestyle as a $100K / year job.

This assumes you're under 55 currently, so you don't count on any social security at all. *

* You know based on how people are 55 today that 20 years there will be more 75 year-olds than there is money to pay benefits.

Comment Slashdot links to itself! See top of page. (Score 1) 143

Omg now Slashdot is doing it too! Right at the top of the page there are links to Slashdot and Dice's other pages and services. We should sue them for a hundred quadrillion dollars!

Yeah, that's how web pages work. They have links. A page on a company's site will primarily link to the company's other pages.

IF Bing, Yahoo, etc. didn't exist, and Google was virtually the only way to find web sites, THEN they would have a special position that would justify special laws. Since Bing is the DEFAULT search engine on Windows, Google isn't in a special position where they should be forced to promote Microsoft.

Comment we know she ruins what she runs (Score 4, Insightful) 117

Most people in tech, or business, know Fiorina as the person who ruined HP. So the lack of support for her may indicate that most people don't want the country ruined.

Well, they don't THINK they want it ruined, anyway. They may well be uninformed such that they advocate for policies which have been ruinous to countries and states which have tried them. Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it and all.

Comment OFFER, acceptance, "consideration" (Score 2) 261

> I'm not a lawyer, but there's a big difference between an ad and a contract.
> A contract requires consideration: both parties must exchange something real for the contract to be valid.
> But an ad has no consideration (beyond wasting your time, etc.)... it's a 1-way offer.

The classic test for a contract is that a contract requires:
An offer
An acceptance
Consideration (deliver, pay or exchange, etc)*

You said "an ad has no consideration (beyond wasting your time, etc.)... it's a 1-way offer". Right, the ad is the offer.

When you walk into the store, point to the sign, and say "I'll take that plan", that's the acceptance.

When you pay the bill, that's exchange of consideration.

Offer, acceptance, exchange of consideration. The ad is the "offer" part of the contract. If you accept the offer that's in the ad and you pay, without anything else happening, that's a contract.

Of course something else normally does happen before you pay (consideration). The provider normally whips out the FULL offer, the 12-page "contract" document. THAT is in effect a second offer, which you accept by signing and exchange consideration by paying. If the provider failed to present you with the 12-page contract offer, the ad would be only written part of the contract.

* Consideration has partly gone out the window as courts have ruled that SAYING you'll pay or deliver counts. Well the ad SAYS they'll deliver unlimited data. Part of accepting is saying "okay, I'll pay $35 for unlimited data", so there ya go. You're left with offer and acceptance, with no real exchange of actual consideration required.

Comment Have your cake and eat it too (Score 1) 415

> your right, the f-35 won't sit on the ground, it will engage in A2A. Then the troops won't have any air support, as it will get chewed up by the existing enemy jets.

There are enemy fighters in the area? Then you can't fly the A-10. At all. It does nothing but sit on the tarmac until the air is clear of enemy planes.

Comment MUZZLE velocity. Then drag happens, squared (Score 2) 415

The MUZZLE the velocity of the A-10 rounds are just below and just above 1000 m/s. Then the hit air and immediately start slowing down. At high velocities, drag is approximately proportional to the SQUARE of velocity, which means that an object loses most of it's velocity in the earliest portion of it's flight.

At the design range of 4,000 feet, the rounds will be traveling at somewhere around 200 m/s or so. My ballistics tables don't cover that exact round at that exact distance, so I'm extrapolating.

Comment and 50,000 is more than 6,000 (Score 1) 415

> The a-10 gun aims DOWN 2 degrees, so to shoot another aircraft it must be intentionally mis-aligned with the target.

That brings up an interesting point. In air-to-air combat, there is a huge advantage for a plane firing down at the other plane. The diving plane maintains speed and energy, while the lower plane, pointed upwards, is losing speed and energy. So you REALLY want to be able to get above your opponent.

The A-10 can climb 6,000 feet per minute. That's almost twice the climb rate of the Boeing 777, at 3,500 fpm. The F-16 can climb 50,000 fpm. Which aircraft do you think is going to end up on top, literally?

Comment at mach 2+ however, faster than the bullet at rang (Score 2) 415

I love how you said "at 1400 mph". I guess if the fighter slows down, and places it's engines 2 feet from the A-10's muzzle ...

Calculate the velocity of the gun round 2,000 feet down range, after it's encountered air resistance, and compare that to even a 1980s fighter like the F-16. The F-16 is literally faster than a speeding bullet.

Comment I thought so too (Score 1) 415

> The basic fact that you're forgetting is, a tool that is engineered for one specific purpose always performs that task or purpose better than some awkward multi-purpose tool.

A purpose-specific tool OFTEN does a better job. On the other hand, a Core i7 renders graphics far than 1970s area GPU.

> Let's assume that you are an electrician. You have a tool box with a couple dozen pairs of "pliers" in it. You have wire ststrippers in multiple sizes ...

I thought so too! Then I talked to my master electrician friend. It turns out that an electrician walks around the building with a tool BELT and there is one multi-purpose tool that is normally in his hand. It's a stripper/cutter/pliers that lets him strip and terminate a wire in seconds, in less time than it takes me to dig my strippers out of my tool box. It's kind of impressive to watch.

They come in basically two sizes - building wiring size and automotive wiring size. It turns out that a) switching tools costs more time than specialized tools gain and b) carrying a bunch of tools around all day costs time and energy.

Comment 24 is MORE than 16 (Score 1) 415

> Dude, you are so stupid... Try a A-10 on a simulator, is a very, very ninble aircraft.
A late model A-4 can turn at 16-18 degrees per second (but lose airspeed in the process).

An F-16 or MiG-29 could do about 24-26 deg/s. And has the power to weight ratio to keep doing it all day long.

In other words, in the time a fighter does a complete 180 degree turn, the A-10 will have turned only 120 degrees.

A semi truck is a useful thing to have. A semi is not a motorcycle.
An A-10 is a ussful thing to have. An A-10 is not a fighter.

Comment ps, jets are faster than A-10 bullets (Score 1) 415

The A-10 flies at about 420 MPH. Even 1980s fighter jets fly at mach 2, about the same speed as the bullets from the A-10 gun. An A-10 going after a fighter is literally the same ratio as a scooter going after a Ferrari.

Don't misunderstand, scooters are good. They are useless for chasing down sports cars, and an A-10 is just as useless for engaging enemy fighters. The fighters would (and do) fly by as if the A-10 is standing still.

> no known aircraft can survive the A-10's gun. It is the most powerful dogfight cannon

The bullets from the A-10's gun go about the same speed as the fighter. So if somehow, magically, the A-10 got on the fighter's tail and fired, the bullet probably couldn't catch up to the fighter. If it was fired off angle, it might hit the fighter at 30 MPH relative speed - not enough to dent the sheetmetal.

Survive that A-10s gun? No jet fighter in the last 40 years can be HIT by the A-10 gun unless the fighter is either a) parked or b) intentionally flying toward the A-10 without shooting it down.

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