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Comment: Re:That's not the only way it's inferior (Score 1) 227

by Glock27 (#48682305) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

The last major attempts for a "one size fits all" muti-role fighter was the f4 which resulted in the services abandoning the approach in favor of the F18, F-15, and A-10. Like a bad penny the multi-role fighter concept just keeps coming back. We are ending up with a plane that does everything and will not be able to do any of it particularly well.

I see you've conveniently forgotten the F-16, which is the plane the F-35 is succeeding. The F-16 has been a resounding success. Whether that translates to the F-35 remains to be seen, but the precedent is there.

The F-15 and F-18 are also highly successful examples of multirole aircraft, FYI.

I do wish the F-22 production line hadn't been shutdown, it could have been a very successful export to Japan and Australia...plus the US could have bought a few hundred more.

Comment: Re:Actually, he's right (Score 1) 496

by bmo (#48678183) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

"so where do we get the next generation of major league players from?"

Brown & Sharpe (now a tiny little division of Hexagon AB) used to be the preeminent machine tool manufacturer in the US.

One of my previous bosses was told by one of the Sharpes that the day the company died was the day they stopped training apprentices.

Short-term-profits-at-any-cost amounts to eating your seed corn and then sowing the ground with salt.

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Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 0) 496

by Glock27 (#48677963) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

While I believe that you intended that as a joke, it actually reflects the reality that he missed.

Becoming a programmer requires that a certain amount of infrastructure exist to provide the education necessary. So , no, we aren't talking about 95% vs 5%.

Secondly, the companies pushing for more visas are NOT doing it because they're looking for the best and the brightest from around the world. They're doing it to drive the price of programming down.

It's fucking PROGRAMMING. It can be done ANYWHERE in the world. If company X wants to hire the top 20 programmers in India then they can do that. And those programmers can work from home (in India). They are the best, right?

I have no problem with the idea that bringing the "best and brightest" here to the US is good - meaning the top 10% (or even 5%) of talent. Those folks will innovate and start companies, boosting the overall economy and status of the USA globally. The problem with the current immigration push is it's bringing in millions of basically unskilled people, at great cost to the USA. That's essentially treasonous.

I also agree with you on the point of bringing in "regular" developers to drive the cost down. That's a bunch of crap, and has been for decades.

We need to kick out the current group of political clowns sending us down the drain, and get back to policies that actually help most people here in the USA.

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Journal: Windows 8.1 is a great tablet operating system and is better than Android 6

Journal by squiggleslash

Unfortunately third party support for it sucks. It's the AmigaOS of tablet operating systems, kinda sorta. Hey, Microsoft, have you heard of this new, 30 year old, technology called MVC? Developers love it, and it makes it relatively easy to produce frameworks that allow completely different user interfaces that use entirely different paradigms to be targeted by the same application. There's another company that makes both desktop and tablet operating systems (ironically, currently not merge

Comment: Do we have an Olympic Chess Team? (Score 1) 232

by Chas (#48668885) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

If not, then no.

Video games can be serious pass-times, and have their own internal/external structures to foster competition.

But they are NOT "sports", any more than "competitive long-duration sitting" is a sport.

Yes, a certain modicum of physical skill is required for competitive play.
However, some of it can be substituted for using technology.

Comment: Cartooney. (Score 3, Informative) 161

by bmo (#48659349) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Yet another self-obsessed legal "expurt" suing over a ham sandwich"

Horace Edwards, who identifies himself as a retired naval officer and the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, has filed a lawsuit in Kansas federal court that seeks a constructive trust over monies derived from the distribution of Citizenfour. .

Court: Does he have standing
Court looks
He hasn't been damaged, You must have some sort of injury, financial or physical, or whatever, to have any standing in a tort.
Court: Come back when you have standing, now go away and stop wasting our time.

The only "person" who can bring an action that has any weight behind it is the US Government, or some other person who has been directly harmed. That would be under the purview of the Justice Department or one of the armed services or someone who has suffered some loss that must be made whole.

Granted that I have a "GED in Law," but that's my best bet as to what's going to happen.

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BMO

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 0) 188

by Kohath (#48657497) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

I think it's sad that people in your area are so poor they can't afford basic transportation, but also so economically secure that no one is willing to become an Uber driver and give people rides during non-peak hours at regular rates. And it's doubly sad that the combination of poverty and economic security you are describing is completely immune to changes in the price of car rides. That place must truly be cursed.

Comment: Re:The difference between Ubur and all the others. (Score 1) 188

by Kohath (#48656951) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Once people realize they're paying more than conventional cabs, they'll be gone.

If so, it's a self-correcting problem. If not, customers must be satisfied with Uber's service and pricing. Either way, there's no reason for anyone besides Uber and Uber's customers to be involved in the decision.

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 1) 188

by Kohath (#48656915) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Why should you get a first-class airline seat just because you are rich? Because you're willing to pay the amount it costs. Do you also want to ban eBay auctions? Why should people be able to buy what they want on eBay just because they are the high bidder?

Please cite an instance when this was banned somewhere and it caused good things. Until you do, I will assert that such a ban has never achieved a single positive result anywhere.

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 1) 188

by Kohath (#48656787) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

That should lure every driver, including drivers who are tired, or distant, or taking a day off, out onto the roads to serve the people who need rides. When people need a ride, that's when you want drivers to have a big incentive to provide them.

If it's too expensive for you, either wait or find another way. Then someone else who needs it more or values it more can get a ride. Why should you get a ride ahead of someone who values a ride more than you?

Comment: Re:Detect price gouging (Score 0) 188

by Kohath (#48656667) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Different people value their time vs. their money differently. The "price gouging" whine is essentially: my value choices are more important than your value choices because ... have sympathy for me.

And the result is that more people wait a longer time and drivers get paid less. And people who would become drivers to make some easy money driving only at peak times -- in other words, when they are needed most -- don't bother.

People are worse off overall, but sympathy is served.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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