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Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 2) 422

Except if they reopen A-10 production lines (stopped production in '84), the output will do Mach 3, cost more than the F-35, and won't be able to loiter. It'll also lose the armored bathtub for the pilot.

I'm really curious what the F-35 will look like in 30 years, I'd love to see acres of them sitting and rotting in the sun at Davis-Monthan.

Comment Re:Not Outperformed At All (Score 1) 732

My understanding is that the primary contractor tried to put a subcontractor in every congressional district. Perhaps it was only in the districts in large swing states. Anyway, to shut down the program you'd cause a major congressional panic and it just couldn't be done.

While I think the F-35 is largely a waste of money, I have to admire the pure evil ingenuity of distributing subcontractors like that to minimize the chance of the program being canceled.

Comment Re:I dern't believe it! (Score 1) 732

...Rugged and dependable, and no F15 has ever lost a dogfight.

While I do love me the -15 and -18, not to mention the A-10, it was my understanding that there has been no American Air Aces since Vietnam. If the F-15 has done so much dogfighting, are there F-15 aces that I don't know about? AFAIK, most modern air-to-air kills are done with missiles.


Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 70

Apparently the altitude thing is having less atmosphere to protect us from radiation. It's not as glaring and hot as, say, Phoenix, AZ, it's somewhat more insidious. We don't get skin cancer as much, they don't get their thyroids and cataracts. My wife is an astronomer and her father was a pathologist, so she has a lot of medical knowledge.

I would recommend sunglasses, but that's a style choice. It's been 30+ years since I tried archery, though we have a range about 45 minutes away that I've been wanting to check out. I think progressives should allow you to shoot well with your bow, though you might want some range time before doing it in the field. I previously had no problem shooting pistols or rifles with iron sights when I wore progressives. For all my years in Arizona I never saw a snake outside of a zoo, and now that I'm in the mountains found out that snakes don't like snow, ticks don't survive up here either, we just have to remember to give our dog a tick treatment for extended travels.

Best of luck to you!

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 70

I live at 9,000' and apparently high altitude accelerates cataract formation (it also can whack your thyroid and cause hypertension), that was probably part of my problem.

While wearing progressives, I had no problem shooting handguns or long arms. Post surgery, handguns are tough to shoot (can see the target, can't see the sights well) and rifles with telescopic sights were no problem. I tried getting some prescription progressive reading glasses, but they didn't work worth anything. I'm considering half-moon reading glasses, but I can only get them through online sources, and I'd rather check them out before dropping money on them.

We don't have much of a family history of cataracts. My mother's mother had cataracts some 40 years ago, but both my parents are in their 80s and haven't had the surgery, though my mom says she needs it. But they also live at comparatively low altitude.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 70

I'm 53, I've been wearing glasses since I was 13 or so and had cataract surgery May '14. BIG mistake. My vision wasn't that bad, and now I have to put on reading glasses to read anything: computers, books, my phone, differentiating between Euro coins, whatever. Total PITA. Yes, I can drive at night without glasses. Big whoop. But it's totally f'd up my photography: I can't see the controls accurately without changing to my reading glasses, and I can't see through the viewfinder while wearing them. I've been a photographer for almost 40 years and it's a major part of my life, I hate the fact that it's now screwed up.

I'd strongly suggest trying progressive bifocals, I used them for a couple of decades and loved them. I can't say anything about a partially detached retina, I've never had that problem, talk to an ophthalmologist. By default the lens they install corrects to clear distance vision and you'll need reading glasses at all other times. It's the easiest default: if they installed lenses that corrected for close vision, you wouldn't be able to get corrective glasses for over a month until your eyes stabilize.

Given what I know now, I should have waited at least another five years, my eyes just weren't that bad. Now every day is a pain in the butt: rather than wearing glasses all the time, which I was used to and perfectly happy to do, I wear them for working at the computer, then take them off to talk to people or walk around campus. The weirdest thing is that it was perhaps the single most painful thing that I've ever had done to me. I had 11 operations prior to my cataract surgery, and in an atypical fashion, it was crazy painful, and the doctor did nothing when I complained of the pain. I personally think the doctor is running, for want of a better term, a cataract surgery mill, and we won't be going back to him even though it means driving 100 miles to see someone else. Lots of older people in my area who probably need it, I think it was too soon for me.

Comment I would LOVE to see it ran against me! (Score 2, Interesting) 74

I have a condition called hypogammaglobulinemia. My body doesn't produce immuneglobin. I do weekly infusions of immuneglobin and have done so for six years now. The med is made from the donations of 10,000 people.

What virus have I NOT had under this test?

Comment Re:This isn't even a problem unique to chess. (Score 3, Funny) 109

I used to help direct tournaments, including the US Chess Championship. The number of draws is pretty amazing, and part of it is the level of competition. They get material reduced to a certain point and position, realize that neither player is likely to make a catastrophic mistake, and offer a draw. I watched Josh Waitzkin and Boris Gulko battle it out to a closed position where they had lots of movement available, but neither could get a decisive advantage without a blunder, and that just wasn't going to happen. They drew, then went back to the break room to replay the game and see if there was a way around it.

And then there's a certain player who would offer a quick draw then go to the nearest casino to play poker, which he was quite good at and normally won more than the tournament would have produced. And still get his appearance fee for the tournament.

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