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Submission + - US Air Force Declares F-35A Ready For Combat (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle, 15 years after Lockheed Martin won the contract to make the plane. The milestone means that the service can now send its first operational F-35 formation — the 34th Fighter Squadron located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — into combat operations anywhere in the world. The service, which plans to buy 1,763 F-35As, is the single-largest customer of the joint strike fighter program, which also includes the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and a host of governments worldwide. "Given the national security strategy, we need it," [Air Combat Command (ACC) head Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle] said. "You look at the potential adversaries out there, or the potential environments where we have to operate this airplane, the attributes that the F-35 brings — the ability to penetrate defensive airspace, the ability to deliver precision munitions with a sensor suite that fuses data from multiple information sources — is something our nation needs." Carlisle said in July that even though he would feel comfortable sending the F-35 to a fight as soon as the jet becomes operational, ACC has formed a “deliberate path” where the aircraft would deploy in stages: first to Red Flag exercises, then as a “theater security package” to Europe and the Asia-Pacific. The fighter probably won’t deploy to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group any earlier than 2017, he said, but if a combatant commander asked for the capability, “I’d send them down in a heartbeat because they’re very, very good.”

Submission + - Millennials Are Less Likely To Be Having Sex Than Young Adults 30 Years Ago (

An anonymous reader writes: A survey of nearly 27,000 people suggests that millennials are less likely to be having sex than younger adults were 30 years ago. The Guardian reports: "The research, conducted in the U.S., found that the percentage of young adults aged between 20 and 24 who reported having no sexual partner after the age of 18 increased from 6% among those born in the 1960s, to 15% of young adults born in the 1990s. Published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior by researchers from three U.S. universities, the study involved the analysis of data collected through the nationwide General Social Survey that has asked U.S. adults about their sexual behavior almost every year since 1989. The results reveal that young adults aged between 20 and 24 and born in the 1990s were more than twice as likely to report that they had had no sexual partners since the age of 18 than young adults of the same age born in the 1960s. Just over 15% of the 90s-born group reported that they had not had sex since they turned 18, compared to almost 12% of those born in the 1970s or 1980s. For those born in the 60s the figure was just over 6%. The shift [towards increasing abstinence seen among all adults since the 1960s] was greater for white individuals, those who had not gone to university, and those who attended religious services. The trend was also greater for women than for men: the authors found that 2.3% of women born in the 1960s are sexually inactive, compared to 5.4% of those born in the 1990s. That, the authors suggest, could in part be down to a rise in so-called virginity pledges as well as concerns about social stigma.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 207

I've never had any special speed-reading training but I remember being tested with a tachistoscope and timed reading tests in high school. My teacher was curious about just how fast I could read. I scored 1200 wpm with 90%+ comprehension when I intentionally read quickly. When I read for recreation, I loaf along at about 600 wpm. There is one drawback to this, though. In the past, my weekly bookstore trips would usually result in buying four to six paperback books. That was an expensive reading habit until ebooks came along.

Comment Re:Wireless charging is probably dangerous (Score 1) 169

The metal problem with MRI is that MRI uses extremely strong magnetic fields, which will rip metal loose from your body. That does not mean that the magnetic field is dangerous to normal tissue, just that you had metal in your body and were stupid enough to not say anything.

Comment Re:Sphagetti code (Score 1) 93

First of all, god does not exist. There is no god. God is a figment of human imagination, made up in olden-times days for the expressed purpose of coercing "proper behavior" among humans, under the threat of eternal damnation. Now, of course, several thousand years later, we know this is/was largely a crock of shit.

Well, some people *think* they know that God does not exist. They have about the same amount of proof as those who *think* they know that God does exist.

Comment Re:Survey methodology? (Score 3, Insightful) 464

I find it interesting that none of the articles I can find even discuss the methodology or the questions.

If I were asked if I would purchase a smart gun that was less reliable, only available in .22 Long Rifle and cost two or three times what a dumb gun cost, my answer would be NO.

If I were asked if I would consider purchasing a smart gun that was proven reliable, available in several common cartridges (9mm, .45ACP, etc) and cost just a bit more, my answer would be YES.

How you word the questions is a big part of the answers you get. BTW, the first question reflects where the technology for smart guns is today.

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