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Comment Re:They're ready: except costs (Score 4, Informative) 146

A deployed soldier can be upwards of half a million a year in costs.

[Citation needed]

In the land of $100 hammers and $1000 toilet seats, you really need proof of this? Give me a fucking break.

Yes, we need a citation, because the $500k number is total bullcrap. It is implausible that a deployed combat soldier, at the far end of a 10,000 mile supply chain, costs so little.

Here is a citation that the actual cost is $850k to $1.4 million per soldier per year.

War ain't cheap.

Comment Re:1997???? (Score 2, Informative) 208

I'm pretty sure I was hearing the term in the late 1980's

I'm pretty sure you are wrong. In the 1980s the term used was "Free Software".

"Open source" was a term used by the intelligence community to refer to information gathered from public sources, such as newspapers. But it was not regularly used as a synonym for Free Software until the late 1990s.

Comment Re:4 meter wing spans? (Score 1) 182

A "swarm" of a dozen of these big beasts, as reported, should be pretty easy for modern radar systems to spot, no?

If they are low, slow, and mostly made out of plastic, then no, they would not be easy to pick out of ground clutter.

How are you going to use doppler radar to differentiate between a drone going 80 km/hr at 3 meters AGL, and a truck?

The attack was coordinated with a rocket attack, so your radar would be dealing with shrapnel, smoke, and debris which would add to ground clutter. If the attackers were smart, they would have loaded the rockets with some chaff.

TFS says they were "swarm-like", but TFA does not use the word "swarm" at all. They may have all come in together on a single vector, but only if the operators were morons. There is no way that a defender should expect that from a competent adversary.

Comment Re:Warren is right and wrong.... (Score 1) 324

I would point out that Bitcoin has popped, quite a few times by now.

Indeed. It peaked at $19.5k on Dec 18th, and it now trading at $14.1k. That is about a 28% drop. Bitcoin has dropped by more than that many many times, and has always recovered.

Many people, right here on Slashdot, were saying Bitcoin was in a bubble when it reached the "ridiculous" valuation of $1 back in 2011.

Also, I take issue with this statement from the summary: "looking out five years he'd gladly bet against all of the cryptocurrencies." Bitcoin is traded on futures markets, so it is absurd to say Buffet "would" bet against it. He either "is" or he "isn't". There is no "would". So has he actually taken a position against Bitcoin? I don't think so, since if he has, he would have every incentive to publicise his action.

Comment Re:Polish... (Score 1) 221

If you're really in Shanghai you know it doesn't mean shit in Chinese

China has more than 50 million Muslims, and about 70 million Christians.

... or probably any Asian language.

Tagalog speakers are 90% Roman Catholic.
There are more than 200 million Muslim Indonesian speakers.
Hundreds of millions more Muslims and Christians speak Bengali, Hindi, and Urdu.

Comment Re: Simple (Score 2) 496

The reason the USA bundles elections is because more people get out and vote

Serious question: Is there any evidence that higher voter turnout is correlated with "better" government?

Higher turnout may just dilute the vote of people that took time and effort to understand the issues.

Voting is mandatory, and thus very high, in Greece, Argentina, Turkey. I don't think many people would consider any of these to be "well governed".

Compulsory voting

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