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Comment Re:Java already had closures (Score 1) 577

FFS, anonymous inner classes aren't even close to being closures. Anyone who's ever used real closures could tell you that. AICs are a hideous frankenstein monster of a construct that should have never been included in the language in the first place. I would go so far as to say that they are one of the biggest mistakes in the language and had they actually added real closures early in the development of the language, the java programming world would be vastly better for it. It's not like closures are a new invention. There's no real excuse for it other than shortsightedness. It's the same level of retardation that gets you into the situation where new BigDecimal(0) doesn't actually equal zero. I could go on but I think I've made my point.

Comment Re:China and Russia continue to modernize.... (Score 1) 214

China is building something like 4 more aircraft carriers while both expanding the size of its fleet, improving its technology, and gaining experience with extended deployments as part of the anti-piracy patrols off Somalia. It is using its growing naval power to threaten the territorial integrity of its neighbors, making claims on various islands and regions. Meanwhile the Royal Navy is in precipitous decline from its past strength, even if they plan to build 2 aircraft carriers.

Proof that our Navy is on the scrapheap

And yesterday a former First Sea Lord and Security and Counter-Terrorism minister, Admiral The Lord West of Spithead, warned that Britain is "standing into danger" - a naval term for going on the rocks.

He said that in any fleet three ships are needed for a commitment - one on station, one coming back and one working up to replace it.

He said: "I know we are in a period of austerity but we have cut the military to too great a degree. We are standing into danger.

"We have 19 frigates and destroyers and that is simply too few for the UK.

"In contrast, we had over 60 destroyers and frigates at the time of the Falklands War. The Royal Navy is now at its smallest for hundreds of years.

Comment Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (Score 1) 242

Few people helped them achieve these goals more than Dick Cheney did. So why would they want to kill him?

Because they ultimately failed. When your leader is reduced to hiding in a walled in compound, writing letters and watching porn, you're probably not on the path to success.

Comment Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (Score 1) 242

Prior to the 9/11 attacks Bin Laden was the head of the al Qaida state within a state in the very model of Islamic state, Taliban run Afghanistan, that he hoped to see spread around the world. His terrorist training camps were turning out thousands of trained terrorists per year with recruits of all races coming from around the world to learn their deadly lessons and return home to spread the Jihad. The world continued to slumber while he built up his forces and spread the poison of their ideology. In reaction to 9/11 he expected more cruise missiles as had occurred under President Clinton, and which had proven ineffective. Instead what he got was a Western alliance galvanized into action, an invasion that removed the Taliban from power, destroyed his training camps, devastated his base of terrorist fighters, choked off much of his funding, forced his sponsors in Pakistan to engage in combat against al Qaida and its allies, even if only half-heartedly, and caused his followers to flee like rats to hide in the dark. When they tried to regroup and confront the US in Iraq, they did even worse damage to themselves. They lost large numbers of fighters, exposed their funding sources to attack, and demonstrated to the Arab and Muslim world that they were blood thirsty and cruel thugs that were as happy killing Muslims as anybody. As a result of their conduct in Iraq they lost massive amounts of support in the Muslim world. All during this time their leadership was being hunted down by special forces and drones and killed or captured. Bin Laden was reduced to little more than a figurehead hiding in Pakistan. He died like a bandit in hiding, doing little more than writing letters to try to rework his failing strategy, and watching porn. I don't think it worked out the way he thought it would.

Comment Re:Not Apple? (Score 0) 80

The reason Samsung is using its cellular technology SEP patents against Apple is that Apple (unlike basically every other mobile device company on the planet) refused to agree to the standard terms for licensing the patents (a broad cross-licensing deal). And then when Samsung offered an alternative that Samsung claimed was fair and reasonable (a per-unit royalty on devices) Apple rejected that too. Hence Samsung suing.

If Apple would agree to the same terms everyone else in the industry has licensed these Samsung patents at, this whole mess would go away.

Comment Re:China and Russia continue to modernize.... (Score 1) 214

The Topol-M missile has a shorter range than the Minuteman III and the road-mobile Topol-M version is believed to be less capable than the siloed version as well as being obviously more vulnerable to nuclear airbursts compared to the silo-protected base Topol-M and Minuteman III. The extra maneuverability functions designed to avoid threatened US ABM deployments eats into payload which isn't a problem for the Minuteman III mission of course. Most of the other currently deployed Russian ICBMs like the SS-N-18 and -19 are even older than the Minuteman III, some are deployed well beyond their original service life.

The US currently has 450 Minuteman IIIs deployed in hardened silos, the combined Topol-M fleet is less than a hundred in number. On the Chinese side the DF-31/A counts less than 30 by some estimates, not surprising with only 200-300 warheads in inventory. A lot of the nuclear forces of Russia and China are not aimed (so to speak) at the US but at each other so their US-opposing missile systems tend to be less capable than the reverse since the US faces no close-in threats and all of its nuclear weapons have to have global range.

Comment Re:China and Russia continue to modernize.... (Score 2) 214

Whatever SSBN platform is built it will be designed around the venerable Trident D5, not a new missile and that D5 will carry the same sort of warhead that the current Ohios carry. Same with the British deterrent where the warheads are not being upgraded but simply maintained. I'm not sure what the French are doing with their own boomers.

As for the Minuteman being outclassed by modern Russian ICBMs, so what if that's true? The Minuteman III is a perfectly capable launch vehicle today and tomorrow. What would really be a problem for the US would be if the Russians started working on a Strategic Missile Defence to, say, defend themselves against the terrifying existential threat North Korean nuclear weapons pose. Scary!

China shares a border with two nuclear-weapons states, India and Russia. It has fought brushfire wars with both of them within the last century and its nuclear weapons development programmes tend towards confronting those short-range threats. The US sits in perfect isolation thousands of miles from any real threats (who cares about Alaska...) so its SLBM and ICBM fleets are its main deterrent force. I'm not sure that the US has any IRBM or nuclear-armed cruise missiles left in deployment.

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