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Comment Cell phone prices (Score 1) 181

Think about this for a minute:

In 1977 may father paid $25 per month for a single line plus any long distance fees (average $45 per month with three teenager in the house) and no access to any on-line stuff because it did not exist. He also paid about .$0.45 per gallon of gas.

Today I pay $150 per month for four phones with unlimited long distance and shared 15GB of data. I pay $2.50 for a gallon of gas. The phone has tripled while gas is five times as expensive.
When compared to other items the price of phone service has declined not risen.

Comment Re:Double Standard (Score 0) 459

The IRS targets individuals because they don't follow the correct political views.
Peter Thiel is investigated by department of Labor because he supports Trump.

The facts show that only 1/3 of the 501c4 organizations questioned were classified as conservative. http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

So, since Peter Thiel is a conservative you think he shouldn't be investigated?

Comment Re:Two types of laws (Score 1) 459

Were they prosecuted for less or offered a plea deal with only the less serious details revealed to protect additional classified information? Happens all the time, the individual will threaten to reveal more information in open court if prosecuted fully.

The DoD definitely does all it can to conceal the details of security incidents.

Comment Re:Two types of laws (Score 1) 459

Are we sure that elected officials and appointed members of the administration are required to sign an NDA?

I do know that they are investigated the same as anyone seeking a security clearance, not so sure they are required to sign the NDA. FYI, I have signed the NDA and have served as a Security Manager in the military.

Comment Funny definition of autonomous (Score 4, Insightful) 193

By your definition a bullet is autonomous. once an ICBM is launched or a JDAM is released you cannot change its target. Just like a bullet.

A truly autonomous weapon is capable of evaluating the on-going/changing situation and selecting the best target and attacking it, none of your examples is capable of this.

Comment Re:GO TEAM AMERICA (Score 1) 193

You are using the UK as an example of a place that can design electrical systems for cars, I have a TR-6 in the garage that would like to talk to you.

The Germans designed some of the worst carburetors know to man, look under the hood of an Opel GT some time.

And the French, Peugeot owners would like to talk to you.

GM and Ford have their issues but so do most of the Europeans.

Comment Cost Plus (Score 1) 193

Plus many times materials will be cost plus and labor fixed price.

For example, I have worked to upgrade the network infrastructure at numerous small sites. We don't get to do a site survey before bidding so the materials, which vary a lot will be cost plus, and we only make a minimal on the hardware, and the labor is fixed price.

Comment Re:Not the same (Score 3, Interesting) 193

As to drones, a significant portion of the AF is fighting them, pilots like flying and with more drones you get fewer seats for the pilots to sit in. Guess what the majority of the generals did as young officers, bingo they flew fighters.

Once you get to be a Colonel you rarely fly but the ex-flyers are the ones that get promoted most often. Hell even a couple of the Cyber commanders were fighter pilots. You read that right not Computer guys but fighter pilots.

Comment Times change (Score 4, Interesting) 193

All the base level Fab shops are shutdown, manpower cuts. Fab work is done at depot or outsourced to contractor facilities. Sucks when you are in-country.

The A-10 is a simple, single purpose bird. Really good at one job, destroying ground vehicles. The Army tries to tell us that the choppers are just as good until you tell them they aren't getting any A-10 air support. The USAF has never been fond of the close air support mission, not very glamorous.

The bean counters always think a multi-purpose bird makes fiscal sense, that is until you actually try to build one. It works better to build a single purpose aircraft, the F-15 comes to mind then modify the basic airframe for other missions. AKA the F-15E.

Worked at the 682 ASOC supporting ROMAD/TACP and ALOs.

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