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Comment The A-10 is a pickup truck (Score 3, Insightful) 325

It ain't pretty. It ain't fast. It ain't a lot of things. What it *is*, though, is a mechanically-simple, easy-to-maintain aircraft that does exactly what it means to do, does it well, and is not inconvenienced in the slightest.

It can absorb a ridiculous amount of abuse from bad guys, it can loiter on-scene longer than any comparable aircraft, it can get low enough and slow enough to see exactly who to kill (not the good guys, not the civilians), and it does all this with lower operational costs than most other aircraft out there.

I drive a pickup truck. An Audi R8 is much sexier, but for daily operation, not worrying if I get dinged in the parking lot, and getting ish done, I'll stick with the truck.

Submission + - The Math Behind Voting (azsos.gov) 1

Brentyl writes: I would like /.'s thoughts on election math. One of the races in my area has 4 candidates running for two open seats. Voters can vote for one or two of the 4.

Candidate A is well-funded and polls indicate he is likely to win the election. Candidate D is badly lagging and unlikely to be elected. Candidates B and C are roughly tied in polls, and that's the root of my question. I like C and think B is a lunatic.

To maximize the chances of C winning one of the two open slots, what is my optimal voting strategy? Vote C alone? Vote for C and one of the others? Which? Why?

Comment Re:CSB time (Score 3, Informative) 502

The ammo feed may be linkless - I can't confirm one way or the other - but the round itself absolutely has a cartridge housing that holds the powder / propellant. It looks exactly like a standard rifle shell, upscaled quite a bit. I doubt the plane stores the expended brass, so the tink-tink-tink sound is entirely plausible. Source: The dummy A-10 round sitting on my bookshelf.

Comment Re:well.... (Score 1) 474

All true, and I think you and I agree more than not. However, the MAS program was never shown to be "primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group." Any kid could take the classes, just as any kid can take African-American studies for example.

Additionally, Tom Horne's opinions in a campaign do not law make - he is not (yet) on the state Supreme Court. He picked a hot button idea and rode it to election. Same with Huppenthal, his successor.

I have never sat in on one of those classes, and (I suspect) nor have you. I don't know their worth, and shutting them down may have been the right call. But TUSD still had a choice - people and agencies take the state to court all the time to determine what is right. Just because he doesn't like the program, and rants and raves to shut it, does NOT mean there is no recourse for the district.

Comment Re:well.... (Score 5, Informative) 474

Not to be pedantic: The State of Arizona had little to do with one school district canceling Mexican-American studies. That was a course taught at a few schools in Tucson, and the school district shut it down. There are reasonable arguments both ways on that call.

There was some pressure from the state Dept of Ed, but it was truly a local decision.

That said, as a long-time resident and observer, general knuckleheadedness runs both deep and wide in our fair state. If Brewer signs this bill, I can't imagine it withstanding any appeal. This is basic First Amendment stuff.

Comment Perspective From a Middle-School Principal (Score 2) 493

In true /. form, I have not RTFA yet. However, I can speak on this currently looks like in the real trenches of middle school. We have no interest in what kids do on the weekends or evenings, and little ability to monitor it. I am busy enough that even if I could scrape 400+ student Facebook pages, I would have no time to do so.

The only exception to this is when an online posting creates on-campus disruption. Then we do indeed act, using existing law. Nothing is allowed to disrupt the learning environment, plain and simple. New law is not needed to address this, in my opinion.

If your cyber life remains in the cyber realm, I don't care. If you disrupt or distract at my school, I'll handle it. It is essentially that simple.

Comment Re:whatever happened to being careful? (Score 1) 839

Same here. On some left turn lights, there is a green arrow when you're allowed to turn left, a blinking red where you can turn if there is no oncoming traffic, and a red light when you have to stop. Of course they also have solid green lights that you need to treat as blinking red lights if you're turning left. I still don't like those.

Comment In other words. (Score 1) 133

Even though quantum encryption is theoretically perfect...

Most things that are perfect *are* theoretical.

...real hardware isn't, and they exploit these flaws.

Most modern encryption isn't cracked by breaking the technology used to encrypt it. Security is only as secure as the pain tolerance of the person who knows the PIN, or the size of the visor that is suppose to hide the numbers you press from the person in line behind you.

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