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Comment Re: Want to know why we don't have flying cars yet (Score 2) 303

VA Spending is just massively delayed military spending. If you didn't promise medical for life, you wouldn't have the VA.

(Just to be clear, I am not advocating for less VA spending, and in fact I would allocate more to help the PTSD and other health issues plaguing our soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. But lowering the spending on the current military system is still something we can do without lowering spending on past military ventures, which the VA most certainly is.)

Comment Re:Cost of the target. (Score 4, Informative) 303

That's one of the problems with this system. Most of the shells will land just outside of that range. But any shell that has issues with it's targeting system from the start could potentially end up hundreds, even thousands of yards off target. With missiles there are usually backup electronics in the system that can take over plus a redundant emergency system that can detonate the missile harmlessly if it is malfunctioning in many cases (Not all, but much better than most other systems we have) I'm actually perfectly fine with how the navy has worked with this technology. They were trying many things that have never been tried before on any ship and we now know what works and what doesn't. The Pork Barrel issue kept them from killing off parts of this project as soon as they would have liked, but at least the lessons learned can be used on other systems. A direct result of the technologies used for the railgun fired projectiles is a better understanding of how to build those systems better and in a less complex manner on future projects. One of these is a smaller railgun system that can be used to fire off many more dumb projectiles quickly in a phalanx like manner but at ranges of up to ten miles (versus 2 miles or less). Another is adapting the technology used to fire larger payloads at slower speeds - 1000 to 2000 miles an hour versus 4500 miles per hour. This leads to a shell that can only be fired 50 miles, but because the projectiles are larger they are actually testing launching small missiles this way. Launching a 14 inch "shell" at 1000 miles per hour means a missile can have drastically reduced fuel and reach hundreds of miles away. This same technology could also be used to launch smart pebble filled missiles towards ballistic targets much more effectively than the missile batteries we use now. So why these guns are a failure, the designs used to build and test them will still be useful with future projects that could be much more effective.

The F35 program on the other hand.... That is a much better example of throwing bad money away. Unfortunately air force procurement is usually spread out to far more states than Navy is which leads to less chances to overcome pork.

Comment Re:Goodbye Windows. (Score 5, Informative) 585

This is actually good for news linux developers, just not in the way most people think. A very large part of this push is to try to make yet another step away from legacy x86 code. Newer windows binaries is much more easier to port to other systems and in fact Microsoft is developing the tools to do quite a bit of this for you. All of this easy to port code will be easy to port to linux and any other OS you want. Microsoft is trying to become the place to go for cloud hosted computing and while they know they are way behind apple and google right now they can stay relevant by making their tools and back end services work with as many different platforms as possible. It will be interesting to see what the market looks like 5 or 10 years from now. Who ever thought Microsoft would have even done a 10th of what they have done in the past year or two for open source based on what they were like 10 years ago? The landscape has changed and Google is becoming more and more restrictive with what they do and how they handle your data every year. Apple is the same, but they've always been like that to a degree.

Comment Google webpass model could use this effectively. (Score 1) 90

Just the other day google put the halt to rolling out fiber in San Jose, CA. the rumor is they are looking at using their acquisition of WebPass to proceed at a later date with this rollout.

I'm wondering how close and feasible this technology is, and if it could be used with simple antennas mounted externally and one microcell every block? would it be comparable to fiber and have most of the speed and bandwidth? That would make the cost of rolling it out drop quite a bit wouldn't it?

Comment It only takes 10 hours to make this trip currently (Score 5, Informative) 84

You can already make this trip on a highway that is 4 lanes for a large portion of it by going up through oslo and central Norway. The reason it would take so long with the path they are wanting to connect is that this path is along the coast. Even after getting rid of the ferries it's still going to be winding and longer mileage. I suppose the coast might be a bit warmer and less likely to have winter conditions, but a gale along the coast already shuts down the highway in quite a few parts as it is.

They really just want to connect all the cities along the coast without having to take a ferry (down if bad weather) or having to drive a hundred kilometers or more inland and back out again.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 5, Informative) 321

In addition, the largest drop has been people under 50. People under 50 have never been exposed to above ground nuclear tests. Those stopped in 1963. And for the last decade at least, most urban areas of the country have not even allowed smoking in bars and restaurants, and we've had very effective maintenance medicines for common high blood pressure issues, heart related conditions, type 2 diabetes and others. These conditions being controlled help keep our bodies healthier and most likely allow our own immune systems to fight off more serious conditions.

Comment Next up: NO PROPRIETARY HTML! (Score 2, Funny) 154

The government website includes proprietary HTML. This should not be allowed. The HTML code on their website should be exactly the same as every other website. It should not include any customizations or references to anything that is not HTML, and the HTML itself should be laid out in a standard, easy to read manner that is not any different from any other site. This means everything else should match those other sites, including any use of frames, italics, bold and paragraph markup.

Oh yeah, and brink back the BLINK Tag as well!

Comment Re:That's all they know. (Score 2) 361

Actually, I think that's the issue. There are paid results on google too but google puts them at the bottom of every page and bing always puts 2-3 at the top of the first page ala amazon.

The main difference is google has become very adept at removing clickbaity sites from the first page and Bing has not. I don't think Microsoft is making money off any of those results, they are just not good at removing them.

Comment Re:More Microsoft PR Here Today? (Score 5, Insightful) 143

Microsoft is a 800 lb gorilla still. When they make a large, sweeping move that affects the world of developers, it will be covered. If Oracle was to offer a free version of their SQL database that was fairly full featured but limited in memory like SQL express, it would be all over the news. But aside from Apple, Google and Amazon, very few companies can make changes that affect as many people as they do, and you certainly don't see successful tools become free or get ported to other operating systems that were always (and still are) in the competing column.

Microsoft's announcements are not normal announcements. There's a few other big companies that could do things that generate this much press but quite honestly very few of them have as much impact as what Microsoft does. The motto of this website is "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters". It certainly fits the first bill, and for a vast majority of us who deal with the microsoft ecosystem on a daily basis (and sometimes even enjoy certain products) the moves that they have made are not only news...

...but they also matter quite a bit to us some of us..

However these same people do not usually complain about the release of yet another point patch for Ubuntu, or the release of a new flavor of tool. Those that do operate under the microsoft umbrella increasingly embrace other tools as well, and while we might not click and read all of the stories we don't begrudge the fact that they are here.

Comment I suspect this is more for IoT devices. (Score 1) 73

Having Windows RT with device guard could possibly be a good thing, since a company could have better control over IoT devices in the corporate world. Microsoft's approach with things like the Rasberry Pi could be a good long term deal for them. Keeping WindowsRT up and running could help with a future where ARM might be king.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 2, Insightful) 456

I wish I had mod points to vote this up. The Verge may be right, but they are totally apple fanboys who jump at any opportunity to make fun of the competition.

Microsoft may be able to jumpin at some point though with the bump in surface sales. If they rebranded as surface phone and launched a surface phone that's tied to a plan that is much like Google Fi they could potentially build a market for themselves. Especially if they used the hooks they have in the retail world at best buys and microsoft kiosks to push that. Then they could potentially build market share from there by offering the phones on other carriers once there's a buzz. This especially becomes true if they ever get android apps working on the windows phone which they are supposedly close to having available. .

Comment Re:Wait, Google and Apple don't do this? (Score 1) 168

So what you are saying:

Remove projects that are open source but are controlled primarily by profit making corporations like Oracle and Red Hat because it might convince kids to go down the path of developing using that ecosystem.

Block internet access to all sites that are not 100% public domain because the content on those sites might encourage the students to use sites that are not public domain.

We take away all library books that are not public domain yet because it might get them addicted to books that are written in more modern styles with modern storylines and themes, and almost of those books are owned by profit making enterprises.

Discourage any arts, photography, or writing of the student unless that student promises not to show it to others or makes it public domain. Because proprietary individually owned copyright that is granted automatically might encourage other students to create the same, causing mass hysteria.

I'm just running this out to it's logical conclusion.

Interestingly, my computer experience in High school consisted of time on a mainframe and some time on apple II's. I also had some programming time in Basic and even some Pascal. I also extensively used a VMS VAX system in college. I wonder why I am not still using those ecosystems today, outside of a macbook that boots up windows in a VM? Must have been all of that Atari, Atari 800XL and Colecovision equipment I had as a kid. Although full disclaimer, I did play the heck out of Rollercoaster Tycoon and Baldur's gate by atari.

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