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Comment We already have this.... (Score 1) 70

This isn't new...Maybe it's a new way, but it's not a new capability.. Such data services already exist and are in use.

I was SURE I saw a number of news stories about how the airlines already had the capacity to track their aircraft for maintenance reasons and that it worked within most latitudes using geosynchronous satellites already in place. The issue was Malaysia Air hadn't paid the fees for the service so no data was transferred though the equipment did "ping" the satellite on a regular basis during the flight that went missing. I don't think this works around the poles, but I'm sure it would cover more than 95% of aircraft which where outside of ADS ground based coverage.

Comment Way to go Idaho! (Score 1) 110

I'm thinking a couple of containers of Idaho's finest russets are all that is necessary to keep Japan in the chips... Somebody call Idaho and start shipping...

Better yet, call a couple of US based chip fryers and start running those fryers 24/7 until we bury them in chips....

Seriously? People are paying $12/bag? Unless there are some *serious* tariffs on the importation of snack foods and potatoes, I detect a HUGE amount of profit is possible here. Surely somebody has started shipping these things to Japan...

Comment Re:60% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (Score 1) 399

I saw your post.. But did you read mine? You cannot save what you spend first....

Stuff does happen, which is why I STRONGLY recommend you have a 3-6 month buffer in savings, so you can deal with this garbage....

Look, I'm not unfeeling to your plight, but for the bulk of folks, the problem is they choose to live beyond their means. I know how this works, I've been where you are, where one "emergency" only put me deeper into debt. However, unless you are already over the cliff and cannot service your debt load now, you CAN make things better in time. It's a pain and can take a long time, but it's up to you to dig out of the hole, but it is worth it. I've been debt free for a decade or more and I can assure you the reward is in not having a lot of financial stress. I don't have to worry if I'm going to have enough to pay the bills this month.

Manage your money correctly and eventually you will find yourself not in the hole....

Comment Re:Implication (Score 2) 152

The F35 isn't all that stealthy.... It's better than the F-16, but the F-16 shows up on radar like a 100W light bulb in a small dark room so that's not saying much. The stealth really just makes it slightly harder to shoot down with a radar guided weapon and those are hardly ever used when you are close. Usually the weapon of choice is IR tracker guided, which is *really* hard to defat using stealth and flares are pretty effective countermeasure....

I've always thought it was funny when the DOD tried to sell the F35 as necessary because it was stealthy... For close air support, who cares about stealth? Yea it helps you in the air to air world or ground to air (i.e. it helps you get to and from the target) but if you have air superiority and stay above 10,000 feet going to and from the battle lines it's not going to help your survival rate that much. If you don't have Air superiority and you are flying ground attack close air support missions, you are going about this all wrong. Personally, give me an F-18 and the ordnance load it carries over stealth thank you, and buy a pile of F-22's to fly CAP over the area shooting at anything flying w/o the proper IFF codes for the day.

The F35 is proof that you cannot make an aircraft that does everything well and if you try to make one that does everything equally well, you end up with one that does nothing well that costs you a lot of money. It's a jack of all trades, but master of none.

Comment Re:It will work when the Software is Finished. (Score 1) 152

The F35 is defiantly a failed IT project... The current software barely lets the thing fly... Forget any weapons.... Oh no, that's planned for a couple of software revisions from now... In programming terms... We haven't figured out how we are going to do that yet, so we don't know how long it will take or if it's even possible on the hardware we have...

Seriously, this software development program is in serious trouble. We will be lucky if they get it flying well before its hardware goes obsolete..

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