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Comment Re: what? (Score 5, Informative) 272

A similar thing happened in Operation Millenium in 2002. The US commander, General van Riper, in charge of the "red" team (i.e. middle-eastern nation, i.e. Iran) opted to use non tradiational attacks. In effect he launched every available missle on day one at the "blue" fliceet, overwhelming US missle defense systems, and then proceeded to use skifs and speed boats in suicide attacks to avoid any head on engagements. The "blue" team was overwhelemed on the first day and on the second day US command ordered the war game restarted, with much more tight contraints on egagement and tactics. In effect, General van Riper showed that the US was not ready to engage in asymetric warfare in the middle east, and rather than conceding that, they changed and "rigged" the game to show that the US would achieve an easy an descive vicoty. General van Riper resigned in the middle of the game in protest.

Comment So why did they just bump up my internet speed (Score 1) 573

As some one who has preregistered for Google Fiber, I'm curious as to why they just upped my internet connection speed at no cost if they don't feel that consumers want faster internet. And yes, I do pay for TWCs top tier internet service.

One big factor in my decision to switch is Google's offer of 1 TB cloud storage, which TWC can't match. Comparable cost for both services, but I get (much) faster internet and free backup and storage, plus Google's throwing in a Nexus 7 tablet made the decision easy for me.

Comment Re:It's about damn time (Score 1) 1051

The private screeners in Kansas City work great. Having an airport with only TSA oversight rather than TSA agents really makes the whole security screening process much nicer than at any other airport I travel to, and I fly out of Kansas City about once a month. There's plenty of things I don't like about the MCI airport, but the screening process isn't one of them.

I'm generally opposed to privatizing government services, but from my experience, private security screening works way, way better than the mess that is TSA.

Five years ago I would have thought maybe TSA was salvagable, but these days, just let it go man... it's beyond repair.

Comment Perhaps right but almost certainly wrong (Score 1) 1276

While I can understand and even maybe with much of the assessment, and would love to see some kind of merit based technocracy take off here, the underlying fact is that we still live in a world where millitary conflict is always looming, and any citizen may ultimatly be asked to fight for this country. As long as we live in a nation where men and women may be asked to put their lives on the line for national defense, it's really hard for me to justify the idea that they wouldn't have a voice in their government, however uninformed, uneducated, or misguided that voice may be.

Comment Which Kansas City? (Score 3, Informative) 153

For the record, this is happening with Kansas City, Kansas, the suburban (though arguably much less nice) counterpart to what everyone thinks of as Kansas City in Missouri. KCK opted for a rushed agreement with Google to secure rights. KCMO actually thought about this ahead of time and secured a deal that avoids this, though they could only announce it several months later. The second half of the article goes on to talk about how the Missouri part of the project (the much bigger part) is still on schedule and on budget. So, yeah. Still waiting on getting fiber to my door, but AT&T just laid a bunch more cable and keep hounding me to switch to them, and Time Warner keeps asking me to update my internet plan. So I've gotta think Google has turned some heads in the area and gotten some comapnies a little worried.

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