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Comment Re:For those who aren't aware of this... (Score 1) 102

I highly disagree with your statement. Kharkiv may have been one of the largest tank factories when the USSR existed, but today Kharkiv is a shell of a former self. For example, Thailand had signed a contract to purchase 50 of Ukraine's latest T-84 "Oplot" tanks. The Kharkiv factory was producing those tanks at the rate of between 0 and 5 tanks per year. Facing the prospects of waiting for decades for the tanks that they ordered, Thailand is now talking to the Chinese tank manufacturers to order more tanks. In the recent years, Kharkiv has been exporting a whole lot of tanks, but those were basically refurbished T-72 tanks equipped with 5TD (T-64 engines) of which Ukraine had plenty in its storage deports. But as I mentioned, Kharkiv's record of producing brand new tanks has been relatively poor.

On the other hand, we can now say that many versions of Russia's T-90 tank were the most exported tank of the 21st century. India purchased more than one thousand T-90 tanks (some to be assembled in India), Algeria ordered several hundred, and Azerbaijan bought a hundred with options for more (those are the biggest T-90 orders that come up to my mind right now).

Comment Re:Neglect is more likely (Score 1) 102

Please keep your political propaganda to yourself. The former poster had a very good point about those old Soviet munitions. The media does not report it, but such fires and blasts have happened many times in the recent years within Russia itself. So that was a good point IMO. In reality, we probably will never find out the truth about what happened there.

Comment Re:Neglect is more likely (Score 1) 102

I follow Russian news, and I can tell that there is a massive fire and blasts like this one in Russia on a regular basis. I don't know if this reflects more on the poor governance in that part of the world or on the fact that many of those munitions are long past their prime. Have a look at these rusted grenade shells (pictures from Ukraine):

Comment Ukraine's governance, the civil war, and some pics (Score 1) 102

To be honest, I doubt we will ever find truth about what happened there. On one hand, this ammo depot is located in the region that borders Russia and Ukraine's pro-Russian separatist region of Donbass, and therefore, we can assume that there is a good chance that the fire was set off as an act of sabotage by Russians or by Ukraine's rebels.

On the other hand, considering the extremely poor, inept, and corrupt governance that all of Ukraine (including its military) have experienced in the last 25 years, I wouldn't discount the possibility that ammunition depot fire was set off by an accident.

Either way, this incident has produced pictures that rival the December of 2016 pyro-accident in Mexico.

Have a look:

Comment The question is why, Why? WHY? (Score 0) 355

It has been proven that unmanned exploration of space, as in sending telescopes, unmanned probes, and robots into space can produce major contributions to space sciences at a tiny fraction of the cost of sending humans into space. We don't need humans in the space because it's ridiculously expensive and robots can do the humans job in space just fine.

Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 1) 281

Intel has had >4 core CPUs but the affordable stuff for consumers has all been 4 core / 8 thread with the rest of the die given over to GPUs that nobody who needs high performance graphics wants anyway.

You're making it sound like AMD hasn't been doing the same. For the past four years, all their new consumer CPUs were quad-core APUs with an integrated GPU, while the GPU-less AMD FX processors have been nearly abandoned.

Comment Re:I don't get the media love for the Pixel (Score 1) 105

Another problem with Samsungs is that they are normally carrier locked and come with carrier bloatware. As a result, a typical Samsung phone has about one hundred more, impossible to delete, apps installed than a typical Oneplus or Nexus or Pixel. Being loaded with carrier bloatware crap also means incredibly slow update process because the updated ROM must be tested by the carrier.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 105

There were reasons to upgrade to 5X. Great and accurate display. Better camera. Larger capacity battery. Its stock OS is Nougat that's updated every month. On the other hand, those improvements couldn't justify the hefty price increase for the phone with very limited storage and only 2GB on RAM. The Nexus 5X wasn't well received originally, but when I saw some online retailers selling 32GB model for under 250USD, I couldn't resist and got one for myself.

Comment Re:Ignoring Customers (Score 1) 105

Oneplus proved that a cheap or affordable device can come with flagship level hardware and features. We're living in a kind of a smartphone bubble where a typical iPhone costs well under 300USD to manufacture, and yet retails for 650USD plus. I don't know why the Android flagship phones need to be just as expensive. Perhaps the Android phone manufacturers have bought into the myth that in order to be taken seriously, their phone must cost as much as the iPhone.

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