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Chinese State Company Unveils World's Largest Seaplane (theguardian.com) 157

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying. The AG600 could potentially extend the Asian giant's ability to conduct a variety of operations in the South China Sea, where it has built a series of artificial islands featuring air strips, among other infrastructure with the potential for either civilian or military use.

Comment Re:Jeez (Score 1) 589

As a non-American I'm not sure if you are joking or not ...

The answer is forever ... the macho stuff is only when the tough 99% can sit at home and cheer on the 1% in uniform that throw their bodies and billions in weapons at a foreign enemy ... bring that closer to home and it's a different story, hence why 9/11 had a huge impact but bugger all outrage over losing 3x as many soldiers in the direct response (and god knows how many to PTSD and other issues since)

and don't kid yourself, it's the same in most affluent western countries

Comment Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (Score 1) 772

unlawful enemy combatants

Sorry, as a non-American, what does that euphemism even mean? I only heard it a couple of time coming out of US media and it makes no sense.

Are there "lawful" enemy combatants and under who's law these ones unlawful?
And aren't they enemy combatants because a "coalition of forces" invaded their countries?

Not trolling, but is that just a euphemism to put an air of respectability around 'they are the bad guys so anything goes' ?

Comment Re:Who's their test group? (Score 4, Insightful) 239

I'd be surprised if any half-competent business user didn't use it that way whether it is via flagged to-do items, storing them in a followup folder, archiving/deleting everything except open items or whatever ...

- If it is something you need to action and respond to, it stays in the to-do list until you action it.
- If it is a response with information from someone else, it stays in the to-do list until you have used the information.
- Otherwise, it gets filed (for reference information or ass-covering paper trails) or deleted.

On the other hand, personal users which are a big part of the Gmail user base would be quite different ...

I know MY work email is a to-do list, while my personal is like a never ending message log (a la phone SMS or IM apps) ...

Comment Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

That is a really poor argument.

Australia is even more geographically diverse, equally as geographically large and yet manages to have never had a gun death at any high schools ... although we have had a grand total of 3 university deaths.

In contrast, the US has close to 300 school deaths in the last 25 years ... At least 7x the per capita rate of Australia and this is being generous given all 3 Australian deaths were in the last 25 years and only comprised 2 incidents.

Comment Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (Score 1) 438

This is just patently incorrect ...

200 years ago the average age at first marriage was 28 and 26 for men/women respectively - and that is EXACTLTY where it is for the US population at the moment. The lowest average age was typically around 20-21yo in 1950/60s (depending on country).

Norm of 16yo is just wrong unless you want to head back to medieval times and prior - even then I doubt it.

Comment Re:Mobile video the key (Score 1) 104

Happy to be proven wrong, but I'd imagine fairly soon.

H.265 is a superset of H.264, so much of the same hardware could probably be used. As for complexity, it seems H.265 is around 25-50% more complex for DECODING so certainly not unreasonable for current mobile devices.

The current Samsung Galaxy S4 advertised both HEVC support and Full HD (1080p) playback - not sure if they are both together however.

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