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Comment Don't underestimate what they are trying to do (Score 1) 143

1) They don't just want to go to the moon, they want a permanent manned base. Like Mir or ISS, except not in orbit around Earth but on the moon. It's the next logical step.

2) They planned it for a long time now, but due to economic pressure/sanctions they're weathering the storm and putting it off for better times. Does anyone seriously doubt that oil prices will go up in the next year or 2? Is anyone seriously that naive? High oil prices is just icing on the cake, spending/beer money. They have enough to live on without it.

3) There isn't much financial investment in either Syria or Ukraine. Ukraine will fall apart nicely on its own, they just defaulted on debts (I was born there.....I follow the situation and have family/friends there, it's only a matter of time). Humanitarian convoys to Donbass don't cost that much, neither does supplying the region with ammunition from time to time. Crimea only needed a bridge and a power cable run to them, it's a matter of a few billion and a year or two that's about it. They literally have 1 base under 1,000 personnel in Syria, like 30-60 planes. It's not exactly budget breaking. Unlike Iraqi Freedom bs it won't take a decade, again a year or so. Syrian army does all of the ground work.

So if you notice a lot of these things come down to a year or 2...... Sounds like good time to wait a little for them.

Comment Could have been just trolled (Score 1) 189

Doesn't have to be Facebook/Zoosk's or her fault. Well not completely anyway. Could be another party doing this just to troll, maybe someone who doesn't like her.

Think about it, why would Facebook/Zoosk create a profile of her with her real contact info? It's not uncommon for shady dating sites to use someone's pic and some info to create fake profiles, but they do it for the pretty pics and are gambling that the owner of those pics doesn't find out about it. It would be really stupid to give out the owner's real email address, since would be instantly notifying them that you are committing fraud. Companies that want to stay in business generally avoid that.

On the other hand, third party, doing it either just for lolz or to do something bad to a specific person could easily do it. Facebook pics are out there, so is some basic profile info to make it look more legit, real email isn't hard to get especially if you know the person. I'd say they knew it would put this woman in hot water. Hell, maybe give her husband's email as backup contact.

It's like an hour worth of work to do this to someone who is stupid enough to have their info and pic plastered all over a public web-site like Facebook. That's the part where it's her own fault, though not completely, since there are plenty of other uses for Facebook and this kind of thing doesn't happen to everyone.

Comment Re:More important (Score 1) 764

What about not owning Apple products, does that make you look homophobic? Well then, if you don't want to be seen as homophobic you'd better run out and get yourself an iPad (as in this instant), or make out with a dude. Either will work if it's that important to you.

Comment Water frequency interference (Score 4, Interesting) 52

When I was in the army my job was Satellite Communications. Long ago I was told that frequencies around 24Ghz are highly susceptible to interference by water such as rain and fog. So those spectra were considered to be too unreliable for communication. I never bothered to to check outside though.

Comment It's kind of true (Score 2) 299

It's kind of true. My job in Army was SATCOM, got out almost 4 years ago, about to finish Bachelor's in CS early next year. SATCOM was pretty much IT in the army. Imaging computers, setting up and maintaining network, running cables, troubleshooting software/hardware, etc. Once I got out I did a few years part time in IT while going to college.

I have to say that all training in the army was kind of half@$$ed. Impossible to fail, short, and not particularly relevant. At least when I went through it around 2003. The actual on the job experience differed significantly from training. Arrive at location, there's either nothing set up, or something that's about to leave with the group you are replacing. Often had to set up 10-50 users from scratch on generator power. Luckily there always seemed to be people around that knew what they were doing, so most of the relevant training was on the job. Monkey see, monkey do. Which is probably the best kind, since classroom can be too abstract. Civilian contractors were always reachable in case we got stuck. There was none of that cutthroat stuff that you might see in business, everyone actually tried to pass on what they knew and the whole organization was oriented towards developing new specialists.

That said, there were plenty of opportunities to fade into the background and pretty much learn nothing. So not everyone was on the same level. The ones that put in the effort got promoted quickly, the ones that coasted along stayed at the same level much longer. No magic there, same as anywhere else.

250,000 per year seems a bit high. Signal core isn't that big, at least active duty. Reservists were somewhat less often as good at their jobs as regular army on average, excluding those that worked in same field at home. Which wasn't that that common. Seemed like a lot of reservists did something totally different for a living. Outside of signal we'd meet plenty of people that didn't even know how to turn on a computer, but I guess that's how a lot of people in IT feel. So if they mean a total of 250k people get out every year, much fewer have military experience in IT.

Comment Re:Send in the drones! (Score 5, Informative) 848

So USA isn't a bully? You do realize US started the whole deal in Ukraine right?

I'm asking you this as a US citizen for 15 years, who has lived in US for 20 years, served in US army for 7.5 years, will almost certainly live out the rest of my life here (as in very much invested in US and its future), but I was born and grew up until 13 in Ukraine. Thing is I damn well want the best for United States and Ukraine. At the same time I realize very well who started this conflict, and know that Ukraine will be much better off with Russia. Putin is doing everything 100% right (this article about invasion is total BS by the way). He is staying out of direct conflict, while supporting the rebels. US has done this countless times, difference is there is an overwhelming support for Putin in Ukraine (most Ukrainians are literally Russians in every way that matters), so he will succeed. Country will split in half, more likely majority of it will be Russian. The rest will join EU and will unfortunately suffer as EU is in a really bad position themselves and can't afford to help.

You don't hear these things because US/EU/Kiev controlled press suppresses a lot of information, and Kiev government is suppressing the people (election were completely bogus). People that voice disagreement against Ukrainian government are thrown in jail, beaten, sometimes burned alive, forced to go to front lines to die without support. Maidan 3.0 is beginning.

I have a lot of relatives and friends in Ukraine. I read news from all sides. I understand the bond between Russians and Ukrainians, there simply is nothing like that in America. It's a hell of a lot closer than US and Britan/Canada/Australia, but you don't have any idea what that's like. You also don't know what it's like to have your countrymen carrying portraits and flags of someone who greeted Nazi's as friends. Might want to look up Lviv Pogrom 1941 where the people you support killed 4,000 jews in one day to celebrate Hitler. They did way more than that later. I also know very well how Americans view anything outside of their own city/state, I served with them, I was one of them in Iraq for 3 combat tours 1 year each.

Comment Navy's answer to Chinese Anti-Carrier Missile (Score 2, Interesting) 482

Chinese have developed and are testing the Dong Feng 21D missile, capable of accurately targeting and hitting a moving navy Aircraft Carrier from 2000 miles away. US experts are scared. Since capabilities of this missile are not fully known to US Navy, their strategy to combat it currently is SM-3 interceptor rockets launched from Aegis destroyers and cruisers that escort Aircraft Carriers.

Problem with that is that the reloading capacity of these Aegis equipped ships isn't fast enough to protect against a volley of Dong Feng 21Ds. So they are pretty much screwed. Currently Aircraft Carriers are the most effective way of projecting current US air superiority anywhere in the world. Imagine the implications of a bunch of US carriers being sunk.

This laser defense system may be Navy's answer to this new missile threat.

Comment Re:Obvious. (Score 1) 555


1. Buy 2nd hard drive.
2. Get good at swapping them (can be done in under a minute with practice).
3. Install identical OS/software on both (or just clone the original).
4. Let your work's IT guys do whatever they want with one hard drive (put a big red label saying WORK on it).
5. Use the one labelbled WORK at work, and unlabeled one at home (green label saying HOME is optional).

I agree though, most places won't allow you to connect your personal machine to their network. However again, most places will let you bring in your own machine as long as you don't connect it.

Comment No more dealing with Ubisoft for me (Score 5, Interesting) 430

I just had a great experience with Ubisoft DRM a few weeks ago. I decided to replay Farcry 2, which I really didn't play that much when I bought it a year or so ago. I'm military, I move a lot, can't find the stupid booklet with CD key, so being a legitimate customer who BOUGHT the damned game I go on their site and ask for help. Game apparently needs a CD key that activates itself online and requires registration and account creation (which I did create, and logged in with that account...). Their reply summed up is "Send us 5$ + S&H and we'll send you a new CD key. Check/cash/money order will do". My reply was taking 5 minutes to find a 24k cracked .exe file that allowed me to skip through all their BS. That was the last game I buy from Ubisoft. This new DRM scheme is even worse. For me for example, I deploy, I don't have internet everywhere. Which means I can't play an uncracked version of Settlers 7. I've never even played Settlers, I don't know what it is, nor will I ever get exposed to it because I know of their retarded DRM schemes. I imagine that this will turn away a lot of other paying customers from Ubisoft franchises. PS: Farcry 2 sucks, no wonder I played it for an hour when I bought it a year ago.

Comment Re:Send in the clowns... (Score 1) 284

Common or not I still think a much better experiment would involve a student who happens to look arabic and a professor in the university who happens to have an AK-47. Give AK to the student and let him walk around campus screaming "Allah Akbar" see how many people talking on cell phones would notice that.

Comment Re:Less than the cost of a single cruise missile. (Score 3, Informative) 192

Or it's a lot of high school kids who are in the process of getting their college degrees. Army pretty much pays for you to go to college while you are in. Civilian education is worth promotion points to advance in rank in all branches as well. Also count in those enlisted that finished their degrees, often end up becoming officers. Enlisted to officer is a nice pay increase.

Comment Not a bad improvement (Score 1) 83

The way things are right now we can't communicate directly from Iraq for example to US over satellite due to satellite footprint being too small. So it would go something like this: Iraq >>> Sat1 >>> Kuwait >>> Sat2 >>> Germany >>> Sat3 >>> US (Probably Maryland Fort Meade or Belvoir or something). Each >>> represents a satellite hop adding roughly 50 to 150ms delay. This is not counting in other delay added by other earth based equipment. This makes for a very crappy/laggy WoW connection out here :) Now with these new satellites that they are not just dumb boxes that retransmit everything you send to it back down to earth it will look something like this: Iraq >>> Sat1 >>> Sat2 >>> US. Shorter path with less hops means that my level 80 shaman will have a little better chance of killing your level 80 paladin. Oh and the reason for the hop to Kuwait is Kuwait has actual Step Sites (Big sites with large dishes built into the ground) as opposed to Iraq and Afghanistan being seeded with tactical vehicle mounted crap-ware equipment. So this whole router being built into Intelsat satellite is a very good thing IMHO.

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