* Posts by Ian Michael Gumby

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Sharing your work cubicle with robots may not be such a bad thing

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@Steve Davies ... Re: At least the robot won't...

No, they wouldn't. But depending on the robot, you may have to deal with one that believes that he should kill all humans, or make you kiss his shinny metal ass, or even worse...

Tell you about his weekend time spent robo-pimping as his second job.

Nope... on a positive note.. you wouldn't have to worry about him sleeping with your wife, unless she's in to that sort of thing...

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Airbnb drags SF into court

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Meh!

Commercial speech is not protected under the first amendment.

At the same time cities are able to regulate commerce and this is commerce. Its also a matter of public safety rules too.

And of course its a matter of the city collecting their fair share of the tax it is owed.

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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@Dave 126 Re: "Funny" error messages

Uhm... Windows? You're young.

I wonder how many people here remember Unix and that there's one error message that pokes fun of Cleveland OH...

Now I forget if that was ATT's SYS III or SYS V or both?

Mine's the jacket with the Geritol (Old Geezer vitamins) in the pocket.

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FBI expands code theft charges against Chinese national

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Re: "Stole"?

Ah, but you have.

The idea (IP) has value.

Since you now have it... your use of it deprives the owner of value that you would have to pay for the idea, or value lost because you could be offering a competing product. So any value you gain from the IP is value that he or she has lost.

Even if you give it away for free, where you don't gain any value from the IP you stole, you are depriving the IP owner from gaining revenue by those who now use said IP and do not have to pay the owner for the use of the IP.

Got it?

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Re: "Stole"?

Not to be a grammar nazi, but...

Steal / Stole is the correct term.

Taking a copy of the source code is theft. (noun. The act of stealing)

You can steal intellectual property.

How do you delete an idea?

But getting back on point...

The interesting comment was that he had a script that removed any reference to the originating company.

As if that's the only way to identify the true owner of the code.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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@AC Re: Linkedin?

I think that its a bit ingenious on the part of the author.

In the article he stated:

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These obligations also apply to the outgoing employee. In May 2016, the Information Commissioner’s Office successfully prosecuted Mark Lloyd (his real name), an ex-employee of Acorn Waste Management Ltd in Shropshire, for emailing the details of 957 clients to his personal email address along with purchase history and commercially sensitive information prior to taking a role with a rival. In that particular case, the individual in question pleaded guilty and was fined £300, ordered to pay £405.98 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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Here's the sticky issue. You (Mark Lloyd) have formed a business relationship with the clients.

Taking the names of the clients and their contact information (e.g. phone/email) in itself isn't going to be an issue because the relationship could extend beyond work. This has more to do with what he does with the information.

If Mark attempts to sell the information... he's in hot water. If he passes it on to a new work colleague... he's in hot water. If he sends out a farewell email announcing he's leaving/left the company and provides his contact information... he would not be in any hot water.

What really hurt Mark is that he didn't just take the contact info, but the sales information which is company specific and not in any shape or form personal.

Connecting with clients on LinkedIn, aka your third party, in itself isn't an issue or anything for an employer to fret about, nor something that they could do anything legally about.

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Re: Hi Frank

Ironic that you make such a reference.

In the movie, Brad uses a copy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to cover him and Janet during the initial rain shower.

And last night, Cleveland won the NBA finals.

Coincidence?

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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

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@Sealand Re: Names, schmames

Meh!

I was a certified NeXTStep developer back in '92. I even have an old Next logo sticker on my mac book.

So yeah, I'm showing my age too.

I do agree with the fact that you get a reminder that you have an upgrade, but in order to see what that upgrade is... you have to pull up the app store and then check out the update page to see what's really up.

Of course Apple wants you to turn on the auto updates because they tend to think that all users are typical under educated users. (Granted I don't know half of the shortcuts or features because I actually use my mac for real work. ;-)

I gave up on Windows long ago and of course I still have to fix and maintain my wife's work computers too.

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

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@Anon ... Re: And the consequence is..?

You miss the point.

Yes, teens are going to hook up.

The issue is that here in the US you have the following:

1) A diverse culture with differing views on morality

2) Too many lawyers.

So Tinder has to question their culpability for promoting teenage sex as well as if a predator snuck in to the teen site by lying about his or her age.

Remove the group, remove the risk.

A teen sneaking on pretending to be an adult? If it happens and Tinder takes adequate precautions? It reduces the risk of lawsuits.

The other question... how does Tinder monetize that age group?

And ... what about the data collection laws concerning minors?

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Boffins send encrypted quantum messages to spaaaace – and back

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Re: That's clever.

And that's why I asked my curious question.

If the theory is that you could have a very long distance between two entangled objects, you could have instantaneous point to point communications.

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@King Jack Re: Curious question...

Well if that's the case, then you've found a way to communicate faster than the speed of light.

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Curious question...

I have to ask... when you have quantum entanglement... how far apart can the objects (photons?) be and still be entangled?

Then the next question... if you change the state of one... is the state of the other changed simultaneously too?

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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@Voland ...Re: @Gray ... Military aggression

Remind me how much it would cost for TerCon?

Lidar senors aren't that cheap but they aren't that expensive. There's more to a ground following system than just the sensor...

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@Charles Re: @Gray ... Military aggression

So.... just curious.. what's the cost of an accurate inertial guidance system?

Now what's the cost of a COTS part that uses GPS?

I could have sworn someone has some kit that connects to a Raspberry Pi?

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@Gray ... Re: Military aggression

You do realize that the GPS sat system was put in place by the US Government for military purposes. That the civilian clock signal is intentionally less accurate. Right? They have always had control.

At the same time... you don't want your own GPS system to be used against you.

Imagine a very cheap slow drone packed with explosives... Essentially a V 1 Buzz bomb that was really accurate... well accurate enough to hit major targets.

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Sparkling new Spark distribution spurs MapR to reduce MapReduce

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Re: back to the future

It's slow, doesn't work well enough and the local indexes are DOA from the start.

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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@Kain Re: The judge got it right.

Obama?

He's dead wrong.

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The judge got it right.

Ok, I'm sure I'm going to be down voted to hell, but here goes the explanation...

The location data is metadata and its required for your cell phone to work. So there is no expectation of privacy since its shared with a third party. Also the data is really owned by the phone company.

This is actually grounded in a late 70's SCOTUS decision which dealt with warrant-less searches and pen taps. (capturing metadata of phone calls the hard way)

So there isn't any expectation of privacy since it really is the location of your phone and not you.

I know its weird, but its the law and you really need a couple of pints to wrap your head around it.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: Your files are still where you left them

You could do what I did... uninstall windows 10 and went back to Windows 7.

This was on my wife's work machine.

I use a Mac and Linux boxes... ;-)

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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I agree.

For my wife, I first bought her an HP. Had the right components at a decent price.

Only problem was that it was full of adware carp.

Returned it, bought a store brand (Microcenter) which had OS only and then install the microsoft products.

No problems and it runs fine (Until my wife mucks it up...)

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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Re: podule fully engorged

You realize that had this been built by the Swedes, none of this would have malfunctioned.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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@ Jeffy Poooh ... Re: What is time

You didn't happen to take your cat along with you in to the box, now did you?

You didn't happen to catch his name? (Schrodinger was it? )

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A bit off?

Just out of curiosity, does any of the calculations take in to account the fluidity of the earth's core? So that something in the core could come up and away from the core and then recycle and flow back to the core?

Just going out on a limb but the further away from the core, the less of a factor the time dilation effect, so that it could be that Feynman is closer to the truth?

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Hillary Clinton broke law with private email server – top US govt watchdog

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@Tom Dial... Re: So it begins...

The IG was told by the FBI not to pursue the legal aspect of the investigation because it could potentially interfere with their CRIMINAL investigation.

So at best, all the IG could do is to refute the excuses and spin Clinton created by showing that she broke the rules and leave it at that.

Note that the State Department didn't disagree with his findings. This has broader implications towards the FBI investigation which will at a minimum show that HRC and her senior staff (including Patrick Kennedy and other current State Dept. employees) should be charged with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction and violating the Espionage Act with gross negligence.

Keep in mind that HRC's server was set up and maintained by someone who was not qualified to do so. (Seriously check out the IT guy's CV). If you want to put a more interesting spin... This wasn't Clinton's first investigation that dealt with lost emails... Back when they were in the WH, there was a scandal and an investigation where somehow a lot of emails were 'lost'. Of course back then it was someone else and she too didn't have the proper credentials to manage a server or IT Staff.

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Re: Hildabeast to Hildafelon

Trump will not pile more on... he'll start attacking E Warren and Sanders along w Biden ...

HRC is now in their cross hairs.

She will be interviewed by the FBI and she will be boxed in due to her public statements she made on the campaign trail.

We don't know what the Feds know, but you can bet it ties her time as SoS back to the Clinton Foundation

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@Youngone .. Re: So it begins...

If this were a small thing... she could have possibly skated.

However...

You have over 2000 emails that contained classified information.

You have this guy Guccifer claiming and pleading guilty to hacking charges netting what? 7 years? in a US prison after he's released from his current time in the pen?

You have RT (Russian Times?) claiming to have more emails than what they published...

You have motive, intent, and mens rea (she knew what she was doing was wrong but did it anyway...)

And its not just her.

Her senior staff along with a couple of lifers are now toast too.

This is too big to sweep under the rug and there's what the FBI found that hasn't been released.

The IG's report damns her and taken with the existing evidence ... she will be indicted. So she'll see the courtroom. Jail cell? Depends on if Obama is still in office at the time.

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So it begins...

If Clinton were a CEO of a major company, she would have been not only sacked, but also facing a plethora of shareholder and civil lawsuits along with potentially facing criminal prosecution.

Its interesting to watch her defense of her criminal actions over the past year.

Under the espionage act law, you don't need to show intent to cause harm, but gross negligence. What intent you do need to show is that her actions were intentional. Setting up the server was an intentional act.

Using it to thwart the FOIA laws is motive. (Although there are more than one motive here.)

Then you have obstruction and perjury... So yeah, she's toast.

Interestingly enough, the most bizarre obstruction charge on record happened in a tech trading company where they guy wiped his server (really wiped it clean) destroying evidence. His excuse was that he was addicted to porn and wanted to hide that from his family. (I think he was fined a couple of million dollars for that stunt....)

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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@Mark...

I think you meant Ecuador ...

NO icon for geo-spatial nazi

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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@Artic Fox Re: How to get in on these scams

WTF? Seriously.

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Do not forget to give it a fancy new name like "photoplethysmography "

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This term and devices have existed long before fitbit was a wet dream or even a concept.

These devices have been around for years. ( Decades even. Source goes back to the 1960's.)

Ever notice the little device that the ER team / Surgery team slip on your index finger and it has wires up until the monitor that shows EKG, and HR and O2 levels. (If they put a cuff on you, it can also take and display BP.)

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@Sadmin Re: Using your finger...

Yes, using your finger can give you good enough numbers, if you know what you're doing and where you're taking your pulse. And its accurate enough.

But try doing that in the middle of a work out where you have to use your watch to try and get a six second count. Its not easy.

And its Medical grade EKG not EEG since we're looking at your heart and not your brain activity. ;-)

As to 'medical grade vs commercial grade' its a bit of a misnomer since you can purchase medical tech if you want to pay the price.

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@ Version 1.0 ... Re: heart rate measurement

Being off by 25 bpm can be a major problem.

When exercising the max heart rate is a formula... 220 minus your age.

So when you're 20... that's 200 bpm.

When you're 50, that's 170 bpm.

If you're trying to get back in to shape, you could be at 170 bpm while your monitor is showing 145.

That's an accident waiting to happen, especially if your doctor tells you to do some exercise but not to exceed X like 145 bpm and you're really doing 170 bpm.

Also there are two types of monitors.

Photoplethysmography which is measuring your HR via an LED scan, and an EKG which is taking an electronic signal over a sensor or between two sensors. Two different methods.

You can get 'medical grade' devices as a consumer if you know where to shop. They do make and sell portable (2 x AAA battery) finger 'Pulse Ox' monitors. (Photoplethysmography) However these are not conducive to use while trying to work out.

But I digress. The point is that having a monitor off by 25bpm can be dangerous and its an accident waiting to happen. This is something to be a major concern because there are watches and monitors (besides Garmin) that have been making heart rate monitors for years that are more accurate.

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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

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Re: Anyone can build something small

I don't know why you posted Anon, because what you've said is spot on.

I mean the author is a homebrew hobby-ist. Now there's nothing wrong with that. I've been a home brew type of guy since my youth and I still run a serious home network.

But at scale... you definitely need some serious $$$ and talent which you get when you buy from a vendor.

10GBe is soo last year. In a large scaled clustered build out, you need to be much faster. Faster still when you start to look at the use of flash outside of the SATA bottleneck and the emergence of ReRAM. (Though, don't hold your breath. )

Moore's law may not actually be dead it just hit a flat spot... . Now its smaller, faster, denser using less energy and producing less heat.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: cryogenic freezer burn

The question is ...

With Rometty in charge, what body part is 'blue'?

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Re: Grumpy Gumby

Moi grumpy? Hardly.

You start off ok and then go off on a rant how this isn't a cloud sort of thing.

Or how you go to sign up only to find out that they've hid their qualifier page to make sure you really are interested in advancing quantum computing.

Lets face it, you may not make the grade. Moi? I know a guy who knows a guy... ;-)

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@Captain Daft... Re: This is a piss poor article.... Marketroids

That's my point exactly.

They are on the 'right track' but mess it up because they can't keep it simple.

They try to sell you something or market something.

They just don't get it.

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This is a piss poor article.... Re: Marketroids

Ok,

First, yes, IBM's marketeers aka marketdroids aka shit for brains, just don't get it.

IBM's current decade slide is a testament to that.

But beyond this... here's the thing. You have a scarce resource. A quantum computer to play with if you have the right credentials.

So put yourself in IBM's shoes. How do they market this play toy and yet limit access to those who would actually do something of value with it?

IBM put themselves in to a no win situation.

Were I IBM, I would have done things slightly differently. I would have marketed this by saying that they were putting a quantum computer up on their cloud and are granted a select few access if they can show that they deserve access. Just being honest and up front about it... Sign up, make a case and if we (IBM) think you have merit, we'll grant you access.... I get it and I think most sane normal rational people would get it.

But then again, we're talking about IBM Marketing which haven't a clue about how to have a mature conversation where they aren't trying to sell you something.

THIS IS WHY IBM IS STILL STRUGGLING TO TURN THEIR SHIP AROUND AND ARE FLAILING IN THE BIG DATA ANALYTICS AREANA.

But hey! What do I know... I'm just a commentard who's flaming both IBM's stupid as usual marketeers and of course the lazy El Reg reporting...

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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@AC ...Re: That's the unix way of doing things..

Before you bash Linux/Unix...

Looking at the exploit, unless you run ImageMagick as root, you're limiting the potential damage.

Yeah, this is brain dead, but, it could be worse.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: On behalf of the human race

First, its a bit ingenuous to say she was sacked 1 week in to a new job. She didn't have a job until Cruz won the nod and he didn't. So it was a tentative offer at best.

Second, Kasich is still in the race. He's the anybody but Trump. Take Cruz, Rubio and Kasich's delegates, and he's a lot closer to Trump than you think.

Both Kasich and Sanders will have had the election stolen from them.

Sanders because HRC will be indicted and the DNC will parachute in a Biden / Warren ticket at the last minute.

Kasich because he's been completely ignored by the Press from day one. He won Ohio and if its a contested election between him and Trump, he has a very good chance. But the media finds a "GOP pundits eat crow" story more appealing than talking about candidates.

That's the sick thing about the US and probably other Governments. We don't know how much our opinions are influenced by the press.... er... actually we do, thanks to Facebook who experimented on their pleebs....

Go figure. I wonder if NZ or AU are far enough away to survive this potential melt down....

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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@ASDF ...Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

The Army Air Corp is the USAF. Don't you know your US and World History from the 20th Century?

Post WW II the army air corps became the USAF and the Army was left with rotary aircraft.

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Re: @Mr Xavia...This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

"What makes you think it will be the US AF that gets it right? Some countries defense contractors and employees are actually required to be competent (some countries might actually for example hold a billion dollar failed virtual fence against Boeing). If the F35 has proven anything its that even nearly infinite resources can't polish a turd."

I wonder if you realize who are the defense contractors working on the F-35.

And if we look at what the EU has put together over the years... it makes the F-35 look like a wonder plane.

The issue is that the current school of Agile development doesn't work well when it comes to building

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@Mr Xavia...Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

You do realize that there is more software involved in a drone than in a fighter jet right?

If the US can't get the software right for a jet, what makes you think that they can fix a drone?

Also food for thought.

Remember the F-4 Phantom?

Maybe it was before your time.

The Air Force decided that air to air combat would use missiles and would occur at ranges before guns would be effective. So the F-4 had no guns, just missile rails and rocket pods....

Then Viet Nam hit. the long story short... a gun pod was created ASAP.

Got the point?

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@yank ...Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

Strategic bombing is a joke because the WH doesn't want collateral damage.

Guess what? In war, shit happens. That means collateral damage happens.

The Russians using dumb bombs were more effective than the Americans in their Syrian campaign. Costs a lot less considering that a dumb bomb is cheaper than a smart bomb.

Were the Americans to bring in the BUFFs and carpet bomb the enemy strongholds... you will see hell on earth looks like. And the US could do this if they didn't care about the human shields used by ISIS/ISIL.

This is a major difference between Russian and US policy planning.

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@Crazy ops guy ... Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

Please don't give up your day job.

Army / Marines both need close air support as well as rapid deployment capabilities and rapid extraction capabilities.

So you have helicopters, Ospreys, and the Marines have jump jets and Naval jets.

Navy requires air support to protect the ships. Maybe you didn't learn your lessons from a certain WW I pilot who bombed some old ships to prove a point and pushed for the creation of the aircraft carrier?

No?

Please learn your military history before making such daft statements.

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@asdf ... Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

The Air Force and Pentagon is being run by a bunch of bean counters who look at the logistics and costs of running a fleet of aircraft.

Specialty role fighters cost more to maintain because your maintenance crew has to be trained specifically for each weapon system as well as the parts are not interchangeable. So the idea is to find an aircraft that can do multiple missions.

The other issue is that when you put a specialty role aircraft in theater, you also need another specialty aircraft to maintain control of the airspace. (e.g. the A-10 needs someone to watch the skies above it.)

Seems that they didn't learn their lessons from world war II. P-47 Thunderbolt vs P-51 Mustang in a ground support role. P-51 was an overall air superiority fighter yet the P-47 could take more abuse and provide better air support of ground troops.

The F-22 is the best plane on paper because its a generation ahead of the competition. The Russians aren't going to put their aircraft up against it any time soon and they won't sell their latest tech to a third world nation any time soon.

The F-22 was used for air strikes in Syria. I don't know what they learned from that experience....

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@asdf .... Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

One would think that drones would be superior.

However, there is this thing called c.

Its a silly little constant that represents the speed of light and its a nasty little constant that means that when you take the man out of the loop and make him a remote pilot... sitting halfway around the world, you have a delay that while flying a surveillance drone, may not be much of an issue, it would mean life or death in an air to air fight.

Then there's putting a pilot in theater but not in the aircraft. You have other issues like radio jammers...

The point is that it will take a while for the AI to replace a pilot. Not to mention that your drone will end up costing more than putting a man in the machine.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Why am I thinking of this 60's song?

Its now the 'Age of Aquarius' ?

Of course its interesting that the discovery is 47 years after the song was released, and the distance is 40 light years away...

Just a coincidence? ;-)

Paris, because this is a bit of an airhead post...

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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

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Re: Texas. The nanny go[a]to state for trolls!

You do realize that beyond the patent lawsuits finding the appropriate venue is part of the legal process. So you can't say 'aha! this is a patent suit and you cannot pick your venue....'

The larger issue is changing the patent laws in general. Software patents should never have been allowed in the first place. But any meaningful attempts were shut down by Reid because he being backed by the trial attorney's association. That goes too for tort reform.

That's what needs to change.

Not picking your venue.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Re: Half a pound of tupenny rice...

No, it was one of those pan-dimensional people, only this one was a member of a rebel group trying to stop us from finding the question to the answer 42...

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Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

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Well there goes 4K!

I wonder what would happen if you wanted to upgrade to 4K videos.

Oh wait, Comcast doesn't offer 4K content and therefore believes that with a 1TB limit, you wouldn't want 4K either.

Or maybe their content doesn't count so that you get penalized for watching Netflix on top of their cable shows?

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