194 posts • joined 27 Jul 2010
Re: I think...
...if you're taking my money I DO get an opinion...
...just until 2017 or so, unless SpaceX, Boeing, or SN get man-rated earlier. AND it would mean setting the record for time in space, bonus!
Re: Battery recycling
That's EXACTLY what happened to the US in the Gulf War. They brought all these recycling containers, had everyone trained to separate and segregate properly and thought the Saudis would be quite happy. They were quite pleased with themselves. Then, some TCNs (third country nationals, probably Bangladeshis) just picked up each container, dumped it into the common garbage truck, and drove off to the dump. LOL!
MS obviously stole this from my wife...
...mine's the one with the 4,600 page marriage EULA in the pocket (abridged version)..
Re: Way of the Velociraptor
Clever girl...err boy?
...Mine's the one with the map of the park in the pocket.
Re: I reckon Musk has the goods on Correll about trying to get a job off Spacex
I don't have any evidence either that Aerojet's real reason is to schmooze more contracts, but having been in a company that did get contracts from the military, it was standard practice. We'd hire retired civil service or military (including me), for two main purposes. First, to bring expertise on a current contract effort, and second, use our contacts and knowledge to get our business development team positioned to make a sale. We weren't allowed (depending on rank and whether or not you had access or oversight over government contracting) to work on any project we had access or control over, or even help on the bid for about two years after we departed government service. So, while Correll may not be directly working with any projects he was associated with, he will be certainly opening doors for the business development team and pointing the company to work that the government wants to outsource, or can't get done in the normal scheme of things (not enough manpower, facilities, etc).
...Mine's the one with the retired ID in the pocket...
Re: This is the result of NASA wlaking away from LOX/RP1 engines in the 1970's.
You need to re-check your history. It was LBJ that frittered away our youth and money to prosecute a land war in Asia. Nixon was the one that got us OUT of Vietnam.
Re: Space Race?
Except the GPS constellation is being replaced as we type. GPS II satellites are going up to replace the originals, and GPS III satellites are in design/development.
Re: Oderint dum metuant
Gee, where to begin on a reply which demonstrates so clearly the neo-Euro viewpoint, where you rage against those who have stood by and with you for generations, securing the lifestyle to which you are used to.
Yes, I have been around the world at various US, NATO, Japanese, and Saudi bases, I proudly say that, having stood watch on the walls and guarding the gates that have protected Europe and the world for 70 years now, a second generation as my father also stood watch in the Fulda Gap and on the battlefields of Vietnam.
Yes, we do go around with weapons locked and loaded, for Bear, pirates, etc, You should be thanking us for doing so, but no, you're petulant about being reminded of your own weakness.
And that brings us to the current weaknesses of Europe's militaries. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a steady and significant decline of will, capability and lethality. With the sole exception of the UK, not a single European ally had the ability to transport, sustain, or maintain their forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. In every single case, the US had to step up and keep units in the fight to cover for European ineffectiveness. Finland has just concluded that Sweden's military cannot fight beyond the first few days of a war, for lack of supplies, transportation, and sheer lack of numbers. Although not a NATO partner, Finland was planning on Sweden coming to the fight, but now will have to look at Norway and NATO.
Bosnia and Libya are perfect examples of how European militaries simply cannot function without direct US support. In neither case could Europe a) work together, b) provide enough forces, or c) support said forces for more than a few days. In both cases the US had to provide leadership, planning, sustainment, and crucial force multipliers (tankers, EW, transports), to get the job done. Europe simply can't defend themselves let alone project power in any meaningful manner.
Other than the UK, our NATO allies don't train enough, aren't modernizing effectively, and are rapidly degenerating into ceremonial forces, who look good in parades but can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. The Russians know this, they know Europe is once again weak, despite the bluster about Crimea and the Ukraine. There is absolutely nothing Europe could, or would do militarily, if Russia simply took the Ukraine. Mark my words, they WILL take the Eastern Ukraine, either peaceably, or just roll the tanks in and end all the speculation.
So go ahead, look down on the ones who hold the wolves at bay, the ones who do the hard, dirty work in places you can't, and wouldn't dare to go. We'll still be out there, keeping your butt safe, at least for a little while longer. Keep it up, the anti-American rhetoric. Soon enough you will get your wish, and the US will turn to isolationism once again, and when the wolves are prowling about, you will remember when there used to be guards keeping your family safe, because you won't have the nerve, tools, or training to.
Anti-American sentiment is on the rise because the pampered European peoples (and many Democrats) want desperately to believe the age of war is over. All you have to do is talk it out, or just lecture sternly, pointing one's finger at said culprit. Reminds me of the movie "Demolition Man"... You field militaries who expect that just showing up will cause the bad guys to quiver in their boots and meekly repent. Or, all that's needed to stop aggression is a talk show host, who looks very sad at the bad guys, and they repent on air. You don't like being reminded that there are genuine psychos out there, some in command of armies, and others in charge of entire nations.
Boku Haram is a perfect example. Almost 300 girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and who does the world turn to? You somehow expect the US to have the ability to travel halfway around the world, take out a brutal thug, and rescue the girls, overnight. Oh that's right, we can only do that if we have the experience, training, and equipment, in the right place, which none of the mainland European militaries have. Even France had to use US C-17 transports in their latest African rumble, as the A400M is not ready for action. Neo-Euros lament a strong US presence world-wide, but can't man-up to take our place on the wall or at the gates. We could go into Nigeria, but how many of you Neo-Euros would decry the US acting unilaterally once again? Why should we put more of our young people on the thin red line when (in this case) Nigeria won't. The same will be asked of Europe. Why should we stay when you obviously won't hold up your end of the bargain?
So, to wrap-up, get your house in order and step up to the job, or stop yer whinin', 'cause it's startin' to seriously bug me and my friends.
Re: Where have you been Murphy?!
You should be terrified of us. Because we kick rear end and take names, unlike the rest of the milquetoast nations in Europe, excluding Britain. Bosnia, Georgia, Crimea, and now Eastern Ukraine, all show just how weak the European militaries really are. The single factor keeping some sort of stability is the freakin' lopsided amount of funds the USA pours into NATO every year.
And I have traveled the world, served in the military, was stationed in Europe, and have a far more intimate knowledge of why planet Earth has had no, as in zero, world wars since 1945. The single largest reason you enjoy the prosperity you currently have is due to the sacrifice of the US men and women willing to guard the walls and gates of the world. We ensure the air and sea lanes are open for commerce, free of charge. We gave the Internet to the world. We opened up our GPS assets for all to use, free of charge. Frankly, if it weren't for the USA,'s Marshall Plan the European economy would still be climbing out of WWII's destruction and Europe would be a forgotten player on the international stage.
We don't ask for your money, we don't ask for services, we don't ask for your vote. A simple "Thank You" will suffice.
Re: Where have you been Murphy?!
No. The US and the UK were fighting 3 nations (Germany, Italy, and Japan) on 3 continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) and across two oceans (Atlantic and Pacific). The USSR fought exactly one nation and fought on exactly one front in Europe, (Eastern) while the Allies were fighting entire theatres of operations in Europe (Southern and Western, three, if you count ops in Norway), Northern Africa, India/Burma/China, Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and the Atlantic.
So, the bulk of the winning in WWII was done by the US and the UK, not the USSR. To give due credit, the Soviets held the cream of the German army at bay for years and bought enough time for the Allies to launch the largest amphibious assault the world has ever seen, and hopefully ever will see.
I plan on taking my wife to Loch Ness this summer to see if we can find the "monster"...
I Already Got Mine
Payments (credit to my account) from Amazon and Apple, both. More to come?
Current guess is 4,590 years (not sure what that equates to in El Reg)
It's officially called 2012 VP113, which the discovering team shortened to VP, and then eventually Biden to honour the current US vice president.
Let's see, a dim object circling far the center...right you are then, carry on.
...put the flashy lights on the suit. I anticipate there will be backscattering off of the helmet that will interfere with getting tasks at night accomplished. On the other hand if one is going to attend a star-studded disco...
Mine's the one with the disco ball attached...
With that draft, where are the divers going to go? Unless they're planning on turning the underside into a coral reef, swimming about in the open ocean gets pretty boring after a while...
Did anyone else read it as "A Pole for your short-arm selfie?"
...mine's the one with the pole in the pocket...thanks.
Re: Not much better than regular passwords
Me, I'm gonna pick that special place I go to whenever I read The Register...
Mine's the one with the hole in the pocket...
At least two of you...
TSgt Kwan got some with Laliari...
Re: Rhubab haters
Paris, because she'd know where to find a whole pallet load of sophisticated rhubarb...
But Where Is...
...the red dot that says "You are here"?
Re: Not quite the first thing to take out...
THIS laser IS light-years away from SDI...but this is just a testbed. The object is to field a 50Kw and then a megawatt class laser, which will do all the things SDI required. Frankly, an inter-linked system of 1Mw lasers around a city or military base would be hard to overcome via anything being thrown/lobbed/fired/dropped at it. Taking out a speed of light weapon system will require other methods, such as attacking the power grid that supports them, or the cooling network, or spoofing the targeting system, etc.
End of the Couch Potato?
So, if an entrepreneur were smart, he could build a reproduction of a walk-through of DOOM or some other first person shooter type game, put projection displays on the various walls linked to the game and track/feedback the gamer with this tracking system?
If he then linked it with other walk-throughs, you could have multiple teams duking it out...World of Warcraft in 3-D?
...an article truly in The Register style is the product not only of its writer but also of sub-editors, editors and usually some time spent writing for us beforehand.
Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
Please send a copy of your post to the IPCC, it seems their first year science teacher was deficient...
I'll be opening...
A cell-phone jammer shop in every airport under the guise of a "noise-canceling" headset...ka-ching!
Re: INFLATABLE LEAD ? ( The metal that is )
...except the current USAF Chief of Staff was an A-10 pilot and the previous one was a C-130 pilot, but keep believing in your fantasies...
...to be accurate, they haven't "done it' yet. They've accomplished a few percentage points of the whole mission so far. The hard bits are the long voyage and then transfer into a Martian orbit.
Still, a beer for what's been accomplished so far...
a future Mythbusters episode.
I've often wondered how this simple point can be so impossible to explain to Democrats.
There, fixed it for you.
Rocket Science is HARD
Too bad the secondary objective of a "soft" touchdown for the 1st stage didn't work out. The first firing to slow the booster went well, but the second firing put the 1st stage into a spin/crash. Also the other secondary objective to re-light the second stage didn't work, but the engineers say they have a fix for that problem.
A Mooving Story...
..but since it's "Friday" here in Khamis Mushayt, so we don't need the IT angle, right? Or was that an udderly ludicrous assumption?
Pre-Identifying Contents FAIL
LOL...it seems that every time I fly, I see people re-packing bags at the airport, so then they have to update their app to register the new contents while keeping people waiting in line for check-in? Yeah, that'll go over well with the people in line, let alone the counter personnel...
Designation vs Acquisition
The US does not allow UAVs to designated targets. Targets are designated and authorized by a human. Drones or UAVs may have the ability to acquire their target, but they do not "choose" or make a value judgement based on some arbitrary threshold. GLCMs and others that don't find their target simply go find an open space and impact there. Even CBUs are dropped against a designated target and simply acquire a target (if the CBU can acquire).
Re: I don't much like drones....
YOU defend the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea without land mines...go ahead, make my day.
Aerospace engineers will still have to take g-loading into account. Generally, the higher the stress, the stronger and heavier the components must be. Since most modern components, avionics included, are designed around a human limiting factor of around 9-10G's, they will have to be redesigned to operate in a heavier G environment. There will probably be a "sweet spot", depending on materials being used, where the designers get the optimum performance for the weight/power characteristics.
As for putting munitions on the top of an aircraft, it's been tried--doesn't work very well. Your maneuver would a) expose the non-stealth side to radar (assuming you were "stacking" them on top), b) would require a whole new testing regime on release characteristics and probably force unwanted changes to wing design/airflow. I've seen the footage where a munition dropped from below the wing went forward, up, and then over the wing, and c) make it hard as hell for weapons loaders to actually put the bombs on board. We currently use small bomb lift 'trucks" (called "jammers" they come in two sizes for small or big bombs). Loading on top would require hoists or bridge cranes loading x amount of lbs over the top of an aircraft. One slip and now you've got a very big hole in the aircraft, instead of a dent in the concrete. (I have personal experience dealing with a Mk-82 that hit nose-first, so dropping one on the concrete of a flightline won't cause a bomb to high-order--the fuses have lots of safeties designed to prevent just that)
Re: This was a College Competition
... Sorry this was in response to ledswinger's post..
This was a College Competition
...and I suppose you firmly believe all youth sports teams should compete with professionals with no holds barred?
While at the Academy, they can win various awards and achievements, and some entitle them to wear a ribbon. Besides the Paratroop badge, I don't think any crossover to active duty.
Re: I can be paranoid.
Hate to burst your bubble, but I've had 19 year old weapons crewmembers loading nukes on USAF aircraft, maintaining said nukes in the WSA (weapons storage area), and helping aircrews with sensitive intelligence for attack planning, let alone driving tanks, launching aircraft, etc, etc.
It's about EEFIs, Essential Elements of Friendly Information, where someone can post seemingly innocuous info and others can combine it with other information to build a picture of not just locations, but activity. Western intel agencies know where Chinese military bases are, but a route of soft-drink deliveries tells them which buildings are occupied and with an approximate number of personnel, based on size/frequency of deliveries.
I Hereby Volunteer
...and I volunteer my wife, she doesn't know much about these space things, so I'll pitch it as an intimate vacation for two...
Time to put these energy hogs under glass (or whatever)?
Re: Two birds?
Depends on whether they're African or European...
Lots of time for the liberal/progressives to get in again and divert all the money to entitlement programs.
Re: Scary thing is ...
Scary thing is...MY country spends twice the entire amount spent on the Moon program every year creating multi-generational dependence on federal programs designed to trap scores of millions in a welfare/medicare quicksand. We're well into our fourth generation of people completely dependent on the state and no end in sight. Of course that serves a particular political party very well...
Re: So first Marines in Darwin...
Wow, awesome knee-jerk reaction!
Re: In games like in real life
A few years ago, when my teenage son and his friends started playing games like COD, I tried to explain the "team" concept and it was like talking to stunned mullet...then they learned that kicking serious butt as a team was way more fun than just running around shooting anything that moves (or doesn't). They learned to provide cover fire, securing the high ground, setting ambushes, etc. Sure, every now and then they reverted to type (especially late at night), but that's only to be expected. At least now they are fully trained for the zombie apocalypse.
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