* Posts by LazLong

10 posts • joined 23 Nov 2010

US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

LazLong

@RIBrsiq

"Edge cases?" You mean like Iraq I, Iraq II, Afghanistan, Libya, and the current trouble in the Levant? Name one post-Vietnam conflict the West has been in that the F-35's stealth and electronics would have been useful. These are the types of conflicts theoreticians expect us to be engaged in the foreseeable future. Not a modern Soviet Union, which the F-35 is aimed at. So, by all means, include the type of air defenses that were seen in these conflicts.

I'm not against the capabilities the F-35 is supposed to bring to the table, minus the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none bullshit of trying to build a single aircraft to satisfy all niches of not just the U.S. Air Force and Navy, the needs of every other possible purchaser. Having a stealthy aircraft capable of delivering on-target in a peer environment is useful, but not in the same numbers we need a robust system like the A-10. Plus, no one says we can't do another upgrade block on the A-10, or build new airframes. We needn't have only one tool in our kit, we need the proper tool for the job and the correct number of each.

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Exactly the point I was planning on making

People like to say that A-10s lack what it takes to survive on a modern battlefield, but the same thing can be said about our helos and none of them are as good at their jobs as the A-10 is at its.

As for the "modern battlefield," I think we've been seeing that in Bosnia, Albania, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the current troubles in the Levant. These are the types of conflicts experts have correctly said will occupy the Western powers post-Soviet Union. The A-10 is a perfect platform for these types of conflicts. Don't forget, it's not operating as the sole type of aircraft, but one of a mix. Leave the air superiority to the F-15s and F-16s, and leave the F-22s at home as they are unnecessary.

Also, when they compare the F-35 to the A-10 combat-wise they need to also keep cost and maintainability in mind.

The F-35 is the poster child for the phrase "Jack of all trades, master of none." We should cut our losses and cancel the program now. I really feel sorry for Britain and the other countries who have been suckered into this boondoggle the U.S. has perpetrated on its allies.

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Oracle tosses its Linux into Docker's repository

LazLong

Oracle Linux is free, but updates aren't.

You must have a support contract to receive updates, so it isn't really free.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

LazLong

More expensive?

"It's hardly surprising, of course, that a more expensive device with a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor would outperform the dual-core 1.2 GHz iPhone 5."

Here in the States on AT&T the 16GB iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 are priced identically ($200), while the 32GB iPhone 5 is $50 more expensive ($300 vs $250) than the 32GB Galaxy S4.

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Amphibious Nazi raccoons menace Sweden

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Scottish TV news pumps goatse link

LazLong

Goatse.cx?

I watched there video twice, on my phone and didn't catch the eye opener. Did they cut it? Or am I a victim of a small screen?

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Welcome your robot overlairds, robots

LazLong

Scooba: on our third in less than a year

We just received our third Scooba in a year. As the author states, they do a decent job of mopping on laminated flooring, though iRobot state in their manual to never use the Scooba on this type of flooring due to the likelihood of resulting water damage. The first Scooba failed in just less than two months, and the second after a good seven-month run. Both failed with the Service light. After spending time on the phone with tech support and following their diagnostic flowchart, was advised to send in for repair. Fortunately we got it on sale for $250 from Hammacher Schlumer who provide a lifetime replacement warranty free of charge. From my experiences I am sure it will come in handy.

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US House votes to bar FCC net neut rules

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If Obama doesn't veto this....

This is another glaring bit of evidence that political money is poison to democracy. How anyone can be against 'net neutrality is beyond me. This very same crap came up with the telephone, and the gov't had to force interoperability and access. Can't the Repubs imagine what a lack of this type of legislation would have meant for the telephone? Not change 'telephone' for 'Internet.' Morons....

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Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive

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Where's the eSATA?

No eSATA interface. Sure and USB 3.0 is nice and all, but there are a hell of a lot more eSATA ports out there and having one on this device would make it far more versatile/useful. Especially in light of the bridge board issue.

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