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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Duhavid Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

I would think it obvious I did not mean that.

about two weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Duhavid Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

In my previous post, I believe I clarified that I did mean command of LEO militarily, and I wrote it because it seemed to me that some confused the leadership of the Soviet Union with flower in their hair peaceniks who would never hurt a fly. Given that mindset, I didn't see it as a tautology.

about two weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Duhavid Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

Is it that confusing? Command of LEO. Enough to militarily deny other access to LEO.

about two weeks ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

Duhavid Re:What else does he do? (40 comments)

Meant to moderate insightful, fat fingered it, so I am just removing that moderation.

about two weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Duhavid Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

"plant the Hammer and Sickle flag on the surface that will enslave the world in Communism"

Command of space ( not necessarily the moon, but earth orbit for certain ) would be a huge strategic and tactical advantage.
If the Soviet Union had managed LEO or the moon, do you think they would have not used it?

Finland, 1939
Poland, 1939
China, 1941, 1945
Support for NKorea, 1950
Hungary, 1956
Support for NVietnam, 1961
Czechoslovakia, 1968
Afghanistan, 1979
One can argue Crimea, 2014, but that isnt "Soviet Union".

about three weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Duhavid Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

"But those developments were still the result of commercial companies"

At least with respect to WWII, commercial companies produced the aircraft, but it was military and government leaders seeing a possible need for more advanced aircraft that lead to the advancements. With the possible exception of the B-17, industry was asked for the advancements, mainly to meet what the Germans ( and English ) were doing ( what the Japanese had managed came as a sharp surprise )

about three weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Duhavid Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

Privatize? Really?

This will never happen:
"Your patent has been rejected, we ( the patent review company ) already have a patent on that."
"PS: we will have our eye on you..."

about a month ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Duhavid Re:Math (141 comments)

If I were a serial killer I would not want others to know about it.
They would put me in prison or kill me, an undesirable outcome.

You clearly either know or suspect.
You are part of "others".
You are capable or telling others.

I should silence you.
Killing you would be a very effective way to silence you.

If I were a serial killer I would be capable of causing your death
I am not a serial killer, or you would be dead.
QED.

about a month and a half ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Duhavid Re: slowly (141 comments)

The "old white haired ghost in the sky" never told anyone to destroy the earth and everything in it.
Ezekiel 34:19
Psalm 24:1

about a month and a half ago
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Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

Duhavid Re:Yeah yeah (82 comments)

Removing incorrect moderation

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Duhavid Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Menachem Begin, an Israeli Prime Minister, was a known terrorist. He was responsible for 91 deaths in the King David Hotel event alone.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Duhavid Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

You are absolutely right. It is not OK to fire rockets and dig tunnels.
It is also not OK to blockade, to build settlements in disputed areas in order to attempt to assert ownership ( argue for it, build only when it is yours ).
I'm not saying one is equivalent to another, but look at the full picture. The above activities are seen as aggressive by the other side.
While I am on my soapbox, I think that a nation built on terrorist actions ought to be a bit less ready to pull out the terrorist label.
I think a country that had to fight for nationhood should be more understanding of the desire for nationhood.

about 2 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Duhavid Re:And this friends, is why buying a voice is wron (250 comments)

I think you have indirectly made the point that corporations should have no input ( speech or money ) into politics.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Duhavid Re:Not Odd (544 comments)

Thank you!

I have a Samsung Stratosphere because I like the keyboard. I cant run certain apps fully ( Lync and Evernote ) as it is a limited phone and the darn thing is slow ( and gets slower ).
And lately, it just turns itself off. No warning, just off. And I am the second level support person where I work.

I had no idea about these.

about 2 months ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Duhavid Re:" and particularly describing" (150 comments)

My understanding is that they are supposed to know enough about what they are looking for to say what it is.

Is it how evidence works in every case?

about 2 months ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Duhavid Re:" and particularly describing" (150 comments)

and the persons or things to be seized.

from what I have read, they do not specify the person or things to be seized except "everything".

In my mind, "No Check".

about 2 months ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Duhavid Re:The scary part about this (118 comments)

Replying to remove moderation error.

I think you are exactly right.

about 2 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Duhavid Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

You have a good point, no aircraft can excel at every mission.
And I agree with the premise that they really need to make 2 or three aircraft out of this one.
( funny, the FB-11 is a great example of aircraft in trouble, but it did give up the air combat role and became an OK attack aircraft ( with the F-14 rising from that process to become the fighter ) ).

I think they need to use the F-22 as fighter and let the F-35 be strike/attack. And keep the A-10. Or develop a similar aircraft. ( maybe a V-22 variant ).
What they really should have considered was creating a naval air superiority aircraft that the Navy and Air force could share ( Navalizing Air force aircraft does not see to work well, but the F-4 seemed to work out OK, coming the other way ) Made the F-35 a strike aircraft, either with VTOL, or if not, developing a VTOL aircraft for the marines ( V-22 isnt fast enough ).

about 2 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Duhavid Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

Fox "Doesn't matter if it's true" "news"?

No. I have just seen all the turmoil on other planes as they are developed. The V-22 is a example.
I am also, as a software developer, really used to hearing "nothing works!", "it's terrible" as an app is developed.
It may well be that the F-35 isn't a suitable plane. I just think we are gong to need something like it in the not too distant future.

about 2 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Duhavid Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

I hear what you are saying, but I dont think that Libya is a good example.
Libya looks a lot like Vietnam, and I think things will/have progressed from there in a fight with a "real" adversary ( China, Russia, et al ).
( and now I know why I pulled in Wild Weasels, they would go in before the strike to kill the fixed air defense ( ground to air stuff ) ).

The F-35 is an attack aircraft. It will be dropping bombs. So, going in with all the aircraft you need to fulfill that mission, plus jammers means that you have given the enemy a heads up that you are coming.
Yo u might knock back the ground to air stuff, but if they have fighters, those will be launched. You want to avoid that if possible.

And Iraq was not a great example of what a fight with a real contender will be like. They had all kinds of ground to air, but no effective air to air ( numbers, training, moral ). We wont be in that fight against a real adversary ( praying we wont, but... )

about 2 months ago

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