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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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

Duhavid Re:Yeah yeah (82 comments)

Removing incorrect moderation

about three weeks 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 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 don't plan around what happened in the past. You learn lessons from it ( hopefully ).

In designing any new aircraft, you have to look at what it's adversaries might be.
And plan around that, the numbers likely to be deployed, logistical factors.

Factor in what has happened in the Ukraine, and how that could have gone.
If the Russians had decided to occupy, what would they have used, and what would the Ukrainians have wanted to oppose that ?
( modern aircraft, in part, strike for the Russians, air defense/air superiority for the Ukrainians )

There is conflict in Syria. My recollection is that Assad has been using aircraft on his people, and that is part of what keep him from being overthrown.

What did the Iraqis want from us when ISIS/ISIL/ started taking territory.
Aircraft. For us to use our aircraft to assist them in driving them out.

China is being increasingly belligerent ( I'm sure they see it as taking their place in the sun, but where have we heard that before ), especially in the South China Seas with Japan, the Philippians, and Vietnam ( at least )
( recent news includes the articles about the oil rigs China has placed near Vietnam, and the Naval issue that have proceeded.
They are attempting to jump start their military ( and commercial ) aircraft industry.

Conflict appears to be getting smaller. Yes. But the threat of conflict is still there. And the capability on the part of other nations is still there.

Imagine America destroys all it's aircraft, naval vessels and disbands the army after destroying all it's weapons.
What happens next?
I would predict that our borders with Canada and Mexico would change, at minimum.
I'm not sure if Russian or China have the logistical capability to move in such a scenario, but then, America's moves in Afghanistan surprised the snot out of me. ( not the absolute power, but the ability to project it so far away.

We cant disarm, as appealing as that sounds. We cant even stop looking at what comes next, as that becomes disarming, in effect, after a period of time.

Disclosure, I am fairly liberal, Christian, opposed to war, use too many parenthesis and commas.

about a month and a half 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)

Forgive me, I am very tired, I should not have mentioned Wild Weasel, you are correct on that.

I believe my point that additional aircraft will not render your strike aircraft less visible stands though.

about a month and a half 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)

How many F-18/E/F/G/H...'s will you need to build to accomplish the mission?
If it doesn't survive well and doesn't knock down the enemy well enough, you might still blow your budget.
And have more maintenance issues. And have to staff for that number of aircraft.

about a month and a half 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)

Yes, if the package fits, you can retrofit, but there are limits.

The aircraft's ease of maintenance is an issue, but it take a backseat to it's mission requirements.

about a month and a half ago

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