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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

cavreader Re:May I suggest (269 comments)

My father has had one for over 60 years (bought used for $10) and it was already 10+ years old when he bought it. One day it will be passed down to me but I hope it does not happen too soon). It had the full stock that extended the length of the barrel which he later cut down to the size of a normal sporting rifle. He still uses every year for hunting deer and bear. It is extremely accurate and is in extremely good physical condition. My favorite feature is the 10 round clip that can be removed really fast since it was originally developed for the military. It is a hell of a lot better then the M1 Garand which made so much noise when popping it's empty clip it told the enemy "here I am and I am out of ammo so fire away".

yesterday
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

cavreader Re: Good job, India! (81 comments)

The US doesn't appease Muslim Countries they do exactly what all the US haters want and ignore any internal policies that doesn't threaten US interests. One good example would be the 3 billion dollars the US has paid Egypt to stop working against Israel. It's work. Why should the US care about repression in Bahrain as long as the big naval base is being provided and paid for by the Bahrain government? Why should the US censure Saudi Arabia as long as they manage output to keep the oil prices at an acceptable level? People can't complain about US foreign interventions and undue influence then turn around and criticize the US for not using their authority to aid those being suppressed by their own governments . And the only solution to solve that paradox is for people to recognize it is not the US's burden or responsibility to protect the well being of foreign populations. For every benefit or bribe the US may offer to foreign countries to further US interests there is always someone willing to sellout the well being of their own citizens. Without that caveat the US would have very little power outside of military power ant that doesn't work well due to both foreign and domestic political side effects. The same applies to the other world leading countries such as China and Russia. I will leave Europe out it because they have neither the wealth or resources and their military power is non-existent without US assistance and the US will only provide that if they have something to gain.

2 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cavreader Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

Brilliant. After my first comment about intentionally infecting people I started to wonder how that could be done. Prick your finger so a little blood seeps out and then rub the bloody finger on the back of door handles and other public places where hand contact is common. But infecting yourself with Ebola and blowing yourself up in the middle of a bunch a people would do the job. Those not killed in the blast would be covered with blood and the first responders would be more worried about blast related injuries before testing for Ebola or any other infectious pathogens.

3 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cavreader Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

I believe it takes between 2 days up to as long as 3 weeks for symptoms to become noticeable. Someone looking to spread the contagion to as many people as possible would have plenty of time to do so. However, if they infected just a couple of people before being noticed by the authorities the ensuing panic would be overwhelming.

4 days ago
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Analysis of Linux Backdoor Used In Freenode Hack

cavreader Re:security methods can be used by both sides (37 comments)

China, Russia, N. Korea, France, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, Brazil, and basically every other country on the planet with indoor plumbing and broadband internet service all contain governmental security services with ability to create an exploit such as this. And that group is probably dwarfed by the criminal enterprises around the world making money hand over fist by creating, selling, and using sophisticated exploits. So that being said where will you find people to fill your network security jobs after ruling out anyone associated with the US?

5 days ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cavreader Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

I know Russia, and everyone else, have missiles with penetration aides and multiple nuclear warheads per ICBM and any air defense against these weapons is damn near impossible, especially when they reach their terminal attack stage. But these missiles are vulnerable in their boost stage. That's why Russia objects to missile defense systems deployed near their borders.

about a week ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cavreader Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

The anti-missile technology is advancing more than you think. It's the radar and computational capabilities that are key to a successful intercept and there is a lot of well funded R&D to improve in these two areas.The systems in Israel are a perfect test bed. Israel employs two separate missile defense systems. The Iron dome for relatively short range missiles and the Patriot system missiles for long range interception. And yes, an impenetrable shield is something that may happen in the future but does not exist today.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cavreader Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

You may not have heard this from your friends but a couple months ago a Russian politician all but threatened to reduce the US to a wasteland of radioactive ash over the conflict in the Ukraine. Russia has stepped up their efforts to modernize their nuclear weapons and testing new missile delivery systems. Nuclear weapons have prevented a large scale war between the global powers like WW2. Without the nuclear deterrent the world would be very different today. However, the nuclear deterrent is on it's way to becoming obsolete due to advances in anti-missile capabilities. As these defense systems advance the threat of someone launching a nuclear missile is reduced. All the current nuclear powers have a potent defense against anyone invading their country. The best examples would be India,Pakistan, and Israel. The chances of the US, China, and Russia invading one another is extremely remote. Removing or reducing the nuclear deterrent would introduce wide scale instability and make the possibility of large scale warfare much greater. The skirmishes happening across the world today are nothing compared to the US, Russia, or China unleashing their true non-nuclear power. The US military has been fighting their battles with one hand tied behind their back with an embedded JAG officer advising them on whether or not to pull the trigger. As natural resources continue to dwindle in the future the possibility all out war will grow. Not in our lifetime but not to far in the future either.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cavreader Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

After herding all the jihadists and would be jihadists into their self proclaimed caliphate would be the perfect time for a limited yield tactical nuke or two. Reduce border security and take the time to allow as many jihadists as possible to flock towards their caliphate. Limit offensive military actions and threats to instill some calm into the situation and let the jihadists emerge from their holes to start terrorizing any civilians still wandering around while also making note of the busiest mosques and recruiting centers. Utilize extensive satellite and drone surveillance to identify the area with the most jihadists per square foot and fire away. The newer nukes are a lot cleaner then those dropped on Japan and the Nevada desert so any fall out should dissipate in a relatively short time span but the point would have been made. And you vastly over estimate the worlds reaction to an action like this. There will be a lot of complaining and vitriol flying around but there will also be a lot of people who secretly and quietly approve of the action to remove the current jihadists and give a warning for those planning any future attempts to violently impose an extremist religion. Disclaimer: I do not advocate or approve of this scenario but it is where the world is currently heading. People are more concerned with winning political arguments then actually solving any problems. In their gusto to win their arguments facts become optional and dishonesty runs amok while misinformation rules the day all in the name of winning the argument. We have people ignoring viscous and barbaric actions while at the same time berating the only people capable of putting an end to escalating violence. We have another group who would have no problem with the scenario described above. The loudest contributors to the continuing back slide into the 7th century complain and blame but never offer up any solutions to the problems we face today. It's not enough to say that the US is responsible for all the troubles the world faces. Blaming the US or the west for all the problems is the same thing as supporting ISIS and all the other terror groups around the world. The suicide bombers, knife wielders, and trigger pullers are absolved of any guilt for their actions because according to the twitterized masses every bad thing that happens is blamed on the US and the west.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

cavreader Re:You Forgot One (424 comments)

Why would Russia and China object to the US pulling out the big guns and killing a large portion of people who are causing all the problems? The war hurts their interests more than it hurts US interests. And the world does sit idly by and watch the mayhem while criticizing the US actions or inactions.

about two weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

cavreader Re: Betteridge's law of headlines (96 comments)

Other than the US embassy what property or bank accounts could China freeze to seriously harm the US? And for a million soldiers to get any where close to the US they would have to execute the "million man" swim to get there. One word: logistics. Geography has always given the US an advantage. There is not a single country on the planet who can project military power any where in the world on a moments notice except for the US. No other country has as many foreign military bases around the world as the US. Bases that are there because the foreign governments have welcomed them for various reasons. Bases that were built after WW2 to place trip wires to deter potential aggression against US allies. SK is the best example.However, the US has always vacated any base were the host asked them to. The Philippines are sort of regretting their decision as well as Iraq. And in the event that things get really out of hand a nuclear war would devastate all sides so there is really nothing to talk about in that dismal case. If missile defense technology continues to advance to the point of rendering ICBM's and cruise missiles useless we could see another non-nuclear WW3 in the future.

about two weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

cavreader Re: Betteridge's law of headlines (96 comments)

About the idea of China owning much of the US debt. Over 80% of the national debt is owned by the US Federal Reserve. The remaining debt is parceled out in bonds and investment certificates to countries and regular people. China and a lot of other countries stash large sums of cash in US financial instruments. The US is recognized as one of the safest and stable places to invest their money. And in the unlikely event that the US and China were to start a war or do anything else that pisses off the US government their assets can be frozen with a signature.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

cavreader Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

I think you would be hard pressed to find "idiot programmers" working in the MS kernel space. The same goes for Apple, Linux, Google, and the other top OS developers. You can hate the companies all you want but the developer talent they have collected is impressive. About the only other place you may find better talent is at the NSA. If you want to see some real "idiot programmers" you should look at the vast number of application developers.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

cavreader Re:oh you mean tools to counterfeit? (35 comments)

The "shortsightedness" is giving away your technology advantages to a country that is slowly losing their only advantage, namely cheap labor. Low labor costs and little to no corporate regulations in the labor and environmental areas plus some considerable currency manipulation has allowed China's exports to surge. Now other countries in SE Asia are able to compete with China's low labor costs while China's labor force is asking for better wages and benefits which if granted would help stimulate their domestic economy. If China cannot improve it's citizens buying power the size of their market will no longer justify doing anything to enter their market. China may post a high GDP but their per-capita statistics are far behind countries such as Japan and the US. China is not known for their innovation or quality they are just manufacturing what others have designed. Companies willing to give China all their proprietary technology just to operate within China is a one time event. If they decide to move their manufacturing out of China they don't get to ask for their technology back. One good example is when Google folded up their tents and left China instead of capitulating to China's demands.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

cavreader Re:oh you mean tools to counterfeit? (35 comments)

Most of the chips built in China are being built by fabs set up by foreign companies, not indigenous Chinese foundries. There is a big difference. I can't understand why so many companies are willing to provide their technical knowledge to China just to do business with them. Even for people looking to make an extra buck off the cheap labor should see the shortsightedness of taking this path.

about three weeks ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

cavreader Re:they can do it for lesd (84 comments)

Communism is a failed and impracticable ideology. It sounds good on paper but in reality it doesn't scale. It dampens motivations, incentives, and brings progress to a stop. The only equality produced by communist policies is when everyone are equally poor. Communist slogans and rhetoric preach equality of the masses while demonizing anyone who dares to succeed and attain wealth. But the harsh reality is that people are not equal. Some contribute more to society than others and they expect more for their efforts. The leaders of the countries espousing communism are just pandering to their populations to foster the impression that the state really does care about the common man. The only equality to be found in communism is making everyone equally poor. Meanwhile the leaders of these countries are some of the richest people on the planet. The Great Leap Forward was just Mao's way of consolidating his power while removing anyone who might challenge his rule.

about three weeks ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

cavreader Re:they can do it for lesd (84 comments)

China is quintessential corporatism in action. The total merger of state and corporate power controlled by a board of directors commonly called the "Party". The country has not been communist for a long time and there are strong arguments supporting idea that they truly were never communist in the first place. The Chinese citizens have absolutely no way of influencing any government policies and decisions. Even simple non-violent protesting is frowned upon and suppressed by the government if it threatens the status quo . The government programs aimed at benefiting it's citizens do just enough to keep a lid on dissent and mass protests, and China definitely contains a lot of mass. China built it's economy on cheap labor and a fair amount of currency manipulation instead of adding their currency to the international basket of currencies and allowed to float in relation to other economies. Theses two pillars of economic policy are not sustainable. There are other countries capable of providing low cost labor. The Chinese citizens uplifted by the economic gains are starting to demand higher pay and benefits which is a well established principle in nationalistic economy model. The country may have risen up to be a world economic power but their Per capita statistics are still far behind countries such as Japan and the US. It is possible for a state to have a high GDP but if that success doesn't translate down to the average citizens it is a pretty meaningless metric.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

cavreader Re:Militarization of the Moon (197 comments)

China and Russia,like most countries, are good at making grandiose plans but so far they have not fulfilled their lofty sounding goals. They seem to be stuck in the "Linux will dominate the desktop next year" prediction model. The last Chinese-Russian joint effort to send a satellite to Mars blew up in the atmosphere. Of course the US has had their share of failures but both China and Russia have not displayed any ground breaking technology advances that surpassed US efforts and capabilities in space. The US may need to hitch a ride to the ISS but at $70 million a seat it is a lot cheaper than maintaining the old shuttle program.

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

cavreader Re:MAD (342 comments)

The multilingual internet will be the prime catalyst of the next global war. Nuclear or otherwise. The Internet is the strategic propagandists most effective weapon. Influencing public opinion has never been easier for both governments and civilians. And there is absolutely no possibility of the US, Russia, China, or any other nuclear powers given up their nuclear arsenals so you can stop wasting your breath and pick another world injustice to protest. All of the past nuclear arms treaties are meaningless. What difference does it make if the US or Russia reduces it's warhead inventory by a few thousand warheads when they still retain thousands more?

about a month ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

cavreader Re:Duh Snowden was a stalking horse. (183 comments)

If he had only released the information related to domestic programs he would not be exiled in Russia and under threat of arrest the minute he leaves Russia. He could have used the foreign surveillance information as a bargaining chip to severely limit or even eliminate any legal consequences in the US. He could have returned all the information on foreign intelligence programs for a get out of jail free card. The government would have excepted that deal in a minute. The information on the domestic programs would still have been made public which is what he claimed to be his stated goal. By releasing information on the foreign intelligence programs he showed another goal which was to damage the US in any way possible regardless of the consequences. His claims about vetting the information to determine if the disclosures would be dangerous or not showed an unprecedented level arrogance on his part. How would he know what information is dangerous and what information is not? He set himself up as the sole authority and arbitrator for determining what information constitutes danger.

about a month ago

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