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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

gatkinso You ever wonder... (102 comments)

...why cat food cans generally have pop-tops, but tuna fish cans generally don't?

Project Loon strikes me this way: they are missing something obvious.

yesterday
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

gatkinso Re:Nothing will happen... (554 comments)

Sort of like the Neosocialism that America had to stamp out in the 1940's!

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

gatkinso Re:Maybe of NASA had decent funding... (138 comments)

Having dealt with the NASA budgeting hell for years, I am going with "doubtful" on that one.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:Scale down the land based forces (176 comments)

Boomers do not operate in conjunction with battle groups: they go out in to the vast ocean and disappear. Their biggest defense is that they are virtually impossible to find.

The ICBM's... well everyone knows where they are (ever notice how on google maps they all are oriented identically? It is neat in a morbid way.) Good luck trying to damage one however. A 2000 bomb would quite possibly mar the cover the the point that it would have to be repainted.

https://www.google.com/maps/@4...
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about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:Scale down the land based forces (176 comments)

>> What I have to ask though is in what possible scenario of a nation launching nuclear strike on the U.S. do you see them not committing to wiping out the U.S. retaliatory capability ?

Any nation that doesn't have the numbers to wipe out the US capability: that being every nuclear power on earth except Russia. In the case of Russia, the silos represent a force that absolutely must be dealt with. No attack subs or fighter jets or any other conventional means can counter the ICBM's: they have to be dealt with using a portion of their arsenal.

This exposes one of their biggest drawbacks - they require the other side(s) to maintain a hardened ICBM force, and their relevance is based on Cold War style calculus. Currently the US/UK Trident force is the only sub based first strike capability. The other boomers just don't have the accuracy to threaten US ICBM's (yet).

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

Because mechanics, fuel men, air crew, guards, and weapons techs don't count.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:Scale down the land based forces (176 comments)

Trident D5 missiles can carry up to 14 warheads. The Minuteman III can only carry three.

Neither one currently carries their maximum load due to treaty limitations.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:Scale down the land based forces (176 comments)

Land based ICBM's can only be destroyed by a nuclear weapon (this will remain true for the foresee able future). While the US itself might be able to pull off a successful conventional strike against and undefended one, no adversary will be able to.

A foe MUST task a sizable portion of their arsenal to deal with them.

Bombers can be shot down, subs sunk. Maybe not easily, but it is possible.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

gatkinso Re:self-correcting problem (176 comments)

You should read a short story called "The Big Flash" by Norman Spinrad.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

gatkinso Well, it *is* a utility (704 comments)

Ask anyone who has had Verizon and/or Comcast invoke their utility easements and dig up their yard.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

gatkinso Re:Land of the Free (231 comments)

Indeed. How times have changed.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

gatkinso Re:As any developer worth their salt knows (260 comments)

OK that is a good point - a well crafted distributed sort vs a cut/pasted from stack overflow bubble sort... true enough.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

gatkinso Re:As any developer worth their salt knows (260 comments)

Don't be silly - keep the API to any software version 1.0 but completely gut the implementation and what does the end user have?

Version 2.0.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

gatkinso Nothing changes until it is all gone (334 comments)

May as well burn it as quickly as possible.

Maybe if an $18,000 electric car with a 500 mile range that could charge in under an hour were developed, that would change.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

gatkinso Yet another reason to scorn social media (185 comments)

but hey... it is easy to get brag posts of my erstwhile "friends" vacations - so why not.

about two weeks ago

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