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DARPA's Headless Robotic Mule Takes Load Off Warfighters

toolie Re:One you forgot (210 comments)

They can take more than 1 bullet easily. I have seen deer that were taken that had old bullet wounds that healed up and one even had an arrow head and shank inside it that healed and had a fiberous mass around it.

And I'm sure that deer stuck around and listened to it's handler after it was shot or hit with the arrow also.

about a year and a half ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

toolie Re:You can't secure it; don't give it away (279 comments)

I didn't say anything about civilian airlines, I specifically said combat platforms.

about a year and a half ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

toolie Re:You can't secure it; don't give it away (279 comments)

There's nothing special about "modern platforms" that makes them immune to Stingers and the like. In fact they still date from the same time period other than the stealth craft. the difference is we have the capability maintain ours, they did not.
And you did you really just say (further down) the RPG is more useful than a SAM? Wow. I wish people would stop talking about military kit who have no clue.

Yes, I did. Look at the list of aircraft shootdowns in the sandbox, look at the weapons they used to achieve those kills. You will notice an abrupt change after certain equipment was introduced in theater. Just because a platform is introduced doesn't mean additional capability isn't added to it later (look at the difference between the M1A1, M1A2 and M1A2 SEP). Platforms are retrofitted when they need to be to address a need. Thinking the platforms are the same as when they were designed and introduced is just ignorant.

The fact that you don't know the difference between RPGs and 1st generation MANPADs doesn't mean others don't either. Trust me, 1st gen stuff is useless against the platforms over there.

about a year and a half ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

toolie Re:You can't secure it; don't give it away (279 comments)

Even bigger bragging rights are pieces of an American aircraft that you brought down. They've tried, realized it was mostly ineffective, went back to using RPGs instead.

about a year and a half ago
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New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

toolie Re:You can't secure it; don't give it away (279 comments)

I was wondering this myself, but if it is trivial then why hasn't the Taliban done it to shoot down Apaches/Chinooks in Afghanistan left right and centre?

This to me suggests it's not that trivial, as from what I've heard it's not that there aren't still a decent number of stingers in Afghanistan. I have read reports of the odd one being fired which may suggest the odd battery has been found that just about has enough charge to work perhaps but they seem to be few and far between - certainly not frequent enough that the Taliban has figured out how to power them consistently enough to be a threat.

It is trivial to rig up a battery pack for Stingers (and SA-7s). The problem with those systems is that they are ancient (as in technology wise) and fairly useless against modern combat platforms.

However, giving anybody new systems is just asking form them to be copied and manufacturing licenses provided to whoever will pay for them. Sadly, the articles in Wikipedia that I want to use as an example are woefully inaccurate. Suffice it to say, if certain groups (state and non-state actors) obtain some hardware, they can and will duplicate it and they don't care who they sell it to as long as they get paid.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

toolie Re:Did I miss something? (317 comments)

The FAA required a few tests specific to the 787 and its structure. I seem to recall a test where they took a fuselage and dropped it from a particular height to see how well it would deal with such a drop.

Drop tests are fairly common, you do them on fuel bladders, you do them on airframes. A new airframe requiring a drop test isn't anything special at all.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

toolie Re:Did I miss something? (317 comments)

American Airlines used fork lifts to perform routine maintenance on DC-10 engines despite being told not to by McDonnell Douglas. Well, they did until one of 'em fell off during takeoff.

The issue wasn't that they used forklifts for the engine repair. The problem was that against policy the driver left the forklift holding the engine with it only partially attached because of a shift change. The forklift lost a bit of hydraulic pressure causing the engine to shift and put strain on the pylon. MD didn't care about using a forklift, they cared about leaving an engine partially attached if an unattended forklift lost some pressure.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

toolie Re:Did I miss something? (317 comments)

I think Airbus has been including CF on their tail fins for a while (with some failures) and the technology is supposedly mature... but it's hard to ignore Aluminum's nearly 100 year reputation. Maybe I'm just getting old.

That concern came up ages ago when the 787 being mostly Carbon-Fiber was announced, people were worried about Boeing's 'lack of experience' with it. Boeing revealed that it had at least one aircraft with a US carrier that had a carbon fiber vertical on it so they could get experience.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

toolie Re:Electric landing gear? (590 comments)

The external unit, often called a start cart, is only used when insufficient power exists to start electrically or on military planes that don't usually have an APU.

I can't think of any military aircraft that need an external APU to start.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

toolie Re:Electric landing gear? (590 comments)

What the hell is electric landing gear? The wheels on the plan are unpowered and spin freely. All of the propulsion for moving around is provided by the engines. You can't keep the engines off until you're on the runway unless you're being towed. Also the engines need to be started using an external device so you'd need to drag that along so that it could spin up the engine and then start it.

The fact that the wheels are unpowered and free spinning is the issue, the only propulsion comes from the engines. They've been working on electric nose wheels that drive the aircraft as opposed to using the engines: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/electric-nose-wheel-could-reduce-aircraft-emissions/1007378.article

You don't need an external device to start the engines, aircraft have their own APU.

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo's Wii U Will Be Sold At a Loss

toolie Re:Why aren't people more hyped about the Wii U? (188 comments)

Damn, I hate sports. Or to be more accurate, I don't like sports fans. I am not a fan of playing 90+% of team sports, but a few are ok. But watching pro sports? Bleh! And the people that do are mostly just terrible.

Can we figure out who was picked on by 'jocks' in school from this statement?

about 2 years ago
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Stress-Testing Software For Deep Space

toolie Re:Seems like a rationalization (87 comments)

The AH-64D uses 486 processors.

You didn't even get the architecture right, much less the processor.

about 2 years ago
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Modern Warfare 3 Released

toolie Re:The inevitable comparison, so let's get it over (201 comments)

But this year the stakes are raised, frankly BF3 fucking rocked,

The only people who think that BF3 doesn't suck never played BF2 and thought BC2 was the most epic of Battlefield games. They took everything that was shitty in BC2 and made it shittier in BF3, then added jets. It is hollow in terms of tactics compared to BF2 and even BF2142. They were trying to appease the COD crowd and try to get some of that money (even though they said the PC was the target, it is obvious that the PC is suffering from their focus on the consoles).

more than 2 years ago
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Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested

toolie Re:Already do that thanks (171 comments)

It just feels like BF3 is meant only for the more hardcore FPS players and has lost the feeling of fun I enjoyed with all the other variants. It's too serious now, requires too much of a time investment to get to the point I feel like it might be fun again.

I canceled my preorder because to me it felt the complete opposite. Auto regenerating health (vehicles and people), unlimited ammo in the vehicles, spawning on any member of the squad, shitty flight dynamics, etc. It is like they took the worst of Bad Company 2 and noobed it up even more, then added jets.

more than 2 years ago
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TheSpaceGame — Design Your Route To Jupiter

toolie Re:Pedantic Nazi Alert (76 comments)

That question doesn't mean you are pedantic, it means you are incapable of using common sense.

more than 3 years ago
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First Reviews of Civilization V

toolie Re:A veteran Civilization fan... (380 comments)

Isn't comparing a gaming laptop to a desktop kinda completely useless? Of course the laptop is going to cost more than the desktop, it always has and always will.

more than 3 years ago
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Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps

toolie Re:Square to hexagon conversion (142 comments)

You could even have played Advanced Squad Leader back in 1985, which despite being a board game still has more lines of code in the rulebooks than most computer games.

ASL was one of the most amazing simulations of all time. The improvements it made over the Squad Leader system were incredible. I'm pretty sure I can still find my maps and counters in my garage of one of the closets if I looked hard enough. That might be a project for the upcoming weekend.

more than 4 years ago
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Slackware 13.1 Released

toolie Re:Wait... (155 comments)

I tried using my hard drive as an soundcard once while encoding MP3s. That was a pain in the ass to recover. It did teach me to check the device in a commandline a couple times before hitting enter though.

more than 4 years ago
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Haptic Gaming Vest Simulates Punches, Shots, Stabbing

toolie Re:I see far more use in real sims, than movies (110 comments)

We tested a system like this about 10 years ago or so for helicopter pilots to better alert them from which direction they were being shot at. It never made it past the 'test in our sim' stage.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-Life Equivalents of Video Game Weapons

toolie Re:I know it's old news, but... (137 comments)

One of the best uses aside from utter destruction (ever seen what a November does to anybody unlucky enough to be in the house it hits?) is deterrent. Bad guys don't want to go out when Apaches are in the air. There is a reason that Apaches have been in the air around Baghdad 24/7 for several years.

more than 4 years ago

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Analysis of the Chinese Satellite Shootdown

toolie toolie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

toolie (22684) writes "Wired's Danger Room has an interesting three part article up on the analysis of last year's Chinese satellite shootdown. It explores the capabilities of the ASAT, possible tactics required in the event of a Chinese-US conflict and refutes the 'Space Pearl Harbor' that Rumsfeld was talking about in 2001."
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