Because there are no loyalist on the dole, right?
(It's a joke, relax)
I've flown in tens of them - some of them are pretty old, sure, but they have a pretty decent fleet.
Security problems on the ground? Sure.
Unmaintained airframes - not so much.
Shot by whom exactly?
The usual suspects (US, Israel..) are Egyptian ALLIES (well at least have a peace agreement) and have no interest in doing this.
The Israelis aren't engaging anyone over the Med in air-to-air combat and neither is the US.
A SAM launched from North Sinai? Maybe..
Air-to-air: HIGHLY unlikely.
Well write it into the constitution of the country then if you're that worried - it sorta works in Lebanon (well actually it's a total cluster duck right now but that's because of Syria).
In Lebanon the seats in Parliament are allocated by sect, Christians get half, Muslims (including fringe groups like Alawis and Druze) get the other half.
The president is ALWAYS a Maronite Catholic, the Prime Minister a Sunni and the speaker of Parliament a Twelver Shia.
Or shit, just give them residency papers and not citizenship and there's no problem with voting at all..
Yes, because Shariah does not allow a valid Caliph (whom al-Baghdadi is, btw - he meets all the qualifications including being Qurayshi, the first real Caliph since like the Abbasids) to recognise any borders or accept any peace treaties longer than 10 years.
It's the duty of the Caliph to wage Jihad and conquer as much as possible territory to be included in Dar al-Islam - should he not do so, he would no longer be worthy of bays'a [allegiance] of Muslims.
It's not so much lebensraum but rather territory that hasn't yet been occupied by the Ummah (basically the nation that is Muslim).
This is the hardcore Salafi doctrine by which people like Daeesh operate by and it's theologically valid, though batshit insane.
HOWEVER, only about 70-80% of Muslims are Sunnis and of those maybe 10-15% are Salafis.
So no, the "mohammedic brutalism" will not be carried with them - they've seen what life under a Caliphate is like and they want the hell out of there.
I can say this with some certainty as during my last 3 years in Beirut (which BTW has more Syrian refugees than ANY Western city) say that the Daeesh are a bunch of psychopathic foreign assholes led by an eloquent sociopath from Baghdad.
Hey COBOL is awesome, especially the SCREEN SECTION
Why futz about with (n)curses for a day when you can knock out a beautifully laid out text UI in a 10 minutes!
(I'm 50% serious here..)
Yeah, I'm sort of failing to see the point here as well - running your classic z/OS backend stuff and then having a few zIFLs talking to the backend over HiperSockets (IIRC) made sense, but just a big zSeries box with no way to run legacy apps?
I'm not sure but I guess the market will decide..
You do realise you can emulate a z/Series using Hercules and use that for development, right?
No need to fork out $100K+ (also since these Linux-only z boxes won't have any CP's, just zIFLs, I think the base price might come down)
And since it's pretty easy to set up virtualised instances (either using LPARs or say z/VM), you could always share one of these boxes amongst multiple users.
Too bad there were no "English" people at around 30 AD as the Angles and Saxons only invaded about 400 years after that followed by the Norman (some Norse blood in there too) invasion in 1066.
So are you saying they had a time machine too?
No spitting on the Bus! Thank you, The Mgt.