David L

David L

  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    The IMNERHO you should make it clear that YOU put up the message and it isn't some malware trying to scam us....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Yes. Annoying. Especially as it isn't clear where it is coming from. And with the various exploits out there I really don't trust the universe when I see things like this. Most Mac Adware/WebSPAM/Malware/... shows up as something similar when...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    BLOG Business I just went directly to http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/ and got this as a pop up at the top of the window. "⚠ Your browser is not using an ad blocker! This makes your browser slower and hurts your privacy. For...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I haven't yet found anyone who could reliably tell the difference, but that doesn't mean nobody can. Out of a fountain you may be right. Most are not calibrated and such what you get out isn't really what the vendor...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Two children per family is not just "the West" any more — it's the bulk of the world. The world has changed in the last half a century. I don't know about "bulk of the world" but it seems tied...
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    My family ran a small slaughter house for years. (Uncle and grandfather plus prior to them.) There are a huge number of variables in to what makes meat taste "good". It is expensive for anyone but university farm systems to...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    No need for them to be cooked... Raw meat's sometimes disgusting, but nutritious. It is my understanding that cooking meat greatly improves the efficiency of the digestion process. Stop cooking and you get to spend more time eating and digesting....
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    You forget that not everybody has to pay for their children's college education. Here in Finland, getting a university-level education has its costs, but it's the materials and some other costs. The education itself is free. Many people manage to...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Apparently a great many customers think feeding cows corn makes better meat… It comes from corn industry advertizing in the US....
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    Or a drug that allows perfect access to memory? Seems like a good idea, but the unintended consequences ... You do know there are people with this now? It's rare but there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthymesia Which seems somewhat out of date. The...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    OK. Buying gas this afternoon my thoughts wandered to the comments here about roads. It is my understanding that in most of the EU/UK/right side of the big pond consumer gas for autos costs 3 to 4 times what it...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    It's all but certain it is from a 777 based on the part number stamped on it. And there have only been 4 crashes of these. And the parts from the other 3 are accounted for. So .......
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    So what?...
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    If we're going to do crass jingoism Trolling? You make no sense except in an argument with someone else....
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    Sure I remember it. They flew it once then parked it. Some say due to the SU breaking up. Others say costs. And since the two issues are intertwined both are likely true....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    NASA wanted a shuttle. Think sedan vs recreational vehicle. A sedan/shuttle that held something like 5 or 6 people and some supplies. They could have done everything you said with the sedan. At 1/10 or less of the cost. Congress...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    In terms of taking down satellites. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-135_ASAT On 13 September 1985, Maj. Wilbert D. "Doug" Pearson, flying the "Celestial Eagle" F-15A 76-0084 launched an ASM-135 ASAT about 200 miles (322 km) west of Vandenberg Air Force Base and destroyed the...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Oh, I agree with that. But it was impressive how they managed to produce a design that did as well as it did on both; I was supporting it as a piece of experimental engineering (i.e. research) rather than a...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    The REAL mistake was in not backing off when it became clear that the objective wasn't deliverable. F35...
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    But, as a piece of experimental engineering, it was successful, just fiendishly expensive BS. Many of the bits that made it up were very new, useful, and inventive. But the sum was soooooo much less than the total of the...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    And this is how we got a reusable quick turn around low cost space transportation system. [sarcasm off] Congress told NASA maned space flight, commercial satellite launches and the Pentagon desires to come up with one "affordable" vehicle that would...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    You've added in some of your costs twice. The cost per hour of flight of planes which includes maintenance is a large part of the personel and operating costs of a carrier. The carrier just adds a multiplier over land...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Single engines are okay for smaller military kit and general aviation (the equivalent of an automobile or minivan in terms of passengers/payload) but really not a good idea if you're trying not to smear 300 people all over the landscape....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    but if you've got a carrier you've got at least 20 knots (and possibly 30-50 knots) of wind before you start, and stall speed is only 102 knots (low for an airliner). Hmm ... A friend was discussion carrier take...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I think there's room for the position that STOVL jets have their place, even though making the A&C slave to the requirements of the B was obviously a bad idea. Which is my point. But folks here seem to keep...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Many planes can glide to make a landing, even carrier jets. They just need enough fuel to be able to accelerate slightly or cruise while waiting if necessary. Not quite. Jets doing carrier landings push the throttles to max as...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    True. But when you're spending billions of dollars, they tend to ask all sorts of awkward questions like "so - show us some credible analysis to back up your arguments". After all, they hold the purse strings. And occasionally, they...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I don't know. I read a lot on both sides. Read a lot of news. And know people in the military. Just because they are the "pros" doesn't mean they are not affected by the same politics and egos that...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Talking about what small countries fly isn't all that valid. They typically don't get much if any meaningful input into the initial designs. And procurement in many countries like Thailand make such in the US or UK look totally politics...
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    But then, those big-ass USN CVNs aren't going away any time soon, because you don't get to be a senior USN admiral unless you've commanded a carrier battle group, and you don't get there... Of course it used to be...
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