David L

David L

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    As I tried to imply. You're arguing against a point I was NOT making....
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    Read the Wikipedia entry on the F35. Seems to be well sourced with plenty of references. The VTOL options are going to be avoided for various reasons. Stress on planes, damage to ground and/or platform, etc... As to fueling what...
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    Today we see both the B-1B and Tu-160 strategic bombers in service with this design, and the Panavia Tornado being retired after 30 years of hard use -- all of them 1970s or 1980s implementations that seem to have had...
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    Different is different. Doesn't matter which comes first. Are you saying that land based variants of the F35 will switch to the same fueling system as carrier based planes? If so I'm somewhat surprised. Of course this is a no...
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    Your understanding of aerodynamics is so wrong I don't know where to begin. (Hint: the F-14 has variable geometry wings. The term "swept", as in wing sweep, Yes I got the term wrong. My bad. But my point was the...
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    Homeopathy works on two well-established principles There's a possible 3rd. Very diluted substances seem to be able to build up tolerances for allergy inducing agents. But that's more an intersection of events than standard homeopathic principles. Especially when the dilutions...
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    Perhaps not. The Tornado has swing-wings, but less than half the maintenance requirements. Carrier based plans in general have much higher maintenance requirements (and capital costs) due to the landing and takeoff stresses. Plus they have a different refueling system...
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    Since I have raised two children into their 20s I have come to be very skeptical of people who have not raised kids giving advice on how to do it. Much more so than before I got "involved". Similar issues....
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    The result was that a squadron of F-14 based on an aircraft carrier required 450 staff (mostly maintainers); a squadron of F-18 required only 250 staff, and managed to achieve higher availability rates. I suspect most of that was in...
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    Actually that was somewhat the point of the story along these line in Analog way back when. Plane from the future lands back in WWI near an air squadron. On the "correct" side of course. Pilot finally convinces them his...
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    Remove the fear of getting caught and punished, and how would you behave? Pretty much how I behave right now, actually. Me too. And on my optimist days I feel that applies to 99% or more of the people I...
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    So this deepest of deep red states has actually just recently done well due to unusually tight regulations and high property taxes. It also has a very much more socialized higher education system than the rest of the country. As...
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    I suspect your plan would very likely create 50 to 100 Iraqs....
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    We do still make things here, even though many people don’t believe me when I tell them that. Depending on which stats you believe, the United States is either the No. 1 or No. 2 manufacturer in the world That's...
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    Athens has a much better reputation in modern eyes. Not sure how Sparta looked to, say the Romans. If a PBS (USA) documentary series a few years back on ancient Greece is to be believed, Sparta was a hellhole for...
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    "Losing the War" Great essay. Didn't really have time to read it but did anyway....
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    1. That CPB wouldn't give up her faith to become Queen, says something for her. Possibly that she likes the long game, is into delayed gratification, or sees some advantage in it. Or maybe she really believes. That was not...
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    But now we are getting an increasing consensus that technology should be controlled and allowed to people only after the implications have been thought out. The problem with this approach is that ALL technology can be used for evil. Evil...
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    I vaguely remember a story like that where it was WWI planes. The radar mostly went right through them, the missiles couldn't lock on, etc. But the overpressure killed them easily. I think that was a story in Analog in...
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    Non-Combat Losses were significant in 1940. It's a bit tricky getting a number for them, but with several hundred aircraft flying on any operational day, some would be lost through engine failure, crashes on landing, and the like. A few...
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    One sign we still haven't caught up with the developments of 1945 is that people in the West are still designing/building aircraft on the basis of "this is what we'd need for a full scale war with China or Russia,"...
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    Check out the Wikipedia entry for most war casualties. China has a lot of the top ones over the last 2000 years....
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    To put up a contrary argument but not defending the IRS. Since this is the IRS this most likely means the US. In the US most children's bank accounts are really in the names of the parents with the children's...
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    The info might, just possibly, remain the same, BUT, the forms would change since quite a few GovMent Official Savants make their living from changing the Shape of Things Formish. I work with architects. Most of them maintain a typewriter...
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    In the US it is between a general partnership and a corporation. Corporations can be a PITA to administer if the company is small. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_liability_partnership...
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    My grandfather lost his house in Dallas after his business partner ran off with the company funds, not having paid the tax bill. Granddad being easier to find, the IRS just decided it was easier to go after him. Which...
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    I think to accomplish your point in the US you're suggesting that Charlie switch to accrual accounting. In the US I don't even think a person can do that. But even so you now get to keep two sets of...
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    A corollary to this is: "don't give the tax authorities any reason to even suspect When I was audited (US) nearly 20 years ago they mostly said never mind when they noticed I was not trying to deduct things like...
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    Androids that can raise newborns to adults would basically be people....
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    In a way the Fermi Paradox reminds me that the truth of my atheism is proved by the fact of my atheism! In as much as there are no Omniscient, Omnipotent, all-loving Gods who want me to know they exist...
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