Posts by PreciousLiberty

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  • Concerns Over Fake Comments on FCC Net Neutrality

    12/15/2017 9:53:30 AM PST · 51 of 69
    PreciousLiberty to Erik Latranyi

    “Yes, Comcast might slow down or charge more for Netflix so Comcast’s TV service gets priority and is cheaper.

    That means there is a business opportunity to offer internet that supports Netflix.

    Someone else could offer internet service without any streaming at all. There are people who just want email and Facebook, nothing else. A very low cost service would be perfect for them.

    Open markets breed competition and innovative solutions. That is why our healthcare system works the same way as it did in the 1970s....because government control and regulations have forced it to stagnate and not innovate in the way it operates.”

    I agree, in theory, as I said above. The problem is that there’s an enormous barrier to entry in the form of last-mile cabling. You might recall the exodus of many smaller ISPs years ago after deregulation denied them access to the cable infrastructure (Netcom etc.).

    There is simply no way for a new ISP to start up in most places. Even Google with all its resources is backing away from Google Fiber. AT&T did run fiber through our neighborhood not too long ago...amazingly with NN in place at the time... I’m all for less government and less regulation. However, there are times when regulation is necessary.

  • Concerns Over Fake Comments on FCC Net Neutrality

    12/15/2017 7:29:00 AM PST · 13 of 69
    PreciousLiberty to COBOL2Java; All

    “3) People who want their neighbors to pay for their 24hr-a-day Netflix habit”

    That’s a very simplistic view. Companies like Comcast sell high profit TV services. They have an extreme vested interest in killing companies selling entertainment over IP. Without meaningful competition in many areas, without some type of enforcement they’re likely to do as they have done, and degrade or block access to competitors. AT&T is said to be rolling out an à la carte Internet TV service next year. We’ll see how that goes...

    I’m not in favor of treating ISPs as utilities circa 1930, but when I pay for Internet service, I expect the best possible unfiltered access to whichever site I access. Without some type of formal guarantee, there’s nothing to stop Comcast or AT&T from (for instance) blocking or degrading conservative sites. How would you feel about that?

    If we can get to the point where there are multiple real ISPs (not recycled cable TV companies) for most locations, that would help a lot. I’m also looking forward to the SpaceX satellite constellation making first-rate, low-latency service available everywhere, especially rural areas.

  • Leading Astronomers: Oumuamua Is ‘Alien Probe With Broken Engines,’ Could Have Hostile Intentions

    12/14/2017 1:11:46 PM PST · 99 of 129
    PreciousLiberty to Thibodeaux
    "The object in question is long and slender. The question rises is how it was formed by accretionary processes."

    Many asteroids are also oblong, formed by collision. Eros, 34 km long:

    Granted, Oumuamua is extremely elongated...

  • Choked-Up Mike Barnicle: Country Needs Joe Biden

    12/14/2017 5:39:13 AM PST · 12 of 50
    PreciousLiberty to Little Ray

    “Choked-Up Mike Barnicle: Country Needs Joe Biden Like It Needs A Hole In The Head”

    There, fixed the headline. :-)

    Joe Biden should be allowed nowhere near the presidency, especially since his mental faculties will continue to deteriorate for the next 3+ years...

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/07/2017 5:09:21 AM PST · 77 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to JohnyBoy

    “I still wonder if jamming or flairs will play a role here. All those fancy missiles and guidance systems won’t count for anything if the missiles can’t lock on to their targets due to jamming or flairs.”

    Sure they will. As a matter of fact, I understand that during the recent SU-22 shootdown in Syria the F-18 pilot initially fired an AIM-9X, which was decoyed by a flare (this was reported on an open site). An AMRAAM (radar guided missile) successfully destroyed the SU shortly after. The failure of the AIM-9X to disregard the flare(s) was disappointing, and concerning. A lot of effort has gone into decoy rejection over the years.

    Lasers are rapidly coming into the mix to blind IR guided missiles as well. Jamming radar guided missiles isn’t trivial these days as the radars are frequency agile. BTW, that’s a major reason the stealthy F-35 can use its radar with relative impunity. The radar only takes a short time to paint its environment, and it’s hopping frequencies constantly. Then it goes off again for an extended time.

    All that said, the F-35 and F-22 enjoy a great deal of immunity to radar-guided missiles, particularly at longer ranges and head-on. That is a game changer for sure.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 11:56:15 PM PST · 75 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to rlmorel; All

    ‘I heard someone say once (and I paraphrase) “If you get into a dogfight with an F-35, you have already squandered all the things that give it advantages.”’

    The concept of “dogfight” is changing drastically with the advent of high off-boresight missiles, and even rear-firing missiles (SU aircraft). F-35 pilots will be able to cue AIM-9X (Sidewinder) IR missiles using their helmets, similar to Apache pilots/gunners aiming their 30mm cannons by looking at the target. The F-35 is the first fighter since the ‘70s to not have a heads up display (HUD). The helmet fills that role.

    It is very possible that F-35s will be sighted either by IR or during daylight hours. In those cases, they may engage at shorter ranges than usual. I expect they will do just fine, and fight more effectively than any Gen 4 fighter - due to the shorter OODA loop more than anything. Only the F-22 is a superior air dominance fighter - and it could really benefit from some of the F-35’s capabilities.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 10:34:31 AM PST · 48 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to 2CAVTrooper; PIF
    "According to the Pentagon, nearly 200 F-35’s will never be combat coded because the software can not be updated."

    Really? The article you linked says:

    Hundreds of F-35s may now never be made combat-ready due to budget constraints

    It's worth discussing whether limited rate production during development is a good idea, but those 200 F-35s could give upgraded given enough money. The question is, is it worth it?

    They can still be used for training and spare parts...the total buy here in the US is supposed to be over 2400 F-35s.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 9:48:32 AM PST · 42 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to PIF
    Still advertising your lack of knowledge, eh?

    Let's look at a quote from the article...

    "There are 419 things that we have yet to decide with the war fighters how we're going to fix them, whether we're going to fix them and when we're going to fix them," he said. The figure was three times higher a few years ago and "we think the technical debt that we have -- the deficiencies that we have -- are things that we can handle … within the next two years," he said.
    My emphasis. And BTW, it's been almost two years since the article was written. Note that the total was "three times higher a few years ago".

    Time to read some current articles if you're going to opine.

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 8:20:54 AM PST · 18 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to PIF

    “Right ... the software does not work, POS.”

    Let’s see. The software does work, I guess what you’re referring to is delays in the block upgrade schedule. Gee, I’ve never heard of software taking longer than expected, have you? This is safety critical software so the QA process is extremely stringent. Not a single F-35 has crashed during the entire program, that says something...

    “the gun does not fire,”

    Two of the variants don’t have a built in gun. The F-35A gun has fired successfully, not sure what you’re talking about.

    “pilots risk their lives taking off from carriers due to instabilities,”

    This has been addressed, you need current information if you’re going to criticize.

    “and there are no plans nor money to fix the myriad of problems.”

    Completely off base. Do some actual research.

    Here is an article from a year ago, with first-hand accounts from Marine aviators flying the F-35B, the only supersonic STOVL aircraft in history:

    The summary: “The voice of the pilots is clear – the platform is working exceptionally. The F-35 is a platform with the ultimate level of sophistication, made simple. And therein lay the beauty of the F-35, and just why it will be so deadly, it’s simple.”

    My favorite quote from the pilots:

    “I was leading a four ship of F-35s on a strike against 4th Gen adversaries, F-16s and F/A-18s. We fought our way in, we mapped the target, found the target, dropped JDAMs on the target and turned around and fought our way out. All the targets got hit, nobody got detected, and all the adversaries died. I thought, yes, this works, very, very, very well. Never detected, nobody had any idea we were out there.”

    Semper Fi!

  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 8:10:53 AM PST · 17 of 78
    PreciousLiberty to PIF

    “Useless junk like the F-35.”

    You’re sadly misinformed regarding the F-35...

    Note that President Trump is now a fan.

  • Dump Roy Moore

    11/30/2017 7:09:53 AM PST · 72 of 85
    PreciousLiberty to Oshkalaboomboom

    “Wouldn’t it still be better to let him win, force him to resign if anything concrete turns out to be true and let the Governor appoint another Republican replacement than to just give the seat away to a pro-abortion anti-gun Democrat?”

    Exactly. Plus, we’re sure not seeing the Senate oust Franken despite there being actual evidence in that case. Plus, things were very, very different in the South 40 years ago...remember Elvis?

    I think Moore should issue the following statement:

    “I strongly condemn any adult taking advantage of children in any way. If you have doubts about my past despite my declaration of innocence, I ask that you extend me the same forgiveness and tolerance extended to Robert Byrd, an acknowleged Ku Klux Klan member.”

  • Descendant Of Pocahontas Not Offended By Trump [VIDEO]

    11/29/2017 5:41:54 AM PST · 10 of 13
    PreciousLiberty to Kaslin

    It’s unfortunate that DJT didn’t go with “Fakeahontas” instead of “Pocahontas”. That nickname makes things a lot clearer...

  • Researchers go after the biggest problem with self-driving cars (database decides who lives & dies)

    11/16/2017 9:22:01 AM PST · 14 of 68
    PreciousLiberty to MarchonDC09122009

    Note that this is only one approach to the problem, and one that is used by exactly zero of the current autonomous car systems.

    In practice this kind of decision is extremely rare. A much simpler algorithm is to minimize loss of life. It’s only in the case where it’s either one person or the other that such a decision is relevant. If the software seeks to minimize collateral damage, that further simplifies the decision process.

    It seems to me that no life should be given priority over another, except when age is a factor. If it must be either a child or an adult, I think most would agree that the child should live - including almost all adults. Otherwise, flip a virtual coin.

    It’s also worth considering that given human reaction time, most humans are likely to make bad decisions in these situations regardless - often resulting in extra loss of life.

  • Republican poll: Moore 12 points behind Democrat Jones

    11/16/2017 1:16:00 AM PST · 14 of 99
    PreciousLiberty to doug from upland


    Yep, given how things are playing out the people of Alabama deserve better. The way it is at the moment, Moore’s name will be on the ballot as the Republican no matter what.

    Moore would have been great in the Senate, this is really too bad...

  • Clinton: DOJ investigating me would be 'abuse of power'

    11/16/2017 12:53:00 AM PST · 18 of 70
    PreciousLiberty to digger48

    Open Letter to Mrs. Clinton,

    I understand your desire to escape punishment for your apparently numerous crimes. That is understandable, but it isn’t how our system is intended to work. It is absolutely not “abuse of power” to investigate your apparent flagrant disregard for the law, truth, and common human decency. You should be prosecuted, if there is a shred of integrity left in the US justice system. If not, well, draining the swamp just becomes that much more urgent.

    That said, the best outcome would be for you to drop dead as soon as possible of natural causes. That will save all of us the pain of listening to your incessant whining about your loss to President Trump, as well as the expense of prosecuting you and of your incarceration. I will continue to hope for this eventuality - besides, I’m sure Bill would be a lot happier really.

    With all sincerity,



    11/15/2017 12:58:04 PM PST · 49 of 51
    PreciousLiberty to mikelets456

    Freedom is not free.

  • Six Companies Won’t Advertise On ‘Hannity’ After Roy Moore Interview

    11/12/2017 9:53:45 PM PST · 15 of 58
    PreciousLiberty to bigbob

    “if you have a persons DNA what else is there?”

    Quite a lot. Character, education, and all the other intangibles...

    Granted, there are plenty of concerns.

  • AMD, Nvidia shares drop after Intel hires AMD's ex-graphics head to take them on

    11/11/2017 4:34:59 PM PST · 12 of 33
    PreciousLiberty to refreshed

    “I read something interesting earlier today about shares in graphics processor companies being inflated due to cryptocurrency mining and that the deflation of Bitcoin combined with increased rewards on mining has caused a decrease in demand.”

    GPUs aren’t used to mine Bitcoin, but instead some of the other cryptocurrencies. There was a major surge in interest a few months ago, and I think that’s leveled off at this point. I doubt it will really slow down for a little while at least...

  • Taylor Swift’s Persona Is Not Built For 2017 (too "Aggressively White")

    11/11/2017 10:56:18 AM PST · 30 of 63
    PreciousLiberty to Drew68

    I’m feeling rather “aggressively white” myself...through no fault of my own!

  • Dems see control of Congress in reach after Tuesday’s elections

    11/08/2017 1:37:00 PM PST · 31 of 37
    PreciousLiberty to C19fan

    The Dems are massively delusional.

    Trump ‘20!