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  If your poor no one wants anything to do with you including some family.  Hit the jackpot and all-of-a-sudden everyone wants to be your friend and rarely seen family come out of the woodwork like cockroaches in the night.

  The important thing to remember at that point is to hire a body-guard to keep everyone away, and for god's sake change your phone number......   :P

I was quite impressed by this:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Sounding the alarm: Ars speaks with vocal NSA critic Sen. Ron Wyden

  I think it's going to be more of the same crap.  The politicians will make good public appearances, make the public think they are against the NSA illegal spying and then turn around and vote in for it in secret, behind closed doors.  It's how they've operated for years now....


  You know, it's strange, but Oakland has always had bad laws passed over the years, they're in the news quite a lot with controversial issues.  I don't know what kind of people live there, but if I were one of them I'd be looking for another place to live.....

Living Room / Re: TSA Accepts Money For Hands-Off Screening
« on: August 01, 2013, 03:23 PM »
Reading the article, I would suspect that the title and its apparently poorly-written content may be deliberately misleading so as to encourage clicks from indignant and gullible readers.
I would suggest that it is probably quite untrue that the TSA are enabling people to bypass an absolutely essential and mandatory security check by paying an $85 fee. Given the government's security imperative, it's an absurd assertion.

  Perhaps you'll believe it if it's posted on the website.....

Living Room / Re: Automotive industry suppressing security info
« on: August 01, 2013, 03:04 PM »

  Well, if I see someone hanging around my GTI with a laptop, I'll know what he/she's up to.   :P

Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:16 PM »

Oh Yummy!  Just had to share this one....  :P

How to harvest your own insects for food
Can a new insect-breeding device make eating insects more appetizing?


Living Room / Re: 3D Printers - Dirty Secret
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:19 PM »
This is only an issue because some people really are that dumb.

  Couldn't he be considered for the Darwin Award for removing himself from the gene pool?   ;D

Living Room / Re: did you ever throw your back out?
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:17 PM »
Well let's see now, after 12 back surgeries and my back is still "out"......
Ouch!! It hurts just reading that.

Tinman's post really made me sad; so much pain! Is this why you went for the tinman name? I really thought it was a tribute, rather than a self-description!

  My nick was given to me in the Air Force.  If I had to give a self description it would have to be Titanium Man for all the titanium in my lower back....

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:12 PM »

Saw this one for the first time a couple of weeks ago, really made my day :-*.

  Isn't that TJ Thyne from the series Bones?

Living Room / TSA Accepts Money For Hands-Off Screening
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:23 PM »

  This is just so wrong on so many levels.....

Hate airport fondling? Pay the TSA $85 for hands-off screening

If you're not enamoured by fondling as part of the airport screening process, then the TSA will let you pass -- for a fee.


Living Room / Re: 3D Printers - Dirty Secret
« on: July 29, 2013, 04:38 PM »

  I'm pretty sure that sawdust is on the nano scale, it's a very fine silt-like dust.  But even so, the wet/dry vacs use hepa-type filters, or at least the ones I buy.  The foam filters themselves filter out the real small stuff, and when wet nothing is getting by except air.  When I do paint sanding indoors I use my wet/dry vac to filter the air because I hate dusting the house.  lol

Living Room / Re: 3D Printers - Dirty Secret
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:30 PM »
Filtering particles that small is a difficult problem. I don't think your wet/dry vac would be all that effective. I'm sure it would get some, but how much is another question.

Probably an airtight housing for the printer would be a good start. At least contain the dust while printing.

  Wet/dry vacs have two filters, one filter that catches real fine particles like dust.  The outer filter which fits over the dust filter is foam.  I've used it on real fine saw-dust and nothing got by the filters, the exhaust was blowing clean air even though the foam filter was dry....

and you can bet that somebody will make a good docu-drama film about this child-grooming at some stage, and that the censors will likely as not just let it alone because it depicts "real life", no doubt thus providing lots of good viewing for closet paedophiles whose prayers for a good, legally authorised wet-dream will have been finally answered.
I wonder, if that happened, whether it could be construed as being “injurious to the public good”, and thus censored.

  Well now, to be fair, if it depicts youth (under 18) having sex or being raped, it would be illegal in most countries, even if the actors were over 18.  The reasoning behind this is to prevent "Jack-off" material for pedophiles..... Which opened up another controversy, isn't it better to give them "jack-off" material so they don't go looking for action?  I kid you not, this was a big controversy when it became law in the U.S..

Truly, idiocy has no bounds.

It used to be that the sky was the limit. :P :D

As for an air tax... that has already been proposed. (No - I'm not kidding.)

  Gosh, the air was taxed in Texas well over 10 years ago.  Yep, if you want to fly in the air over texas, you have to pay a $5.00 per flight tax. This nonsense has caused general aircraft related profits in Texas to lose millions every year.  A lot of pilots choose to bypass Texas airspace if possible, meaning less fuel sold and aircraft services lost.....

I wonder if it will come to the point where ISPs like Comcast will be forced by law to allow fiber optic services to lay in cable along the same trenches/byways/channels .. whatever the term is .. similar to how the phone company was finally forced to let competitors use their lines?  That would really shake up the world!!  1 Gb/s service for $19.95/Mo.   :)

  It's just a damned shame that internet services cost so much and is so slow in the U.S.  But it's about par for big companies to gouge consumers here....

Living Room / Re: 3D Printers - Dirty Secret
« on: July 27, 2013, 08:17 PM »
Print an air filter. 

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!  Nice one!  I figure if I ever bought one, I'd use my wet/dry vac to filter the nasties as it was printing.  Just stick the hose up by the print head and let er' rip.....

  I would strongly imagine that the next generation of 3D printers will have some sort of fan driven filtration system, which will add another couple of hundred dollars to the system.....

$25 for a bag of laundry? :huh: Man... I'm so cheap I won't even use the coin-op machines at my apartment and just beg family or friends to let me come do laundry at their place. There's no way I'd waste that much money on a load of laundry.

From another perspective, since I also don't like hassle, let's say another reason this is expensive depending where you live. In my sections of Queens NYC I walk across the street *any time I want* between 8AM and 4PM-ish and drop off my laundry. It's done in a few hours. Then I walk back and pick it up. A "medium bag" is about $12. If I drop it off much later than 4 it just slides into the next day.

I'm no expert penny pincher, but $12 laundry isn't going to be the thing that sinks me! Not when it saves 4 hours of nuisance!

  Man, that's a rough life you have.  I just go into my laundry room in my house, 24/7 and do all the laundry I want and only have to pay for water and electricity....   :P  But even when I lived in an apartment back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, the apartment had it's own private washing machine and dryer....

I near peed myself when I read that. Throwing out the mice? Wow. The depths of idiocy in government just knows no bounds.

You really should see a doctor about that Renny! Followed by opening a porn site!  :P

  Hmmmm.... Depends?   :P

The F35 JSF?!?!

The term alone is already becoming more and more "dirty". That plane is a lot like Google actually...that plane is already so long in beta that alternative fighter planes are already taken out of commission because they themselves already become too old.

I think that plane was intended to replace the F16 in the Dutch air-force for more than 10 years now, each plane costing almost twice as much as initially specified by the manufacturer. Only last week the first one is delivered to see if it up to the task.

If you would ask me (and I know that no-one did) that plane is either too advanced for its own good or aeronautical engineers are not as good as they once were.

Day late, dollar short anyone?

  The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a collectively built aircraft being built by the U.S., The United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Turkey, each making a specific part of the aircraft.
  Was there any doubt that there was going to be problems with this?  It takes years to work out the bugs of an advanced technology aircraft, but when being made from so many nations, there are going to be problems, I knew this was going to be a clusterf#@k from the start.

  Now back on topic..... So Obooboo now says he's into the whistleblower system.  OK, it it just me, or does he flip-flop like a highway patrolman on a busy interstate?

@T0Man - Mea culpa - got careless with the dates. :-[

FWIW, Wikipedia is citing the maximum speed and cruise speed as both at .92 Mach, and citing the USAF as its source for the specs. Seemed odd to me that both speed specs were the same, but I'm no expert. You might want to go in and do an edit. :)

Had a fighter jock who first saw action around the end of Viet Nam tell me that by the end of that war it was pretty obvious dogfighting was over. He told me at the speeds the fighters were moving even back then it was already becoming impractical. And on a head to head pass, all other factors being equal, whoever fired first usually won. So the name of the game became more to sneak up and shoot first rather than go mano a mano with an enemy pilot. He said once the new "smart" weapons systems and support from E-6B Looking Glass aircraft and satellite recon all came online, it then got down to who had the best technology. He said his feeling was the fighter pilots were slowly becoming highly trained delivery boys whose main role was to cart the new weapons around until you were close enough to let them off the leash so the "chip-brain" inside them could decide what to do next.

Said he was glad he got out when he did, which was right after Desert Storm. (He's a bit crazy IMHO, but he's still a great guy.) ;D

  The A.F. never publishes the max speeds of their aircraft.  The F15 Eagle was always rated at Mach 2.2+.  That little + is the difference.  ;)

  When the F4 Phantom II first came to life (F4A to F4D), it didn't have a cannon.  All of the "experts" said it didn't need a cannon because everything is missiles now.  The pilots raised so much hell and aircraft losses were so high that they bolted on a 20mm Vulcan cannon pod to it's belly.  Now why in the age of missile carrying aircraft would you need a cannon?  Well, you can only carry so many missiles, and when they're all gone, your defenseless.  Another problem with missiles, when your up close and personal it's almost impossible to get a missile lock.  Pull the cannon trigger, problem solved.  When the F4E came to life, it had an internal 20mm Vulcan cannon.

ast I heard the SU37 wasn't even in production.  Either way, they're trying to play "catch-up" with the F22, F23 and the Joint Task Fighter, which not only have vectoring thrust, but are also stealthy.  The F35 JTF also comes in a V-STOL model that can take off and land like a helicopter.

No... that was a reply to ren's talk about the most maneuverable Russian fighter.  But even going back, they're trying to catch up in terms of avionics more than anything else.  Which is what decides those things in most engagements these days.

OIC.  Sowwy....   :-[

Living Room / Re: did you ever throw your back out?
« on: July 27, 2013, 07:18 PM »

  Well let's see now, after 12 back surgeries and my back is still "out"......


  I just can't believe that NZ has such rigid censorship.  Isn't NZ supposed to be a free country?  Don't look that way to me......

you'd want the most advanced Russian aircraft in a dogfight.

Speed has its place in air combat. But most of the consensus on modern air warfare has pretty much relegated dogfighting to the dustbin of military history. As was noted, when it comes to modern long-range weaponry and satellite/ground coordinated tac-intel and support, being fastest no longer matters. Having the best "eyes," being the stealthiest, and having the longest striking range will outweigh raw speed every time. The original stealth fighter (the F117 Nighthawk) was only capable, by design, of subsonic flight. And it didn't much matter. [Note: According to official reports, in the thousands of combat operations conducted between 1984 and the Nighthawk's retirement in early 1992, there has only been one incident where of an F117 was shot down, and a (disputed) second incident where an F117 was seriously damaged by enemy fire.]

  Dogfights were never flown at high speeds, usually only 200 to 400 knots.  The faster your going, the wider your turns are, and in dog fighting you need really fast turns.  But your right about how everything is computerized in combat now.

  The F117 wasn't retired until 2008, I left the F117 Skunkworks in 1995.  The F117 could fly Mach I, but when it reaches Mach the radar absorbing material (RAM) starts peeling off, rendering it less stealthy.  So it was restricted to speeds under Mach and 4 G's maximum.

I remember they described an SU (IIRC) fighter that could hover while oriented vertically, fall backwards then fly upside down. (I don't recall the model number or if they'd mentioned it.) Kind of like this:


stop, hover & flip


They'd seen it in defense videos and claimed that there wasn't anything in the west that approached the maneuverability of that particular jet.


  Last I heard the SU37 wasn't even in production.  Either way, they're trying to play "catch-up" with the F22, F23 and the Joint Task Fighter, which not only have vectoring thrust, but are also stealthy.  The F35 JTF also comes in a V-STOL model that can take off and land like a helicopter.

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