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(Wired) NewsFlash US Air Force's X-51A Waverider Mach 5 test missile goes kablooey. Which can only mean one thing: Iran is years ahead of the US in photoshop expertise   ( divider line
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2012-08-15 09:35:35 PM  
what will happen to his son, Son of X-51?

2012-08-15 10:03:11 PM  

Girion47: That's great, can we quit wasting money on R&D now? We can blow anyone up at anytime, lets put that cash towards infrastructure, both roads and communications back home. Focusing on those two things will do far more damage towards our enemies than some super fast farking missile.

Reported to the House Un-American Activities Committee
2012-08-15 10:06:56 PM  

JoeLinux: My parents (who used to be hippies in the 70s) are now extremely pro-military research (they like the internet)

The military didn't do shiat. It was public and private universities who did this research. The military only provided the funding.
2012-08-15 10:08:51 PM  

phrawgh: The military has driven technology as far back as the Roman Empire. The Roman road system, for example, was originally built for troop transport, but civilians were the ultimate beneficiaries. The same could be said about Eisenhower's interstate highway system, designed during the cold war.

Military R&D often leads to advancement in civilian applications.

For instance(past and current programs):
THE INTERNET (a great place to biatch about military spending)
space program (the first astronauts were launched on what were basically ICBM's)
jet aircraft
many medical advances
chemicals needed to mass produce biofuels
potable, desalinated drinking water anywhere in the world
cheap way to manufacture titanium
...and many, many more

But NO! fark all that shiat! The military is evil

/and yes, unfortunately, we always need new and better ways to kill people

Your list is a joke

All that research was done by universities or private industry

The DoD providing the funding doesn't make it "military research"

No government lab had any part of it
2012-08-15 10:10:55 PM  

dbaggins: The reason the Concorde was not cost-effective was that it still used traditional turbo-jet engines.

No, it was because most countries banned them flying supersonic over their airspace so you could only go fast over oceans.
2012-08-15 10:11:54 PM  

hasty ambush: U.S. output expanded faster than in most advanced economies 2000-2008. The IMF reported that real U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an average annual rate of 2.2% over the period 2001-2008 (including its forecast for the current year). The US economy expanded by 19%. This U.S. expansion compares with 14% by France, 13% by Japan and just 8% by Italy and Germany over the same period.

And who was responsible for that 2.2 growth each year?

That's right, government spending, mostly defense.
2012-08-15 11:30:30 PM  
Authorities release eyewitness composite illustration of possible saboteur.

2012-08-16 12:42:06 AM

2012-08-16 02:13:34 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: TheGhostofFarkPast: imnotadoctor: Why are we wasting money on a missile that can go Mach 5?

so we can kill people in huts faster. Plus its a great way to defend us against pissed off muslims who over take planes with box cutters. i heard mach 5 is the best way to defend against small knives.

Well,where else are we doing any hypersonic flight research? I'd like to fly to Japan someday and not have it take 15 hours.

Yeah. . . only. . . after the world's madmen have "used up" all of their "toys" of destruction, there may not be a Japan to go to, or anywhere else for that matter. I don't really think an increase of militarism violence and suffering are a positive trend in society regardless of what "innovations" might result. It could be done just as well, if not cheaper, by a more peaceful entity.

It's a sad thought, but science has taken a dark turn. We're too busy using our knowledge to build things meant to destroy and kill, rather than things that improve our lives.

It's always a double edged sword, and the ends never justify the means. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. . . etc. . . etc. . . etc. . .
2012-08-16 08:48:00 AM  

DeathCipris: Didn't they say that this wasn't going to be used a weapons platform?

no? I have never heard that. They definitely want this for a weapons platform...
2012-08-16 10:05:59 AM  
When an engineer says "Test results were inconclusive" they really mean "The damned thing blew up when we hit the switch."
2012-08-16 11:12:59 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: I agree completely. Can't we repurpose our military and train those guys to do road repair and other infrastructure items? One thing I never understood was that we spend so much stupid money on military and blowing things up yet those soliders can only do one thing and one thing only. I thought our new military was supposedly to be more agile and mobile and easily adaptable.

They can do more then blow shiat up. check out the Army Corp of Engineers.
2012-08-16 03:09:12 PM  

Gabrielmot: JackieRabbit: Damn! I was so looking forward to getting one for Christmas!

Why? Do you live in Iran?

I live in Iwalk... is that close enough? Do I get one for Christmas?
2012-08-16 08:28:29 PM

haven`t we seen all this type of stuff before with bombers?
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