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22nd May '17 8:52:19 PM aristos_achaion
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* Quartz watches. For a few dollars, you can get a watch that's water resistant, shock resistant, and is accurate to within 30 seconds per month. Mechanical watches, though considered more interesting by collectors, tend to gain or lose several seconds per ''day'' and are much more sensitive to shocks and temperature changes than quartz while being more expensive. To put it another way, a $10 Casio is probably more accurate than a several-thousand-dollar Rolex.
17th May '17 10:49:01 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Fortunately, computer security is also quite simple. The most important step many security experts recommend is keeping your software updated to close security holes. The other big thing the recommend is using good passwords and unique passwords (with a password manager if possible) to thwart dictionary attacks mentioned above.

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* Fortunately, computer security is also quite simple. The most important step many security experts recommend is keeping your software updated to close security holes. Yeah, your computer bugging you to update your apps and OS may be an [[CriticalAnnoyance annoyance]], but get around to it or you'll wish you had done it sooner. The other big thing the recommend is using good passwords and unique passwords (with a password manager if possible) to thwart dictionary attacks mentioned above.
17th May '17 4:45:18 AM LB7979
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* Beige bra's. Plain and un-sexy, but if you're wearing white or light-colored shirts and don't want your bra to show through, these are the only option.
9th May '17 1:08:52 PM Gsueagle31049
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* Good old tactile keyboards over cooler, [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology more "advanced"]] touch screen keyboards. Why? Because you can navigate a tactile keyboard solely by feel while keeping an eye on the display. Touch screens are, well, flat and more time goes into looking at finger placement than would on a tactile keyboard.
** In fact, some mechanical keyboards built over 20 years ago still work with modern equipment, and are favored by modern typists because they provide excellent tactile feedback, are impervious to water, and never break. Find one single other 20 year old peripheral that still works without modification or adapters on your new computer. There have also been cases where people have still typed on tactile computers with damaged monitors. If the monitor of your touch screen is damaged, you're fucked.

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* Good old tactile keyboards over cooler, [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology more "advanced"]] touch screen keyboards. Why? Because you can navigate a tactile keyboard solely by feel while keeping an eye on the display. Touch screens are, well, flat and more time goes into looking at finger placement than would on a tactile keyboard.
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keyboard. In fact, some mechanical keyboards built over 20 years ago ago, particularly the venerable IBM Model M (which is still manufactured to this day by [[https://www.pckeyboard.com/ Unicomp]]), still work with modern equipment, and are favored by modern typists because they provide excellent tactile feedback, are impervious to water, and never break. Find one single other 20 year old peripheral that still works without modification or adapters on your new computer. There have also been cases where people have still typed on tactile computers with damaged monitors. If the monitor of your touch screen is damaged, you're fucked.



* The flip phone. While not as flashy or powerful as a smartphone, a flip phone is much more simple to operate, especially for less technologically-minded people such as senior citizens. Even some tech-savvy people ''deliberately'' choose to use a flip phone to be free from distractions (e.g. Website/{{Facebook}}, e-mail, etc), and flip phones don't require a costly data plan, a major pro for cost-conscious people. A flip phone can last longer on a single charge than a smartphone, and batteries can also be easily swapped out. Flip phones are often more robust than a smartphone; however, on the off-chance they do break, flip phones are (typically) very inexpensive to replace.

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* The flip phone. While not as flashy or powerful as a smartphone, a flip phone is much more simple to operate, especially for less technologically-minded people such as senior citizens. Even some citizens; just open the phone and start dialing. Some tech-savvy people ''deliberately'' choose to use a flip phone instead of a smartphone to be free from distractions (e.g. Website/{{Facebook}}, e-mail, etc), and flip phones don't require a costly data plan, a major pro for cost-conscious people. A flip phone Flip phones can last longer on a single charge than a smartphone, and batteries can also be easily swapped out. Flip phones are often more robust than a smartphone; however, on the off-chance they do break, flip phones are (typically) very inexpensive to replace.replace, barring "military-grade" models.
9th May '17 9:24:51 AM CV12Hornet
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* On a related note, the Vertical Launch System, especially strike-length versions. They're basically just boxes with missiles in them stuck in the deck, and look boring compared to old-school arm launchers, but they allow the ''Arleigh Burke'' class to be the JackOfAllTrades they are. ''Every'' ship-launched missile in the American inventory except Harpoon can be fired from their VLS system, and there's a new missile coming online to rectify that deficiency, allowing the Burkes to conduct air defense, ballistic missile defense, land attack, ASW, and soon ant-shipping, all with the same armament loadout.
** Though hot-launch systems do have some cool factor, due to [[IncendiaryExponent spewing massive gouts of flame during launching.]]
9th May '17 9:12:49 AM CV12Hornet
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** It also saves money. Currently, the US Navy doesn't have any dedicated tankers, instead relying on the Super Hornet's buddy tanking ability. Unfortunately, this buddy tanking ability means the planes are logging more flight hours, and is a major contribution to the Super Hornet fleet wearing out faster than expected.



** Amongst that number, the ''Arleigh Burke'' destroyer is becoming this, at least compared to newer, post-millennium ships. Whereas most modern day ships are designed for at least one area of specialization (usually air defense), the ''Burke'' was meant to be a venerable JackOfAllTrades, covering almost every conceivable mission profile the US Navy was expected to face with ''extreme prejudice''. Sure, it doesn't excel at anti-air warfare like Britain's Type 45 destroyer, nor can it perform shore bombardments the way the ''Zumwalt'' can, but it normally outperforms such ships in everything else while going about the aforementioned roles adequately enough. And to top it off, the US Navy has more ''Burkes'' in its inventory (with many more soon to follow) than most countries have ''ships'' period, making it the modern, war-oriented equivalent of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s ''Constitution''-class starship.

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** Amongst that number, the ''Arleigh Burke'' destroyer is becoming this, at least compared to newer, post-millennium ships. Whereas most modern day ships are designed for at least one area of specialization (usually air defense), the ''Burke'' was meant to be a venerable JackOfAllTrades, covering almost every conceivable mission profile the US Navy was expected to face with ''extreme prejudice''. Sure, it doesn't excel at anti-air warfare like as much as Britain's Type 45 destroyer, nor can it perform shore bombardments the way the ''Zumwalt'' can, but it normally outperforms such ships in everything else while going about the aforementioned roles adequately enough. And to top it off, the US Navy has more ''Burkes'' in its inventory (with many more soon to follow) than most countries have ''ships'' period, making it the modern, war-oriented equivalent of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s ''Constitution''-class starship.



* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, statistically, very few German tanks were destroyed by other tanks or air support. Most were destroyed by three or four men sitting in the bushes with an anti-tank {{BFG}}, waiting for some lumbering behemoth to come into view and nailing it. Certainly practical, but people don't really find that stuff very interesting, instead tending to be more enamoured by vivid images of the massive tank-on-tank battles of the Eastern front, or USAF Thunderbolts and RAF Typhoons raining fire down on German tanks.

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, statistically, very few German tanks were destroyed by other tanks or air support. Most were destroyed by three or four men sitting in the bushes with an anti-tank {{BFG}}, waiting for some lumbering behemoth to come into view and nailing it. Certainly practical, but people don't really find that stuff very interesting, instead tending to be more enamoured enamored by vivid images of the massive tank-on-tank battles of the Eastern front, or USAF Thunderbolts and RAF Typhoons raining fire down on German tanks.
9th May '17 9:05:18 AM CV12Hornet
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** Sadly, changing technology and doctrine (namely, the proliferation of precision munitions and short-range mobile air defense platforms) mean that the A-10 is, indeed, obsolete, and new planes can indeed perform its roles. High-end CAS is now best done at high altitude with precision munitions where those short range anti-air platforms can't reach, while cheap counterinsurgency is better done with [[AttackDrone drones]] and newer low-end planes.
*** Notably, the above was true even when the plane was new: the Air Force expected to lose its entire A-10 fleet within weeks if the Cold War went hot, and they took such horrendous losses against the Republican Guard that they had to be replaced by F-16s.
8th May '17 11:08:19 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Electric fans. Though not as powerful as air conditioners, they generally provide sufficient cooling, and keep air circurlating, all at a lower operating cost and without the need for tedious construction; you can even get a small battery-operated fan for your desk or to wear around your neck. You also don't need all doors and windows closed for them to function properly.

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* Electric fans. Though not as powerful as air conditioners, they generally provide sufficient cooling, and keep air circurlating, all at a lower operating cost and without the need for tedious construction; you can even get a small battery-operated or USB-powered fan for your desk or to wear around your neck. You also don't need all doors and windows closed for them to function properly.
8th May '17 5:00:24 PM CV12Hornet
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** Point of order, there was only so far you could push the Panzer IV chassis before you started overloading it (the J model got to that point, in fact), and that limit was well before the ceiling of the T-34 and Sherman. Which in turn led to...



* Many modellers and wargamers - and military historians - are obsessed with the glamour of the Panther, Tiger and King Tiger, but the most numerous tanks in the German inventory -- even in 1944 and 1945 -- were the Panzer IV (27,000 built) and the [=StuG=] III assault gun (12,000 built, based on the Panzer III). 6,000 Panthers, 1,300 Tigers, and just 500 Tiger [=IIs=] were built.

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* Many modellers and wargamers - and military historians - are obsessed with the glamour of the Panther, Tiger and King Tiger, but the most numerous tanks in the German inventory -- even in 1944 and 1945 -- were the Panzer IV (27,000 built) (8853 built, plus a little over 3000 Sturmpanzer IV and StuG IV assault guns) and the [=StuG=] III assault gun (12,000 built, based on the Panzer III). 6,000 Panthers, 1,300 Tigers, and just 500 Tiger [=IIs=] were built.
8th May '17 4:47:35 PM CV12Hornet
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*** NFL Examples: The Walsh/Siefert era 49ers were also successful due to strong Defenses; while Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young drove the team to greatness, the likes of Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley were silent yet crucial components behind the Niners' Super Bowl runs. Tom Brady may get the credit for the Pats' glory, but said glory might have not happened if Belichick hadn't strengthened the Pats' defense.

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*** NFL Examples: The Walsh/Siefert era 49ers were also successful due to strong Defenses; while Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young drove the team to greatness, the likes of Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley were silent yet crucial components behind the Niners' Super Bowl runs. Tom Brady may get the credit for the Pats' glory, but said glory might have not happened if Belichick hadn't strengthened the Pats' defense. And, of course, who can forget the Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense?



* Not many offensive linemen in the NFL are household names (with the exception of standouts like Anthony Munoz and Walter Jones). However, experts believe that good offensive line play is more important than excellent passing and rushing ability when it come's to an NFL team's success in offense. In fact, many (smart) teams prefer to spend their top picks on offensive linemen (with recent selections Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin proving this point) than on highly regarded "skill players" such as Quarterbacks and Receivers, as building good offensive lines allow teams to protect their quarterback (which allows them more time to pass and make plays) and block for their running backs (which leads to consistent gains on the ground).

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* Not many offensive linemen in the NFL are household names (with the exception of standouts like Anthony Munoz and Walter Jones). However, experts believe that good offensive line play is more important than excellent passing and rushing ability when it come's to an NFL team's success in offense.offense, in large part due to the fact that the latter tends to flow from the former. In fact, many (smart) teams prefer to spend their top picks on offensive linemen (with recent selections Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin proving this point) than on highly regarded "skill players" such as Quarterbacks and Receivers, as building good offensive lines allow teams to protect their quarterback (which allows them more time to pass and make plays) and block for their running backs (which leads to consistent gains on the ground).
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