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From a pilot's POV, using manned aircraft would be much safer and cheaper.  The USAF is fix'n to let the lease on the 'Blue Devil' ISR King Airs expire.  

Those could perform the same mission without posing any danger to people in the air or on the ground.

1 year, 6 months ago on What is the Feasibility of Deploying Armed Drones in the US?


There's no doubt Obama is the choice of the rest of the world for U.S. President.  I tend not to think the rest of the  world likes Obama because they want to see American succeed, but reasonable people can differ on that point.


I do hope that media audience share is a good predictor of the election outcome, because if it is we Wrasckly Wepublicans will own this country.  Consider three data points:


1) Rush Limbaugh v. Air American.  Rush has 100% coverage of the AM band in the United States and commands huge rates for advertising. Air American is dead.


2) Fox News v. MSNBC:  It may shock some of your readers, but Fox, even given its conservative approach to news, does give voices to liberal opinions.  MSNBC, on the other hand, is extremely hard left, hysterically so in many cases.  MSNBC rating scrap along in the bottom of the heap that is dominated by Fox.


3) Glenn Beck left Fox to start his own network.  Forbes (9/12/2011) thinks its worth about $100 million.  Keith Olbermann has been fired twice recently, first by MSNBC, and then by the far left Current channel.  He's looking for a job (Forbes 10/25/2012).

1 year, 11 months ago on Data from startups show good news for Obama on eve of election


 @BettinaTizzy - I've worked in Austin startups as a software developer since 1994.  In each and every one I was offered without even asking, to list any prior works and current projects that exist outside of my 'day job' and will not be considered IP of my new employer.  I've know many developers with commercially successful side projects  that were easily deconflicted with their current employer.  Of the other items on your list, only the hot summers is a real problem for outsiders coming here.  There's no way to sugar coat how hot it can get here in July and August. 


The rest of your list is just silly.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Building a Company in Austin