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  •  Also, before the age of satellites, and missals, (3+ / 0-)
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    and predator drones we needed fighters for intelligence and interception.  They are increasingly obsolete as a weapon system.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:02:11 AM PST

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    •  Each do have their short-comings. (1+ / 0-)
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      Satellites, obviously, have no weapons and have certain limits to their resolution.
      Missiles only works for relatively static objects, unless you have something on-site to sight it.

      Drones has a host of other issues:
      1. You can't fly it in high-wing (with a very low threshold on what's considered high).
      2. You have to deal with 2+ seconds of latency (imagine playing Halo/CoD/TF2 with a ping of 2000 ms).

      Manned-planes still have their roles to play.

    •  Ummm... (0+ / 0-)

      not to nitpick,but a "missal" is a prayer book.

      They are not generally weaponized.

      You are probably thinking of "missiles".

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 10:26:29 AM PST

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      •  thanks from the pedantic grammar gnomes (0+ / 0-)

        ;-)

        America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

        by dagnome on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 10:33:05 AM PST

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        •  On the other hand (0+ / 0-)

          when I was playing a lot of D&D, we did have a weaponized "Magic Missal".

          :D

          I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

          by trumpeter on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 11:01:14 AM PST

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          •  pretty sure that qualifies as "play on words" (0+ / 0-)

            not "bad grammar" ;-)

            America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

            by dagnome on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:44:32 PM PST

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