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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Tech

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

My father and brother both worked at Felows, I worked at Parks and Woolson. I think part of the success in Springfield was the Apprentice program at the Springfield High School, my father went through it in about 1930, I was in it from 1966 to 1971 and my brother from 1968 to 1973. My father retired as a foreman in the production department and worked on many of the developments after the war including plastic injection molding, and cold forming for things like rifle barrels. My brother worked his way into the cutter engineering and sales department in the 1980's and is still working for the company that bought out the company that bought out Fellows. I went to. College and left Springfield to work in engineering and design of power plants. I agree that the downfall was when outsiders took over, but the failure was not from lack of innovation but from draining of the profits away from the companies and R&D to the new owners pockets. What a shame.

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Posted by keithsp on 12/22/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

I worked 35 years in the machine tool company Jones & Lamson. We build by far the best machine tools in the world. In the 70 we were ordered to open our doors to other countries which many foreigners came marching through our doors with cameras and recording devices. Three years later at the IMTS show in Chicago there were machines looking identical to ours for have the price. We lost our foot hold over the next few years, so sad to say. I would love to see a manufacture of machine tools come back to Springfield and start manufacturing again. I would be the first one at their door. I will never forget the great days, nights, weekends and travel I had working for Jones & Lamson.

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Posted by Lee Oakes on 12/22/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Mapping Vermont's Maker and Coworking Spaces

You're missing e2 in Essex

Posted by Becky Colley on 10/22/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

One final link, for those interest, showcasing the F-35's continued woes from September 9th of 2016....

F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat
Testing Report Contradicts Air Force Leaderships Rosy Pronouncements

http://www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2016/f-35-may-never-be-ready-for-combat.html

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 3:55 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

@spudmanWp wrote: This may come as a shock, but the F-35A is cheaper than the Eurofighter, Rafale & even the F-15E while being less than $10 more expensive than the GripenE which is still a paper airplane. The fact is that there is no comparable fighter in existence or planned that is cheaper than the F-35.

btw, Your linked article is old news, especially the seat & computer stability issues. That is the problem with reading old articles as the items are usually being fixed before the article even comes out. Remember that the F-35 is still in development.

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OMG, your assertions re cost are laughable. Where do you get that the F-35 is cheaper than any of the jets you list? Any 10 year old child could prove you wrong with information freely available. See below:

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/articles/communiques/FighterCostFinalJuly06.pdf

Have you even read the Wikipedia entry for the F-35? Look at the unit cost and program cost.

https://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/articles/communiques/FighterCostFinalJuly06.pdf

Finally, FYI : A Gripen E demonstrator aircraft fitted with new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) completed its maiden flight in April 2014. The first test aircraft was rolled out in May 2016. So, sorry, sir, but you have proven yourself not worth debating. Anything from you will be ignored by me from here on in.

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 3:48 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

@Arc_Light This may come as a shock, but the F-35A is cheaper than the Eurofighter, Rafale & even the F-15E while being less than $10 more expensive than the GripenE which is still a paper airplane. The fact is that there is no comparable fighter in existence or planned that is cheaper than the F-35.

btw, Your linked article is old news, especially the seat & computer stability issues. That is the problem with reading old articles as the items are usually being fixed before the article even comes out. Remember that the F-35 is still in development.

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Posted by SpudmanWP on 10/22/2016 at 2:04 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

The F-35 is a horrendously overpriced and problematic flying piece of junk. The most expensive weapons system in U.S. history and this is what we get. People might want to read the link below, or any dozens of others telling the truth about this egregious jet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3430571/From-ejector-seats-kill-computer-pilots-t-log-Pentagon-F-35-fighter-jet-report-reveals-massive-problems-facing-expensive-weapon-history.html

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Posted by Arc_Light on 10/22/2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Here we @#$% go with drones again! Lets see the F-35 has 8 million lines of code which took ten years to write. To write the code which will mimick a human pilot is what 500 million lines of code minimum. That being the case if we start now we will be seeing those magic drones about the same time the sun goes super nova!

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Posted by Kevin Kitura on 10/20/2016 at 7:53 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Did I say "@Bill... the Rand corp... "

Sorry, I meant @SchMan.

Having a Reply button would be nice :)

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Posted by SpudmanWP on 10/20/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

@Bill... the Rand corp are not the "experts". They are paper annalists.

The report was all based on "spreadsheet" numbers and not any kind of tactics or actual simulation.. They actually later apologized for the whole section, especially the Cant turn. Cant climb. Cant run. part since it was someone's opinion and not based on any facts.

@Brain... Do you ever get dizzy being up there on your high horse?

@Adam (Author)... Your budget numbers are WAY off. Theis less than $99 mil today. This is actually less than a Rafale which was $103mil in the recent India deal.

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Posted by SpudmanWP on 10/20/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

An attack on a nuclear plant would only be ordered in extraordinary circumstances, such as a North Korean attack on South Korea or the US, or the likelihood of use of nuclear weapons by North Korea. Such decisions would be made at the highest level of government. The author is certainly aware of the potential consequences of such an attack, but he is operating within the scope of the mission chosen for the simulation. Don't confuse an understanding of the task at hand with lack of a moral compass.

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Posted by Bill Poser on 10/19/2016 at 11:28 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Well, it makes a nice story, but here is what the real experts have to say about the F-35:

http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/2014…

I would hope that 7-Days would research the facts vs the fiction. Cream-puff articles fail to reach the typical standards we all expect from 7-Days.

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Posted by SchMan on 10/19/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

How can the author be so morally blind as to state that only four people would be at risk in this mission. He is talking about blowing up North Korea's largest nuclear plant next to a city of 4 million people. Later in the article he speculates that the risk could be removed entirely by using drones. He is writing about the thrill of warfare without considering the immense suffering and destruction involved. The closest the author comes to displaying a moral compass is when he mentions that some people say it might cost too much money.

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Posted by Brian Perkins on 10/19/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

Isn't Lt. Col. John Rahill the airman who last month crashed a civilian plane on Savage Island, then apparently broke the law by not reporting it, and caused a massive unnecessary and dangerous law enforcement response? Whatever happened to that story? Swept under the rug?

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/arch…

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Posted by Carol Denison on 10/19/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “A Civilian Pilot Test-Drives the F-35

"the F-35 isn't perfect"??? When the first crash happens, we'll certainly see that firsthand.

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Posted by The Oracle on 10/19/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “A Tech-Savvy Monk Is Taking Mindfulness to the Masses

careful, CML is a cult

Posted by Brett W on 07/14/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Reddit Brings a UVM Evolutionary Robotics Class to the World

Glad to read it brother, Keep up ur good work

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Posted by Narayan Koirala on 05/28/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Burlington's Designbook Faces Off With Facebook

Hi Kyle/Designbook, I wonder if all businesses with the word "book" in their title were to file a class action suit against Facebok to stop their insane harassment ,if something could be accomplished in the name of justice.
Just a thought. Best of luck, may your # of landing equal your number of takeoffs. Harv Gregoire

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Posted by harvgit on 02/19/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Hobbyists, Lawmakers and Privacy Advocates Keep Their Eyes on Drones

Can hobbyist use drones at Bolton as long as they stay away from the people?

Posted by Sampson Bauer on 01/22/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

My brother and I grew up visiting our grandparents' farm during the summers of the mid 1970's-1980's and lived there for a time. We recall a heartfelt town we only wished our own could be. Watching it bifurcate then discentigrate from afar has broken a part of our hearts like watching a loved one die a slow death. Sounds dramatic? Not for those of us who lived and knew the character it held. When it popped up in the national news for winning The Simpson's contest for representing their town of Springfield. Let's just say, a mixed bag of emotions went along with that one. We loved it so very much.

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Posted by Micaela Bensko on 10/26/2015 at 2:07 PM

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