Remember Y2K? The genius computer programers who designed Windows forgot that at the turn of the century, their year counter would reset to zero because they didn’t include the hundreds and thousands units. This is reason number one why I only use Linux.
Well, we have a similar problem with the U.S. Navy. According to this report from Wired, the military is reaching the point where viable laser weapons are just around the corner. Unfortunately, the navy ships weren’t designed with lasers in mind:
Their generators aren’t built to create the kind of juice necessary to power laser guns without siphoning it away from their propulsion systems. It’s a problem that gets worse when considering a laser gun’s “magazine” is as full or as empty as the fuel source it draws from. All that creates exactly the kind of choice the Navy never wants to confront: a choice between effective weapons and maneuverability. A wheezing, slow ship is a tempting target.
What morons! Every time I put together a robot, I build it with slots for its future laser weapons. When you’re building a navy–or a robot army–you want it to be scalable for future upgrades.
The Navy should hire me to design its laser battleships. I know what I’m doing.
That is all.