I haven't seen this unit used online yet, so I thought that it may have been still useless. Apparently is isn't so my concern was addressed.
Hi JuleTron, my comment wasn't targetted at you specifically, just the crowd in general who want a return to uber siege frigs of doom. My point has always been - sure, they will be happy if that happens, but what about everyone else? It doesn't make much sense to please a small crowd while driving everyone else away from the game.
As to whether the unit is useless or not, it depends on who you ask, and what you are looking for. People who want uber siege frigs of doom will consider the unit useless until it returns to back that state. Others (like me) find it useful even weaker than it was before it was just buffed. "How can that be?" you ask. Because we view the role of the siege frig as a unit which comes into a grav well AFTER ENEMIES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, and bombs the planet down. The other side views it as an attacking unit, able to charge into a grav well with enemy ships all around, and withstand a pounding while it bombs the planet into oblivion.
A difference in philosophy, if you will, but I guess its a topic for another thread.