Now that parvusimperator is back with us, I can focus on this post more than usual. As usual, when I focus on something more than usual it doesn’t just get done. It gets overdone.
Categories arranged not in the usual defense-first fashion, but rather in the order they showed up in our weekly-news-stories channel on the company Hangouts Chat.
- The PAC-12 is terrible – Having married into a USC family, I find my heart warmed by this story.
- First we saw too few Milky Way satellite galaxies, now we see too many – An interesting case where refinements to the theory brought the estimated number of satellite galaxies down, while refinements to measuring tools brought the number of discovered satellite galaxies up. As always, a good read from Quanta. This story came from the daily news dump at Ambient Irony, a blog run by a Twitter acquaintance, which usually has some good stuff in the science/technology field.
- Rocks: the next dark matter detector – When the next Einstein rolls around and upsets the luminiferous-ether-like consensus on dark matter, I’m going to be smiling very smugly from my little corner of the internet. (Or we’ll eventually catch a WIMP, and you’ll never hear from me again.)
- Apple cutting iPhone production – Almost as though they’ve been coasting on their reputation as innovators for far too long, and it’s finally catching up to them.
- The story about the spy microchip on server motherboards we reported on a while ago has fallen apart almost completely – Never let it be said we don’t own up to our mistakes.
- A recent post by Cory Doctorow takes the heterodox position: it’s at least possible – Granted, saying that it’s a coordinated coverup takes believing that it’s one of the largest correct conspiracy theories in history. There’s a 40-minute talk from an expert on firmware attacks who believes it’s “at least possible”, which I haven’t seen yet but intend to listen to as I close out the work day.
- System boundaries and the Linux kernel – Why kernel updates break closed-source drivers, why the closed-source driver people are in the wrong, and why it would be a bad idea to introduce stable APIs for drivers.
- Merchant ships to missile slingers – I’m for it. Q-ships are much more effective when warships dispense with armor.
- Will China go to war over Taiwan? – I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to test it. I’m curious how much of Taiwan’s electronics industry comes from its need to have a native defense industry.
- The Navy looks to establish a polar port – Timely news, given the bit about Russian Arctic basing last week. Trivia: The Ticonderogii1 were the last American ships with purpose-built deicing systems. Anything later and it’s men on deck with sledgehammers.
- Are FONOPS effective? – ASEAN has its doubts.
- Big Army prepares to fight sci-fi battles – In megacities and underground.
- China’s Type 001A may be in service within months
- Big Army should bring back Pathfinders – They would make a great accompaniment to the sci-fi battlefield.
- On the evolution of the PLAAF – The defense section has been a bit China-heavy lately, but that’s the way the geopolitical cookie crumbles.
- Speaking of China, keep your hands off Subic Bay – Maybe we need to set up a base there again?
- The Navy Times got their hands on the Fort report on the Fitz collision – It’s bad. No, worse than that. Bad.
- About 1/3 of the RAF is in the ‘sustainment fleet’ – Elsewhere, I found a quote from an RAF spokesman saying that the sustainment fleet is aircraft undergoing upgrades and long-term maintenance, as well as those in storage, so it isn’t like 30% of the RAF is being cannibalized to keep the other 70% flying. Honestly, compared to (for instance) Germany, 70% in the forward fleet isn’t bad at all.
- Navy looking for a sixth-generation fighter to replace the Super Hornet – Not to be glib, but isn’t that the F-35C’s job?
The Акула/Typhoon-class boomers, in pictures
- I came across this photo on Twitter… – …and thought it was worth a section unto itself. It’s really easy to miss how enormous they were. In the picture above, it’s next to a Grisha of some flavor. Here’s one next to an Udaloy, and the Udaloy only looks bigger because less of it is under the water.
- Here’s a handy schematic of the pressure hulls, which helps clarify their arrangement inside the light hull.
- Lastly, here are some interior shots of the crew spaces – This is a different set of photos from the one I usually see floating around, taken of TK-17 Архангелск shortly after her decommissioning, so everything is in much better shape than other sets I know of.
- Why is the DOS path character backslash?
- King Tut’s dagger came from meteor iron – They determined this with x-ray fluorescence, a technology we have some acquaintance with here at the office from a past customer.
- Why is all the shutdown talk focused on government workers missing paychecks, and not on the work that isn’t getting done? – The article suggests maybe because there isn’t much value to the work that’s getting done. I haven’t worked in government, and am unlikely to do so in my lifetime, so I leave that judgement to people closer to the matter.
- The US has apparently declared Maduro an illegitimate president – Which is basically saying, “If you guys want to have a coup, we’re cool with it.”
- This is definitely the accepted plural. ↩
The Navy wants a true successor to the F-14 to fly alongside the dinky little F-35C, and you guys are complaining? What will it take to satisfy you?
The article mentions an arsenal plane as a promising technological development. From my armchair, it’s just as likely we get a new Douglas Missileer as it is we get a new Tomcat.
That, and if I were laying odds on the contenders for any of today’s speculative procurement programs, the favorite would be “canceled”.
Perhaps the populous doesn’t value the work of the Federal workforce, due to not knowing how prevalent that workforce is to the well functioning conduct of the country…
If you really want this solved, quit declaring things emergency essential and watch everything come to a screeching halt (which would be spun by both sides, one having the benefit of being more truthful). Then hopefully the populous would demand their elected senators fulfill their constitutional duties and pass a floor bill, and override a veto if necessary. Quit acting like the Constitution didn’t make you an equal lever of power.
(I didn’t spend 20 years in uniform to watch this crap happen to our country – politics rant off)
If “take up the mantle of your Constitutional duty” were a more popular rallying cry, we’d all be in better shape.