Busy morning at the office. Commentary status: limited.
- Richard Spencer maybe doesn’t want to be SecNav anymore? – The real headline: he blasts Congress and shipyards.
- A Chally 2 Streetfighter prototype – Regrettably, the Brimstone launcher is on a vehicle parked behind the tank, not the tank itself.
- Al-Baghdadi down
- Navantia unveils Joint Support Ship design – Does a little bit of everything—70% of the fuel capacity of the recently-retired Australian oilers, 70% of the load capacity of HMAS Choules (an LPD), a full hospital, and so forth.
- Dutch military police find 11 kilos of cocaine on a Dutch LPD – Evidently, someone decided to take a little side trip during a deployment to the Caribbean.
- Navy backing down from 355-ship plan – Why 355? we found ourselves asking. It turns out the number comes from a force structure assessment conducted in 2016.
- A pre-alpha tech demo of Task Force Admiral, a really good-looking WW2 carrier command game – Items of particular note: cloud physics, seamless map zoom.
- Blizzard writes a buffer overflow emulator – Highly technical article, on how Blizzard emulated a bug in Starcraft which was used to create most of the Starcraft custom map ecosystem.
- Google and Facebook didn’t kill newspapers, the Internet generally did
- A 1924 shot of USS Langley transiting the Panama Canal
- How Scientology bought downtown Clearwater, Florida
- Certain AMD processors’ high-quality random number instruction always yields -1 – The problem with randomness is that you can never be sure.
- Didn’t we try this once already? – Mortgages for anyone with a pulse!
- The collapsing crime rates of the 90s might have had something to do with cell phones – If you can sell drugs to anyone, anywhere by telephone, you don’t need to hold turf. If you don’t need to hold turf, you don’t need to kill people to keep it.
- California is on fire again.