Short one this week.
- Tico heads to the scrappers
- Is a Biden win a win for China? – This guy says ‘yes’.
- Speaking of China, they have a new rifle! – It has one of those foregrip-bipods, at least in the press photo.
- 1,000 miles in ten minutes: the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon – Speedy. (The article gives its speed in Mach first, but I’ve always hated Mach number speed measurement without an altitude to go with it.) ARRW, or ‘Arrow’. You know, American military procurement people, if you want to call a missile the Arrow, you can just call it Arrow. You don’t need an acronym. Ask the British about BRIMSTO—I mean, Brimstone.
- Friend of a friend: Japan to sell arms to Vietnam
Science and Technology
- Security researchers find UEFI malware in the wild – Rootkit alert!
- Some dudes in Michigan made a really bad plan to kidnap the governor – Want your opsec to be better than theirs? Here’s a primer on codes and encryption.
- CityLab: there’s no such thing as a dangerous neighborhood, only dangerous people whose actions are generally constrained to a small geographical area – Headline paraphrased. Sure, I’m making fun of it a bit, but it does pretty clearly show that broadly-targeted gun bans are ineffective at actually reducing crime, and not narrowly tailored to fit the state’s interest in doing so in the first place, so there’s that.
- Japan’s lost generation: 2020 update – Among the entertainments I permit myself to consume is My Hero Academia, and I see some fascinating (intentional?) parallels between that franchise’s villains and some of the descriptions of the generation in question in the article.
- Here is a 114-foot, 7400hp yacht… with an 800nm range? – That’s because it was originally the tender for a much larger yacht, in case its owner wanted to pop from Cannes to Corsica for lunch.
- October match #1 – It’s a little disappointing after September match #2, but that’s the way it goes in this sport.