Oh my, it’s been a month.
Well, in the intervening time I had to sell my Mini and buy a new car (blew a valve, or maybe a head gasket), among other things. So it goes.
- Korea to buy a light carrier – Hasn’t your resident extremely-amateur navalist said that the promise of the F-35B is giving any yobbo with a few billion behind the couch cushions access to aircraft carriers?
- More on Korea Carrier – $1.8 billion, expected complement of about 20 F-35s.
- Carriers in the Fog: HMS QE
- Sonobuoy pods for the Fire Scout – Good idea. Fishbreath stamp of approval. Apparently, there’s a similar pod for the Reaper. Also good idea. Also stamp of approval.
- The KC-46 is a lemon – Relevant document: this Boeing internal report on how outsourcing too much is bad.
- Navy to cancel conformal tanks on Block III Super Bugs? – Another Boeing failure?
- Finalized design for Korea’s next-generation destroyer – It’s turning into boost Korea and bash Boeing week. Anyway, this one has fewer VLS cells and fewer anti-ship missile canister launchers, and switched from RAM+Goalkeeper to Phalanx. The lower missile count arises from South Korean strategists’ concerns about having too many missiles on one hull. We don’t have an explanation for their decision to ditch the fancy modern CIWS for the old champion.
- Abolish the RAF – In favor of a Royal Naval Air Service and a Royal Army Air Service.
- Also from Hushkit, the Hipster’s Guide to Aircraft
- An inventory of NATO ASW assets – If you aren’t France or Canada, you’re freeloading.
- Privateers and commerce raiding: breaking China’s war economy – China relies on imports from East Africa and South America. Those sea lanes won’t be open in a war, but it’s even easier to keep them closed if we send privateers after them.
- China retreats from disputed Indian territory? – I’m not sure if it’s the same disputed territory from earlier, but there you are.
- On Big Army’s new night vision/thermal sights
- How big is the Typhoon boomer? Big
- US Navy rust: it’s not just CDR Salamander talking about it
Science and Technology
- Amazon’s electric delivery vans make a funny noise
- All electric cars should be forced to make the Jetsons sound
- Living in the Cyberpunk Now: proposed legislation in Nevada would allow tech companies to form Innovation Zones – An Innovation Zone is an area of land where county-level government functions are provided by the corporation which owns the land.
- Bad news for Stadia, part one million – The developer of Terraria got a Google account ban out of Youtube, and has spitefully but not unwisely decided to move away from every Google product he can.
- A laptop battlestation with seven screens – Okay, I kind of want one.
- How to start some 5500hp diesel engines on a tugboat – Cool video.
- Another cool video: a flight track of a Tasmanian wedgetailed eagle
- The Postal Service picks a new truck – It’s in no danger of being less visually distinctive than the good old LLV, I’ll put it that way.
- Industrial controller vulnerability allows for remote control by attackers – Which is bad.
- SLS: cancellation is too good for it
- There’s a SpaceX Starship launch on tap for today – Link to unofficial stream; when they get closer to launch, you’ll be able to swap over to the better cameras from the official one.
- Ancient bronze swords: just for show? – Scientist-historians debate.
- The Onion on the outbreak of the Great War
- This guy is 3D-printing a .45-70 semi-auto rifle – Now that’s a space cowboy gun.
- CZ buys Colt for… $220 million, wow – Maybe CZ wants to get into the AR game, and thought, “Well, we could buy a factory for $220 million, or we could buy a factory and a brand name for $220 million!”
The ‘Rona Etc.
- The importance of non-expert specialists – Boils down to how expert specialists can get bogged down in the traditions of their own fields, for me.
- The kids are having a hard time, short film edition
- Coronavirus variants: a primer – Content warning: Ars Technica, which has developed a near-terminal case of the woke brainworms lately.
- Why you shouldn’t invade America – Coming to you live from the intersection of ‘CMP People’ and ‘Backwoods People Who Still Know the Old Ways’, although there are a lot of ‘Backcountry Hunters’ around these parts too.
- Life in New York’s super-tall towers is not all glamor and ritz
- “How dare you suggest there was a vast conspiracy surrounding the election; also, here’s the definitive history of the secret conspiracy surrounding the election”: Time Magazine
- Every NFL team’s season summed up in a Simpsons clip
- Is there anything more American than looking at a piece of technology and thinking, “It would be better with a V8?” – Apparently, there’s a whole division of V8-powered competition chainsaws.
- 90-year-old man gets fiber internet after taking out a Wall Street Journal quarter-page ad to complain – Old solutions to new problems.
- Another cool video: a landing approach in Greenland – A greenlanding?