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February 5, 2021

AI in the USAF

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:24 am
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Interesting story here about using an AI to fly a U-2.  The mission wasn’t unmanned but the AI controlled the flight.  An interesting step forward, especially with the “Loyal wingman” program advancing.

December 11, 2020


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:31 am
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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not our friend. They are not even our friendly rival. It is time we learn that. Exhibit #38,649.

August 21, 2020

Now this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:08 am
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UPDATE: More here.


The future of air combat?

November 15, 2018

Hacking the F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:31 pm
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An interesting problem given the increasing computerization of modern fighter aircraft.

October 31, 2018

More cyber war

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:50 pm
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Looks like Israel might have once again used a virus to attack Iranian computer systems.

June 23, 2016

China news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:38 am
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Its things like this that will keep you up  at night.

May 27, 2015

Less, not more power

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:28 am
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Information is power.  The government has too much already.  It doesn’t need more, which is why I agree with this.

March 23, 2015

I agree

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:27 pm
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Professor Reynolds is right, yet again.

March 12, 2015

Magazine review: Replikator Worldwide Modelling Vol. 1 #1 (February 2015)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:43 pm
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There is a new modeling magazine out there.  Replikator Worldwide Modelling.  It is a general interest modeling magazine, meaning it covers all scales and types of models.  It is digital, and for the moment, it is free.  The first issue is very polished with few typos and a good text to photo ratio.  As they say, so far, so good.  We will see how things develop.  What is interesting to me is that this is an all digital magazine.  There isn’t a print edition.  Frankly I’ve thought this is the future of modeling magazines, given the lack of printing, and distribution costs, it can be done for almost nothing.  If enough revenue can be derived from advertising, then I think we will see this format grow.  One thing I do like is they have a food, drink, music and fiction column in the magazine.  Frankly I think that is a neat idea.

July 30, 2014

Foiling the police state

Filed under: Legal,Technology — dknights @ 2:10 pm
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I had never considered this.  It has an interesting tie-in to WWI and WWII camouflage.   I could see this becoming a fashion trend among both hipsters and anti-government types.

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