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April 21, 2018

Iranian UAV shot down

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:25 am
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Interesting story.   I’d like to know more.

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April 18, 2018

More on SWA 1380

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:46 pm
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Great story here on the pilot of SWA 1380.  Previous post here.

April 17, 2018

A sad day for SWA

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:26 pm
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Story here.  This is very sad.

April 14, 2018

Russia’s weapons woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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A nice article from Strategypage on why much of the Russian military is a paper tiger.  I suspect the truth is even worse than these reports.

April 6, 2018

More on supersonic aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:40 am
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I previously posted on NASA’s contract to build an experimental low noise supersonic aircraft.  Post here.  Now, it turns out that several companies are working toward the same goal.

March 30, 2018

Chinese space junk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:58 pm
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The first Chinese space station is crashing back to earth.  Here is some advice if you find a piece of it.  Good luck. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 1, 2018

Putin’s new weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Vlad has bragged about a bunch of new weapons.  See here.  Frankly, I think Russia is a broke paper tiger, and the fact that Putin is bragging about these just makes me think I am right.

February 27, 2018

Possible chemical attack

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:01 pm
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Possible chemical attack on a US military base in Northern Virginia.  Developing.

February 21, 2018

Syrian flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:03 pm
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Regular readers of this blog know that I keep highlighting the growing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.  I still think that is the place in the world most likely to be the focus of a great power conflict.  However, recent reports out of Syria indicating that US forces killed 100+ Russian mercenaries working for the Syrian government may raise an alternate flashpoint.  While I don’t think Russia is the treat that China is, Russia still has formidable capabilities and could inflict serious losses on US forces, at least in the short term.  (h/t Jeff Groves.)

February 20, 2018

Where do bookstores go from here?

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 11:14 am
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B & N is laying off hundreds of employees to try and stave off losses.  However, as this article points out, more than at a lot of other retail companies, the employees are an integral part of a bookstore’s success.  Is this the end of the mass market book chain store?  Will we be left with just independents and online?

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