Dec 03

Compy Not 386

Same, but it looks like that’ll never change. Computers are strange as for a while we had a common, nearly-necessary device that more than half the population was cognitively incapable of using. We’re getting away from general purpose computers now, though that’s not the main reason. But it does mean that the droolers don’t have to deal with their complexity any longer.

Dec 03

Debt Is Money And Vice Versa

I will ask a question someone once asked that is still relevant: “Who the fuck does the world owe all that debt to, Jupiter?”

Debt and money are tools. We can choose how to use them — or to break them. There is no natural law here; merely what humans have created.

Dec 03

L$

Canon “L” glass. Some of those lenses are marvels.

Dec 03

Pants

A lot of so-called smart people annoy me not because they are competition, but because I wish they actually were competition.

Dec 03

Pola

Many technologies are getting worse now: the internet, operating systems, browsers, even basic infrastructure tech. There is no one explanation, but a lot of it is monopoly and pretend “free” markets.

Dec 02

Fictive

Figuring out which fictions to most ardently adopt and believe in will occupy the next 20-30 years of the human experience. Humans can’t exist without the irrational, without guiding narratives, and most of these are not and cannot be based in fact.

I hope we choose wisely.

Dec 01

Fire and Remember

True. They are the only ones with any valid battlefield tactics and awareness. “Just charging in” might look cool on the screen but that’s not how real battles are fought.

Even in books this happens. For instance, a milfic book I am reading now has an armored train as part of the plot. Some combat aircraft attack it directly, despite it having extensive and effective air defense, instead of doing the logical fucking thing of blowing the tracks all to hell in front of and behind the train. Do that, it’s not going anywhere, and then you send a few JDAMs its way at your leisure without risking valuable low-flying aircraft.

But it’s way more dramatic to have the A-10s attack it directly.

In another scene in the novel, three A-10s engage in a dogfight with two SU-57s and win (destroying one and causing the other to flee). No, just no. That would never happen. Never. First of all, there’s basically no dogfighting anymore. Second, an A-10 against an SU-57 is like a kindergartner fighting Bruce Lee. The kindergartner would get punted into the sun. (The A-10 is a great combat aircraft, probably the best ground-attack aircraft ever made, but it is not a dogfighter.)

Also in the same book the author has the A-10 using afterburners. The A-10 uses the General Electric TF34 engine which has zero afterburner capability.

The book, overall, isn’t bad but it’s full of clichés and it sacrifices accuracy for drama a bit too often.

Dec 01

Empire Of None

Oh, you don’t know “progressives,” then. A lot of them believe that dating anyone outside your race (if you are white) is “imperialism” and bad because of some notional power imbalance.

We used to call that belief “racism” but the progs have made racism great again by re-branding it as protection from harm and resisting imperialism.