Archive for January, 2010

Russian PAK-FA/Sukhoi T-50 makes its first flight.

January 29, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22fN4fVoFdY

Interesting aircraft, it looks like it owes a lot to the Sukhoi Su27. It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to get it ready for service. The newsreaders claimed they’d be able to start marketing it from 2015-2017, which appears to be feasable as long as Russia doesn’t run short on money during development and they don’t hit any technical problems.

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Easy Opinions

January 20, 2010

Just seen this: http://easyopinions.blogspot.com/2008/11/political-dictionary.html#libEcon

Very funny, I wish I’d seen it before.

District 9

January 19, 2010

I just watched District 9. I enjoyed it, though I think I’d be a bit pissed off with it if I was a scientist or doctor. They’re portrayed as being unremittingly unethical in the way they treat the¬† aliens & the main character¬† (Wikus Van De Merwe) after he catches alien cooties.

There are a lot of plot holes if you really want to find them, such as: Even if the alien-built weapons have DNA-triggered safety locks on them, the humans should be able to learn one hell of a lot just by studying them and trying to build versions without the safety locks. If the aliens can build alien-tech weapons out of human garbage without access to alien-tech manufacturing facilities they can’t be that difficult to reproduce. Why did the alien leadership caste hide amongst the alien workers, it would make more sense step forward and negotiate with the humans for better conditions. After all they did have a million aliens with alien-tech to back them up, it’s not as if they had a weak negotiating¬† position. Shapechanging through DNA rewriting (to make it worse the liquid that causes it is primarily intended to be fuel for their spaceship. It’s like a man getting accidentally splashed by jetfuel and turning into a frog). However District 9 is hardly alone is having these sorts of problems.

UPDATE: changed the structure a bit, no changes to the points made.

UPDATE2: Apparently some of the aliens develop leadership characteristics over time, so when they first arrives there were no surviving leaders but one of them starts to slowly develop them.

Food groups?

January 15, 2010

Basic food groups: roast potatoes, pork crackling and chocolate!

Drink: wine, beer and vodka!

Drunkblogging for teh win!

Great, now our PM is bonkers :(

January 12, 2010

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/58171,news-comment,news-politics,the-mole-bonkers-gordon-brown-peter-watt-book-rekindles-depression-talk

The evidence is looking pretty strong that Gordon Brown actually does have a medical condition, either bipolar disorder or suffering from clinical depression. What the fuck were Labour thinking when they put this guy in charge without any sort of contest? And he’s been the Chancellor of the Exchequer before that.

Labour need to be pushed into the outer wilderness forever over this.

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Of course so does the Conservative Party, but in their case because of the EU and their general fuck-wittery.

“Stryker soldiers say commanders failed them”

January 12, 2010

Interesting article here: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/12/army_afghanistan_mixed_signals_122109w/

I hope this is ancient history and the counter-guerilla war vs COIN issue has been sorted out.