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Scum stealing from soldiers angles

Beware a fake web site

Soldiers Angles real URL is

Fake site is

Note the lack of “s” at the end of soldier.


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A French Soldier’s View of US Soldiers in Afghanistan

Read the story at this link



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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

I strongly recommend this article

Here are the first 2 paragraphs:

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors, and it showed the rising power of artificial intelligence. The car didn’t follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a  human do it.

Getting a car to drive this way was an impressive feat. But it’s also a bit unsettling, since it isn’t completely clear how the car makes its decisions. Information from the vehicle’s sensors goes straight into a huge network of artificial neurons that process the data and then deliver the commands required to operate the steering wheel, the brakes, and other systems. The result seems to match the responses you’d expect from a human driver. But what if one day it did something unexpected—crashed into a tree, or sat at a green light? As things stand now, it might be difficult to find out why. The system is so complicated that even the engineers who designed it may struggle to isolate the reason for any single action. And you can’t ask it: there is no obvious way to design such a system so that it could always explain why it did what it did.

And there is a lot more of interest — including DARPA work.

Read and be amazed.




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The NR-1, a nuclear submarine with tires

I highly recommend this fascinating story of the undersea during the Cold War and afterwards.  You can read it for free at the internet site:

or (better yet) go to the Home Page there and purchase the eBook for $4.99.

It is a fascinating read, and near the end you run across Ballard.


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Two more books on the Marine WWII Pacific Campaign at Gutenberg

Breaking the Outer Ring: Marine Landings in the Marshall Islands by J.C. Chapin

Breaching the Marianas: The Battle for Saipan by J.C. Chapin

Both available for download from

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Armed drones seen as dogfight-ready in (not too distant) future

I told Lex a few years back that he would have silicon wingmen in the future that could take the g-forces that would allow them to operate inside the loop of protein-based pilots.

First they will support, then they will supplant.

And Skynet will have excellent tools when the AI awakening occurs.


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Project Gutenberg has free commerative series of Marines in WWII

Those who would be interested, go to

In the recent books, there are several in the series now available that can be downloaded for free as either Epub or Kindle or PDF.

Best to all.


From Makin to Bougainville: Marine Raiders in the Pacific War by Jon T. Hoffman

A Magnificent Fight: Marines in the Battle for Wake Island by Robert J. Cressman

Top of the Ladder: Marine Operations in the Northern Solomons by John C. Chapin

First Offensive: The Marine Campaign for Guadalcanal by Henry I. Shaw

Across The Reef: The Marine assault of Tarawa by Joseph H. Alexander


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The Shooter —- read it and weep

This is how we treat our finest….

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Patience is a Virtue

Tar pitch droplet finally ready for its close-up after nearly 70 years
The fall of a drop of tar pitch was caught on camera for the first time. The experiment was set up at Ireland’s Trinity College Dublin in 1944 to demonstrate the low fluidity of pitch, but it eventually was left unattended until physicists recently began to monitor it again. After a 69-year wait, they were rewarded with a drop July 11, caught on webcam. “Curiosity is at the heart of good science, and the pitch drop fuels that curiosity,” said physicist Denis Weaire.

(click link above to see the exciting movie)


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You have seen the flash, now for the shockwave

from a 500 kt equivalent blast at 25 miles altitude

VERY good luck it entered at a shallow angle.

[Update by XBrad- I embedded the video]

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