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Blogs Roundup

  • Borepatch brings us one of his regular updates about computer security.  He also has a good suggestion about cellphone security, whether or not you expect the police to take a gander at it.
  • Brigid has some sage advice about cleaning weapons, especially when it comes to safety.
  • This month’s e-postal match is up.
  • Raindogblue tells another story of the glamorous life of police officers.
  • Foreign Policy talks about the boondoggle that is the F-35 fighter/bomber/floor polisher/minivan/boat anchor.   Watching this debacle reminds me a lot of my days with government computer system development.  Here’s a hint, kids:  if you try to build something that will do everything for everyone, it will do not much for nobody.  I can see the budget concerns that lead to the “one fighter to rule them all” mentality, but the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines need to develop their own service and role specific equipment instead of trying to jam together a conglomeration of requirements in an effort to come up with a common platform for multiple services and roles.
  • Miguel points us to an effort to raise money to buy a service dog for a young boy.  I’m in, come join me.
  • Massad Ayoob brings up a new book on shooting a snub-nosed revolver.  I don’t think a snubbie should be your first revolver, but knowing how to effectively use one needs to be in your tool kit.

1 Comment

  1. Geodkyt

     /  July 10, 2014

    The only variant of teh F-35 that makes any sense is the USMC STOVL F-35B. Which is the one with the highest technical risk. . .

    The limits on teh build numbers mean that the USAF and USN F-35A and F-35C are individually as expensive as buying F-22s (including a navalized variant for the Navy). Yet the F-35 is NOWHERE near as capable as the F-22, in ANY respect.

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