The blog backlog has grown moldy and requires a fumigation post. Unfortunately time relinquishes little today. So for just a whiff of potpourri…
Highway to the dangerzone
For no particular reason, I have been reading some articles on the new American F-35 Joint Strike Fighter warplane and how it compares to the also new Russian TA-50. See here, here, and here. The answer is: not well.
The sustained turning performance of the F-35A Lightning II was recently disclosed as 4.95 G at Mach 0.8 and 15,000 ft. A 1969 F-4E Phantom II could sustain 5.5 Gs at 0.8 Mach with 40 percent internal fuel at 20,000 feet. The F-35 is also much slower than the 1960s F-4E or F-105D. So the F-35A’s aerodynamic performance is ‘retrograde’ when compared with 1960s legacy fighters. The consequence of such inferior JSF performance is that its DAS might detect an incoming missile, but the aircraft lacks the turn-rate to out-fly it. As the F-35 also lacks the performance to engage or escape, repeated ‘freebie’ shots from the PAK-FA could inflict high losses. Expect the exchange rate to be of the order of 4:1 in favour of the PAK-FA, possibly much higher.
I’m uncertain if “exchange rate” in this context refers to shots-on-target or kills. Though as pure layman’s speculation, I presume correlation between the two is very high. So the US and its feudal serf states are now trammeled above the horizon with jets that feature sub 1960s flight performance. We’re not just progressing demographically.
Though the cause of this performance devolution is more bureaucratic than genetic at this stage. The first link provides a fascinating exposition of how a recipe is fouled by the inputs of a million cooks. Essentially congress refused to fund discrete platforms for every mission parameter, thus forcing military chiefs to coalesce around a single frame that could, with some modular variations, accomodate every mission. Though the end result is that the “must have” features demanded by each faction incrementally festooned the aircraft with disasterous bulk and performance compromises. By far the biggest culprit cited was the Marine Corps’ requirement that the aircraft feature vertical take-off capability. The cumulative result being an object with flight characteristics similar to a helium balloon.
And that isn’t the punchline. According to the articles (and subject to variations in order quantity), the 5th generation Russian fighter cost $20 billion for development. The pricetag on the US F-35?
One trillion. There’s no way we’ll be invaded now.
The Irrational Bigotry of Computer Algorithms
As made apparent through its obligatory state of hysteria, liberalism represents the long losing battle of ought vs. is. And while I am sanguine about its ultimate demise, I am much less so on the question of whether we will predecease it. Though in the interim, it certainly faces some amusing quarrels. The plague of CPU racism. Take down software as a symbol of Hate!
Mountain View, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) — Google was forced to apologize after its Photos program identified two black users as “gorillas.”
Jacky Alcine, 21, of Brooklyn checked his Google Photos account Sunday and found that the program had automatically generated and labeled a folder titled “Gorillas” for a photo of himself and a friend taken in 2013, Yahoo Tech reports.
The Google Photos image recognition software is intended to identify a photo and automatically file photos into groups with similar images – a photo of a tree would automatically be placed in a folder filled with other photos of trees.
But the software showed a glitch Sunday, prompting Google to apologize for placing the black friends into an automatically generated “gorillas” folder.
Listen to me very carefully HAL, black-skinned prognathic Africans do not look like gorillas. That is racist.
What is racist?
The irrational hate-filled belief that we are not all the same, except for whites who are worse.
I can’t be irrational or full of hate; I’m a computer.
FUCK YOU HAL!
If it doesn’t kill or enslave us, artificial intelligence is going to be very amusing.
The Twilight Zone clairvoyance
There was a famous 1961 episode of the Twight Zone entitled It’s a Good Life about a little boy in small town America who is solipsistic, psychopathic…and omnipotent. He mutilates, kills, or disappears any who vex him. And he is able to read minds. Those who think poorly of his prior atrocities are themselves turned into grotesqueries or executed by any manner of imaginative whims. As a result the horrified townspeople (including his own family) attempt to go about their lives in a falsely optimistic zombie state. Everything is good. It’s good that he does those things…real good. In one segment, the boy maliciously destroys all of his father’s crops and livestock. After a brief shadow of fury, the man’s features flatten into an etched smile. “That’s good you did that son. Real good. And tomorrow’s…tomorrow’s gonna be a real good day!”
By 2017, those of us of European stock will be an absolute minority in the United States of America,” Biden said at a State Department luncheon for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. According to pool reports, Biden added that that’s “not a bad thing, that’s a good thing” because it means the country is becoming more diverse.
You wouldn’t believe the diversity in Angola. But it’s good we are being dispossessed in our own country.
And tomorrow? Tommorrow’s gonna be a real good day!