Can't recall where I found this fellow but I've been meaning to show him off for a while. Andreas Mogensen, Denmark's first astronaut took twenty Lego spacemen up to the ISS and sent one out on a space walk. As his little plastic crewmate floated past the window he got this shot.
A couple of years ago I stared using an email app called Mailbox. It was simple, elegant, powerful, intuitive, all the things Apple’s Mail.app wasn’t and isn’t. The feature I really liked was the swipe. Mailbox were the guys who came up with the idea of triaging your inbox by swiping left or right, Tinder style.
For a couple of years I didn’t bother opening Apple’s baked in mail app at all.
Now Mailbox is dead. Acquired by Dropbox, they were left to rot and now they’re being buried. This makes me sad, and perhaps even a little unhinged, because this very morning I have installed Outlook on all my iThings and my desktop. The Verge tagged it as the best mail client for Apple users, which would be weird, expect Satya Nadella has been red hot on providing Office as a service for both iOS and Mac (mostly for iOS, because of the big spending demographic on offer).
Word on the iPad is simple, elegant, powerful… well, yeah, you get it. I don’t have any Windows kit in the house but I hear the iOS versions of Word in particular are nicer than the native flavour. And, since I already have an Office 365 subscription for editing manuscripts in Word, I figured I’d just go with the Verge’s advice and let a little bit more of Satan’s Own software suite onto my shiny preciousesss…
Both organisations were operating with different strategic priorities 30 years ago compared to what they are today. When Return of the Jedi hit cinemas in 1983, the Nimitz-class carriers were sailing with no less than four fixed-wing fighter/strike aircraft – the F-14 Tomcat for air superiority, the A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair in the strike role, and the S-3 Viking as an anti-submarine/surface warfare platform. Also operating was the EA-6B Prowler, a variation of the A-6, which was optimised for electronic attack.
Likewise, the Rebel Alliance went into the Battle for Endor with its own four dedicated strike/fighter platforms, albeit with no electronic attack variant (it seemed the Empire had the upper hand in the electronic warfare spectrum that day) [Editor’s note: or that electronic warfare just isn’t a big part of Star Wars]. Leading this charge were the T-65 X-Wing in the space superiority role, joined by fellow Yavin-veteran, the Y-Wing bomber. Also deployed were two newcomers – the high-speed A-Wing, and the B-Wing bomber, whose primary role was to attack capital ships.
It’s a safe assumption that the role of a Carrier Air Wing is much like that of the Rebel Alliance’s Starfighter squadrons fighting ‘A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away’. Fundamentally, they both need to defend a home base, and are important tools for force projection in pursuit of wider campaign objectives.
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I preordered the new shiny – 6S+, 64gig, space grey – as soon as it became available on the store app. I dips me lid to Orin for reminding me to tick the in store pick up box. I saved a day of waiting around to get carded by the courier imp, and I got to enjoy lording it over the long line of lesser sheeple who foolishly decided to try their luck on Launch Day.
It's just Thomas and I at home this weekend, the ladies having decamped for points south. I woke early, walked the hound, and we drove over to Carindale early for breakfast. The line outside the store was already stretching around the corner as we strolled past on our way to bacon and eggs (and mushrooms, and hash browns, and grilled tomato and toast and a sausage).
I find it hard to believe anyone still does this (lining up, not having big fatty breakfasts) but the line was even longer when we emerged from feasting and meandered over to EB Games to pick up a couple of titles for the school holidays. (The Witcher and a HALO collection). There was some poor woman standing at the very end of the line rocking a kid in a pram back and forth. I hope that kid's a sleeper because they're gonna be there along time.
The were only eight or nine people in the preorder line, all of them insufferably smug. Your correspondent most of all. An Apple genius moved up and down the line, offering peeled grapes and foot rubs. A few metres away, in another world, those whose fruit love had proven wholly inadequate were randomly bashed with hessian sacks full of early model Samsung tablets. I joined the back of the little queue, swiftly made my way to the fore, was greeted by a servator drone and whisked inside to procure my shiny precious. Switching up from my old 5S we swapped out the SIM and I was done.
The actual transaction, including the wait time, took seven minutes.
Last year, the Naval Academy made two distinct changes in how it operates—one that’s a natural progression in cyberwarfare, the other a clear response to how thoroughly we rely on that technology.
“First, they've created a cyberwarfare center and created the first class of midshipmen who will be cybersecurity majors,” cybersecurity and military expert Peter W. Singer recently told me. “Second, they required that every midshipman learn how to do celestial navigation like they did back in the 1700s. We're preparing both for a world of cyberwarfare and, ‘oh my goodness, what if I have to go back to navigating by the stars?’”
I can imagine a situation where even a limited war in space or cyberspace ends up trashing civilisation because we've come to rely so much on this stuff. You blow up enough sateillites, for instance, and you can forget about launching any more for hundreds of years because it's just a debris field up there.
I probably should have made more of this in AoT.
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