Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What I am reading 6/10/2014 - The important stuff - how the US military could kill Godzilla

Medium - This Is How the Military Could Kill Godzilla -

There are people in the military taking seriously the threat of giant atomic-powered lizards emerging from the Pacific Ocean. War is Boring spoke with one noted military scientist and weapon designer via email this week to gain some insight into the Pentagon’s options for defeating the kaiju threat.
Imagine Godzilla blindly flailing. A tiny laser dot marks a bullseye on its chest for one of the human race’s most powerful non-nuclear weapons.
“The bomb will penetrate the beast, burying itself in its depths, whether they be organic of machine. Godzilla will be like a giant tub of play-dough,” the scientist said, painting a grisly picture. “With a delay fuse, the blast will have a devastating effect—tons of RDX turning its guts, lungs and mechanisms to plasma, steam and mist.”

And people say the military budget is too large... Hah!  Another point, the next time Alex Jones or another of that ilk starts prattling on about the US military having plans to invade Georgia, or Rhode Island or wherever the hell remember this, they also have plans to fight zombies and Godzilla.  It's what the military does, they plan invasions and if Japan or Russia or whoever isn't acting up that day then they plan an invasion of downtown Sioux Falls.  

NY Times - 2nd China Army Unit Implicated in Online Spying -

The report, parts of which The New York Times was able to corroborate independently, ties attacks against dozens of public and private sector organizations back to a group of Shanghai-based hackers whom CrowdStrike called Putter Panda because they often targeted golf-playing conference attendees. The National Security Agency and its partners have identified the hackers as Unit 61486, according to interviews with a half-dozen current and former American officials.

Recode - The Sprawling, Booming LA Tech Scene Is Having a Moment -

With Facebook buying Oculus, Disney buying Maker Studios ($500 million), Apple buying Beats ($3.2 billion), Nasty Gal reaching $100 million in revenue and mobile apps such as Whisper, Tinder, and Snapchat thriving, the self-deprecating and often goofy LA tech entrepreneurs seem to be doing something right.
And it’s been a long time coming.

Good.  I have always liked LA better than SF anyway.

The Register - Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds -

"I actually don't believe that everybody should necessarily try to learn to code," Torvalds said. "I think it's reasonably specialized, and nobody really expects most people to have to do it. It's not like knowing how to read and write and do basic math."

I agree.  I think everyone should have reasonable proficiency with basic office software and as part of that should learn enough scripting to be able to set up macros in excel or word.  I also think that people should have enough knowledge to sync a new phone or install a new printer as a routine thing. The everyday basics of tech.  

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