Things have been a bit sporadic for the past few weeks, so I figured I'd explain why. Basically, my Windows 7 laptop that was the tool for all of my amusing activities decided to develop a consistently recurring Blue Screen of Death problem. After numerous system restores (and not the Windows kind, the delete and re-install everything kind), the problem has not gone away, so I'm now back on the old laptop. No real problem, it just means I've had to save files, move stuff around, and re-install programs like Google Earth and GIMP on this thing. So, things should be a bit more sane for now. This thing is at least far more stable than the other one, apparently. I'm told that it may have to do with this one's Intel processor vs. the other one's AMD chip, but that's so far beyond my computer brainpower that it's not even funny. I was able to mess with this one to get it functioning a lot faster, so it's less irritating to have to go back to it now. So, I can now work on finishing a lot of things I had thought I'd be finishing on the other one.
Projects still in the pipe include:
-A standalone document representing an updated and expanded I&A piece on the S-300P/400 SAM family
-A look at Syria's IADS, which may or may not be completed in a timely manner if it continues to look like nobody's going to do anything NFZ related.
-The still in progress Falcon missile history update
I also have a massive backlog of e-mail in my Gmail account. If you've tried corresponding through that address recently, but have not gotten a reply, this is why. I hope to begin clearing those out this weekend.
One other thing that will likely get posted this weekend is...well, basically a look at some open source data. Some of you will find it amusing, but I bet a lot of you will think I've lost my mind, due to one of the focuses. Well, no more hiding. Time to publish and take my place alongside Those Guys, and try to beat the cold hard facts into the brains of the rest of you.
Now, some current events of amusement from the past week or so:
Arms Control: the US has come up with an idea to reduce US and Russian nuclear arsenals again. Russia is not pleased, citing ABM concerns. China thinks it's a great idea. Now, a lot of people have come out on both sides of this, and I find myself somewhere in the middle. I support the presence, continued development, and potential use of nuclear weapons when required. That being said, I would agree that the stockpile we currently maintain is both 1) old and in need of updating or replacing, and 2) numerically bloated given the actual threat picture. So if we want to cut down again, I see no reason why not. Russia's argument, however, holds zero water. This is the same old "ABM systems nullify our deterrent" argument that's been around since we came up with the idea of European-based ABMs. Well, sorry Russia, but you get zero credibility points. Why? Because they're developing their own upgraded and new-build ABM systems themselves! Were Russia to stop such development (which in reality would be asinine from various standpoints), they'd then have an accurate argument. But as long as BOTH SIDES can potentially intercept enemy ICBM RVs, then neither one gets to argue.
Snowden: put him in jail. Same with the Army guy and the alleged rapist. The first two, simply put, violated non-disclosure agreements to which there are clear consequences. The third guy? At the very least an accessory to Army guy, and therefore also liable. Which means he'll probably end up escaping London and get made an Admin at ATS or something equally ridiculous.