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Walter Chang
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Geek, Technologist, Oenophile, Model shipwright
Geek, Technologist, Oenophile, Model shipwright

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One week ago NASA announced the discovery of the planets of the Trappist-1 system. Cheers!

(I wonder if they will name the planets Chimay, Westmalle, Achel, Orval, etc)
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There's a reason Chrome and Firefox deprecated SHA-1 years ago!

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Happy year 5777!

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Pedantic Pet Peeve

This is what Captain Morgan rum bottles look like now. Notice the ship.

That's a painting of a clipper ship. From the 1850s. The historical Captain Henry Morgan was active in the mid-1600s, two hundred years earlier. Ships changed a lot in those 200 years.

It's like seeing a movie about the American Revolution where General Washington rode a tank into battle.

They couldn't have at least used some generic "Spanish galleon" stock art? That would have had a chance of being vaguely in the right century (and look more pirate-like). Though to be fair, I don't think the Captain's outfit is exactly the model of historic authenticity either.
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C is now the most popular programming language?

I'm not sure how I feel about that...

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In the "they don't build them like that anymore" department:

The decommissioned Perry-class frigate USS Thatch was sunk in live-fire exercises, soaking a total of:
4 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
many Hellfire and Maverick missiles
1 Mk84 2000lb bomb
1 GBU-12 500lb smart bomb
1 Mk48 torpedo

before sinking after 12 hours. For those not familiar with the weapons above, let's just say that is an awful lot of ordinance, enough to sink a larger ship a couple times over.

In real combat, her sister ships USS Stark ate two Exocet missiles, and the Samuel B Roberts hit a mine that broke the keel. Both made it back under their own power and were repaired and returned to service.

Anyone want to take bets as to whether the new LCS is as durable?

(probably not, hopefully we'll never find out)

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Allegedly there's an ancient Chinese curse [1] "May you live in interesting times." I fear these times are going to be far too interesting.

[1] Not actually a Chinese curse, though there is a Chinese saying with a similar sentiment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_you_live_in_interesting_times

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As an Asian Jew I find this befuddling too!

I wasn't aware that Manischewitz had become popular among Asians until the reporter came calling for an interview. I'm quoted about 3/4 of the way down in the article.

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A little light rain wasn't going to stop me from visiting the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain while they were in the area.

Some may remember the Lady Washington better as "HMS Interceptor" from Pirates of the Caribbean, or as "USS Enterprise" from Star Trek Generations, or as the "Jolly Roger" from Once Upon a Time, or...
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Well, it's been a good run for humanity, but it seems it is time for us to... Go.
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