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

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Alright fellow humans, that's a wrap, we're done here.

Ke Jie vs AlphaGo is the new Deep Blue vs Kasparov, and they were exactly twenty years apart to the month (1997 rematch to today). Amazing to have been around for both.

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There and Back Again... and again!

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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:
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