Hola it’s that time again, when I summarise all the content from my facebook for the week and write it under one hugely alliterated title.
The Economist reports on the deployment of railguns to the USN Fleet and describes some of their basic mechanics, as well as the economic benefits of lobbing huge slugs at hypersonic speeds towards your enemy. http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21650519-americas-navy-wants-arm-its-ships-electrically-powered-superguns-rail?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/pe/st/railstrike
Here’s a picture of kittens being perplexed by bubbles. Let’s face it, you people lap this shit up, and how could you not? It’s kittens with bubbles for fuck’s sake. Fucking adorable as fuck.
In a similar vein here is a video of small dogs at pool.
Speaking of cute, here is a link to the actual Federal Government Budget 2015 documents, something most of you are likely to bitch about without ever reading. http://www.budget.gov.au/2015-16/index.htm
Bacon Sushi (you may have seen the free booted version on facebook video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gv86vO9zCw
An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia killing 7 and injuring more than 200. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32716462?ocid=socialflow_twitter
Kim Jong-un executes his defence chief by ‘anti-aircraft fire’
THe Witcher III is leaked two weeks early
Burundi President running for third term is ousted by military coup in Burundi after a constitutional crisis. Although this afternoon he announced he had returned to the country declaring the coup a failure. He has yet to be seen publicly. Fierce fighting has been reported int the capital.
This next video speaks for itself. It’s a cat swatting a dog whilst riding a roomba.
A Iraq War veteran recounts the experience he had in a firefight in Iraq in an animation in a similar style to Waltz with Bashir.
In Texas, the governor deploys the State Guard because he believed nearby Army training exercises were a cover for a takeover of the U.S by Obama. Keep in mind that Texas is part of the U.S already.
Star Citizen’s Alpha hits version 1.1.3. A quick run down can be found below, then a full change list below that.
Sweden has rejected Assange’s appeal that his detention order be annulled.
The LHC tests the Standard Model, which is disappointingly robust, providing physicists little headway into lingering questions in particle physics.
Harry Shearer (voice of Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Otto, et. al.) parts way with the Simpsons.
Konami ostensibly announces that it is throwing in the towel on console and focusing on the mobile platform from hereon in. Caveat:
Right, first up let’s preface this by saying that this is coming from a combination of the terrible things Google Translate does to language and a NeoGAF post breaking down the key points of an interview with Konami director and president Hideki Hayakawa. So take it all with a pinch of salt.
Following the British elections, the losers wring their hands over why the system is wrong, and how they could’ve won under a different system. Proportional Representation is the buzzword amongst the electoral fringe.
Whilst it’s tempting to look in isolation at the electoral results of say the recent NSW elections and think “Under PR my party would’ve done so much better”, this ignores the prospect that people on the opposite fringe would detach from the major parties and correspondingly garner more votes. There would still be two moderate larger blocks, but these blocks would have to negotiate with the fringe in order to pass legislation. This would likely yank a democracy to its polar extremes, increasing legislative gridlock, without really increasing representation a capite ad calcem.
Rogue antimatter found in thundercloud, nobody quite sure how it got there, or whether there is as much as has been measured.
Zach Weinersmith knocks it out of the park with this guest comic on The Nib.
A thoughtful piece on Bloomberg about how as interest rates remain stubbornly low, and governments and central banks maintain high deficits, how little ammunition there is for dealing with a future economic crisis.
A team of European astronomers have tracked down a star with abnormally low metallicity. This article titled “The Star that Should not exist” outlines a discovery that challenges our very notion of stellar formation.
StarWars Battlefront apparently won’t have classes or squads. DICE have previously announced that it won’t have iron sights either. One wonders how rudimentary DICE are planning on making combat in this game. With Disney as the IP holder, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were driving the game to the absolutely lowest possible common denominator.
A Russian SAM system catches fire during the Russian Victory Day parade. Incidentally, one of its new Armata MBTs also broke down during the parade.
A five day ceasefire is announced in Yemen to deliver humanitarian aid. The Saudis say it might be extended if the Houthis do not engage in any attacks. Optimists hope that it will pave the way to a political deal for lasting peace
The Vatican recognises the State of Palestine.
Finally this week, a thoughtful piece by the economist on the dawn of true AI. Elon Musk thinks it’s here, as does Bill Gates.