3TB 802.11ac Router, A Multitool That’s Also A Tripod, and More Deals

3TB 802.11ac Router, A Multitool That’s Also A Tripod, and More Deals – http://pulse.me/s/3lqGul

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

It’s a public holiday here in Uganda, National Women’s Day.

I searched the Internet to see when National Men’s Day is to no avail. The Telegraph website has a top level tab called ‘Women’, but none for those of the opposite gender. ‘men’ are increasingly conspicuous by the absence in a growing number of places and situations, I think their main role these days is as a sperm donor, but even that is probably under threat somewhere in a medical research laboratory.

The Good – nice to see this from all three people involved, a dying breed these days

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11368301/Chivalrous-stranger-on-a-train-hands-young-mother-letter-saying-shes-a-credit-to-her-generation.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM485&WT.tsrc=email&etype=frontpage&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_2015_01_26&utm_campaign=DM485

The Bad – how low can one go?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11368205/Baby-machine-mother-dumped-by-her-cheating-husband-as-she-expects-her-12th-child.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM485&WT.tsrc=email&etype=frontpage&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_2015_01_26&utm_campaign=DM485

The Ugly – no peace for Greece?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11368798/Greeks-hand-stunning-victory-to-anti-austerity-Syriza.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM485&WT.tsrc=email&etype=frontpage&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_2015_01_26&utm_campaign=DM485

Back to some work in my home office, a swim in the complex pool beckons later as the temperature nears 30C in winter near the Equator.

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful ‘wearable’

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful ‘wearable’

I might get one, not much different from my current watch strap, but infinitely more useful, especially when working in strange places with questionable people (H/T BBC’s John Simpson).

My own Leatherman tool is one of the earlier designs, I have had it for 18 years, SO useful.  We once bought a meat joint that was too large for our oven in out rented place in Tanzania.

“No problem, I will saw through it with my  Leatherman. ”

“No way,” said SWTSMBO, and 10 minutes later was a convert, although I still won’t let her use it. 

I have other tools.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/22/leatherman-tread-bracelet
/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000602

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Look Mum, no hands! Remember Airwolf and Stringfellow Hawk?

They had nothing on this.

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV . . . . 

Global Hawk 000782

 

. . . . that recently returned from the war zone under its own power.

(Iraq to Edward’s AFB in CA) – Not transported via C5 or C17.

Note the mission paintings on the fuselage,
It’s actually over 250 missions.
(And I would suppose 25 air medals.)

That’s a long way for a remotely piloted aircraft.
Think of the technology as well as the required quality of the data link
to fly it remotely from a source thousands of miles away.

Not only that, but the pilot controls it from a nice warm control panel
at Edwards AFB, CA.

It can stay up for almost 2 days at altitudes above 60k feet.

The Global Hawk is controlled via satellite.
It flew missions that went from Edwards AFB, CA. and back nonstop.

Basically, they come into the fight, fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever sees them or paints with radar.
There is practically no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight are tied
together electronically and can see who is targeting who, and they have AWACS
(Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems) direct input,
as well as 360° situational awareness from that and other sensors.

The enemy had a definite morale problem before it was all over.

It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.

It can taxi out, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi back on its own.

There are no blackouts, pilot fatigue, relief tubes, ejection seats,
and best of all, no dead pilots, and no POWs.

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