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  1. KC-46 Tanker Prototype

    Boeing said its Air Force tanker prototype completed a 4.3-hour flight on June 2, 2015, with a refueling boom and wing refueling pods installed, although that equipment was not functional.  (Boeing)

    For those that are curious, this is what I’ve been working on lately. I happened to be leaving work on Tuesday when N46IFT took off. I pulled the car over and she floated off towards Mount St. Helens as my eyes quickly looked over her body, stem to stern. Even in the distance I could…

  2. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    Jeffrey Goldberg at Agilebits, who make 1Password, has a great primer on why law enforcement back doors are bad for security architecture. The entire article is worth a read, presents a solid yet easily understood technical discussion — but I think it really can be distilled down to this: From blog.agilebits.com: Just because something would…

  3. Version Number Philosophy

    From the documentation for Python’s distutils.version: StrictVersion Version numbering for anal retentives and software idealists. LooseVersion Version numbering for anarchists and software realists. Who ways programmers don’t have a sense of humor.

  4. Right Hand Drive (Timelapse)

    Having never driven on the left, I was actually surprised about how quickly I adapted as well as the things that ultimately tripped me up, roughly in ascending order of frequency: Shifting with my left hand was pretty easy…didn’t have any problems with this. Remembering to keep on the left required some mental concentration, but…

  5. Who do I know in the Dorset, UK area the weekend of April 18th? Alternatively, what should I do?

  6. A Calvinist arrives at the gates of heaven…

    He sees that there are two lines going in. One has a sign that reads “predestined,” and the other, “free will”. He naturally heads to the predestined line. While waiting, an angel comes and asks him “Why are you in this line?” He replies, “Because I chose it.” The angel looks surprised, “Well, if you…