Hey, someone finally managed a worthy successor to the C-130 design. And it only took them 60 years! Let me note that 1. that aircraft is gorgeous, and 2. for the price of an F-35, you could buy one of these, and that two-flight of AMXs in the bottom picture, and have $50M left over to buy another KC-390. The rest of… » 10/22/14 5:38pm Yesterday 5:38pm

Let's put it this way: the very best light we can put on this is that he is so totally terrified of Scott Walker's right wing nutjob brigade that he's unwilling to even answer a question for a constituent if she's a Muslim, for fear of getting kicked out of office. When the best-case scenario is bigotry enforced by… » 10/22/14 5:17pm Yesterday 5:17pm

When a thread gets derailed on a board, you close it and open a new one. Whatever good intentions Gamergate had as a discussion of ethics has been completely overwhelmed by the degree of hate and — dare I say it — butthurt on the side of the "gamers." Burn it down and build anew. » 10/22/14 5:13pm Yesterday 5:13pm

Texas has spent the last 20 years concentrating as much of the military-industrial complex as possible within their borders. That's no accident. They're already prepared for this: tanks, aircraft, fuel, raw materials. It's all there. Cut hard east, "amicably" annex Georgia, Florida (at least down to Tampa), North… » 10/22/14 1:44pm Yesterday 1:44pm

The only mystery left regarding his endless bullshit is whether he believes it himself. I lean toward yes. He probably thinks he's pioneering a new medium: sincere bullshit. Someone should break it to him that it already exists, and it's called "modern art." » 10/22/14 12:08pm Yesterday 12:08pm

They should partner with next SimCity to create an export function: convert your city into a printable/downloadable plan, with sections marked with their corresponding 3D-printed pieces, and an itemized list of the pieces needed to build it. » 10/22/14 12:05pm Yesterday 12:05pm

Aretha Franklin is a lion in winter. Attacking her doesn't reveal her failings, only the shortcomings of her critics. As far as I'm concerned, she ought to sing whatever she wants, whenever she wants, however she wants, and we should count ourselves lucky to witness it. » 10/22/14 12:01pm Yesterday 12:01pm

What Beyoncé does is objectification on her own terms. If Annie Lennox, or anyone else, has a problem with that, it's understandable. That objectification isn't feminist. It's also understandable that Beyoncé will continue to live her life and conduct her business on her terms, which is feminist. » 10/22/14 9:21am Yesterday 9:21am

The best days of my life have been spent bombing up and down backcountry roads in the hills of Arkansas and North Carolina. It is an ongoing regret, born of lack of funds rather than enthusiasm, that I have not yet made my way to a track in my own car. I clearly should see JayhawkJake about hitting up the local… » 10/21/14 7:32pm Tuesday 7:32pm

It's standard operating procedure for Russia (and occasionally China) to violate the airspace of NATO states and Japan. Our own technique is to fly really dickishly close to their airspace, and overfly any aggressively-claimed areas like China's South China Sea claims. We occasionally also violate airspace (we just… » 10/21/14 6:27pm Tuesday 6:27pm

I could happily live in a space in the 200 sq ft range, as long as I had a huge garage next to it to hold our cars, my books, my tools, and my fiancee's work materials, etc. My actual living space is tiny, but my storage demands are significant. » 10/21/14 1:50pm Tuesday 1:50pm