Friday Linkzookery – 12 Sep 2008

The death of OPEC
Well, “death” is overstated. But Saudi Arabia walking out of discussions about limiting production is not at all insignificant. If it holds. We’ll see.

$85.3M Order As Excalibur Production Accelerated
The 155mm GPS-guided Excalibur artillery round has been getting rave reviews from the front.

King Airs take on USAF surveillance role in Iraq and Afghanistan
I think this is a great move.

Maintaining air superiority: Congress must fund more F-22s
Is 183 Raptors enough?

This is what happens if you don’t build power plants
Britain looking at a potentially disastrous scenario.

U.S. Looks to Rediscover Hydropower as Untapped Energy Source and
Two New High-Tech Plans to Max Out Clean U.S. Hydropower
One of the biggest advantages I see in hydropower is the relative ease with which it can be produced locally. You lose economy of scale, but you also lose transmission losses and grid dependence.

Air Force Employs First Combat Use of Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition in Iraq
The GBU-54 LJDAM combines laser and GPS guidance, particularly useful against moving targets.

And what’s the status of the Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE)?
AMSTE uses radar on the launch vehicle to track a moving target and continuously update the GPS coordinates of the JDAM, but I haven’t heard a word about it for years.

From the Armed Forces to the Work Force
In most cases, it is seen as an asset.

The human Buzz Lightyear… The man about to cross the Channel on a wing and a prayer
He’ll give it a go on or around September 24th.

Google Chrome’s SaaS model should worry IT
Frank Hayes: Are you ready to trust a software-as-a-service model for just about everything your users do?

The Javelin Anti-Armor Missile
Lots of great info on this all-star at Defense Industry Daily.

U.S. Army Buys Heavy-Caliber Weapons
Contracts for 4,600 Mk19 grenade launchers and 29,900 M2 machine guns will soon be awarded.

The 12 Harlots of the Dungeons & Dragons Random Harlot Table Explained
This always sort of cracked me up about the 1st ed. AD&D encounter tables. I’m not sure that I ever actually used it.


  1. Heh, so much for a replacement for the M2. Not that I’m complaining mind you. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

  2. Saudi Arabia must’ve really gotten tired of Hugo Chavez. I mean, they got their wealth selling oil to the more economically strong nations in the world. If we’re forced to use our own oil reserves, what does that mean for them? With OPEC full of people who wants to merely sprout anti-American rhetoric, it seems like what Saudi Arabia did was smart on their end.

    Jump ship before old puff ball Chavez says something worse.

  3. Hydro power is all well and good until you are forced to tear the dams down to appease the environmentalists.
    Or if you are never able to put one in because of same.

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