Friday, June 29, 2012

A few things before I get back to actually doing something

Two very connected:
A new testing program's set to begin this fall at Fort Sill, on unmanned aerial drones.

Adjutant General Myles Deering says the federal government's Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program can assist rescue crews and first responders
A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by the college, all in front of the US Department of Homeland Security.

After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into a drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that
As somebody said, "Don't you feel safer?"

As noted in Tam's comments, a dry heat may feel better, but it'll still dehydrate you; you just won't feel as sweaty while it's happening.
Side note: one of son's vacations in Iraq, in an area with both very high temps and humidity, one of the medics told him they were all drinking so much they were right on the line of screwing up their electrolyte balance and winding up in a hospital; but if they didn't drink that much, they'd dehydrate and wind up in a hospital. Fun choices, huh?

Connected: I'm out working in the yard in shorts and a shirt and thinking "Damn, it's hot!", while the troops are wearing 80 or so pounds of gear plus weapons and whatever else and patrolling or working equipment or whatever; God, I feel like a wuss in comparison.

Doesn't say if they ate his face, but definitely monkey trouble(I know they're not technically monkeys, shut up); those suckers are dangerous. Daughter once said that, with just a little research, she couldn't understand how anyone could be so stupid as to have chimps as pets; I have no answer other than 'stupidity'.

"Let's screw with the troops, they probably don't vote for me anyway."
Florida congressmen and veterans' groups on Tuesday blasted an Obama administration plan to double or triple Tricare medical premiums for active-duty and retired military personnel.

The sharply higher prices reportedly are designed to push service members and veterans out of the military's Tricare program and into Obamacare's insurance exchanges. The administration believes the move will cut Tricare costs by $1.8 billion in fiscal 2013 and $12.9 billion by 2017

Maybe it's time to start making those Jackson masks.

And now I shall go sweat and- hopefully- get those things done


Keith said...

My estranged was all freaky and pro animals, but even she was disgusted when she read Jane Goodall's lines about the chimps at Gombe.

After Goodall had taught them to loose their fear of humans, they began raiding local homes - to steal human infants to eat - just like the eat the young of lower status chimps

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