The spammer now thinks I’m gay

For months, I’ve been receiving spam emails falling into a particular pattern. I might get a dozen a day.  The identified sender is a female first name and the subject line is about arranging a meeting one way or another. There are generally about three variations on the basic text.

But, in the five or so emails I have gotten just this morning, the identified sender is a male first name.... [Read More]

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Did a petty President Trump want the name of the USS McCain hidden during his visit?

This whole episode has set of my BS detector. Something does not feel right. People are using words to describe things that do not correspond with the conclusions they expect us to draw.

Recall that McCain is damaged and 10 sailors were killed on it. My guess is that a thoughtful staffer was concerned about Trump making an appearance with a mass death scene in the background. The description of the request that the ship be “out of sight” seems more consistent with this motivation than with  Trump pettiness.... [Read More]

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SpaceX suing to overturn denial of Air Force Launch Services Agreement (LSA)

SpaceX lost out on an Air Force Launch Services Agreement (LSA) to three competitors: ULA; Blue Origin; and Northrop Grumman. Each of the other three got contracts. SpaceX unsuccessfully protested administratively and recently filed a complaint in the Court of Federal Claims.

Some source files on the SpaceX complaint  are given below.... [Read More]

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Ethiopian 302 Preliminary Report

Report published.

Shortly after liftoff, the value of the left angle of attack sensor deviated from the right one and reached 74.5 degrees while the right angle of attack sensor value was 15.3 degrees; then after; the stick shaker activated and remained active until near the end of the flight.... [Read More]

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