National Ammo Day/Week 2

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 16 Nov 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From scopeny:
"Democrats raise taxes. It's their way of paying for programs that buy votes from people who don't pay high taxes." - Detroit News columnist Pete Waldmeir

National Ammo Day/Week 2 started yesterday. November 19 is the offical day, Kim du Toit's birthday, but as long as you buy at least 100 rounds of ammo, or hand-loading components, by a week from today, you're part of it. I'll probably get a battle pack of milsurp .308, if B&J isn't sold out on Wednesday. Otherwise, it'll be two boxes of Speer Gold Dot in .40 S&W for the Sub2000. And I need another pound of H4895, the powder I use for 444 Marlin and .30-06. Kim has posted his First Installment of Ammo Day purchases. [kimdutoit]

Yesterday afternoon, I finished reading Jeff Head's Dragons Fury -- The Long March, all four hundred and some pages of it. It kept me up for a few nights until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Things are set up for a huge final battle in Volume V. Whoohah!!! Not yet available on paper, but you can get it in Adobe or Microsoft eBook format.

Volume Five, the concluding book in the Dragon's Fury series, is scheduled for release in 2004.

Eagle's Talons takes the reader through the year 2012 as the allies continue to make the slow, costly, but steady progress in battling the forces of the Greater Islamic Republic and the members of the Coalition of Asian States. The progress ultimately leads to the borders of those nations and beyond.

As the various states allied with these powers fall, the pressure on the remaining states becomes unimaginable.

Be prepared fo a spellbinding, intriguing and surprising conclusion as the forces of this new "greatest generation" battle for victory. They will do so in a world that will be forever changed by the epic struggle that costs so many, so much.

The Libertarian Enterprise - Letter from Nydra Karlen - an idea that the Taking Scissors Away folks would jump on, were their mission really keeping weapons off of airplanes. [tle]

William Stone, III at The Libertarian Enterprise - Free State Problems - why some Free State Project members are having a hard time with the selection of New Hampshire as the (first) free state. [tle]

Richard P. Gabriel - The Feyerabend Project - Mr. Gabriel's attempt to "repair the arena of software development and practice". This effort appears to be mostly just beginning, though The Design of Parallel Programming Languages looks neat. But I included the link to this page because of this:

In 1999, Gerald Jay Sussman wrote the following:
Computer Science is in deep trouble. Structured design is a failure. Systems, as currently engineered, are brittle and fragile. They cannot be easily adapted to new situations. Small changes in requirements entail large changes in the structure and configuration. Small errors in the programs that prescribe the behavior of the system can lead to large errors in the desired behavior. Indeed, current computational systems are unreasonably dependent on the correctness of the implementation, and they cannot be easily modified to account for errors in the design, errors in the specifications, or the inevitable evolution of the requirements for which the design was commissioned. (Just imagine what happens if you cut a random wire in your computer!) This problem is structural. This is not a complexity problem. It will not be solved by some form of modularity. We need new ideas. We need a new set of engineering principles that can be applied to effectively build flexible, robust, evolvable, and efficient systems.

In the design of any significant system there are many implementation plans proposed for every component at every level of detail. However, in the system that is finally delivered this diversity of plans is lost and usually only one unified plan is adopted and implemented. As in an ecological system, the loss of diversity in the traditional engineering process has serious consequences for robustness.

This fragility and inflexibility must not be allowed to continue. The systems of the future must be both flexible and reliable. They must be tolerant of bugs and must be adaptable to new conditions. To advance beyond the existing problems we must change, in a fundamental way, the nature of the language we use to describe computational systems. We must develop languages that prescribe the computational system as cooperating combinations of redundant processes.

Matthew Cox at Army Times - XM8 prototypes surpass M16, Army experts say - more on the U.S. military's new rifle. It could be ready for shipping by late summer 2005. Long High Road discussion with photos here. [madogre]

This improved reliability can be credited to differences in the XM8's operating system from the one in the M16, the Army officials said.

For instance, a thin gas tube runs almost the entire length of the barrel in all of the M16 variants. When the weapon is fired, the gases travel back down the tube into the chamber and push the bolt back to eject the shell casing and chamber a new round.

The XM8's gas system instead is connected to a mechanical operating rod, which pushes back the bolt to eject the casing and chamber the new round each time the weapon is fired. So there's no carbon residue constantly being blown back into the chamber, reducing the need to clean the weapon as often .

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