Permissible Arms

One step closer to living in TRON.

Posted in american media, united kingdom, united states, us military by Karaka on 27 April 2010

Kudos to Starbuck and the SWJ for appearing in the snarky yet appealing NYT smackdown of Powerpoint that is the new Michael Yon of milblogging. (Elisabeth Bumiller has been a favorite reporter of mine for some time now, in particular her excellent coverage of FETs.) Also, I’m amused that Guardian staffers read the NYT so closely.

Speaking of Brits lagging the Americans, UK launches competition to find cyber security experts:

A national public competition has begun to find people with a talent for keeping computers and networks secure. The competition aims to find those with relevant analytical, forensic and programmming skills using web-based games and challenges.

How long before the Ministry of Defence gets a shiny new Cyber Command of their very own? (And how soon before we get to start calling it CYCOM?)


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  1. Alec said, on 27 April 2010 at 10:26

    I was asking this week, on Facebook, if anyone remembered Tron… apparently there are lots, just no-one who’d you’d like to be caught in a lift with.

    Here’s someone who needs a lesson in Internet security. Historian fight!

    • Karaka said, on 27 April 2010 at 10:33

      Good lord, what a fool. IP address tells all!

      Tron was a figure of my childhood. I’m sure I watched it at least a dozen times in syndication on the television, and it made playing NES and our old Atari a mind-blowing experience.

      • Alec said, on 27 April 2010 at 11:03

        More than that, he posted as orlando-birkbeck!

        I don’t know what’s worse… that people actually complained about pretty much what goes on throughout academe, that he didn’t hide it, that he got his wife to claim it was her or that he then abused an already abuse libel system.

        Whilst American kids were watching Tron, we were being terrified by the film version of Watership Down which was *not* a children’s film but always put on for holidays.

        • Karaka said, on 27 April 2010 at 11:16

          I think it’s all on an even plane of worse, really. That was a dude who fully believed that the internet was made of tubes. Tubes that wouldn’t call him on his bullshit.

          Man, I saw Watership Down for the first time when I first moved to Britain. Truthfully I think I’d rather take Tron.

          • Alec said, on 27 April 2010 at 11:43

            The thought of rabbits being gassed in their warrens, mown down by cars, snatched by hawks and strung-up like… well.. rabbits doesn’t appeal to you?

            There definitely was a platoon dynamic but, barring a handful of unnamed does seen as kitten-machines, all were aggressively male. Even those called Hazel and Holly.

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