The battle for the Internet in the third world

The Economist notes that US internet giants are squaring up to their Chinese counterparts, not so much in the USA and China as in the third world.  It calls the struggle “The most titanic commercial battle in the world“. Facing off are the towering giants of American and Chinese tech, led by the FAANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google’s parent, Alphabet) on one side and the BATs (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) on the other. These are some of the planet’s biggest firms, with a combined stockmarket capitalisation of more than $4trn. At play are some of its most promising

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Some exciting blog and Web site news

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a consultant and his team working on setting up a dedicated Web site for me, and for the publishing company I set up earlier this year.  We hope to go live by the end of this month, although it may happen a little sooner than that, if all goes well. The new Web site will incorporate this blog, plus more detailed pages for my books, by genre, by series, and by individual title.  I won’t do direct sales from it, due to all the complications of sales taxes and other regulations for fifty

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Russian military tactics and operations in Ukraine

I’m obliged to Solomon for posting this video of a talk by Dr. Phillip Karber, given at West Point Military Academy, on “The Russian Way of War”.  It’s just over an hour long, and examines the conflict in Ukraine.  For those interested in the subject – particularly what US forces might have to face in a major confrontation – it’s very informative (not to mention deeply worrying, considering how many of the abilities exhibited by Russian forces have been ignored or allowed to atrophy by our own armed forces). Very thought-provoking.  Recommended. Peter

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Deploying a braking parachute BEFORE landing?

This seems weird, but it also seems to work.  According to The Aviationist, this Polish Sukhoi Su-22 strike aircraft was filmed deploying a drogue braking parachute in the air, before touching down, as a deliberate maneuver to slow down faster when landing on a very short or damaged runway.  It apparently allows the aircraft to stop within about 1,000 feet.  The pilot appears to retain full control in the air, despite the additional drag. That’s all very well . . . but if the chute doesn’t deploy properly, and the aircraft is committed to a landing without enough room on

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