Israelis Enthusiastically Burning F-35's Stealth Window With Strikes, Now In Iraq

News is emerging that Israel is enthusiastically exploiting the fact they were the first to deploy US made F-35A fighters in combat by launching strikes in Iraq (archived). While the F-35 program has been an absolute boondogle for the US, for Israelis the F-35 program has allowed them to be the first to fly this particular stealth attack aircraft in anger. Doing so they enjoy the advantages of its stealth before the ongoing collection of radar data negates its present advantage over air defense systems.

While the US cut Turkey out of the F-35 program over the NATO ally's purchase of Russian made S-400 missiles fearing Turkish operation of the jets near Turkish radar pickets will generate Russian data allowing better identification of the F-35 as an air defense target, Israel's ongoing airstrikes on foreign soil are generating the same sort of data and incentivising the development of F-35 countermeasures. With the problems everyone else is having bringing their F-35's operational, it is possible the Israelis may be the only ones to enjoy use of the F-35 as a steath aircraft. Once again history rhymes.

20 years of development time and 1.5 trillion USD in IOUs burned so some Jews can bomb some warehouses in the desert.

Brit Cop Pleas Guilty After Using His Access To Police DB To See Investigations Into Himself

Metropolitan Police Sergeant Okechukwu Efobi plead guilty to 3 charges of under Airstrip One's 1990 "Computer Misuse Act" after he used his access to the police database to view information on investigations into himself (archived). For putting his own name into the system and seeing what resulted, Sergeant Efobi has been ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay the sum of 540 Pounds split between prosecution costs and a victim surcharge tax though he remains employed on restricted duty with the force.

Intel Goes On Media Push For "New Interpretations" Of Moore's Law

As Intel is mired a mess wrought by more than two decades of "optimizations" that weren't, the firm is making of marketing push for a new interpretations and reimaginings of Moore's law reflecting the compound sadness since their 2016 resignation to produce slower future chips in the name of "energy efficiency" (archived).

Intel has been stuck producing all but a few chips on the 14 nm lithograpy process they started shipping in 2014, while all of their major competitors including Huawei, Samsung, and TMSC are shipping 7nm chips and enjoying a two generation lead in process nodes. In the PC and server markets, Intel has conceded the performance lead to AMD while the performance of existing Intel processors falls due to ongoing patches mitigating the "optimizations" which once gave Intel the "speed" crown.

Yesterday CloudFlare, Today Facebook! Web Bigs Having Trouble Staying Up

Following on the heels of yesterday's Cloudflare outage, USG intelligence gathering firm Facebook is failing to serve requests for images (archived). Facebook's primary user population, women aged 40-65 use the platform primarily to share captioned images. They confused this captioned image sharing activity with memes as they do so.

USG Surveillance Firm Cloudflare Brings Downtime To Many Popular Websites

Today issues with Cloudflares's MITM goverment data collection network lead to down time for numerous popular, high traffic websites and social media services (archived). Cloudflare's value proposition is allegedly reduced downtime through mitigating DDoS attacks. This service is offered in exchange for allowing Cloudflare to intercept customer traffic.

Most Of The US Pharmacopoeia Carries Dementia Risk With Chronic Use

Evidence is mounting that the bulk of the US pharmacopoeia full of quick fixes imposes an increased dementia risk with chronic use of the drugs (archived). At issue is the anti-cholinergic action where the problematic quick fix drugs antagonize the cholinergic nervous system. The problem spans from the seemingly innocuous over the counter antihistamines recommended for everything from allergies to a quick fix for sleep all the way to the US psycho-pharmacopoeia where nearly every drug in use carries substantial anti-cholinergic effects. Anything with a label indicating "dry mouth" as a side effect is usually going to have an anti-cholinergic effect. The association between regular use of anti-cholinergics and dementia is especially pronounced in cases where the patient with dementia is under 80 years of age.

FedEx Sues FedGov Over Export Control Burdens

FedEx has sued the US Department of Commerce and Madame Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross over the impossibility of complying with the full extent of USG export control regulations. In the filing FedEx swears that they have a sophisticated system for checking sender and recipient identities against the USG's restricted entity list, but that determining whether any particular item entrusted to them as a common carrier is export controlled presents an excessive burden such that effective checks would require them to discard any pretense of customer privacy while forcing them to violate other laws in the process.

FedEx further laments that in other contexts common carriers enjoy protection from liability with respect to the contents of the package they are conveying, but not in this case. Either FedEx implements a regime of intensive package inspection trying to comply with US export controls and in the process breaks numerous other laws in their global area of operations, or they perpetually sit exposed to liability if the USG catches something going through under their care in violation of US export controls. Thusly, FedEx seeks relief under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, because these burdens were placed upon them without due process. The full filing is below: Continue reading