From working with UTC at times, I've gotten a general sense of what a particular time looks like in various areas. Like, 1400 UTC is quite early for Western but still work hours in EU, while 2300 UTC is afternoon/evening in the Americas and past bedtime in eastern EU. It's easy to pick up after spending a little time with it.
What I don't know, however, is how weird it might or might not be to know that sunrise is at, say, 1100 UTC in one location and 1400 UTC at another, and figure out proper sleep/wake times while traveling.
An entertaining book on Richard Feynman's pranks and interests.
Yep, that along with What Do You Care What Other People Think? and Tuva or Bust!. Plus James Gleik's Genius about Feynmen. I also liked Gleik's Chaos and am currently reading his The Information.
For fiction, I like Alastair Renolds' House of Suns and Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon The Deep.
A missile's main advantage is its speed; it closes on you faster than you can maneuver out of its vision cone, but if you manage that you've usually beaten the weapon. Ground-to-air missiles are even more limited because so much of their thrust is wasted just getting the weapon up to speed and altitude.
My father told me that a technique he and his pilot used over Vietnam to avoid SAMs hitting their A6 Intruder was to detect where the missile was fired from, turn towards it, then start a spiral. The missile would then be unable to track the plane quickly enough to hit.
And Slashdotters are going to ignore that because they don't like what he's saying.
In my opinion just as an ad hominem attack against a person's position is wrong, ad hominem support for their position is wrong to. Bad guy who says something good is still a bad guy, and they still said something good. Good buy says something bad is still a good guy, and they still said something bad.
Note: I am neither arguing for or against what Reznor has said, just stating that I think you're committing an argumentum ad hominem logical fallacy by implying Slashdot readers are wrong and should support what Reznor says today because of what he has done yesterday.
Wishing without work is like fishing without bait. -- Frank Tyger