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Scott Osborn - During WWII, the Navy tried to determine where they...
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Wow... amazing. The importance of analyzing the whole data set.

"During WWII, the Navy tried to determine where they needed to armor their aircraft to ensure they came back home. They ran an analysis of where planes had been shot up, and came up with this.

Obviously the places that needed to be up-armored are the wingtips, the central body, and the elevators. That’s where the planes were all getting shot up.

Abraham Wald, a statistician, disagreed. He thought they should better armor the nose area, engines, and mid-body. Which was crazy, of course. That’s not where the planes were getting shot.

Except Mr. Wald realized what the others didn’t. The planes were getting shot there too, but they weren’t making it home. What the Navy thought it had done was analyze where aircraft were suffering the most damage. What they had actually done was analyze where aircraft could suffer the most damage without catastrophic failure. All of the places that weren’t hit? Those planes had been shot there and crashed. They weren’t looking at the whole sample set, only the survivors."

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analysis  statistics  military 
7 weeks ago by daguti
China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’ | South China Morning Post
movies-to-watch = "Slaughterbots", mentioned in the article and "Toy Soldiers", which Sean McCloskey mentioned when he posted this in the Agora/SFP "Tech Ideas" channel.
countries-china  future  weapons  military  intelligence-artificial  scary  movies-to-watch 
november 2018 by daguti
TIL that an ex-Gurkha soldier named Bishnu Shrestha took on 40 robbers single-handedly on a train to prevent a stranger from being raped armed with just a khukuri. : todayilearned
This Art Of Manliness post makes for a good "Smart Blogs" entry, although the other posts of theirs that I've seen are not of the same type. (how to shave, how to tie a tie, etc)
world-records  blogs-smart  transportation-train  military  countries-india 
may 2013 by daguti
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission - Washington Times
An off-duty U.S. navy sailor wrestled a Dubai bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he tried to rape her at knifepoint on Jan. 19, a courtroom heard Wednesday.
justice  crime-rape  meetup-movnat-be-fit-to-be-useful  military  countries-united-states-america  countries-dubai 
april 2013 by daguti
NASA gets two military spy telescopes for astronomy - The Washington Post
A shame that so much money is wasted on spying - essentially "useless" activities in the sense that they do not increase the knowledge of humanity as a whole.

FROM THE ARTICLE:
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The surprise announcement Monday is a reminder that NASA isn’t the only space enterprise in the government — and isn’t even the best funded. NASA official Michael Moore gave some hint of what a Hubble-class space telescope might do if used for national security:

“With a Hubble here you could see a dime sitting on top of the Washington Monument.”
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military  nasa  hobbies-astronomy  space 
june 2012 by daguti
Walk the Prank: Secret Story of Mysterious Portrait at Pentagon - WSJ.com
The portrait of Ensign Chuck Hord, a Navy man lost at sea in 1908, may be the greatest—or perhaps only—prank in Pentagon art history.
weird-bizarre-oddities  pranks  military 
april 2012 by daguti
Cramer's Camouflage Helps Troops Stay Stealthy : NPR
""I had read that fractals — which are repeating geometric shapes found in nature — would be the ultimate camouflage to put into a camouflage pattern. These are patterns that your brain and subconscious identify, catalog. And then the next time you go into that environment, it ignores all these typical shapes that it sees in the background."
military  clothing  interesting 
september 2011 by daguti
The Pentagon’s ‘Mr. Y’ And National Security | On Point with Tom Ashbrook
amazing = Unheard of to see Pentagon officers with the foresight to say that we are spending too much on military and too little on education and other social programs.
security-national  military  government  politics  public-policy  amazing 
april 2011 by daguti
Zubr Class Hovercraft (26 pics) | Crack Two
Not sure if this is from the Soviet Union, but it sure looks like an abomination from a time past.
photos  soviet-union  military  weapons 
april 2011 by daguti
Army colonel in Afghanistan fired for criticizing PowerPoint - Yahoo! News
Sellin isn't the first officer to lament the over-reliance on PowerPoint in the military. Last year, retired Marine Col. T.X. Hammes wrote in Armed Forces Journal that the application is "actively hostile to thoughtful decision-making" and "has fundamentally changed [military] culture by altering the expectations of who makes decisions, what decisions they make and how they make them." The PowerPoint slide above is from an actual presentation created by a Special Forces soldier serving in Iraq--it was designed both to brief superiors on counterinsurgency strategy and to mock the military's love affair with clip-art and bullet points.
microsoft-powerpoint  anti-something  military  news  2010 
august 2010 by daguti
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