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About kevinkin

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  • Birthday 02/22/1959

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    wargames, golf, chess, bass fishing, cooking, yard work, then sleep

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  1. https://warontherocks.com/2018/10/return-to-gettysburg-the-fifth-epochal-shift-in-the-course-of-war/ Nice long article on patterns in operational history related to technology changes over time. Kevin
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    Urban Combat Training Article

    This appears to be some the text that the video I posted above is based on: https://prodev2go.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/rus-ukr-lessons-draft.pdf Fifty pages written in 2015. It's very good but lacks the graphical presentation (e.g. maps) that the video has. But I think it is an important piece of work regarding modern warfare. I will post these links over in the Black Sea forum too. Kevin
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    Urban Combat Training Article

    I will post this link here since the CMSF2 forum is getting a lot of traffic these days. https://mwi.usma.edu/video-dr-phillip-karber-ukraine-russian-way-war/ From a West Point presentation to cadets in April. Impressive one hour talk on the Russia Ukraine war circa 2014. The speaker was in Ukraine 30 times and conducted "staff rides". Good idea to pause the video and read the slides. Beware: there is a lot of detail. There is a portion that compares an Ukrainian '"thunder run" to Jeb Stuart's audacious cavalry ride completely around the Union army during Seven Days. Mentions one Ukrainian helo pilot that was shot down 3 times in one day with MANPADs and survived to tell about it. This may have been posted in a forum already. If so, I am simply behind schedule. Kevin
  4. This is a recent opinion piece from West Point: https://mwi.usma.edu/getting-beyond-door-kicking-four-tasks-urban-warriors/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB 9.19.18&utm_term=Editorial - Early Bird Brief Nothing will teach you how to play CM better. But it's a quick and interesting read. Kevin
  5. https://codenames.info/ Lists the names and describes many WW2 operations most of which are little known. It's a labor of love by the writer. I wish he listed his sources, but there is no reason to think anything is wildly inaccurate. Take a look.
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    Pick your poison

    While I never heard of those adult beverages, I can say there appears to be two types of board games these days since printing costs came down over the years. This one seems to have gone with ultra high quality components and a huge map. Many more come in around 20 bucks with lower quality stuff. These lower cost ones are sort of providing a resurgence in board gaming. It's not unreasonable for any military history fan to consider creating their own rules sets and maps these days. Thanks for mentioning Montélimar. I may just buy it since my father was in the Army Air Force as part of the allied invasion of southern France. Kevin
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    Next Korean war is coming close...

    I think armchair diplomats are giving to much credence to allowing Kim a cup of coffee on the world stage. My goodness, Trump was elected to the bulliest of pulpits out of nowhere and half the world still thinks he is a piece of sh*t. Kevin
  8. https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/no-human-could-do-anything-the-man-who-was-sacked-by-a-machine-out-for-blood/news-story/1852bfd331a671a5ac153721bf91eb1f
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    Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Funny you mention the NSA. There was some speculation originally that the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were identified by the Agency and entered the public domain via the leaks last Spring. Kevin
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    Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Surprised the malicious code can be written in JS and it's short. Two articles for those interested in going under the hood: https://www.react-etc.net/entry/exploiting-speculative-execution-meltdown-spectre-via-javascript https://react-etc.net/page/meltdown-spectre-javascript-exploit-example I am a hobbyist programmer. I thought that since JS can only run in a browser environment, the browser would provide security against this type of malicious code i.e. writing or reading directly from memory. I can see it with assembly or C. What makes JS so dangerous is the code can be pushed to the local computer by an unwitting web surfer. Kevin
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    Chip Flaws: in case you missed this

    Pre and post patched Win 10 CM benchmarks need to be completed. The gaming industry is posting results for their products. Albeit players mostly. Maybe this will go away for our narrow purposes and we will see no performance hits. This is a rather big event never-the-less. Heads up. Kevin
  12. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html
  13. http://www.operationbarbarossa.net/ Sorry if this has been posted before. Even so, I didn't want any of the gang to miss it. Kevin
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    "A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero has obliterated the highest-rated chess engine. Stockfish, which for most top players is their go-to preparation tool, and which won the 2016 TCEC Championship and the 2017 Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, didn't stand a chance. AlphaZero won the closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to "learn" chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run." https://www.chess.com/news/view/google-s-alphazero-destroys-stockfish-in-100-game-match
  15. I have used a HDMI connection to sent it to a wide screen TV just for kicks. I never really played more than a few turns however. For me, It becomes a bit cumbersome to plot your moves. Kevin