Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    But I can't read music & therefore, can't play an instrument Nope, doesn't follow. By way of worked example (no, not Jazz improvisation), I give you Canntaireachd - a way to transmit bagpipe music without staff notation. Of course, once...
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    Likewise conversations with friends in my former profession (engineering) leads me to believe that there is no 'engineering shortage', but rather a shortage of engineers willing to work for half the pay of the average cop. IMHO, the shortage isn't...
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    Come the Revolution, we'll lead the HR depts into the parking lot, toss asphalt on them, and PAVE THEM INTO THE ROADWAY, and then they'll have some social utility. Sounds like you've only ever seen bad HR. Most of us...
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    Very, very few 'engineers' in IT companies are actually creating new products - far more are propping the infrastructure up or fighting the fires cases by the latest crapware. In many cases, the majority are not even doing anything approaching...
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    Their problem was that not very long ago, the US gun market was saturated with really well-made guns that could last generations. Not strictly true. While the firearm itself may last for fifty or a hundred years (I know some...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Regarding the Former Yugoslavia, it fractured all on its own; the West spent time trying to keep it together, not break it up; and to operate solely under UN rules, and via negotiation. Friends went there, and the stories they...
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    I remember him and others doing their best to join up with western Europe, and even mooting the possibility of joining NATO (which was rudely and publicly rejected). It took a decade to push Russia to elect a strong man...
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    Gorbachev was always deemed to be a traitor, an idiot, or a useful idiot... People say "he sold out USSR" but not because he was an double agent in deep cover, but because of his decayed morale... And in his...
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    That's if it even was "novichok" (and if it's true, per #1273, that effects show within 2 minutes, it can't have been). Depends how it enters the system. I suspect that "30 seconds to two minutes" is inhalation or ingestion,...
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    Note that there was a certain amount of confusion around the initial response in Amesbury - hardly surprising that when they heard hooves, they didn't think zebras (the Emergency Services will handle a lot more drug overdose and alcohol poisoning...
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    ...Well, I was never taught any formal rules for English adjective order. I just put them in whatever order comes naturally; nobody's ever complained. Likewise, but to my surprise when it was pointed out to me, the rules are expressible:...
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    She's finally got to me, so it's time to leave. I tried to engage politely, I failed. If I'm using Firefox, I've blocked the Seagull (screeches a lot, excretes everywhere). If not, I don't bother reading the screeching, I just...
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    After two wars near our borders, most of us have every reason to believe that NATO expansion can only be stopped by immediate threat of retaliation. This, for me, is fascinating. Which two wars would these be? What threat did...
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    I do not want to allow to use my nation and history as a fulcrum for certain powers to take over the world and break other peoples lives. I do not wish for someone to desecrate my past, to force...
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    (regarding Boris Onischenko)... Which leads me to a quite obvious conclusion that this was a successful case of blackmail with forged evidence. It's interesting that when I pointed out the lists of UK or US athletes caught cheating, you say...
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    Secondly, I was also mentioning non-medical terms of cheating, which involve everything from polemics to direct falsification. Everything that human does and everything that surrounds him is affecting his performance, and thus determines the outcome of competition. Such as the...
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    Second, the use of "doping" itself is probably the last thing person would consciously try after he tried out all other cheats, thieveries and lies that are provided by the rules set in place. Maybe should remind you that Anti-doping...
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    A weak argument, you should think in broader terms, really. First, one could hardly say that any highly-regarded competitor is very tolerant to his opponents, drug use notwithstanding. You’d be wrong. Truly high-performance competitors focus on the performance, not the...
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    And I assume that you have noticed that the 'evidence' that the Russians were doing state-sponsored doping has been thrown out when it reached a court that took some notice of evidence? As the Russians said, that was another 'dodgy...
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    Agree with Greg she is mid likely clinically insane That's excessive, possibly cruel. Not normative, but probably a perfectly nice artist to meet*. I've got in-laws who are bipolar; have had friends who suffered from depression; and lived with a...
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    Firstly, “War is Boring” is well-written and occasionally correct; but not always. Secondly, the author of that piece is ex-USAF; but that doesn’t grant him papal infallibility - for instance, Lewis Page and Sharkey Ward are ex-RN, but are generally...
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    The creation of a Police Scotland was purely political - the big 4 consultancy firm who wrote the feasibility study advised the SNP very clearly that it very definitely would not save money. Unfortunately by then, of course, it had...
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    This is why the cost per plane, cost of the program over its lifetime, and assumption of a 50 year lifespan are so obscene. It's flying gothic armor. You appear to be channeling the UK's 1957 Sandys Defence Review (link)...
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    But, we are buying an unfinished design, and then upgrading them as things improve. Last I read, they were looking at never upgrading the first 30, because it was too much money. As the design isn't finished, those we do...
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    A cheap dedicated aircraft + F35 might make the most sense, but as neither is in service yet (not for ground support) Which part of "they've just delivered the 300th F-35", "the USMC has an F-35B squadron deployed on USS...
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    Define "active". There are SVR and GRU officers in the UK and USA. There are SIS and CIA officers in Russia. In all cases, they will be attempting to persuade local people to provide them with information. No sh*t, Sherlock,...
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    Radar target acquisition is not IFF... One of the articles I read on the Buk-M1 claimed that it was capable of target discrimination; the words used were "non-cooperative" (i.e. not the usual understanding of IFF). I'm sorry, I should have...
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    According to Reuters, the riots that led to the coup were orchestrated and armed by people or organisations unknown. Reuters also reported a lot of other things... Anyway, you appear to be saying that public protests that result in violence...
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    A single launcher can not cover multiple arcs. You need several. You just admitted it yourself. Of course. But if you've got a single launcher, you cover only one arc, and wait for a target to enter it. After all,...
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    The publicly available numbers disagree. As pointed out earlier, it's not as clear as that. This is a brief summary for each type: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a235941.pdf This is the Summary Volume of the USAF official Gulf War Air Power Survey http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a273996.pdf And...
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