Martin

Martin

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    But I'll bet kids that grow up with a silver (or gold) spoon in their mouth have a lot less motivation than their parents. I rather suspect that it depends on the parents (whether they own a silver spoon,...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Sadly it was the "slightly richer" kids that were the problem. Too true... The Army is ironically a good class mixer [1]; it meant that I have a friend who is rich, as in "inherited several thousand acres in the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I'm guessing everyone here can figure out why he bought it. Yup. Did he have a metal tin to keep it in, or was he unaware of EMP? (Few people knew about it, back then) I'm getting less nervous about...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    No undisciplined programmers exist on Slashdot, where everyone is a much better than average programmer and they never make mistakes. Ever. I've grown to love smart pointers over the last two decades, to the point that I get twitchy when...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I've worn a cycle helmet since the late 1980s, when a friend managed to break his helmet during a road accident... and survived without significant injury. That was early-twenties me convinced (a work colleague tried to persuade me that helmets...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The amusing thing about conspiracy theorists on the subject of 77th Bde is that they give it so much more credit than the rest of the British Army does… cynical, moi? Another example is the hangar at Macrihanish which the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Greg@1570: "Military Bands" - yeah, well, see MacDonald Fraser on the fighting qualities of Scottish regiment bands - especially as one of their instruments is often regarded as a weapon (!) You're confusing two separate constructs... Military bands have clarinets,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Not necessarily; take a look at your local war memorial, many in the UK say “1914-1919”. Our regiment had the battle honour “Archangel 1918-1919”, fighting in support of the White Russians (the Bolsheviks being seen as a puppet regime of...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    They get their intelligence assessments from the various national agencies. Of course, none of the EU now have access to “Five Eyes”, so… if the French or German foreign intelligence agencies insisted that the US / UK assessments were incorrect...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    perhaps because the whole invasion MAKES NO SENSE Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense (to Putin) - it just turned out to be a massive miscalculation; in the same way that Saddam Hussein thought that he could grab Kuwait, and the...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I know that the British Army USED to send soldiers on week-long unsupported hikes in those conditions, and I am surprised that they had stopped by then (if that is the claim). The British Army (and Royal Marines) do/did lots...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Despite claims of the 'modernists', wool remains the best material for cold, wet conditions, when there is no chance of getting dry, because it is the only one that remains insulating when wet. Nope, not the only option for a...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The story went that immediately after the mobilisation notice, every Marks&Spencer across the south of England was sold out of their green heavyweight tights (being the classic building-site substitute for thermal underwear, and a lot cheaper than Helly Hansen). The...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    My mistake - for clarity, I should have said "These were the days before Goretex outerwear was on general issue to troops". There's a Goretex factory in West Lothian, right in the middle of the recruiting area of my first...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I saw pictures of the terrain on the television, which the talking heads described as very rough going, and fell about laughing. It was almost identical to north British moorland, on which the British army trains, and I knew they...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Plus Hackett's book was entertaining, but it doesn't fit in with what I was taught about the Soviet Union's strategic doctrine for invading western Europe, where their initial advance relied on nuclear and chemical strikes to open holes through...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I've always assumed that the nuclear option is, well "The Nuclear Option". If you launch, you launch everything you have in the hope of destroying the ability of the enemy to launch a counter strike If you go back to...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Yay for the Harwell WITCH! I bought a Dekatron mug at Bletchley when I did my hajj, was heartbroken when someone broke it at work......
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    A piece of wire or a coin will happily destroy a jet engine if ingested - there's a reason that "FOD" (link) is such an obsession with aviation types......
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Look up PicoSAR. Note - yes, you can fit a SAR radar to a drone (as the RCAF has done); but at a reasonable minimum it's still 10kg of kit in a pair of 300x200x100mm boxes; even before you start...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Um, sorry, about Chechnya - you sound like you're arguing that the US should be ok, with, say, the state of Georgia or Alabama seceding from the US... and from what I read of the Chechnyans in the forefront, if...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    About those mines: What are the Russians thinking? Does leaving minefields mean they don't expect to retake that territory? It depends. You might lay mines as part of a hasty defensive position, during a pause before continuing an advance or...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The eastern border of Ukraine is 500 km from Red Square in Moscow. The borders of the other NATO countries are a lot further away and Russia has long memories of various Western militaries attempting to capture Moscow when given...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Russia is totally the aggressor here, but they were baited into it by an organization which stands to benefit greatly...think of it as a pawn sacrifice So, how do you explain the Russian destruction of Chechnya, invasion of Georgia, seizure...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    You can't add enough armor to a tank without it finishing up like some of those monster German tanks at the end of WWII I’d say that the Israelis have demonstrated the opposite, with Merkava IV - the rate...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Even if they did, why would you expect an army that tolerates dedovshchina to behave any better to civilians, than it does to its own new recruits? Acceptance of casual brutality in training, breeds brutality in war [1]. You fight...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The bad news is that fifteen tonnes of Chobham and reactive armour appliques and caging on these mass-limited vehicles clearly aren't doing the job of stopping a crippling-slash-lethal hit from one-man-portable fire-and-forget missile systems. Really? How can we tell? None...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Errrr... he's correct, I'm afraid, at least for the situation in 1917/18 on the Western Front (I remember a fascinating article on it in the British Army Review, decades ago now...). Narrow-gauge railways ran forward from the railheads at least...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    ...armoured divisions are now becoming as obsolescent as battleships when faced with any sort of military force with a basic level of technology support. Nope. It's all very well saying "bUt ze dRoNEZ!", until some smartass puts a half-megawatt laser...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    ...in this case the obsolescence of traditional Soviet/Russian tank doctrine... I wouldn't be too sure about that; the doctrine as it stands is fine (in fact, from 2016 to 2021 in the Donbas, Western armies were getting slightly uneasy about...
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