Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Radio silence
    A report into torture that leaves out the existence of a torture centre's not much fucking use, is it? Incorrect. The report was vital in stopping most torture, and instantly made clear what constituted "unacceptable behaviour". Not bad for fifteen...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    You said those atrocities got publicity & retractions relatively quickly, if you recalled correctly. They didn't, so.... Consider that Operation Demetrius started on 9 August 1971. The Parker Report was commissioned in 16 November 1971, and reported on 2 March...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    In this case, nope. I'm operating completely from open sources, as I have for the last fifteen years (and even then, infantry reservists are rather unlikely to be exposed to anything past the lowest classification). Radars, I'm careful about; but...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Just film "Underground Airlines" - I read it earlier this month, and it's an excellent and very powerful book. There is a current US TV series called "Timeless" which is based around a time-travel premise; much like the original BBC...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Fer chrissake, you are now claiming that Putin ordered the shooting down of a passenger jet? And who are you claiming that he was trying to assassinate on board it? Nice diversion. You argued that Putin's efforts to deal with...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Not just that. When he takes out a political opponent, he takes out THAT opponent, not dozens of uninvolved men, women and children who happen to be in the area when the bombs fall. Nonsense on stilts, easily disproved by...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Consider also that any attempt to "wait out" Japan leaves a very large number of prisoners (both military, and interned civilian) at the mercy of a Japanese Army that is continuing to beat, starve, and work them to death. Many...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The police have traditionally been quite deferential dealing with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other fascist types Given that this is a UK blog, should you perhaps clarify that with "The US Police have traditionally..."? Not that many Neo-Nazis around here,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Two thoughts... The first is that it appears to be an unquestioning feature of US fiction that once things get a bit tight, the breakdown of civilisation is imminent and inevitable. Chaos looms, nations are in shock, etc, etc. However,...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    (especially before Martin chimes in!) that the "recruiting undereducated former soldiers" thing is how police in the UK were traditionally recruited, back before the 1980s... :) How could I resist, with an intro like that :) It's worth pointing out...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    So part of the Black Chamber's back history is using the same magical techniques as the Nazi necromancers ...if not the actual necromancers themselves. See Operation Paperclip, Alsos, Backfire, Surgeon, Osoaviakhim, Gehlen Organisation, etc, etc. It was the US 3rd...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I worked some years with Qt, which is a toolkit built on C++, in the beginning meant for graphical interface development. It has a good implementation for parallerism, namely message passing. At least for me it made GUI programming with...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    My embarrassing moment was at the very start of a weekend exercise in Otterburn; we'd arrived at the training area, loaded up with all our kit (40-50kg loads for the four of us), and I turned to say, OK, follow...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    One of those fancy metal-foil survival blankets and appropriate dry clothing if you can't afford the expensive kit described earlier in this thread The irony is that if you add up the price of the cheapest thermal base layer, fleece...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Part of me looks at someone who can't mapread, hasn't got map and compass, and "gets flustered" when they make navigational errors - and then decides to do solo walks through remote and inhospitable countryside - as being a candidate...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    but you still don't understand the issues for people with low metabolisms. We simply don't generate as much heat as you do when resting, especially when asleep Perhaps I'm not making myself clear. I "feel the cold". A lot. Remember...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Three days? Oh, yes... how about "slows down to drizzle"? Regarding surplus heat, that's exactly the case. I've seen hypothermia start in half an hour; we were doing night ambush exercise, in the rain. A strenuous approach was followed by...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Reference your (b), if you consider the surface areas involved, the hairs touching the skin are a small fraction of the surface area of the fibre pile; the water just has to spread out evenly......
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The layer next to your skin is fine hairs; they carry little water, and dry under body heat. The outer layer, and the Pertex covering, remain wet while it's still raining, and insulate well. When the rain stops, the humidity...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    For clarity - that's "from the body heat generated while walking". You'll need an extra layer for when you're static....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    It stays that warm while damp; and it does dry with body heat. Some canoeists have chosen Buffalo over wetsuits; and the swimmer-canoeists (aka the SBS) have been getting them issued for years. To work properly, it has to be...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    To my mind, the Brynje thermals outperform Helly Hansen et al because most of your skin is touching air (not wet leggings); so when your legs get wet, they don't really feel it. Then, because they dry fast with body...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    "The C Programming Language" is NOT something to hold up as an example of how things should be done. Quite the converse, in fact, especially the second edition, which was a political document. I'm curious - how is it a...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've still got my own Buffalo shirt from 1990 (and trousers, and sleeping bag); used it last autumn while helping on a DofE expedition... it may have shrunk slightly in the wash ;) Thinking of getting a Snugpak bag to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Rather like that - except for RM it was Berghaus Cyclops and Vulcan rucksacks, Norwegian shirts, and IIRC those Karrimor KSB boots. I've still got the Karrimor Jaguar that I bought in 1985 (I used it a lot less after...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Yup. The answer's Buffalo, what was the question? ;) Unless it's Snugpak, obviously......
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Agreed - and our CFT was done with squad weapons, as a squad (deep joy if you had the GPMG, that you call M240... I felt surgically attached to that thing in training, "make the scrawny lad suffer"...) I'd put...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've never heard that as a "lesson of the Falklands War" - I'm curious as to the source of your story. Put bluntly, you're talking bollocks. Those infantry battalions who emphasised physical fitness were the ones doing the tabbing /...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    No, modern cars are heavy because they are stuffed to the gunwales with useless crud I'll have to call you on that one. The bulk of the mass is structural metal, and I'm curious as to how you define "useless"-...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Bear in mind that cavalry horses were important, but supply wagons and artillery needed an even higher amount and worse, needed them stronger and tougher, able to work for hours on end day after day. A kind of horses that...
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