Martin

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  • Commented on Excuses
    He told me that 2nd gear was a total waste. No one needed a 2nd gear. Everyone should drive with 2 gears. 2nd gear was just stupid. Wayyyy back in the 1970s, the Army's training for those caught in a...
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    It’s interesting that you mention Oxford, because in my experience as both cyclist and driver it was unique. I visited in the 80s, and was surprised on a short journey by how the cyclists behaved with an utter disregard to...
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    Then he Found Jeebus, hallelujah I was more impressed by the fact that he actually learned something; and in the decades since being released has done a lot of campaigning on prison, probation, and rehabilitation. He apparently still does a...
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    I wasn't aggrieved I was done for 36 mph, but there was a chap on my subsequent Speed Awareness Workshop who had been done for doing 33mph somewhere, which seemed harsh. ...assuming, of course, that he was actually going 33mph...
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    However, it turns out that 36 mph, for instance, is not actually 30 mph according to the UK traffic authorities; it's my only speeding offence Apparently, the UK police guideline is "10% plus 2mph", thus allowing for any claim that...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    OOC - why didn't they, esp. George I, hire mercenaries? They did (the Hessians), and they caused problems to the extent of being referenced explicitly as an Indictment in the Declaration of Independence: "He is at this time transporting large...
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    So, another book recommendation. "Oddjobs" by Heike Goody and Iain Grant. Elevator pitch is "Laundry novel, as written by Jodi Taylor, but set in Birmingham". Apocalypse scrabble and telepathic curry involved......
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    What *needs* to be done, if it's not just a race or a stunt, is orbital stations here, and in lunar orbit. The latter is the Deep Space Gateway; I rather suspect that the L5 Society agree with you, and...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    If you re-enter more slowly, with a lighter vehicle , you don't need the extreme heat shielding. That was the thinking behind Skylon... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_(spacecraft) https://www.space.com/32112-how-skylon-space-plane-works-infographic.html...
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    I assume you're familiar with the immediately preceding occupation story relating to Afghanistan? Vaguely... A couple of decades ago I was at a fascinating lecture by Professor John Erickson, then the leading light on Soviet strategic thought. His perspective was...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    What "we" want is dominance, the ability to project our power everywhere and force our will on everyone in order to serve our interests, which have a lot to do with exploiting everything for our own profit. First, rhetorical, question...
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    Having all time stamps in a "non-DST-adjusted" frame of reference might work, for a sufficiently small geographic area Regarding UTC - imagine a card user in Hawaii, trying to buy something on the last valid day of their prepaid card...
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    From what I've read/understood, such shortcomings are not common to other fighter jets. I'm also wondering about why a lengthy list of shortcomings (200+ according to some military reports) esp. as these systems are already basic requirements. It's almost like...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The RN made a fundamental mistake in opting for large carriers, but cheaping out on the power plants to save money by going for gas turbines rather than nuclear. The UK has its own nuclear marine reactor manufacturing capability —...
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    ...the A400M is a bit bigger than a C-130, so unlikely... The UK is apparently keeping on some of its C-130, because there are certain jobs where size matters (think Hereford), and the A400M is a bit big. As for...
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    Reading comprehension fail (or deliberate misrepresentation, you choose). If you read your own link, the rain flooded the venue. Temporary venue, lots of electric cabling, so they shut down the whole exhibition for the day. Unsurprisingly, that also included cancelling...
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    Here's an LBJ and Vietnam link - wasn't there a recurring story that Lady Bird Johnson owned rather a lot of stock in Bell Helicopter...? http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/press_box/2007/07/the_honest_graft_of_lady_bird_johnson.html...
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    The A-10 can take a lot of ground fire and still keep on flying to either continue the attack or at least get the pilot back to base. A lot, but not enough. Which is why the A-10 isn't being...
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    Wrong, I'm afraid. The USAF uses a refuelling system that's optimised for filling up a large aircraft, quickly (boom refuelling). The USN, USMC, and RAF tankers use probe-and-drogue refuelling; the receiving plane flies the refuelling probe into a "basket" dragged...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Catapults let aircraft take off with heavier loads. That's a bit of a simplification. Catapults fire off a flat deck; no ski jump, so the aircraft has to be at flyable airspeed in a very short distance. The amount of...
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    However, the real question, which the military wonks are never asking—not here on the board and certainly not in the governments who make their citizens pay the price—, is how much non-violent conflict resolution you can buy for the same...
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    As a replacement for something like, oh, the A-10, it's crap. As a replacement for the Harrier, it melts the decks of the boats it's supposed to STOL out over. As a replacement for the F-16, it's likely crap too,...
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    that things like the Abrams and the Tornado weren't just about a more complex tank, or a more elaborate bomber They may have been more complex, but at the same time were effectively simpler and more reliable. Take a look...
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    Why, oh why, do we need a stealth plane that can hover? Simple, really - because it's cheaper to operate. That may sound strange, but there are several things to consider in a naval aircraft: Making an airframe strong enough...
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    It was called "CCF" short for "Combined Cadet Force" and was in some remote sense a part of the actual army, to a sufficient extent to have real guns. ...sort of. One of the problems of having a youth organisation...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That was also my reaction to most school sports — but ask yourself, why did they run it that way? My school had only one PE teacher, but lots of teachers who helped out (by refereeing / coaching) when it...
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    Ooops, quite right :) And I'd even checked the link :)...
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    So anyway, the clathrate gun (or whatever you want to call it) Time to reread my battered old copy of Steven Barnes' "Mother of Storms". For some reason, it's been in my mind... ;)...
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    Schools don't teach, they're childminding services until the children are old enough for the mines/factories. Utter tripe, although I acknowledge that you may be talking from a perspective that includes bitter personal experience. Please consider that when you're having a...
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    Although to cross with the other thread, I looked up my old primary school and it has exactly one male teacher out of 31 I had a couple of male primary teachers... the one at an International school in Eastern...
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