Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Tie-in to the topic .... Guess there just weren't that many youths in Fleming's era when he was writing his 007 tales. Although it could be that Fleming intended 007 to represent the youth of his day being guided (misguided)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Whoops, forgot to insert the "effectiveness" link I mentioned. Don't worry, the thread title doesn't render it NSFW (although the language may, as ever, offend those of delicate sensibilities)...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    No, except insofar as today's infantry in ballistic vests and helmets who travel in IFVs are largely proof against 18th/early 19th century infantry firing musket volleys. The qualifier is, of course, "largely". Current body armour weighs over 10kg; it only...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Enjoyed this strong (IMO) argument against campus speech codes: Examples where the codes are abused or taken to absurd extremes, don't invalidate the underlying principle that people should have respect for others - and that those from a narrow outlook...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Classically, Bond villains were only evil if you were a 1950s captain of what was left of the British Empire Filmed Bond, or Written Bond? Filmed Bond was taking on those who wished to destroy all life on Earth while...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Ahhh, loud shouty voice / parental tone... I had to work at the ability to be heard across the full width of a rifle range, through hearing protection, on a windy day in Scotland. Bit hard on the throat, I...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    While I appreciate you hated your PE teachers, Greg, I was trying to lay a parallel between what Elizabeth does, and the approach to performance of the Olympic medallists that I've met... I read Karen Memory; and it was a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    For me, it was the method John Buchan described I think in "The Thirty-Nine Steps"; press into the ganglia at the back of the jawbone. Works a treat, even with drunks - they try to push the finger away, not...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    I'm... somewhat competitive, and so's my wife (we met while competing in our sport). I'd suggest that "what most people think of as competitive" (including many in actual coaching positions, and some competitors) and "actually being competitive" are two different...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Yes, all this comes with the price of playing along with some U.S. imperialist interventions (Iraq, Afghanistan). Apparently, some of the Baltic soldiers who deployed on the NATO mission to Afghanistan, were there on their second visit - the first...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Next time you have some money to spend, say to her, "After all our expenses this year we have $10,000 left over. Do you have any suggestions on how to spend it? What would be fun for you?" Then...
  • Commented on Book day!
    ...regarding Jeremy Paxman interviews. Is he considered harsh but fair? A shameless self-promoter? An unqualified expert in everything? (We have plenty of those types in our own local media too) Or a genuinely brutal truth-to-power type? Is he compromised by...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The vast majority are still in thrall to the mainstream media, which hasn't been a good source of information for decades. I'd like to think that the Daily Mail and the Sun aren't "mainstream media", more comics for grownups who...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Unfortunately, the wars that Russia has fought against its neighbours are land wars (well, hybrid wars, as Putin put it). You can have all the ships you like, it won't stop a land Army. As the old joke goes: "Two...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    *IF* the West, and the US, actually wanted to lower tensions, they would STOP HOLDING FULL SCALE MILITARY EXERCISES RIGHT OVER THE BORDERS of Russia and NK. Please, give an example of any such ground-forces exercise in the Baltic States...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    ...I'll just skip your right-wing apologist posts from now... You wouldn't be indulging in kneejerk assumptions, would you? Namely, that if I criticise Socialism, I must be a Fox news fan? I fail to see how pointing out examples where...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    None of which addresses the primary point - the Russia is far from the factor of "OVER TEN" weakling that you shouted. It is by far the pre-eminent land power in Europe. Even if the USA was involved, it's got...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    You have ignored the standard principle that only the stronger party can afford to de-escalate first, that Russia is the weaker party by a factor of OVER TEN You either haven't got a clue, or are in wilful denial of...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    See footnote [2] in the original post - much like your thought processes, I went with paper backup (screenshots are no use if your phone runs out of power, or gets dropped and breaks, or...)...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If so, kindly point to the mass murders of ... the French socialist parties. A minor point, but have you considered the French Reign of Terror? Regarding revolutionary fervour, note that the Red Terror happened in 1918; almost the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    And yes, they ran "wargames" involving Tactical Nukes. Of course - why wouldn't they? After all, "flexible response" is a key feature of NATO doctrine, and included the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons if defensive operations were going really...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Nope, they'd shoot. The plane is obsolescent, obviously a fake, and heading straight for a major city. It's not responding to currently-mandated communications channels (hint: VHF radio is so 1950s) Except... VHF is still going to be in regular use...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    (1) to my shame, I recall remarking in 1996 "I don't like this modern stuff". so modern is rather a stretchy term. I'm a similar age; and have teenage sons, so am exposed to music through them. This explains the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I'd be grateful for updates on the security status of contactless cards from the PINsiders who are participating in this blog. *G* Worry more about the merchants running on with old hardware and software. Scams involving horror stories of people...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    :) Well, I saw a copy in the wild for the first time; Waterstones. I had to bite my tongue and not buy it until next week...(although I may have read the second and third chapters...)...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Jesus wept! Look, I know that you aren't an IT expert Oooooh, hark at Mr. Chippy... I'll stick to my personal opinion - I prefer to use a card, because I believe it faster, safer, and more convenient. You are...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I didn't even describe the worst failure modes, several of which have happened to people I know (and one of which happened to me)! I would contend that the "worst failure mode" in any of the examples so far is...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It sounds like you're criticising the people who have a problem taking care of their cards, remembering their PIN, forgetting that they haven't got the money in that particular account, having a chat with that nice young lady on the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    When I joined the Andrew we still did payments in cash, pay sentry with loaded Browning, envelopes and all., 'twas the early 80s. I joined the Territorial Army in 1984 - in time for electronic payments for the most part,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Contactless usually works quickly, sometimes needs multiple passes, and is even slower than chip and pin if they fail. Contactless cards aren't always contactless. There's the obvious upper limit (typically £20 or £30 in the UK) imposed on contactless transactions....
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