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  • Commented on Sitrep
    Bollocks. They stated EXPLICITLY that they would attempt to kill any of the people on their target list, and even the most naive fool knows that they are using bombs for that - and that the speakers knew that. https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/black-or-white...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    We WERE better than that, until we joined the USA in their illegal war against Syria; we are no longer. Obviously, I’m biased (having drunk the Kool-Aid, sat through multiple annual “Laws of War” lessons, etc, etc). So what I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    And, of course, theater-owners make more money out of food and drink than they do from the tickets. A few years ago, The Economist did an article on cinema economics. As the saying apparently goes, "Movies for show, Popcorn for...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    One of the (many) bad business decisions upper management made* was to close down the fab because they could buy the chips cheaper. It works the other way, too. I worked for an FPGA company, who in the very late...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Pack howitzers have been used in surprising locations... An ex-artillery friend of mine makes the point that getting the gun somewhere “surprising” is terribly impressive as a feat of lifting a couple of tons of metal, and wonderful for a...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Or, you could just shoot them. Boring, I know, but if you can point a laser you can point a gun. Although, if you’ve got a land shark, surely we can fit it with a fricking “laser beam”? And charge...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The operative word being “trails”. What happens when there isn’t a track / trail / prepared route? Because that’s where dismounted infantry prefer to operate......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The other relevant apocryphal story was about the attempts to train neural networks for brilliant munitions (SADARM et al), and the discovery only at trial time that all of their training pictures for friendly vehicles were high quality, taken in...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Locking on to a target painted with a laser is fine. Unfortunately, compared to a projectile you now have a far lower muzzle velocity (pun intended), so you need to maintain the lock for far longer, in a far more...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    If it’s the wheelbarrow I remember seeing pictures of, it had a ball as the wheel, not a narrow-track wheel. Of course, I could be wrong. The point remains: it’s hard to match legged transport for mobility across really rough...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    ...software isn't likely to be that hard to program. Speaking as a software engineer? Good luck with that. I always laugh in the presence of any design requirement that says “just do X, it can’t be that hard...” (Apocryphal source,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The best support tech I've seen for a squad moving through rough country is a wheelbarrow... decent job of allowing a squaddie to carry a couple of hundred kilos of kit.. There’s a reason these never took off - it’s...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Weaponizing the dog robots is the logical first step, because the military has deep pockets and human warriors are probably more expensive to build and train than robots. It’s not logical at all, at least not in any military thinking...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Personally, I'm much more scared of those frigging Boston Dynamics dog robots. There's no defensible motive for creating these things, Beg to differ - with a silent/quiet power source, they are an awesome solution to the problem of “how can...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The most reliable and bug-free piece of software that I’ve ever written in thirty years (as in, no reported bugs in five years of operation, across a five-figure user base) was in C++, using exceptions for all error handling... ...the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    This may be good news for some who didn’t know, but it’s two and a half... “Diamonds from Tequila” ;)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    No, I understand that - I took the consumer-demand advertising as a given (I’m currently on vacation, somewhere that carries enough US TV to see the “Drink Pink Medicine X! Pink Medicine X is not a treatment for Type 1...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Ahhh, supervillain children. Firestarter (nod to Stephen King) is under the age of criminal responsibility, and cannot be prosecuted for burning down Littlehampton Primary because “she didn’t want to go to school”. After being caught raiding the Cadbury factory because...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    roughly one-third of drug costs in the US are in advertising Think about it. In the absence of a National Health Service or a NICE to provide guidance, you need to “get the message out” to those hundreds of thousands...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm merely saying that although nationalists might act on incorrect perceptions of the GFA, they shouldn't, and the perceptions can be fixed, just as Brexiters' can be. Nothing rude about saying that. That's a wonderfully optimistic outlook - the shame...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    It's not so much the 9 months as the next 5 to 10 years. All nighters as much easier to deal with in your 20s than in your mid to late 30s. On the bright side, we felt more stable...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Our firstborn arrived when my wife was 38; second at 40. The medics agreed that it's easier in your 20s, but it's far from impossible. A full physical recovery followed... to the extent that we're both learning Judo in our...
  • 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...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    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...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    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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