Martin

Martin

  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I was specifically referring to insurgency in a congested urban environment where you don't have long sightlines, there are lots of innocent bystanders, and the conflict is primarily in single-shot mode. The problems that you face in a congested urban...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Also, one should remember that the current ineffectiveness of counter-insurgency warfare results from "humane" Rules of Engagement. If you "let off the gloves", you can crush local insurgencies relatively easily. British did it in Boer War, inventing concentration camps. An...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Remember that I mentioned that *before* 9/11, a rpo golfer's private jet went off course, and had fighters around it in 15? ...were said fighters already in the air, or were they launched from startup? Was the President (or other...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I don't know, so I'm asking: was that an intentional insult, suggesting I was one of them? My opinion is that the fighters were *not* scrambled as fast as normal, period. Please don't take it as an insult unless you're...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    It could be more subtle, like having vague intel about a planned attack but using it to deniably apply just enough influence to clusterfuck the response, making the outcome inevitable if not specifically predictable. You know, like 9/11. Again, as...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    PS Here are some internal responses to Op TEMPERER... hopefully reassuring to those who tend to eye HM Armed Forces with a lack of understanding or even suspicion :)...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    ... and get to "it's a false flag operation by the Conservative party". So, a 24-hour turnaround time from "curses, we're getting a hard time on the campaign trail over a May U-turn" to a terrorist attack. That's not long...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    A very (minor) British Coup in progress? The Conservatives have a 12% lead in the polls - the best in over 20 years - while Labour are struggling to drag themselves back from self-destruction. There is a near-zero chance of...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    You left out "arse-covering to avoid risk of criticism". The most common one, IMHO - you don't have to have done anything wrong, you just... As for "similar scenarios", I rather suspect that the expectation of the staffs concerned (presumably...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Ah, and then there's the *other interesting things about alla that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_for_the_day_of_the_September_11_attacks Not really - the simple answers are that it was an out-of-context problem, and that hindsight is 20/20 vision. The attack involved four aircraft, hijacked within the USA,...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    Like JReynolds, read Dreadnought (any author who OGH invites to be a guest blogger is invariably worth reading), and rather enjoyed it... Now to wait for the arrival of Sovereign :)...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Disregarding him still being alive in the first place, how is he able to travel to the UK? Hell, how is he not running for his life? You might well ask why Gerry Adams was given a US visa after...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There is no history of terror attacks in the area. Colonel Richard Kemp, who led the British Army into Afghanistan in 2003, told The Sun: A few minor points... It's a classic misrepresentation story pushed by "The Sun", a Murdoch-owned...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Austerity is what you get when you have government by — or pandering to — macroeconomic illiterates. I'm certainly not an expert, but AIUI there are some issues you can't solve by printing money (some you can, obviously). Feel free...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    ... this decade the BBC Newsroom shows a degree of right-wing bias similar to Fox News in the USA You get a smile for hyperbole on that one. Let's be honest, the BBC doesn't even come close to Fox News...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    And yet, Greg, other countries like Sweden and Switzerland managed to have fallout shelters for most of their population. ...that rather depends on how you define "fallout shelter". AIUI, the Swiss regulations for private housing only demanding (preferably cellar /...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The hydrophone networks weren't ocean-spanning; that would be rather expensive. AIUI, they were more of a tripwire across key choke points, allowing the triggering of other resources (ASW aircraft and ships). In the Atlantic, this was the GIUK gap. Anyway,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The point I was trying to make, was that "declaring war" is rather redundant if the other side has already declared war on you. Japan declared war on the USA on 7th December 1941; the USA responded by declaring war...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Not sure about (5) - does it count as "declaring war" if the other side declares it first? The Japanese were the ones who declared war on the USA on 7th December 1941 (even if the bombs fell before the...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Russia's actions are a a police action; the USA's (and its lackeys) are waging unlawful warfare against a sovereign state. If the USA (and its lackeys) (what, no mention of running dogs?) were attacking targets within the control of...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Hipster punk. I know this guy, makes spaceships to his own design, none of this mass-produced stuff. Yeah, that's a custom blaster - my sister hand-carved the stock to fit me, it's Sirian Rosewood; you have to cure the wood...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Well, I bought it from the Kindle store at lunchtime......
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yup. I tried dim green light (Maglite do a filter set, the green one was my go-to choice), but that brought other problems when mapreading. So I tended to close one eye, and use a very dim white light (pinhole...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think some people who are dismissive of seeing at night without light and don't have my medical issues just don't wait long enough to let their eyes adjust properly. This. It takes about a quarter of an hour for...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    So the benefits of much of the tech stuff we talk about that's leading to the internet of things and smart cities won't be a rural reality, just an urban one. By 2117 someone growing up on the edge of...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    And being a good rifle doesn't mean they're a good military rifle; the Lee-Enfield was useful in WWI, but "insufficiently modern" well before WWII. Compared to what? It was robust, accurate, and better than its peer group in 1939; and...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The point I was clumsily trying to make is that "doping up some semiconductor" may well stretch back to the 1940s/50s, but without the software revolution, you're left hand-drawing and hand-checking masks. It would be a bit of a hand-wave...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Fiber-optic communications - that's 1970s (first working laser in 1960) Programmable logic - that's 1980s. And I'd suggest that credible VLSI is also 1980s. When I did my degree in the 1980s, we still had to buy coloured pencils to...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I'd probably just ask him some clarifying statements for a bit more detail (as in "did this actually happen to you, as described, or are you retelling someone else's story?"). Then I'd clarify whether he actually observed said troops, in...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Which turned out to be marines on leave making some extra money by dressing up as coppers as a manpower re-inforcement This is something that occasionally crops up on the Army Rumour Service - soldiers being used in the Miners'...
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