Martin

Martin

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...then the "smaller" firms are the people to go-to to get your books looked at. And tax advice & international legal matters, too - often you get co-ordination between the "accounting" firm & their clients on many matters, other than...
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    I tried to separate social media; LinkedIn for work, Facebook for social/sport. Mostly successful, but a lot of exceptions... I've not got a commonplace name, but it's not unusual. It got interesting when I discovered that someone else with exactly...
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    Hmmm.... If you've not read Cory Doctorow's "Walkaway", do it now. Recently, I've read and enjoyed Ben Winters' "Underground Airlines", Laura Lam's "Micah Grey" series; the Bobiverse; Marie Brennan's "Lady Trent" series; and while they're quite "British", Jodi Taylor's "St.Mary's"...
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    Yup, Google Education is rather well joined-up. The kids are now BYOD, and if they log in using our ta lets, it means we can see what homework they have too! No more "dog ate homework", the new excuse would...
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    The kids' school has a Twitter feed. As Icehawk points out, it's very useful for declaring that foul weather has closed the school, what time the bus full of kids will arrive back from Trip X, whether a particular sports...
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    Apologies for doing the "breeder goes on and on about ickle kiddies" things... Not aware of any school in my area that has a school nurse on premises including the pricey private schools - 'public schools' in Britain. Well, I...
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    True - but the schools certainly aren't ignoring it. In my era of the early 80, we were warned against the perils of drink, drugs, and contraception-free sex. That was about it. Nowadays, (again, using kids' large school in the...
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    Makes me laugh to see progressives behaving like conservatives, and not noting the irony I'd prefer NONE OF THEM GOT TO EVER TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL... I DISPISE that idiocy that pretends to be a virtual keyboard. Rule 1 when...
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    Except that's pretty much the opposite of what actually happens. The adults are oblivious of the problem and hand the things unthinkingly to kids who add to an even greater obliviousness the trust and naivety of childhood. Based on your...
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    Your Russian link is in reference to Light / Recon drones, not combat drones. So, it's basically cheating and you know it Ahhh, back to normal. Make an unqualified statement about how "UAVs are 100% asymmetrical" and when proven wrong,...
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    The entire point of Drones is that they're a 100% asymmetrical weapon: you cannot deploy them vrs other armies without air dominance (or, you can, but expect heavy losses). Dunning-Kruger rears its head yet again... You're wrong, because it's exactly...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...and four squaddies in the British Army have just been arrested for membership of the now-proscribed organisation "National Action"... You can't eliminate stupidity and bigotry, but you can certainly try....
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    What Germany is opposed to, by consensus (excluding a maybe 5-15% fringe of loonies on the far right) is having a military force which is sent on out-of-area force projection missions, because last time they did that thing it memorably...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...It breaks down as 22% non-PTSD and 28% PTSD for effected areas. No, it doesn't. It breaks down that way for interviewees. From the paper: "It should be noted that a proportion of the qualitative data consists of fifty different...
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    A couple of points that may be relevant to the specific debate: Area of Gaza: 365 square kilometers Area of Pakistan: 796,095 square kilometers I'll quite agree that "drones over Gaza" is a commonplace event, particularly as Gaza is well...
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    Errrr... yes. Consider he total number of Predator and Reaper drones. Acknowledge that at any given point in time, that most will not be flying; and most of the remainder will be in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria. Consider that in order...
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    I don't disagree - I'm challenging the assertions "large parts of a (large) country" and "always hear a drone". It sounds to me like hyperbole. Would this be silent countryside, or near villages (with engines, generators, etc)? Hearing a small...
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    There's also the possibility that Uncle Abdul isn't a terrorist; but his neighbour wants to settle a score / wants to gain personal advantage - and has made accusations of terrorism as a means to an end. It's still really...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...and not being on the receiving end of violent repression. Because violence breeds more violence — who knew? Well, the British Army learned the hard way in the early 1970s, and spent twenty years struggling with the aftermath. There may...
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    t'll be just as in those old films from the '60s where people have a "terminal" they rent and have no actual computing power (let alone an OS) at all. From what I can gather that is what happened in...
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    A colleague from Pakistan told me that in large parts of the country you can always hear a drone. While your colleague might believe that, I strongly suspect that it's an exaggeration. Firstly, the point of having a drone around...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Forgive me for any inaccuracies, as I'm neither American nor old enough to remember first-hand, but AIUI the Watts Riots weren't unique... Here's some incidents of civil unrest in the US, 1960-1969. It's not a short list... ...the ten days...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    India started first immediately after partition, with Pakistan intending to only have peaceful nuclear power until the wars of the 60s convinced them otherwise, alongside the loss of Bangladesh in '71. Just in case anyone is curious, those "wars of...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    ...drone hype, like a good little sheeple Whenever someone uses the word "sheeple", my opinion of them drops significantly. My mental picture moves to "wears dungarees", "listens to angry thrash metal", and "probably thinks a mullet is a cool hairstyle"....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    You could always watch 'Russia Today'. It definitely toes the Party Line, as it were, but it's a good way to challenge your thinking. Granted, after watching it I feel much like I do after watching Fox News......
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Kim is trying to provoke the dimwit Trump to react with a "surgical" military strike & then demand (as by treaty) Chinese aid in a war with the US, which the US can't then win .... Alternatively, he's locked in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Granted, "war stuff" - 5.56 rifles for the USMC, 5.56 and 7.62 belt-fed MGs for USMC, all of their service pistols, the 81 and 120mm mortars, 120mm tank gun, 155mm towed artillery, towed array and periscope handling for their submarines,...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I've changed my ideas on this subject (from the idea that a careful and well reasoned laying out of the facts would sway anyone) but I'm clearly in the tiny minority. After the discussion about how those of us...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The bollards at the entrance to the terminal made a big difference; although to be fair, much of the UK public infrastructure had already been designed to keep car bombs at a distance (notably, that hardening raised the price of...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There is no U.S. Department of Infrastructure. Isn't the US Army Corps of Engineers a close approximation (i.e. Hoover Dam, New Orleans levees, etc, etc)?...
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