Martin

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  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "In our season finale, we look at the future of the sniper and whether the mythos they’ve cultivated over the centuries can withstand scopes that aim for them, guns that can fire thousands of yards, and robots that do what...
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    Doubling the range more than quadruples the error at point of impact for several reasons... I really wouldn't be too sure about that (polite mode: in other words, it goes against my experience in firing out to 1km+). For instance,...
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    Strictly, "Effective Range" is the real-world range when there aren't perfect conditions - and 800m is about right for a scoped support weapon in the hands of a properly-trained firer (not just sniper rifles). If you had perfect conditions /...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    like a dust mote in the hailstone, it can't really form anything if there's no environment for the formation of infrastructure Indeed. The innovative research tends to happen where the research funding is available (with big shiny labs) and where...
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    If you want military innovation, you need something resembling a military industrial complex that preserves innovation. I'm tempted to say I disagree. IMHO, the military innovations come when you drag in non-soldiers for the duration, and have a strong focus...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    For (target) rifle shooting, you need to be relaxed, not keyed up, which is why some competitors used beta-blockers before they were banned. Not quite... and now we're into subjective territory. You're absolutely correct that some target rifle shooters (but...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Oh, agreed. There are snobs in every field who think that teaching only counts if done as “showing off your learning and learnedness” in “their” (unique, special, awesome) environment... Forgetting that there’s coaching, and mentoring, and codevelopment to be done...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Agreed - their presenter did an excellent (and intellectually honest) presentation on the No.9 Rifle, aka EM-2 (including firing it; the Patterrn Room is an incredible resource) and another on the development history of the L85....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Similarly, 90% of PhDs in most fields are wasted, in the sense that they don't go on to careers in academia in the field where they got the degree. Those are only wasted if you consider a doctorate being about...
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    Remember, we're talking about the civilian hunting gun market. In which case, you aren’t talking about plastic guns; hunting rifles mostly stick to wooden-stocked bolt or lever actions. If you’re talking about AR-15 etc, then you’re talking about a different...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The problem is that a rifle can keep working for at least 50 years No, it can’t. Not unless you don’t use it. Barrels wear out; some faster than others (the Lilja barrels used by a lot of smallbore shooters...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    in the belief that it improves his "eye." (N.B. A belief shared by many professional lawn tennis players, golfers, gun and rifle marksmen, and others.) Define “many”; because if true about marksmen, an ISSF World Cup would be a hotbed...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    hell, I'd be *quite* happy to put on a slinky red dress, lipstick, and heels as high as I could stand.. What, you're considering joining the Royal Marines?...
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    If the Laundry, which is a state security organ, felt it didn't need one, because it was special or something, I can only describe that as either incompetence or hubris on their part. Bear in mind the difference in UK/USA...
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    Very much fear. Alex and Mo are both similarly afraid of Bob, and they're no pushovers. The analogy is Len Deighton's "Bernard Samson". IIRC, eight of the books in the series are written from his internal perspective as an unreliable...
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    I suspect Nicolai Panin has access to the A team and not the GRU telephone sanitizer crew recent employed in Salisbury. Hush your cynicism, that was no GRU team - they were but two innocent fitness instructors. Colonel Chepiga Ruslan...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I'm about to turn 50, and also probably about to buy my first motor vehicle. I'm only a couple of years ahead of you. Just so long as it's not a mid-life-crisis-mobile, and is suitably safe, practical, non-aggrandizing, and efficient...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I would guess that over 85% of the Brit population now have bank-accounts ..and 14% of the remainder are under the age of 16? ;) (Firstborn is now the possessor of his first bank card, as of Saturday...)...
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    There’s an excellent book about one of the local Pals’ Battalions of WW1 (”McCrae’s Battalion”); near the end, the author describes an old Edinburgh lady thanking him for explaining why every year, at the start of July, her father would...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    All of those were predicted consequences of our actions, all came to pass, but you two claim that the UK was sweetly innocent and it was it was just a few bad apples, or it wasn't us, really,... Really?...
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    Nope, Transreal's never been in the West Port IIRC. It's now Candlemaker Row, accept no substitutes :) * https://transreal.wordpress.com/ * I should declare an interest - I've been buying books from Mike since 1984......
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    And, in fact, many experts deemed the documents released in the last years of USSR as hopelessly bad fakes, but I guess, this is beside my point. ...and yet there are still people who declare that the Holocaust was exaggerated...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Perhaps you would like to look into the whole concept of the time aka Western Betrayal. I'm well aware of it; the only defence of those involved is that they were desperate to avoid a war and to work within...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You can lay logistic lines on dirt, if you have to. It's much harder to improvise new bridges, ...not really... (AIUI there are still Bailey Bridges in use in Scotland). Want a 30m bridge? Half an hour, with the correct...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Also, those who remember WWII might also remember that (re)building railways quickly is not as hard as you might think. We get back to the wheelbarrows thing again. Earlier than that - during World War 1, narrow-gauge railways ('Trench Railways')...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    The question is were Katyn was perpetrated by the Germany or by USSR, because it is an major anchoring point of debate of occupation of Poland, aka "who started the war". And the answer from history is very clearly "Katyn...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    (Acceptance of NKVD responsibility for the Katyn massacre?) For this exact case I do not, for a number of reasons connected to testimony and physical evidence (or lack thereof). But...according to State-supported Russian media (Russia Today) President Putin himself stated...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    They do not use approximations and estimations, calculation and manipulation - these are only authentic data available. Even if we assume that the page you linked to is correct, please detail another European country where 1.6 million of its own...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    The problem is that Stalin wasn't any more murderous than any leaders of his time The evidence calls you a liar. No Western European leader (other than Hitler) managed to kill as many of their own population as any one...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I was thinking back to Frank Herbert, and the Bureau of Sabotage......
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