Martin

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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    As you say, what to do now is unclear. If we had a functional UN (damn the USA and UK for killing that), taking direct UN control (as described in several SF books) might work. I'm not sure that perspective...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I remember my Pipe-Major telling us about agricultural employment in 1930s Argyllshire; hiring fairs, absolute dependence on the employer, only being paid if you lasted the whole year. Not quite indentured Labour, but close. It went a long way to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I tend to think these days that the relationship between Israel and the USA -- at a diplomatic/military level -- is rather close to what the British establishment think their relationship with the USA is (but hasn't been since, oh,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "Gaol" is rather archaic - typical UK use is "prison"... As a child going from early years UK education to the US system (at an international school), it was interesting - and I can still mostly switch from UK to...
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    I TRIED just ONE "Smiley" book - "A small town in Germany" BORING BORING, Boring, boring & dull & uninteresting & plodding ... What the bloody fuck is supposedly so good about this trash? Well, that was one of his...
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    The Smiley books were groundbreaking in their day, much like Len Deighton. In terms of "atmosphere", they apparently nailed it - unsurprisingly, as David Cornwell was a member of the Intelligence Service for several years... ...I liked the apocryphal story...
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    Austrian I believe ... or maybe Swiss. Glock handguns DO have a "safety", just not a "safety catch" or de-cocking lever. Glock says it's a safety. Apologies to those for whom this is egg-sucking; Austrian (it's SIG who are the...
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    There have been various studies that note the prevalence of engineers among the grandparents of those with autism… But diagnosis has improved. My mother spent a career as a primary school teacher; I can remember her in the 1970s/1980s being...
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    NO USE AT ALL outside the USA or wild areas, elsewhere. the shotgun-cocking sound Yeah, what's that funny noise? One of the things that made me laugh recently was a work of fiction in which the highly-trained heroine "recognised the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Nope. You want a really good speaker system, and a recording of the growl of a furry crocodile / land shark. Better yet, a second one joining in from a different direction. People can be negotiated with, but… I wonder...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    As with all such “.357 Magnum just bounced off” (or “9mm defeated by frozen clothes”, “5.56 just didn’t work” stories), there’s a much simpler and more likely answer. The firer missed, and the bear wandered away from the loud noise…...
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    Good news - they're doing a sixth season of Lucifer... Amusing would be Miranda Hart getting a role ;)...
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    Stinger... NASAMS... Patriot A quick guide to anti-aircraft missiles... apologies if I get it slightly wrong, I was never a cloudpuncher ;) Most missiles are rather limited by their rocket motor, which typically only burns for the first second or...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And I think it's enjoyable when you can attend a collage game in person. I had to smile at the mental image of the spectators crowded around the players, the whistle blowing, the frantic application of glue; scissors flying as...
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    “Enuresis isn’t the title of a 70s sci-fi novel, Baldrick…” ;)...
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    Mum told this story from when we lived in Germany in the mid-70s… Typical heavy German winter, she’s heading back home from the school where she taught, to find a queue of cars where the Polizei stopped traffic due to...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    What is disturbing is that the usual reason for British aggression …in this case, “Freedom of Navigation” seems plausible; the point is being made that just because Russia invaded Crimea (and the Donbass), doesn’t mean it gets to threaten...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    ...And Julian May made use of it in the first of her Galactic Milieu books, The Many-Coloured Land, published in 1981; one of the protagonists works within exactly such a "planetary grid, solar collectors" infrastructure....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Seconded on the Pashazade, it was excellent. Has anyone mentioned P Djeli Clark’s world with a similar scenario (The Master of Djinn, Haunting of Tramcar 015, etc)? Excellent stories, well worth reading :)...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The logistics types already have forklifts and palletised handling systems in the rear area; exoskeletons might be useful, but not critical. My opinion is coloured by training at “light role” infantry (i.e. no protected transport - just feet or trucks)....
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    The interesting contrast is that British Favoured Sons tended to go to “a decent Regiment”. The Duke of Windsor served WW1 in the Coldstream Guards, but to his frustration wasn’t allowed anywhere near fighting; his younger brother was, however (the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Looking at online debates among serving US and UK military, there’s a mix of responses to the “middle aged, seen a war zone have an opinion”. The bulk of it is reassuringly skeptical of war as a means of achieving…...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Have you considered that the strength of your opinion about Marxism isn’t because you think it’s a Religion, but because you believe it’s a Heresy? ;) There are people who will tear the arse out of anything - chess, football...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It seems in my field (software engineering) that almost all ‘CS’ courses are little better than rote drilling in java. If you’re lucky, maybe some JavaScript as well to provide a ‘well rounded education ‘. Based on a sample...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Then the next two years are electives, and if you pick the right ones you can actually get a decent degree without writing a line of code again. I’m not sure how representative that is… Wayyyy back in the 1980s,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Our house is 21 years old now; we bought it new, back when we were DINKYs (dual income, no kids yet). Outside Edinburgh, so we could afford a garden :) At the turn of the century, our gravity-fed water system...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The US has become bizarrely used to the idea that wars they fight involve very little sacrifice. You might assume that of US politicians; but I suspect that if you talk to anyone connected to the US military, they'll disabuse...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    OK. So who is making things tense? Perhaps, and this is just a suggestion based on observed behaviour rather than interpretation of intent, it's the country that invaded and occupied Crimea, astroturfed an armed rebellion in Donetsk, has been fighting...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    In contrast, the PLAAF has stuff like... Beware the danger of "Top Trumps" and the direct comparison of individual aircraft types. Much of the effectiveness of allied air forces isn't the equipment per se, but the training levels of the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    When was the last time that the USA faced up against even a second-class military? Consider Kosovo. In the face of air supremacy, the JNA managed to both conceal and protect the vast majority of its fighting vehicles in theatre;...
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