Martin

Martin

  • 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)....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    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;...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The recent revelation that the monarch gets to see legislation before it is enacted to make changes that would otherwise affect the monarch would be ended, making legislation less biased towards those with wealth and position. Judging by what's been...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Absolutely agree about Diana and her well-planned (AIDS, land mines) or publicity-convenient (“secret” night visits to hospitals) charity work; I wasn’t that impressed. However, I get the impression that Harry really believes it. The British Army has a decent success...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Not sure that reasoning quite holds... The vote last time (2014) only had a majority in Glasgow and Dundee (the areas with the highest levels of deprivation). The big failure in the rest of Scotland wasn’t IMHO worry over pension,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is, as you say, brilliant; for my sins (alternatively, sons) I volunteered to help out with the school’s DofE expeditions. The concept is great, and it makes a difference. What I liked was that...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    ... and one of the nicest comments was made by Barack Obama. I saw some of his sketches and notebooks at an exhibition in BuckHouse when tourist ing in London; quite a polymath. and possibly not given credit for being...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Things go as pear-shaped as I fear in my nightmares, and the gummint goes full-blown fascist, but fails to quell the civil disorder. It then asks for help from the USA, which sends troops in to keep 'order' The...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Murder on the Occident Express?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    These guys definitely tick quite a few boxes on Heinlein's list (apart from the diaper changing). You might be surprised; a lot of them are fathers, and that whole "don't be Jack" thing applies to childcare and nappies (what y'all...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Would anybody care to suggest better lists, proposed without Heinlein's (or Lazarus Long's) arrogant tone? The whole "take orders; give orders" thing is amusing, having conducted leadership training and assessments over a few years. IMHO, "do what I say" is...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    [With links for y'all of the "Captain Kangaroo" persuasion...] So, if not "Wombles as ambush predators" (I'm still hoping for that - just wondering how many lost dogs / dog walkers / joggers on Wimbledon Common would be needed to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Maybe, maybe not - Moore's Law has been "going to fail, real soon now" for over thirty years... A few years back, I was working for a programmable logic firm. I know that parallelism failed as the next way we'd...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    So... you've not seen Beatrix Potter and Sven Hassel's famous collaboration, "Peter Rabbit, Tank Killer"?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I'm now perverting beloved childhood icons for my own nefarious purposes So, Peter and Wendy, you've mentioned Mary Poppins, who else? Rudyard Kipling and Roald Dahl are already dark, and I don't know whether Julia Donaldson is widely-known enough (and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    This may well move the goalposts on brain-equivalent AI by anything from 2-7 orders of magnitude, in the wrong direction. So, three to ten years, then......
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Used to be you had to have the surveyors locate your firing point so you could input that into the computation, but nowadays GPS serves that function. I was just thinking about plotting where the shots will fall, not guidance....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Their risible cover story supports them being rogue agents No, their poor cover story supports them not expecting to be caught, and that their standards have slipped. After all, the UK is an unusually surveilled country, with systems that...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Similar in the UK? Not with bases... (and a 1000-person base is a decent size for the British Army). ...the difficulty in the UK is getting rid of capbadges. "How dare the Secretary of State for Defence ignore the proud...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    You're thinking too law-abidingly. The Billionaire Tax Evaders can't exactly complain to the Fraud Squad. But they are likely sociopaths, they aren't poor, and they're possessive. Your story includes the motivated individual. It doesn't include the very-well-paid private investigators hired...
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