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As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission, the UK's Ministry of Defence has gone a bit wacky – not only does it have fresh space plans, but it also wants to strap laser zappers to stuff too. At the Royal Air Force's Air and Space Power Conference held earlier this week, Defence Secretary Penny …

  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    What's the Betting Sombre Wars in the Shadows Deliver Spectacular Success ....

    ..... Both To and Via AIMaster Piloted Programs and Leading Virtual Projects.

    Rather implausibly, Mordaunt also heralded "a new age of 'sombre' wars conducted in the shadows, on the dark web, in the business world, space and often remote from what we've known of the battlefield" – a pronouncement that drew scorn from those used to the MoD's impenetrable gobbledygook....... Gareth Corfield, El Reg reporter/security

    What's implausible, GC. If you aint in those daring places, you won't/can't win win. Surely you aint thinking everything is pretty much as it has always has been and nothing fundamental and revolutionary and quantum evolutionary is changed?

    Don't you read El Reg? Corrupted Command and Perverse Control Systems and their Media Machines are practically apoplectic with worry over their failings to contain and secure AIdDirectional Power with ITs EMPowering Energy in Almighty NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive Space Places.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: What's the Betting Sombre Wars in the Shadows Deliver Spectacular Success ....

      The above post is best understood and enjoyed, or rightly deservedly feared for designedly destructive and conflicted works in the past and present which can be personally attributable, whenever read in consort with France seeks science-fiction writers to help futureproof its military against science-fact ..... for all the fun of the fare of an O La La Eureka Moment ..... with SMARTR AIMovement Momentum :-)

      1. Cliff Thorburn

        Re: What's the Betting Sombre Wars in the Shadows Deliver Spectacular Success ....

        Let me guess?, with Special Purpose Vehicles delivering dynamic driver deliverables in Live Operational Virtual Environmentalists night and day for SIMplistic play?

        Can’t make it up can you?, what locks open in such Holy Hollywood Shenanigans?, with virtual sliding doors?, and evident lack of opportunity knock knock knocking?, with imminent change of the guard, what strings pull the new Heads?, Exotic East?, or Wacky West?, Red pills of Pleasure?, or Blossoming Blues?, certainly never a dull day in shush slush DOD antics for spread betting banking is it not? :-)

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          How to Avoid the Idiot and Moron Hopelessly Addicted to Wicked Wacky War Games Play

          Cliff ,

          The major leading question which be here now posed to a Penny Mordaunt and Joint Intelligence Chiefs and the MOD, is whether IT is to be a Holywood fed Hollywood Shenanigans type Operation, with all of the convenient backing of a bottomless black budget moneypit, a sort of Secret State Actor Promotion, or whether AI and IT forge ahead as a Private and Pirate Non State Actor Program which all current conventional and traditional executive administrative systems are proving themselves to be powerless against?

          Both are certainly one of those Special Purpose Vehicles for delivering dynamic driver deliverables in Live Operational Virtual Environmentalists night and day for SIMplistic play. And I guess it is entirely possibly that both can play nicely together in agreement of future greater direction rather than incredibly badly in opposition or competition in a conflicted scenario.

          1. Cliff Thorburn

            Re: How to Avoid the Idiot and Moron Hopelessly Addicted to Wicked Wacky War Games Play

            I wonder what Penny would think of the antics so far amFM?, whether it be wholly, holy and justified to wrap up proceedings with amicable and acceptable endings?, that would certainly be a certifiably welcome

            end for all.

            After nearly a decade, its as stagnant as a stale session with no sync and poor and mixed hijacked communications to the community I kid you not.

            :-)

            1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

              Re: How to Avoid the Idiot and Moron Hopelessly Addicted to Wicked Wacky War Games Play

              After nearly a decade, its as stagnant as a stale session with no sync and poor and mixed hijacked communications to the community I kid you not. ..... Cliff Thorburn

              So, ripe rotten and long overdue then for a catastrophic hack and key crack, CT?

              I wonder if that is something a ‘Rapid Response Unit’ inside the Cabinet Office as a sub-unit of the Government Communication Service charges itself for dealing with ..... defending the indefensible and inequitable?

              It is interesting to contemplate on whether such a Rapid Response Unit be a Private or Pirate or Public Facility and Cyber Utility and whether primarily geared to predominantly channel funds to try and ensure significant controlling advantage to Conservative Party Cohorts.

              Such could very easily extraordinarily render it a clear and present danger and active national security threat bordering on treason.

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
    Facepalm

    British manned space flight with Virgin?

    Sounds more like Digby than Dan Dare.

    1. Cliff Thorburn

      Re: British manned space flight with Virgin?

      More like don't care than Dan Dare John.

      As for Digby, ce sera sera, nothing that a decade of psychological torture, and spooky psy ops missions doesn’t prepare one for.

  3. macjules Silver badge

    MoD Acronym competition

    Please take ""international coalition formed to strengthen deterrence against hostile actors in space and prevent the spread of space debris in orbit" and come up with a suitable military-sounding acronym for this. Answers such as "Space McSkywalker" or "Kevin Spacey" (hostile actor in space, geddit?) are not acceptable.

  4. rg287 Silver badge

    EU Space Agency?

    The EU would like to think it, but it just ain't so!

    European Space Agency.

    22 members including Switzerland and Norway, as well as Canada as a participating non-full member.

    The ESA is an independent organisation, not a part of the EU, though the EU seems to be doing a MITM on space expenditure from quite a lot of countries and consolidating it into "EU" projects such as Galileo - ostensibly paid for by the EU and merely delivered by ESA - hence our recent quibbles over PRS access should the B-word come to pass. We'll still be a full member of ESA, but not the organisation which has put itself between the ESA and the countries paying for the project.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: EU Space Agency? And how about Boris the Spider?

      - ostensibly paid for by the EU and merely delivered by ESA - .... rg287

      And merely delivered by ESA ? Surely that is monumental service, rg287.

      To consider it meekly delivered by ESA is to be fundamentally mistaken..... for the Question has Again Arisen .... Is its AI an Almighty IT Tool Too?

      Such a Premise Welcomes Worthy Supporters and Rabid Patrons alike in Enobling Virtual Spheres of Exciting and EMPowering Influence ....... where True Words Shared Create New Worlds with Secured Playpens for Iniquity.

      Methinks, ....... El Reg/El Regers, can we rightly and safely assume this Short Ultimate Message ESA Bound is hereby sent and accepted/read?

      And is it reassuring to know exclusive news of the future developments which follow Almighty Leads to the Core of Raw Source for News Again of News of Future Developments to Follow ., so that one can protest if one so wishes, ... or does it just not matter a jot?

      A few more steps into that Root and Dark Sided Webs Beckons ...... and there be Daemons and Devils Tormenting Captive and Captivating Souls for Real out there, in the worlds created and beamed into your brains via the simply complex line of sight function ...... You See You Get.

      However, subject to a suitable period of intensive and comprehensive cogitation, one ponders on the benefits and advantages available for disbursement and exercise when One Gets One's Sees.

      That's the Quantum AI Leap which needs to be made if wanting or expected to be Full Privy with Deep Understanding of Future Force Source Counsel. ...... Absolute Space Advice.

      I Kid U Not .... Que Sera, Sera :-)

      For Now, ... Over and Out. Back Again in a Short While :-)

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