Where's Mitchell Courtney when you need him :-I
202 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010
What's often overlooked and taken for granted is the established air raid plotting with the sector/central fighter control systems (and the requiired dedicated telephonic commos) were put in place well before the Chain home radar was stood up which increased the 'seeing' distance of incoming raids, the radar could watch raids being assembled over France giving more reaction time to get squadrons into position to intercept etc. Before Chain home the system was entirely human sensed by volunteer sky watchers at many points alond the south coast and inland to track raiders across inland areas.
The planning and established raid precautions were put in place well before radar was a going proposition (work was begun right at the end of WW1 to track Gotha bombing raids but the end of the first war took the build out of the system away as a priority), previously sound location was attempted for dectection of incoming raids but even at the time the limitations of sound location were well known and recognised as being obsolecent at best due to the increased speeds of aircraft rendering plotting innacurate and untimely leading to more confusion.
Interestingly the contrast with continental work on this problem is revealing where French/German/Belgian arrangements were much more piecemeal, mostly consisting of local contacts to airforce officers attached to ground forces HQ's passing on to higher airforce for direction and orders to put aircraft aloft to try to intercept often on a 'enemy aircraft seen over Ostend heading north/south/east/west, no infomation as to numbers, types, or age of infomation etc' which gives the advantage to the attacking raiders. The raid plotting and control allowed by sector/central control backed up by Observer corps & volunteers skywatchers and the increasingly effective Chain Home Radar rebalanced to a certain extent the tactical advantage of the attacking force.
You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back, Leon.
Leon : Do you make up these questions, Mr. Holden? Or do they write 'em down for you?
Holden : The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.
Leon : What do you mean, I'm not helping?
Holden : I mean: you're not helping! Why is that, Leon?
Holden : They're just questions, Leon. In answer to your query, they're written down for me. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?
Mmm yeah, have you enjoyed popping your linux install into a new build machine and enjoying the expirence of it self sorting it all out and there you are in new hardware, no aggro no dial a new key turdage.
Tbh i generally start a fresh one (mint cinamon) on a new machine, but just for the kick eh :-)
well here in the Cap'n Lockheed Bier Garten...
(Background of beer garden sounds - singing - clicking glasses -)
Voice of German youth: (alcoholic shout, building up in tone)
Anybody want's to buy a Starfighter?
Well, then buy an acre of land....and wait...
Close up of LOUD belch
Roaring laughter, clicking glasses - background sounds resume...
Check out Aircraft Sales man (a door in the foot)
hey dont overlook C&Rsenal, Bloke On The Range, British muzzleloaders
C&R are heavy on the historical WW1 firearms and preceding development. they also have Anvil, is gunsmithing.
Bloke, well bloke is a British immigrant in Switzerland heavy on Enfields, Swiss service rifles K31 etc. bolt service rifles and target shooting....very British :-)
+++++++ Forgotten Weapons although Ian is branching into more modern 'forgotten guns'
+++++++ for InRange mud/sand tests
This is a sniper rifle.
I remember reading a Gun Digest annual article waay back when.
Apparently 88's were being tested at Aberdeen proving ground during the war several of the captured guns were well capable of 1 minute of arc (MOA) shooting at 1000 yards [thats essentially a 10 inch circle] with some of the test guns appearing to (maybe) do a little better, which I suspect may have had more to do with ammo variation etc. Although given the size of the 'oles in the target boards its open to a bit of debate No doubt this was achieved under as perfect still temperature and wind conditions etc.
Sony bought the Minolta/KonicaMinolta operation more or less outright, some of the imaging/scanning IP did not come with the deal but stayed with the KM photocopier/scanning side, it took Sony several generations of SLR bodies to advance to where KM got to (some say they still aren’t there yet) with the last bodies produced (KM 5d + KM 7d) under their own engineering efforts. The first two Sony DSLR's A100 + A700 (sans the above IP) were both children of KM efforts re badged as Sonys.
Did you know KM did contract lens element production work for Zeiss and Leica :-) I met a bloke once who had a 100-F2... he allowed me to fondle it for a moment.
Yep, bang on there, in GB its pencil and paper, if you've ever wondered why pencils the one and only reason in modern time is pencils will work reliably for 20 years+ subject to leads breaking down etc, cant say that for a ball point and the expense of replacement every 4+ years etc.
As for security of counting it dosnt get more open and transparent than a sports hall full of oversight from all intrested parties all grimly determined to keep beady eyes alert.
Its the Postal paper votes that get abused again and again, postal votes were introduced/encouraged to prop up the slow decline (which continues despite all efforts, Australia has the right approach) of personal attendance at polling stations and the gradual decline in % turnouts unsurprising really as no matter who you vote for things never seem to change much.... until. better stop there dont want to get all populist and current affairsy
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