Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:36 am

Getting Started In Oxygen Not Included - Qol MK 1 Guide Part 1

Many people have asked me how to start a base in Oxygen Not Included,? This is a let's play guide of the things that are important early in the game AKA how to play oxygen not included January 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x77OGADd91Q


This feels relevant, and somewhat hilarious.

If you're stuck in a confined space, setting up the requisite ecosystem might be at least the immediate goal.

Moral tends to be underappreciated, except when you fail a panic roll.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:08 pm

Personnel Load out

Been thinking a lot about this post. During a recent visit to the US Army’s Manoeuvre Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, I discussed the issue of saving weight with a senior group responsible for equipment procurement. There was unanimous agreement that whatever efforts are made to lighten individual pieces of equipment, any weight saved will soon be “compensated” for by adding something else. So, the idea that combat weights are best controlled by those who lead soldiers in the field is correct. Leaders must ensure that their troops are not overburdened. The problem is that issued load carrying equipment makes it all too easy to exceed sensible limits.

Even before a soldier dons his web equipment, he is wearing almost 19 kg in clothing and body armour. More than anything, it is helmet and body armour that have most added an extra 10 kg in overall weight carried. Body armour has become so good at reducing casualties that it is here to stay.

Looking at the British Army’s new VIRTUS load-carrying equipment, it still defines three basic load levels. Assault order, Patrol Order, and Marching Order. These existed with 1908 Pattern webbing, 37 Pattern, 44 Pattern, 58 Pattern and PLCE 1990. Regardless of the names, each load is designed to ensure dismounted infantry operate with maximum efficiency across mission types and duration.

Assault Order (or Belt kit) is the lightest load level. Infantrymen carry the bare minimum of equipment needed for dismounted close combat.. It typically includes ammunition, water bottle, emergency rations, bayonet, grenades and a respirator. It has always been a struggle to keep the weight of this below 10 kg, but at 12 kg I believe it is already beyond the limit of what should be carried.

Patrol Order (or Fighting order) adds a useful Day Sack that is vastly superior to previous haversacks and kidney pouches. Again, the challenge is not to pack-in too much extra kit. But this adds a further 16 kg of weight and includes more ammunition, rations, cooker, waterproof clothing, an entrenching tool, and miscellaneous equipment.

Marching Order adds a rucksack to carry all of the additional equipment a soldier needs to sustain operations in the field. It includes a sleeping bag, change of clothing, washing / shaving equipment and other miscellaneous items. It adds a further 16 kg of weight.

With these three loads added together, it is very easy to get to 60-70 kg in total weight. This is simply unsustainable.

It is worth noting that UKSF typically carry just Belt order plus Bergen rucksacks . As a reconnaissance platoon commander operating dismounted in Kenya, Cyprus and Belize, we typically adopted this approach. We tried to limit belt order weight to 10 kg and Bergen weight to 25 kg. To do this, we had to ruthless prune whatever we carried.

In many respects VIRTUS is conceptually the same to Belt Order plus Bergen, but usefully adds a Day Sack, to provide additional flexibility when carrying mission-specific kit. While VIRTUS does much to improve ergonomics and comfort; however, the additional capacity / utility it provides only encourages users to add more and more equipment to their combat loads.

Given the long-term health impact carrying excessive weights is having on today’s generation of soldiers, which is the same as heavy loads had on previous generations, the time has come for senior commanders to mandate that soldiers never carry more than 35 kg of equipment, or more than 50% of their body weight, at any time.


My personal limit is a twenty kilogramme backpack, and maybe forty kilogrammes total distributed.

I'm pretty sure the Special Air Service prefers thirty kilogrammes combat patrol.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:38 pm

Ross Kemp: In Search of Pirates | Somalia, Nigeria & East Asia Compilation | Ross Kemp Extreme World

For almost 200 years the international piracy trade continues to grow which is having a knock on effect on insurance premiums and cost of goods. In this full series compilation join Ross as he travels across the worlds biggest piracy hotspots: Somalia, Nigeria and East Asia in an attempt to meet modern day pirates and to get answers to some of the most important questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ArRDiQgwA


I was told that professionals prefer using machetes down there; using a gun during the execution of a crime is practically a death sentence, if not literally, and if the police spot what they think is a gun, they don't take chances.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:06 pm

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Aren't The Dumbest Thing. But... | Answers With Joe

Hydrogen fuel cell technology was touted as the energy of the future in the 60's and 70's after NASA used fuel cells to power their spacecraft. But with improvements in battery technology and electric cars surging in popularity, did hydrogen miss its opportunity? Or is there still a place for fuel cell technology?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU-LDZ0HTGc
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:28 pm

Bronco 3 all-terrain articulated carrier (IAV 2019)

Shaun Connors talks to Dominic Phoon, VP, Kinetics Design & Manufacturing at ST Engineering Land Systems about their Bronco 3 on display at International Armoured Vehicles 2019

C X 6 hours ago (edited)
The UK Army bought the Warthog (Bronco) in 2011 and ditched it only after 5 years in 2016 for a reason... The only thing that the Warthog was good for was for IED blasts and nothing more.. Go read up on the comments from the soldiers who had used these vehicles in their line of service - "In two years Warthog went from 115 wagons to 100 worth keeping.", "No faster than walking, we often didn't bother with getting into the wagon if the weather was nice, and definitely no kind of comfortable."... AND to add to that only 85 Warthogs were put up for sale by the British Army with only 17 Warthogs blown up by Taliban... Go figure...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lotYt5qcAXs


Distributed weight means less ground pressure, and while full scale combat will probably highlight it's weaknesses, exploration and counter insurgency might not.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:34 pm

Space Prison Colonies

Many a land was settled by exiles and prisoners, and many a science fiction story contemplates that we may use such methods when colonize new worlds. But are such methods viable? and what methods might we use in the future for dealing with criminals?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_B_CJ3yieM


Speaking of learning virtually, doing so for years experienced only within the confines of your mind, while in realtime maybe only a tenth or hundredth of that time passed.

It's a great trope, but it becomes a question of whether allowing that society to autonomously to operate, allowing some to prey upon and or oppress fellow colonists.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:33 pm

Depending on ethics and morals, forced personality modification (through conditioning, chemical treatments or implants of some sort) might be used to turn criminals into essentially a docile slave labor force.

Allowing convicts guilty of lesser offenses to "volunteer" to be first-wave colonists might work. But that adds to the risk of the colony failing, which suggests it may not be worth the money.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:29 pm

You need a pool of skill sets, resources and attitudes for a colony to succeed, and a lack of face huggers.

It depends on government policy, whether the purpose is rehabilitation, punishment, exile and/or disposable labour.

My favourite subvariant of the trope are penal battalions.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:04 pm

We Were Wrong About the Andromeda Galaxy - Its Mass Redefined

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the new bit of knowledge we discovered about the Andromeda galaxy - its mass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrmFvYuRCLA
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Linwood » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:51 am

Pirates of the (new) Caribbean:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47003108

Piracy in lawless areas of planetary belts might look sort of like this. More likely on Poor planets, especially if survival is very hand-to-mouth.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:47 pm

Probably will be consolidated under cocaine patrons.

It's basically the cost of entry, in this case powerful motors, anything that floats, and weapons.

In Traveller, you get a corsair handed to you on a silver platter.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:32 pm

Roasting Coffee During Reentry and Other Stories of Food Returned From Space....

Space Roasters is a company which claims it will be able to roast coffee using the heat of reentry.
I'm rather skeptical for various reasons but you can look at their suspiciously well produced website here https://roasters.space/

Regardless this does give me an opportunity to talk about other gourmet food which has been flown in space and returned to earth, to be clear I'm not interested in the food that is eaten in space, but the food that has been returned to Earth.

Ninkasi brewing has the best example of a space flown delicacy which you can buy in stores "Ground Control"
https://ninkasibrewing.com/

The Air and Space Museum has a space food collection with items returned from the moon.
https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibition...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iguAge6m8LA


Speaking of gourmet space food.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:02 pm

Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqKGREZs6-w


1. Radioactive soil.

2. Uberfine particles.

3. Now we know why the birds became angry; maybe should have sent some naked mole rats.
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:44 pm

My Prediction About Autonomous Cars | Answers With Joe

You've been hearing a lot about autonomous, self-driving cars lately. Here I take a look at where we are, when we'll get there, and how it will change the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsHzaBQsK2s


Combination of central traffic control, advanced onboard sensors, and some onboard autonomy in the event of lag or internet disruption.

And since Big Brother, continuous satellite coverage updating in realtime traffic conditions.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:39 am

Why Did We Test Nukes in Space?

At a time when the game of nuclear chicken very nearly got out of hand the superpowers continued to test nuclear weapons in space with both surprising and frightening consequences. In this video we look at why we needed to test nukes in space.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcTrOGS3TyE


So positioning the explosion in the atmosphere is important.

You have to wonder how much of planetary civilian infrastructure is shielded.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:05 pm

Earth's Hidden Moons - The Kordylewski Dust Satellites

The Earth has more ancient natural satellites than just our moon Luna. This is the story of Earth's two mysterious hidden moons, the Kordylewski Dust Clouds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU8oDH1KDxU


Crop dusting turns into dust cropping.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:53 pm

The Science of Star Wars With Sean Carroll - Rule of Two

Welcome to Episode 26 of Rule of Two, a celebration of the Star Wars Universe, here on Collider’s Jedi Council Podcastone feed; now on the main YT channel of Collider Videos! This week, Reilly and Fernandez welcome in the Research Professor of Physics at Caltech Sean Carroll! Dr. Carroll joins us to break down the science of Star Wars where we ask - can some of our favorite things like lightsabers, the Force, a par-sec actually exist in our world or is it simply mythology? Will humans ever be able to master the Force? Can we build a Death Star and destroy other planets? These are the questions we break down on this very special episode. We hope you enjoy the show and make sure you rate and subscribe and drop in your own theories below. And please tell all your friends about #RuleofTwo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie8M4L1U-xU


Parsecs, binary stars, plasma, carbonite freezing and so on.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:49 pm

The Oort Cloud: The Solar System's Disaster Factory | Answers With Joe

The Oort Cloud is a vast field of icy objects far outside the planets and asteroids of our solar system, and it's the birthplace of some of the most mysterious objects in space - comets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4NmNOlFgOo


You don't have to leave a solar system.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:55 pm

JUPITER - A Travelers' Guide to the Planets | Full Documentary

Welcome to Jupiter, a world so roomy that it could swallow every planet and moon in the solar system and still have room for more. Yet for all its bulk there is nowhere to land, just an infernal drop into a bottomless sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVLGTPaT-9s


Might need hardened electronics to do any scooping.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:04 pm

Did The US Accidentally Blast A Manhole Cover Into Space? | Random Thursday

In 1957, the United States began testing nuclear weapons underground in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada as part of Operation Plumbbob. One underground test, Pascal B, may have put the first manmade object into space.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hABwCY6g2U


Orion nuclear pulse drive.

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