Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Postby Condottiere » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:17 am

Rent An Army: How Much Does It Actually Cost?

Many people have heard the phrase the world's oldest profession and know that it doesn’t refer to soldiers, but on record the world's oldest profession is actually that of the mercenary. While today the word has an extremely negative connotation, in the past being a mercenary was a perfectly acceptable and even respectable line of work. In fact, it was only in the last few hundred years that standing national armies became the norm around the world, meaning that for most of human history wars were fought by men and women paid good coin to put their lives on the line. Today we're going to look at the use of mercenaries throughout history, and end with the greatest mercenary battle of the modern age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtyuqzV-mRc



Apparently, smart mercenaries prefer to face inferior opposition.
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Postby Condottiere » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:16 pm

What Happens if You Commit a Crime in Space?

In the video today, we're looking at what happens when you commit a crime in space? Would you get away with it scot-free or would there be legal ramifications when you returned to Earth? We're also looking at whether anyone has ever committed a crime in space to date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPvX7efgHLs



1. Jurisdiction could depend on what flag flies on a specific spacecraft module.

2. Presumably, if it happens within one hundred diameters of a settled world, they may claim jurisdiction, or if in doubt, impound the ship until diplomacy resolves the issue.

3. Balkanized worlds should make this an interesting tug of war; they might just kick it up to the regional hegemonious interstellar polity, unless someone down the line with authority or power takes it personally.
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:42 am

How Warhammer 40k’s Iconic Bolter Was Created - Loadout

The Boltgun, also commonly referred to as the Bolter, is most well known for being the primary armament of the Space Marines in Warhammer 40K. From its use in the iconic tabletop game to the virtual representations we see in games like Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior and Space Marine, the Boltgun has made an undeniable mark on pop culture. To find out what makes this brutal weapon stand out from the crowd, Dave travelled to Warhammer World in the UK to talk to the very people that created this 80s sci-fi icon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glu0GmyTJyo



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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:50 am

How The Revolver Became A Gaming Icon - Loadout

Revolvers as we know them have been around for over 150 years. Yet, in an age of hi-tech sci-fi weaponry, powerful sniper rifles, and unmanned drones, this relic from a bygone age is still a common sight in games and movies today.

From Red Dead Redemption and Metal Gear Solid to The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, the legendary revolver has become one of the most iconic weapons in all of pop culture. But how did the weapon that won the west end up in our fiction, and why has it endured?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKr-coIT5oI



And now we have laser revolvers, high power capability in a small package, or so marketing claims.
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Postby Condottiere » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:21 am

Call Of Duty’s Most Infamous Sniper Rifle - Loadout

If you played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 after its release in 2009, the Intervention is a rifle that you’ll be familiar with. It went from being a relatively unknown weapon in the real world, to a digital firearm capable of seemingly impossible feats of sniping in COD’s multiplayer battlegrounds. But how exactly did the Intervention become so infamous?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iehpiOXu6Xo



1. Twenty nine pounds.

2. Quickscoping and trickshotting.


The CheyTac Intervention is an American bolt-action sniper rifle manufactured by CheyTac LLC, which can also be classified as an anti-materiel rifle. It is fed by a 7-round detachable single-stack magazine (an optional 5-round magazine is also available). It is specifically chambered in either .408 Chey Tac or .375 Chey Tac ammunition. CheyTac LLC states that the system is capable of delivering sub-MOA accuracy at ranges of up to 2,500 yd (2,286 m), one of the longest ranges of all modern-day sniper rifles. It is based on the EDM Arms Windrunner.

Design details[edit]
The CheyTac system consists of three major components:
.408/.375 CheyTac ammunition
CheyTac "XTreme Long Distance™" Rifle
CheyTac Advanced Ballistic Computer
The CheyTac M200 Intervention is a manually operated, rotating bolt sniper rifle. It features a Picatinny rail on the top of its receiver for mounting various optical sights.

Cartridge[edit]
The M200 Intervention is chambered in either the .408 CheyTac or .375 CheyTac cartridge. CheyTac specially developed the .408 CheyTac/.375 CheyTac cartridge for long-range use. The cartridge is optimized for accuracy by a balance of the rotational and linear drag, which reduces yaw and precession, and keeps the tip of the projectile pointed along the trajectory.

Ammunition feeding[edit]
The M200 Intervention is fed through a detachable 7 round box magazine, an optional 5 round box magazine is also available.[1] Alternatively cartridges can be loaded singly directly into the chamber.

Barrel[edit]
The M200 Intervention uses a free floating heavy-fluted barrel, which can be quickly removed for replacement or storage and transportation, and the shroud at the rear serves as a mount for an integral folding bipod and a carrying handle.[2]
To achieve balanced flight the rifling twist rate for the .408 CheyTac chambering was chosen at 330.2 mm (1:13 in), with eight 0.4080 in diameter grooves, 0.4010 in diameter bore and a 0.050" land width, square cut, with no taper. The later .375 CheyTac round, developed from the .408 CheyTac, uses a 292 mm (1:11.5 in) rifling twist rate.

Muzzle devices[edit]
The M200 Intervention features the McArthur PGRS-1 muzzle brake, which can be used to reduce recoil. It was designed by a gunsmith and firearm inventor, Bruce McArthur, owner of The Flint & Frizzen Gun Shop in Clarkston, Michigan.[citation needed] The muzzle brake is also removable and can be replaced by an OPSINC suppressor.[2]

Buttstock[edit]
The M200 Intervention has a collapsible and retractable buttstock that is adjustable for length of pull for ease storage and transportation. The buttstock also contains an integral rear monopod, which is hinged, and can be folded up when not in use.[2]

Day and low light optical sights[edit]
There are two different day optical sights available for the M200 Intervention. The standard optical sight is the Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56 variable magnification telescopic sight with a 56 mm objective. The alternative optical sight is the US Optics SN-9. The night vision system is the AN/PVS-14 GEN III Pinnacle monocular, which attaches to the day optic using the Monoloc device. An AN/PEQ-2 infrared laser provides additional lighting in low-light conditions. The device is attached to a titanium strut.[3][2]
Accessories[edit]

Vector laser range finder binoculars.
The M200 Intervention comes with a portable advanced ballistic computer, laser rangefinder binoculars and meteorological and environmental sensor package. All these components, together with the sniper rifle, are part of the CheyTac Long Range Sniper System (LRRS) and are linked to the ballistic computer. It provides all necessary data and calculations for accurate long range firing.[4]
Advanced Ballistic Computer - The CheyTac Advanced Ballistic Computer (ABC) System software package uses tabulated bullet flight data derived from high speed Doppler radar test sessions, and mathematical models to predict ballistic trajectory. It runs on Windows Mobile 2003 and receives input from the Kestrel handheld weather station and Vector IV laser rangefinder binoculars.[3] However, much like other ballistic prediction software, when rounds are used for which no Doppler Radar-established bullet flight data is known, the ABC System relies solely on mathematical ballistic models like all other ballistic prediction computer programs. Printed data tables are available for manual use.[3] Without computer support the effectiveness of some long-range shooters could be severely reduced, since they may rely heavily on computer support to obtain accurate ballistic estimates.
Meteorological and environmental sensor package - The KESTREL 4000 (or, 4500 NV) meteorological and environmental sensor package measures the wind speed, air temperature, air pressure, relative humidity, wind chill, and dew point. The KESTREL 4500 NV model is compatible with night vision devices.[3][5]
Laser rangefinder - The Vector IV mil spec laser rangefinder measures distances up to 6,000 m (6,561.7 yd), and houses a digital compass and class 1 eye safe filters.[3]

Capabilities[edit]
Records[edit]
The Intervention holds the world record for best group at a distance, landing 3 bullets within 16.625 in (42.23 cm) at 2,321 yd (2,122 m) near Arco in Idaho.[6]
On the Discovery Channel TV show Future Weapons April 9, 2007, episode "Massive Attack" the host Richard Machowicz, a former United States Navy SEAL, made 3 out of 6 shots, hitting a human-sized sheet of metal at a distance of 2,530 yd (2,313 m) at Arco Pass in Idaho.
In 2017 British news agencies reported a Special Air Service sniper hitting an ISIL sniper from 1.5 mi (2,414 m) using a CheyTac Intervention rifle.[7]
Accuracy[edit]
CheyTac states that "the CheyTac LRRS is a solid anti-personnel system to 2,000 yd (1,829 m)." The primary intent of the .408 is as an extreme range anti-personnel system. Groups of 7 to 9 in (18 to 23 cm) at 1,000 yd (914 m), 10 in (25 cm) at 1,500 yd (1,372 m) and 15 in (38 cm) at 2,000 yd (1,829 m) have been consistently obtained.[8][9]
Groups of 19 in (48 cm) at 2,100 yd (1,920 m) and 29 in (74 cm) at 2,400 yd (2,200 m) have also been obtained. All groups that are up to 3,000 yd (2,743 m) are less than 1 minute of angle for vertical dispersion.[3]
Variants[edit]
The CheyTac Intervention comes in several variants:[10]
M200 (29 in (737 mm) barrel length)
M200 Carbine (Now out of production)
M200 CIV (Civilian Variant)
M200 RK[citation needed]
M310 (Single shot and repeater sub-variants all with 29 in (737 mm) barrel length)
M310 R (Repeater)[citation needed]
M325 (Single shot, repeater and tactical sub-variants all with 28 in (711 mm) barrel length)
The main capability differences between the different variants are governed by barrel length which determines the obtainable muzzle velocity. Higher muzzle velocity extends the effective range of a rifle, everything else being equal. The M200 and the M200 Carbine are and were limited to official customers like military forces and come with a detachable box magazine and a telescopic stock, whilst the current (2013) other variants have a glass-fiber fixed McMillan A5 stock and are available for the general public.[10]

Derivatives[edit]
CheyTac M300 Intervention (Carbon Fiber)[edit]
The CheyTac M300 Intervention (Carbon Fiber) is a modern rendition of the M200 Intervention. CheyTac utilized lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber to achieve a lightweight portable sniper rifle that doesn't compromise on strength, accuracy, or agility.[11]
The M300 Intervention (Carbon Fiber) can be chambered in either .408 CheyTac or .375 CheyTac cartridge and uses a 7-round detachable box magazine. It has an effective range of 2,500 yd (2,286 m), and a weight of 21 lb (9.5 kg). It features all of the standard features of the M200 Intervention and also features a full-length Picatinny rails at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions for mounting various accessories, such as accuracy enhancements, a 29 in (740 mm) fluted barrel (custom lengths are also available), a barrel twist rate of 1:13.25" twist for the .408 CheyTac cartridge and 1:11.25" twist for .375 CheyTac cartridge, a detachable muzzle brake, a fully adjustable folding buttstock that has an adjustable cheek weld, a recoil pad and an optional monopod, an adjustable pistol grip, an adjustable match trigger and flush cups for weapon sling mounting.[11]
CheyTac M300 Intervention (Composite)[edit]

The CheyTac M300 Intervention (Composite) is a civilian/sporting variant of the M300 Intervention (Carbon Fiber). It is well suited under challenging terrains due to its lightweight build. The platform has been proven in combat and long distance big game hunting, and can be maintained easily making it ideal for an extended amount of time in the field.[12]
The M300 Intervention (Composite) can be chambered in either .408 CheyTac or .375 CheyTac cartridge and uses a 7-round detachable box magazine. It has an effective range of 2,500 yd (2,286 m), and a weight of 19 lb (8.6 kg). It features a Picatinny rail on the top of its receiver for mounting various optics/scopes and on the bottom portion of the front end of the handguard for optional bipod mounting, a 29 in (740 mm) fluted barrel (custom lengths are also available), a barrel twist rate of 1:13.25" twist for the .408 CheyTac cartridge and 1:11.25" twist for .375 CheyTac cartridge, a detachable muzzle brake, an adjustable buttstock that has an adjustable cheek weld, V-Block and an optional monopod, an adjustable pistol grip, an adjustable match trigger and flush cups for weapon sling mounting.[12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CheyTac_Intervention


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Postby Condottiere » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:23 am

Scout rifle

The scout rifle is a class of general-purpose rifles defined and promoted by Jeff Cooper in the early 1980s.
These are typically bolt-action carbines chambered for .308 Winchester (or 7.62×51mm), less than 1 meter (40 inches) in length, and less than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in weight, with iron and optical sights and fitted with practical slings (such as Ching slings) for shooting and carrying, and capable of hitting man-sized targets out to 450 meters (1,476 feet) without scopes. Typically they employ forward-mounted low-power long eye relief scopes or sights to afford easy access to the top of the rifle action for rapid reloading. Cooper was involved with the design work on the Steyr Scout. Other firms including Ruger and Savage have since manufactured rifles that roughly match Cooper's specifications.
Cooper realized that rifles in the late 20th century differed little from those used by celebrated scouts such as Maj. Frederick Russell Burnham one hundred years before, and that advances in metallurgy, optics, and plastics could make the rifle a handy, light instrument "that will do a great many things equally well...".[1] Cooper's scout-rifle concept was largely influenced by the exploits of the scout Burnham in the Western United States and Africa and as such it is best suited to a man operating either alone or in a two or three man team.[2]
"The general-purpose rifle will do equally well for all but specialized hunting, as well as for fighting; thus it must be powerful enough to kill any living target of reasonable size. If you insist upon a definition of 'reasonable size', let us introduce an arbitrary mass figure of about 1,000 lb (454 kg)."[3]
In 1983 a conference was convened at the Cooper's Gunsite Training Center in Arizona to examine the subject of the modernization of rifle design. The members of the conference included gunsmiths, stocksmiths, journalists, marksmanship instructors, inventors and hunters. It was called the 'First Scout Rifle Conference'. A second conference was held in October 1984.[4]

Defining characteristics[edit]
Drawing inspiration from several sources, specifically the Mannlicher–Schönauer of 1903 and the Winchester Model 1894, Cooper defined several distinguishing characteristics of a scout rifle:
Caliber: a standard chambering of .308 Winchester/7.62×51mm NATO or 7mm-08 Remington for locales that forbid civilian ownership of cartridges in chamberings adopted by military forces or for its "slightly better ballistics."[5] As Cooper wrote, "A true Scout comes in .308 or 7mm-08."[6] The .243 Winchester is an alternative for young, small-framed, or recoil-shy people, but needs a 22" barrel. Cooper also commissioned "Lion Scout," chambered for the .350 Remington Magnum cartridge.
Action: all Cooper's prototype scout rifles were bolt-actions, however he said "if a semiautomatic action were made which was sufficiently compact and otherwise acceptable, it should certainly be considered". Cooper said the Brno ZKK 601 action is the closest to the guidelines. A bolt-action two-lug, 90° rotation was favored, as was the traditional Mauser claw extractor. The bolt knob should be smooth and round, not checkered and positioned far enough forward of the trigger to avoid pounding of the index finger during firing. The safety should be positive and include three positions. It should disconnect the trigger mechanism rather than blocking it. It should be strong and positive and work from front to rear, rear position "safe" and forward "fire."
Trigger: smooth and clean, and provide a crisp 3lb release.
Weight: an unloaded weight, with accessories, of 3 kg (6.6 lb); with 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) the maximum acceptable.
Length: an overall length of 1 meter (39 inches) or less. These two characteristics place scout rifles into the general class of carbines.
Optics: a forward-mounted telescopic sight of low magnification, typically 2 to 3 power. This preserves the shooter's peripheral vision, keeps the ejection port open to allow the use of stripper clips to reload the rifle, and eliminates any chance of the scope striking one's brow during recoil. Cooper has stated that a telescopic sight is not mandatory.
Reserve sights: ghost ring auxiliary iron sights: a rear sight consisting of a receiver-mounted large-aperture thin ring, and typically a square post front sight on the receiver bridge and not on the end of the barrel, where it catches on things, breaks, snags and muddies up. This allows the rifle to be accurately aimed at short to medium ranges even if the scope becomes damaged.
Stock: synthetic rather than wood stocks. Heel of the butt rounded to avoid snagging on the shirt. A spare magazine stored in the butt. A retractable bipod that does not protrude from the stock.
Magazine: magazine should be so constructed as to protect the points of soft point spitzer bullets as they ride in the magazine. Some sort of magazine cutoff permitting the rifle to be used in the single-shot mode with the magazine in reserve. An alternative to the magazine cutoff is a detachable box magazine with a double intent which could be inserted to its first stop not allowing the bolt to feed it. When desired, the magazine could be pressed into its second stop, permitting the bolt to pick up the top cartridge.
Sling: a "Ching" or "CW" sling. Against common practice, Cooper advocated the use of a sling as a shooting aid. The Ching sling offers the convenience of a carrying strap and the steadiness of a target shooter's sling with the speed of a biathlete's sling. (The CW sling is a simpler version of a Ching sling, consisting of a single strap.)
Accuracy: should be capable of shooting into 2 minutes of angle or less (4") at 200 meters/yards (3 shot groups)
These features dictated short, thin barrels, synthetic stocks, and bolt actions. Other optional features included a retractable bipod, detachable magazines, a butt magazine, and an accessory rail for lights and other attachments. The addition of some of these features often render the rifle technically not a scout as originally defined, but this has come to be accepted by many as still conforming to the spirit if not the letter of the concept.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_rifle
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:09 pm

The Unlikely Origins Of The Rocket Launcher - Loadout

The Rocket Launcher has been around for the best part of a millennium. From its humble and unstable origins in 9th century China through to its explosive appearance in games like DOOM, Quake and Call of Duty, these ridiculous armaments have made quite the impact. But how did this 1000-year old explosive tool become one of the most quintessential of all video games weapons?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xyojLHVpZ8




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Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me, for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
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Postby Condottiere » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:26 pm

Object 490 - 152mm RUSSIAN SUPER TANK!

Object 490 (Russian: Объект 490А Бунтарь) was a Soviet experimental main battle tank developed between 1981 and 1982. Only two prototypes were ever produced, neither of which were capable of firing due to time constraints. Neither of the vehicles were completed before their production was ceased.

The Object 490A was created as an alternative variant for the Object 490. The 490A Buntar was suggested in order to provide the vehicle with one more crew member as well as an externally mounted gun. The biggest change from the Object 490 to the 490A was the completely redesigned turret as well as minor changes to the chassis. The project was cancelled at the end of 1984 due to the newer Object 477 Molot program beginning. The tank is considered to be a vehicle ahead of its time, as it utilized multiple new technologies in order to stay ahead of the competition.

The vehicle sported a fire-control system (designated as "Argus"). Argus was the main computer to which the radar, thermal imager and cameras were linked to. The gun was mounted externally. The creators of the vehicle, Bazhenov and Shomin, debated over what caliber of gun should replace the previously planned 125mm 2A66M smoothbore. A 130 mm was suggested, but a 152 mm 2A73 gun would instead be the gun implemented on future models.

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1. Get rid of the tracks, and add lifters, and you have one helluva grav tank.

2. While you can't fire the main gun to the rear, there's a small anti-personnel/point defence pintel there.

3. It's basically a heavy assault armoured vehicle, and the crew is well protected by being in the rear.
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Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:29 am

How does a Lightsaber work? (Star Wars)

The most fascinating technology in the Star Wars universe is the lightsaber. In this video I show you how they work! Okay so...lightsabers aren't real...but it's still fun to think about. Thanks for watching!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KduIzGhnb5c



And how is it powered?
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Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:36 am

A Quantum Battery That Never Runs Out

... We will make this universe smarter together!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fM4e0cx5zU



Well, a lightsabre is luminescent.

And how is it constantly charged?

The Force.

Therefore, quantum mechanics is actually The Force.


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Postby Condottiere » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:14 pm

Segway S-Pod brings Wall-E to real life

The S-Pod is like a traditional Segway that you can sit in. The new egg-shaped two-wheeler from Segway-Ninebot is meant to let people sit while they effortlessly cruise around campuses, theme parks, airports, and maybe even cities. Instead of leaning to move, though, it’s controlled by a small joystick. And it has an eye-popping top speed of 24 miles per hour.

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Mobile acceleration seat.

All you need is to make the spaceship corridors large enough.

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Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:49 am

The giant wave of gas discovered near the Sun in the Milky Way | The Radcliffe Wave

Announced on 7th January at the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, astronomers have found a giant wave of gas clouds very near the Sun in the Milky Way. It's been dubbed the "Radcliffe Wave". But how did it form? And what does this mean for the Sun and the solar system? #aas235 #radcliffewave #milkyway

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Empress Wave.
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Moon Had Powerful Magnetosphere That Vanished and We Just Learned Why

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the new discovery of the strength of Lunar magnetosphere in the past and why it disappeared over time.

Paper: https://advances.sciencemag.org/conte...

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Sympathetic dynamic.
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Postby Condottiere » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:03 am

The Dangerous Truth Behind Lunar Dust

Historically, some astronauts have had negative reactions to the moon’s dust. In 1972, Apollo 17’s Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt experienced a momentary sneezing fit, red eyes, itchy throat and clogged sinuses in response to lunar dust.

Considering that the moon’s dust is quite sharp and abrasive—similar to tiny shards of glass—coming into contact with lunar dust can result in health issues that are much more serious than a few allergy symptoms.

By taking a deep dive into some of the hazards that crewed moon missions might face, researchers are seriously looking into how to deal with the dangerous dust that can tear up spacesuits and clog equipment.

And with the 2019 NASA Artemis mission announcement, conducting research on how to protect astronauts from moon dust seems more timely and important than ever.

Find out more about the threat posed by lunar dust and some of the innovations that are being developed to limit its dangerous health impacts in this Elements.

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Postby Condottiere » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:36 pm

To Lure Recruits, Japan’s Navy Is Turning To Free WiFi

Need Millennial recruits? You better have some serious Mbps.
By Kyle Mizokami
Jan 7, 2020

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force will allow recreational WiFi on its ships.
The move comes after sailors complained about a lack of internet on longer voyages.
Officials insist it will not compromise security.
Japan’s navy will install WiFi for sailors to use throughout the ship as a means of inducing new recruits. The service, which is failing to meet recruiting goals, is relaxing the rules in hopes of boosting enlistment numbers.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF), the official title of the Japanese navy, is planning to allow sailors to access the internet while off duty.

“Senior MSDF officers have decided,” according to the South China Morning Post, quoting Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun, “to expand Wi-fi access to allow off-duty crew members to log on from their sleeping bunks or communal areas such as mess halls.”

The change is coming after crewmembers aboard the aircraft carrier Izumo complained to the ship’s officers about a lack of internet during a recent trip to the Philippines. Ships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, the third largest navy in Asia, will be upgraded with WiFi hotspots. Officials say the move will not impact operational security.

Ship-based WiFi is a more challenging proposition than home WiFi. Wireless signals travel poorly in an all-metal ship, so a ship must be seeded with many more wireless routers than a similar space on land.

The MSDF probably doesn’t like the idea but has little choice. Military service is not popular in Japan, which adopted a pacifistic foreign policy after the country’s disastrous involvement in World War II. The country’s population is slowly shrinking, a byproduct of a falling birth rate, producing a relatively small pool of recruits. On top of that, Japan is a rich country with the Self-Defense Forces needing to compete with the private sector to attract recruits.

All of this means that Japan’s relatively small forces are now even smaller. The armed services have hit on average only 70 percent of their recruitment goals, with the MSDF hitting a dismal 60 percent. Meanwhile, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy is growing at a brisk pace, launching its second aircraft carrier in 2019 with work proceeding on a third.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops headed to the Middle East are being told to leave their smartphones and laptops behind, as the Pentagon fears that foreign forces might use their data trails to discern information about troop movements.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... free-wifi/



Interstellarnet lag time: you can access anything and download as much as you want, but it will take ages.
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Postby Condottiere » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:49 pm

Flying like Iron Man: Up Close with Richard Browning's Gravity Jet Suit!

Richard Browning is a British inventor and founder of Gravity Industries. He and his team have built multiple, fully functional jet suits. The Iron Man suit is as close to reality as its ever been, and I got to try one for myself. The suit is comprised of five jet engines, two on each arm, and one of the rear, and you fly by bringing the jets up to full power for your body weight and vectoring your arms downward. It's incredible to see the progression of Gravity in just three short years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic082qZELNE


There's still space on those wrists for a pair each of mini missiles.
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Postby Condottiere » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:49 pm

Star War News - SOME MORE NEWS

Here's Star War News. (No Rise of Skywalker Spoilers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5MTIIou56Y



The Youngling Express.

Midichlorian privilege.

Tantooine water pipeline through the Sandpeople Reserve.

Very indentured servitude.

Moon Theory.

Thanks, Organa.

Build the Ball!

Jabba the Hutt didn't kill himself.

Vader apologists.

Happy Life Day.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:02 pm

Volkswagen's Factory Produces More Sausages Than They Make Cars Worldwide | Richard Hammond's Big

Richard goes to Wolfsburg, Germany, to visit the Volkswagen factory. There, he learns that the plant is the only car factory in the world that also produces its own sausages on-site.

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And now you know why there are sausage factories attached to shipyards.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:26 pm

How Aliens’ Iconic Pulse Rifle Was Created - Loadout

Few fictional weapons are as iconic and influential as the Pulse Rifle. First seen in James Cameron’s 1986 sci-fi blockbuster, Aliens, the M41A has undeniably become a cornerstone of pop culture. Its sleek futuristic design has influenced everything from the armoury of Halo to the prototype weaponry of the US military, and the rifle has appeared in a range of video games including Alien Versus Predator and Aliens: Colonial Marines. But how was this sci-fi icon created? Watch and find out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDIPuP7 ... vC&index=4

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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:07 pm

This equation will change how you see the world

The logistic map connects fluid convection, neuron firing, the Mandelbrot set and so much more. Fasthosts are giving UK viewers the chance to win tickets, flight, and accommodation to SXSW 2020 by answering my Techie Test question: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/veritasium

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4.669, not forty two.

30 decimal places : δ = 4.669201609102990671853203821578…

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