* Posts by Colin Shaw

4 posts • joined 3 Apr 2009

US Army portaloo-full-of-missiles project for the chop

Colin Shaw

Oh goodie, immobile artillery

Given the dynamic nature of combat, it's hard to see where an unattended box of missiles - which is difficult to reposition or recover - would fit in most of the time. In classic warfare, regular mobile artillery would be more useful precisely because it is mobile, as well as cheaper, albeit relatively manpower-intensive. In low-intensity warfare a Netfire-type system could be useful for teams operating out of small, static defensive positions - like forward operating bases - but would need to be transported in (by helicopter, parachutes wouldn't be precise enough) and also transported out (unless you want to leave it for the enemy or order it to self-destruct). Sure, you could stick it on a Humvee, but then it's just another crewed mobile missile launcher. It would also need the usual logistics of ammo supply (unless you want to drop a new one in every time you're low) at which point you need loaders and probably maintenance if it's going to be reliably available for any length of time. Mr Page's favourite reason for advocating radical change in military technology, i.e., to upset the hidebound brass, is a good one but not perhaps sufficient in itself. The only serious argument we've seen in its favour here is that the Israelis plan to use them and, at least until recently, we have assumed that they know what they're doing. But then again their entire country is a small, static defensive position...

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Windows 7 users to fly without SP parachute

Colin Shaw

Actually it's Vista SP3...

..so, there's no need to wait for another service pack. And no, Vista wasn't that bad anyway, at least after SP2.

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Cambridgeshire makes road charge last resort

Colin Shaw

Cambridgeshire County Council?

That would be the same county council who recently bulldozered through an ill-conceived and expensive guided busway scheme: does anyone really want to trust them with £500m more of our money? Maybe it would do less actual harm if they did just "sit on their hands and expect the congestion to go away" his time... After all, look where "we must do something, this is something so we have to do it" planning has got us so far.

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Obama gives Queen iPod

Colin Shaw

America's finest export?

More like China's finest export...

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