"I think we're somewhere near mainframe at the moment."
Minus the efficiency and reliability of course - that "progress" - apparently...
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Older machine guns tended to have heavier rounds which are more of a nuisance to innocent bystanders.
However perhaps a modern equivalent of the WW2 Sten (a 9mm sub machine gun) fitted to a tripod allowing no less than a 70 degree angle of fire loaded with a suppressor and (tracer) hollow point rounds (to reduce range and kinetic energy) keeping the firing arc within the airport's perimeter, of course it would have to be fired away from buildings/aircraft. It would be terribly inaccurate but I'm sure it would be accurate enough, in the right hands, to hit a commercial drone at the typical service ceiling of 400-500ft. I'd be more than surprised if a 9mm hollow point fired at a 70 degree angle from a sub machine gun/pistol could make it much further than a kilometre.
It wouldn't be terribly difficult to incorporate a laser range-finder/target illuminator.
if this whole hoax was true, putting a large (but evidently invisible) drone in the path of incoming aircraft would be putting hundreds of people's lives at risk - in the air and on the ground. Sounds like terrorism to me. But of course it's absolutely NOT terrorism related - even thought the government profess to have no idea who actually did it or what their motives are. Of course that's not true, they know who did it (the hoax - them) and what the motive was (to scare us into allowing even more of our liberties to go bye bye at our expense) giving them the excuse to further increase big-government. Makes me laugh when people spit out the word "Tories" - this lot are SJW social democrats like the other two parties.
Er, the airspace wasn't contested - that's the whole point! What should have been flying was grounded and anything else would be at 30,000 feet. A decent goose hunter with the right shot would easily hit a drone at 300 feet, police marksmen with the "wrong" shotguns\shot and army snipers with sights and weapons designed to fire long and far have one in a million chance of hitting a drone unless it hovers in front of their nose.
The only drones I've seen are the MSM swallowing this nonsense hook line and sinker. Cue some ultra restrictive anti-drone regulations/licensing designed to employ more big government pen-pushers and deprive the taxpayer of even more of their hard-earned to follow a hobby - meanwhile, the baddies will carry on doing exactly as they please - coz guess what? Criminals don't abide by the law! Whodathunkit?
What this government-orchestrated hoax will do, is inspire copy-cat events after we've witnessed the devastating disruption that can be caused by an imaginary drone incursion. Just got to find a mentally ill person with a subscription to Drones Weekly to pin it on now - even better it some "right wing" angle can be construed.
You can hear the drone of an over-worked shredder near you churning through another batch of dodgy MPs' expense claims, move along, nothing to see here - LOOK! A DRONE!
A Typhoon flying cap would spot this drone miles off - Typhoon's Pirate ISRT system is one of the highest resolution Infrared Search systems ever produced and could spot and track a match burning at stand off ranges, okay it doesn't have direct look down, but it doesn't need to, its look ahead angle is good enough to cover ground targets at pretty close range, it learns what the constant heat sources are (buildings etc.) and can concentrate on only what's new/moving. You may ask how much per hour does it cost to fly a Typhoon, but how much does Gatwick closed for a day cost?
We have the technological capability to track this pretty quickly, which is why I don't think it exists, there's either another security operation going on - or it a hoax to scare us out of our liberties.
Hoax or not, the reaction to this incident - a total shutdown of major UK infrastructure - is undoubtedly going to cause a flurry of copycat attacks. Reduce the number of lemon F-35Bs we're buying by two or three and use the money to join Israel's Iron Beam project so the UK could have an independent, viable laser weapon system in pretty short order.
When you're spraying celebration-fire in the air - the angle of fire is going to vary wildly. I'm sure plenty of these rounds will be fired at angles significantly lower than 70 degrees - which will of course carry very high velocities and probable lethal force right 'til moment of impact on the ground or elsewhere. None of these articles citing deadly celebration-fire incidents can say with any level of accuracy what angle the bullet(s) were fired at.
"More likely our descendants will be too hampered by the ecological fallout of the rampant unrestrained capitalism of the last few generations - plastic poisoned people and plastic poisoned oceans."
Rampant capitalism? Was Gordon Brown nationalising private debt capitalism? Real capitalism would have seen the banks fail. Over the last couple of decades the state has spent ~45% of GDP - that's a command economy - and if you take how much of that GDP is actually borrowed money - the state actually spends ~70% of what we actually EARN as a nation - not the silly GDP nonsense. This is most certainly not capitalism. The biggest problem facing mankind is not plastic bottles - it's the third world doubling its population every 30-50 years - or don't they need resources? But of course an ecoloon would dare not mention the bleedin' obvious - coz that would be wayyyciist!
"Forget long prison time - the Police will have a bigger headache keeping the culprit alive, away from the hands of the baying mob of inconvenienced travellers"
Yes, I'm sure they'd get a damn good tutting - unless they had a swarthy appearance - in which case the great British public would be too terrified to even raise a tut.
Assuming these bogey men exist in the first place, the problem was it was raining heavily yesterday, the MOD's (£15million a shot TCO) watchkeeper surveillance drone has a bit of a problem flying in anything other than perfect conditions - whereas most off-the-shelf ~£20K commercial drones can fly in all weathers reliably.
Indeed, when our political classes outlawed capital punishment against the will of the people they PROMISED life would mean life - of course it didn't take long for that to be watered down to 7 years, soon "hate" crime such as upsetting certain groups of people will carry a larger sentence.
As usual the "experts" were on the radio talking woes about "legacy" systems with these traditional high street banks - you can bet your mortgage the "legacy" systems were whirring away just fine with 99.99% availability as usual - it'll invariably be all the Nintendo shit bolted on the front end that went wrong. When a whole Azure region went down a few weeks ago taking thousands of apps with it - was that a "legacy" issue? Not wait, it's all state of the art stuff - what about Amazon when it went titsup on Prime day? Oh - not a "legacy" computer in sight.
Who are we kidding that we "need" more programmers of any description? The truth is jobs are being off-shored faster than they can shake a memory stick at - most advertised permanent jobs are for pitiful salaries to price UK nationals out of applying - so the big companies can say "look - there's a skills shortage - we can't fill our roles - stamp these visas ASAP!". The IT dept. in the company I work for is five times larger than it was 25 years ago - except these days most projects get canned or simply don't work due to the cheap "yes men" staff not having a clue how to do their jobs. Agile has appeared just to fudge code into production where it eventually gets bashed into some kind of working state through trial and error by the handful of decent staff - whereas in the old days we (largely) delivered quality, tested, working code to predefined specifications - rather than making it up as we go along - which is what DevOps/Agile tends to be in the real world. That old code is largely what still runs the world today with modern fancy presentation layers pasted over the top. (When they work - TSB anybody?)
Cloud is the other fudge to hide lack of actual coding skill/standards with the modern off-shore methods, they can paste pre-written micro-services together to produce apps quickly and cheaply - but you'll pay for it "at the pumps" after Amazon or Microsoft have hosed you for actually using the app in anger - another hidden cost of dumping "expensive" quality local technical staff. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's only a matter of time before a large blue-chip company goes bust due to off-shoring IT - of course, in the fallout, they'll blame so-called "legacy systems" not the decision to actually make them so!
I've had to put up with 20+ years of truly awful Dewelopers doing the needful badly - it's lucky there's thousands of miles between us because I would be doing time by now if some of them were in the same room as me - lies and deceit don't even begin to cover some of the problems I've faced – and they blatantly, unashamedly lie – it’s a cultural thing. Cheaper? Yeah right. Not after their crap code has been rewritten 10 times before it works. Yeah, there’s a handful of good-un’s but boy-o-boy do you have to wade through the crap to find them. Still, as long as the knobs at the top get their bonuses for “saving” money – all’s good eh?
Well it's interesting you used the word "enslave" to describe the history of "robot" - the word "slave" actually comes from "Slav" the people who were often forced into - er - slavery - long before the Europeans picked on the Africans - you don't see Slavs running around asking for compensation or constantly complaining about their historic mistreatment - nor do you see hordes of virtue signalling Social Justice Warriors running around behind them like little sheep trying to find offence where none is meant. As for the mistreatment of "ethnic" women - let's dig out the US and UK inter-racial rape statistics - oh no - better not, because pointing out that inconvenient truth would be racist...
In the old days it took tens of thousands of well trained clerks occupying endless rows of desks to run a handful of simple account types. Now banks have hundreds of flavours of their "product" the reality is I.T. IS their business - without it they don't have a business - and yet still, management consider I.T. to be a "cost" to be slashed away at - even though the business could not possibly function without it. It also shows just how out of touch the regulatory bodies are to suggest modern banking could switch over to manual! There is no plan B - rapid recovery of the service is the only feasible course of action and is where the focus should remain.
"how fast could your Lightning do it". The Lightning pilot proudly proclaimed 2 minutes (IIRC). The Typhoon pilot replied, "We can do it in 1 minute 40s". He then paused for dramatic effect, "in dry heat".
TSR 2 with reheat on only one engine left a lighting for dead over forty years ago - progress eh?
"If you can’t see us coming, you won’t be able to stop us, so with its stealth and other world-beating technologies the F35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a whole a new level of capability."
Of course RADAR return oversampling (DSP signal processing) has rendered RADAR stealth completely irrelevant - the tiniest return can be tracked accurately - we knew this ten years ago - the game was already up and still billions of good money has been thrown after bad. The new game is passively tracking infrared "noise", I suspect a plane shaped like Kryten's head will disturb the air more than something actually designed to fly efficiently and will end up with a larger (nose on) heat-signature as a result. Crickey, even without modern technology, in the Gulf (part 1) the Royal Navy were asked to stop tracking the F117As because the constant wailing of their RADAR alarms were making the pilots in their lumbering subsonic aircraft nervous - a quick tweak of a screwdriver on the old relatively long-wave Type 42's RADARs was all it took - oh look - "stealth" bombers...
Now we have relatively slow and difficult to service aircraft which can't turn climb or carry much payload for an "advantage" that doesn't exist. Given that we can't actually afford many of them because they are so hideously expensive - in a real war scenario you'd be forced to carry external weapons loads for operational reasons - making them even slower with even less endurance and a RADAR signature the size of Wembley stadium - Doh!
"Your saying the better solution would have been to go for something that doesn't exist?"
F35B doesn't exist until it's finished! If the right decision was made ten years ago I have no doubt Navel Gripens would be in service now - well ahead of F35B.
"Patently isn't based on it being able to carry more Paveways than a Tornado, and the original French requirement resulting in the Rafale which is notably smaller than the Typhoon because once they'd left the programme there was no need to stick to their requirement."
Do you think the EFA project would rip up billions of euros worth of development and start afresh just because the French left the project? Really?
"What you mean the Rafale that France developed after it dropped out of the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme - remind me, who's the europhobe?"
Even worse, the French dictated the (rather small) size of the Eurofighter as they had carrier operations in mind - so the Germans and Brits ended up with a plane far too small for their requirements (a replacement for Tornado as a bomber) and a carrier variant was never developed because the French made their own.
The US offered to fund the fitting of EMALs/CATOBAR to our QE's in exchange for shared use of said resources, we stuck with the awful B variant of F35 to appease BAE who have a big slice of the F35B lift-fan development - the better solution would have been to join the proposed naval Gripen project - which BAE also have huge interest in. We'd could have bought at least five Gripens for the cost of one F35B. Better still, a carrier variant of Typhoon - which is too small for the RAF as a bomb truck because of original French requirements to build a carrier variant! You couldn't make it up! We could then share pilots and parts across the Navy and RAF.
"Yes, but you have to see it from an overall perspective - radar, armament, countermeasures, maneuverability, speed."
Indeed but with BVR combat you require a way of aiming your long-range missile before it's in range to actively home - you'll be surprised how many in-service fighters without this capability (in reality rather than on paper), Typhoon (waiting for METEOR) F-22 (just doesn't work) countermeasures are easy - just change direction after detecting the AMRAAAM launch! So in reality the two premier western fighters would have to get in AMRAAM homing/ASRAAM/Sidewinder range before firing, FA2 would have detected and shot you down before you got in range so the speed advantage is irrelevant. If the MOD had any sense they'd create a varient of METEOR using the ASRAAM IR Seeker and slave the tracking system to PIRATE.
"Speed and maneuverability can still dictate the engagement - and we've seen more than once that just relying on some system specifications didn't match reality when used in combat."
Blue Vixen/AMRAAM was one of those rare occurences where performance exceeded all expectations, there isn't another known (ie western) fighter in existance whose long range search and AMRAAM aiming systems worked so well, in NATO excecises, in "lone" fights, FA2 ruled. The US develop their fighter RADARs to be great allrounders as they never expect to fight without AWAC.
Modern warfare of course dictates that you don't do RADAR searches anymore anyway - you try to track passively (ISRT) or at extended range from other assets.
"Good for CAS when air superiority has been already achieved by other planes"
The integration between Sea Harrier's Blue Vixen (a superb air to air RADAR) and AMRAAM was generally acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world - in one-to-one air-to-air combat (without AWAC support) Sea Harrier FA2 was formidable - indeed the Typhoon with the Blue Vixen based RADAR but with NO INFLIGHT DATALINK to AMRAAM (due to penny pinching) would struggle against Sea Harrier - F22 is also stuck with old (block B?) AMRAAM due to data bus bandwidth limits so would be hopeless in unaided air to air combat. The Tornados Fns the RAF would hopelessly flying around for decades wouldn't stand an earthly against FA2.
Yeah, but I was talking about mainframe - not Power - okay only two threads per core (for speciality engines) but they're clocked at 5.2Ghz, yes the z14 has built-in water coolers but these are just that - water coolers - not chillers. The previous z13 ran at 5Ghz and the previous to that (zEC12) a staggering 5.5Ghz.
"Oh, you want a new feature? Fine!
We'll do the dev up front for nothing and we'll sell the product through the store so only those that want it pay."
Er, the multimedia thread limit was INTRODUCED with windows 10 - previous versions had no such limit - so it looks like Microsoft took something away without asking and now want to charge us to get the functionality back.
"do we have any anti-missile-missile missiles?"
Actually this is something us Brits can do some flag-waving over - we achieved the world's first downing of a missile by a missile in actual combat when HMS Gloucester engaged an Iraqi Silkworm heading for USS Missouri, the US made Phalanx CIWS "goalkeeper" system aboard USS Jarret lost track of the lumbering sub-sonic missile and engaged her sister ship's chaff instead, luckily, sparing the US Navies blushes, an antique Brit Type 42 destroyer with trusty Sea Dart on board was part of the escort and the rest - as they say - really was history (in the making). Gloucester of course carried Phalanx as well - but the skipper probably understood how well it works and chose Sea Dart for the engagement.
"Ultimately as Voland pointed out earlier, it will come down to a numbers game."
But the west have given up on numbers in exchange for (assumed) technological superiority. Russia and China can and do shoot down satellites, what happens to the west's network centric warfare when all the military and communication satellites are dust?
"Down votes probably from people who realise your argument seems to be 'western weapons systems are all flaky bits of rubbish that won't work against the flawless wonder weapons of Russia and China'"
Not at all, western weapons are excellent - easily the best before we gave our microprocessor technology away in order to mass-manufacture cheap DVD players - we did this roughly 60 years after Stalin said "only a fool would give away their secrets" in shocked response to the Labour party giving him the jet engine - a formidable piece of kit the RAF had to face over the skies of Korea in their obsolete propeller planes. There is a point however, where weapons become too sophisticated - so much so it takes three years to build them and five years to teach someone to operate them. The wests' reliance on technology and the arrogance about its superiority is its downfall. The Russians and the Chinese go for big numbers - which in the heat of war, invariably wins. A good example of arrogance is the stealth programme - anyone with even basic understanding of the subject knew the game was up ten years ago, DSP technology (signal return oversampling) means that even the tiniest RADAR return can be tracked, so we spend billions developing planes with flawed aerodynamics to achieved stealth - stealth that is no longer, er, stealthy. What's going to more damage to your enemy? One F35 or Ten Gripens? I know what my money would be on - and given today's nambly-pamby rules of engagement, where you'd have to eyeball your enemy before fighting - if your "stealth" plane finds itself in the same airspace as something that's actually designed to be a plane first and foremost - boy you're in trouble! And that why Eurofighter - accidentally - turned out to be really rather good.
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