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I recently came across an extraordinary voice recording on YouTube that brought back many memories.  Before I embed it, a little background information is necessary. South Africa bought ENTAC anti-tank missiles from France during the 1960’s.  Like many such first-generation weapons, they proved pretty useless in combat, scoring some hits, but many more misses.  During the 1970’s, MILAN anti-tank missiles were added to the inventory, including a version produced under license.  However, this was a short- to medium-range missile, and did not provide the long range or striking power the Army wanted for bush warfare.  Unfortunately, thanks to the 1977 arms embargo against South

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Ridiculous!

I had to laugh at an article headlined “The 25 Most Absurd Job Titles In Tech“.  Examples include: Innovation Evangelist Dream Alchemist Time Ninja Security Princess Software Ninjaneer There are plenty more at the link.  Go read, and boggle your mind at the pretentiousness of it all! Peter

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A serious warning about firearms security

It’s long been the practice among security-conscious firearms owners to obscure the serial numbers in any photographs of firearms they put up on the Internet.  This is because unscrupulous characters have been known to note the serial numbers, report “their” firearm stolen (with that same serial number), and claim the loss against their own insurance policies.  The insurance company/ies then keep the firearm on the stolen property lists, and if there’s ever an inspection (for example, you’re stopped while driving, and the policeman checks your firearm serial number against his database), you may find yourself in trouble.  Alternatively, if you

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A very interesting statistic from the Israeli Air Force

The Israeli Air Force is renowned as a ferociously effective defender of its country.  Its pilots are amongst the most professional in the world, and it operates the most up-to-date aircraft it can afford.  Therefore, I was struck by an interview given to Breaking Defense, revealing a very interesting statistic. “Last year 78 percent of the IAF’s operational flight hours were performed by UAS [unmanned aerial systems]. This year the number jumped and is 80 percent,” Lt. Col. S. told me at the Tel-Nof Air Force base, where the largest Israeli drone, the Heron-TP flies from. The Heron, the squadron commander said, is performing a

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Remarkable Bronze Age weapons and craftsmanship

While doing research for a future book, I was fortunate to stumble across the Web site of Neil Burridge, who makes authentic replicas of historic Bronze Age swords, spears and other artifacts, mostly based on archaeological discoveries of actual weapons.  His craftsmanship is remarkable.  Here’s an excerpt from his Web site, interspersed with photographs of some of the swords he’s made (reduced in size to fit this blog). My name is Neil Burridge and this site showcases my work as a bronze sword smith. Over the last 12 years I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the leading

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A very nifty small craft suspension system

A tip o’ the hat to Solomon for putting up this video clip of a new small craft suspension system. It turns out that Nauti-Craft is an Australian company, with ambitions to apply their suspension to all sorts of smaller craft.  Being a former military man, I was interested to read their perspective on its military use:  “Provides significant reduction in Whole Body Vibration (WBV) and stabilised platform for increased operational capability for military personnel. Provides a competitive technical advantage where operational success is critical.” This is of even greater interest when one learns, from their Web site, that Nauti-Craft has partnered with Metal

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The impending death of the last shreds of our privacy?

Two reports have made me seriously wonder whether ordinary people care any longer about the last shreds of privacy remaining to them. The first report, ” Silicon Valley’s final frontier for mobile payments — ‘the neoliberal takeover of the human body’ “, examines the use of physical features and attributes as a payment mechanism. Biometric mobile wallets – payment technologies using our faces, fingerprints or retinas – already exist.  Notable technology companies including Apple and Amazon await a day when a critical mass of consumers is sufficiently comfortable walking into a store and paying for goods without a card or device …

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Combat resupply gets easier – and cheaper

The JPADS GPS-guided cargo parachute system has been in service with the US armed forces for some years.  It’s proven very useful in remote terrain in places like Afghanistan, where resupply over long distances is expensive and dangerous. Now it looks like something better – at least for smaller loads – is on the horizon. Yates Electrospace unveiled at the Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London a larger variant of its unmanned cargo glider, the Silent Arrow GD-2000, that can fly with a gross weight of 907kg (2,000lb). The US-based company says it will start full-rate production in October and has

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