History BoringButPractical / RealLife

22nd Jul '16 10:39:03 PM lorgskyegon
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*** The training is the reason that gunpowder weapons replaced bows and crossbows on the battlefield. You could train a recruit to use the early smooth-bore black powder guns acceptably in a few weeks, but it would take at least 10 years to get a longbowman up to standard. Crossbows were more difficult to learn than early guns, but much easier than longbows.

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*** The training is the reason that gunpowder weapons replaced bows and crossbows on the battlefield. You could train a recruit to use the early smooth-bore black powder guns acceptably in a few weeks, but it would take at least 10 years to get a longbowman up to standard. Crossbows were more difficult to learn than early guns, but much easier than longbows. There's a reason an old axiom was "To train a longbowman, start with his grandfather."
20th Jul '16 4:52:47 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Tablets. Sure, they do not have the gaming performance of PCs, but they are much cheaper and still able to perform basic tasks, such as browsing the Internet or playing Youtube videos. Also, nowadays many PC applications, such as the Microsoft Office suite, have tablet-optimized versions that are much cheaper than the PC ones, or even completely free.

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* Tablets. Sure, they do not have the gaming performance of PCs, but they are much cheaper and still able to perform basic tasks, such as browsing the Internet or playing Youtube videos. Also, nowadays many PC applications, such as the Microsoft Office suite, have tablet-optimized versions that are much cheaper than the PC ones, or even completely free. And of course, they're stupdenously portable and can be carried around in a messenger bag all day.
10th Jul '16 5:08:37 PM Victoire
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** Human-machine interaction studies often use a model called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts%27s_law Fitts' law]] to calculate how easy it is for a user to accurately move a pointer from one point to another in a straight line. Since the responsiveness varies from device to device, each one is associated with a certain coefficient, and the mouse generally comes surprisingly close to a person's bare hands [[http://www.yorku.ca/mack/hci1992.pdf as reported in this paper]] around page 34. Also, remember that mouse moves on a flat surface that's precisely mapped to the screen and, unlike with a touchscreen, cannot move past its edge. Ever wondered why it's so easy to, say, close a full-screen application in Windows? No accuracy needed, you just slam your mouse in the corner and click.
8th Jul '16 1:11:18 AM DavidDelony
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* As with midrange computing hardware, midrage A/V equipment is a better bet than the latest high-end equipment, simply because there's a lot more content for hardware that's been around for a while. There are still ''way'' more movies on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} than there are on UsefulNotes/BluRay and even on Creator/{{Netflix}}. There's also more HD content designed for 1080p and 720p than for 4K. Indeed, most HD broadcasts are still only 720p because of lack of available bandwidth. For the longest time, there were still more standard definition than HD sets out there as well.

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* As with midrange computing hardware, midrage midrange A/V equipment is a better bet than the latest high-end equipment, simply because there's a lot more content for hardware that's been around for a while. There are still ''way'' more movies on UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} than there are on UsefulNotes/BluRay and even on Creator/{{Netflix}}. There's also more HD content designed for 1080p and 720p than for 4K. Indeed, most HD broadcasts are still only 720p because of lack of available bandwidth. For the longest time, there were still more standard definition than HD sets out there as well.
7th Jul '16 5:44:56 PM Kalmbach
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** The Apollo program was an exception to the traditional "bells and whistles" US approach. Hardware was simple and reliable. It routinely performed above specifications

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** The Apollo program was an exception to the traditional "bells and whistles" US approach. Hardware was simple and reliable. It routinely performed above specificationsspecifications. Apollo 12 was launched during a thunderstorm and was struck by lightning ''twice'', but still got Conrad, Bean, and Worden to the Moon. The Saturn I, IB, and V are the only space launch vehicles never to have [[StuffBlowingUp suffered a major failure]] in service.
3rd Jul '16 10:29:14 AM Angus_Old
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3rd Jul '16 10:29:11 AM Angus_Old
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* Canned foods and MREs. Sure, they don't taste too well and are not as healthy as their freshly-made equivalents, but can withstand years of storage and do not need any preparations before eating.
** Instant foods also qualify. Sure, they are not the tastiest things around and are not considered good for your health, but they are cheap and easy to prepare.


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* Tablets. Sure, they do not have the gaming performance of PCs, but they are much cheaper and still able to perform basic tasks, such as browsing the Internet or playing Youtube videos. Also, nowadays many PC applications, such as the Microsoft Office suite, have tablet-optimized versions that are much cheaper than the PC ones, or even completely free.
19th Jun '16 1:44:45 PM dinohunterpat
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* {{Attack Drone}}s. Considered to be the {{Spiritual Successor}}s of WW2-era biplanes, these aircraft can fulfill the same reconnaissance and strike roles with more update technology. While a reaper. With the increasing costs of manufacturing aircraft and greater availibility of .

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* {{Attack Drone}}s. Considered to be the {{Spiritual Successor}}s of WW2-era biplanes, these UAVs are affordable and expendable aircraft can fulfill the same for conducting reconnaissance and strike roles with more update roles. While a typical drone like the MQ-9 Reaper may seem as dull and ungainly compared to the high-tech manned F-35A, it has a per-unit price tag of $19 million compared to the $98 million for each F-35A. Furthermore, as drones lack pilots, they aren't weighed down by the bulky life-support systems and won't leave behind a pilot to be rescued. Not to also mention that their small sizes gives them natural radar-evasion abilities without expensive and difficult to maintain stealth technology. While a reaper. With the increasing costs of manufacturing aircraft and greater availibility of .availability of cheap anti-air missiles, many nations are relying more on low-risk, inexpensive attack drones for combat operations.
19th Jun '16 12:58:34 PM dinohunterpat
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* {{Attack Drone}}s. Considered to be the {{Spiritual Successor}}s of WW2-era biplanes, these aircraft can fulfill the same reconnaissance and strike roles with more update technology. While a reaper. With the increasing costs of manufacturing aircraft and greater availibility of .
17th Jun '16 6:53:44 AM 5zero2
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* The old Chinook transport helicopters are easily discernable by their unique shape with two large rotors and no tail, but are otherwise not much to look at. However they have a very large storage compartment and can even lift field artillery right to their employment location, while also being able to operate at altitudes where most other helicopters can no longer generate enough lift to keep rising. In addition, when escorted by Apache combat helicopters, the Chinooks have to slow down as the Apaches can't keep up. It's actually surprising that it's an American design and not made by Russia.

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* The old Chinook [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook Chinook]] transport helicopters are helicopter, in production since the 1960s, is easily discernable by their a unique shape with two large rotors and no tail, but are is otherwise not much to look at. However they have It has, however, a very large storage compartment cargo area and can even lift field artillery right to their employment location, while also being able to operate at altitudes where most other helicopters can no longer generate enough lift to keep rising. In addition, Chinook is one of the fastest operational helicopters, so when escorted by Apache combat helicopters, the gunships, Chinooks have to slow down as to let the Apaches can't keep up. It's actually surprising that it's an American design and not made by Russia.



** Except the Soviet/Russian Tu-14. Came into service a year after the B-52, and expected to serve until the same time as the B-52. Even better, the thing is still propellor-driven!

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** Except the Soviet/Russian Tu-14.Tu-95 (NATO reporting name "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95 Bear]]"). Came into service a year after the B-52, and expected to serve until the same time as the B-52. Even better, the thing is still propellor-driven!
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