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 11551 pvtnum 11, Wed, 11th Apr '12 2:58:01 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
linkup
Beards save lives? Hmmm, smells fishy, like a stale 01APR12 joke or something.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 11552 Tuefel Hunden IV, Wed, 11th Apr '12 4:11:29 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Lol. The tone and content of the article makes it pretty obvious.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 11553 Nohbody, Wed, 11th Apr '12 4:13:16 PM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
Kino, the video they're talking about is the Veteran Inner Monologue one that Teufel posted a few pages back

 11554 Tuefel Hunden IV, Fri, 13th Apr '12 11:20:41 AM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Ok for those who have played the Sniper Elite game. They made a sequel. It looks a lot more slick.

Our thread here The game still has the realistic shooting mechanics like wind, stance, gravity, heart beat, breathing etc.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
My roommate told me about it. I haven't played video games in a long time due to training and school, but I'm looking forward to it. I had the original game, but it was stolen a while back.

 11556 Tuefel Hunden IV, Fri, 13th Apr '12 4:41:04 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
You still have the custom difficulty and the higher enemies are decent shots and will corner your ass if linger around. Was messing around with the demo today to see how much it has changed.

The new kill shots are way better. The xray kill cam is pretty wicked/neat and sometimes makes you oooh ouch. Supposedly your position you shoot from has additional affects on your overall accuracy.

edited 13th Apr '12 4:49:32 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
It reminds me of Operation Flashpoint in the sense that you are actually fearing for your life, wondering from where those shots keep coming. A friend of mine did the co-op on the original game, and despite our teamwork, spotting and bounding overwatch, the gameplay was still very intense. This is not a game for people who like to spray and pray.

edited 13th Apr '12 7:45:29 PM by Aprilla

 11558 Tuefel Hunden IV, Fri, 13th Apr '12 8:19:15 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Definetly not. Even more so if you turn the reality and enemy ai up.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
Under the Double Eagle
Operation Flashpoint was one of the first shooter games I ever played. Good times.

 11560 Kino, Sat, 14th Apr '12 5:09:26 AM from NC/NYC Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Connoisseur of redheads
Its always hilarious when you play with the Co D guys; some people seem to.think that a picket fence will stop Dshk rounds.
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
 11561 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sat, 14th Apr '12 6:33:52 AM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Kino: >:3 That is such a great thing to exploit.

Cranked the difficulty and realism up on the Sniper Elite V2 Demo. Carlessness and stupidity is punished by bullets to the face and the enemy will hunt your happy ass down. Firing more then one shot from any location is usually a bad idea.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 11562 Tam H 70, Sat, 14th Apr '12 7:41:58 PM from 合計虐殺 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
Operation Flashpoint is brilliant. But the enemy AI cheats like the worst casino croupiers in New Vegas. It routinely pulls off shots looking through iron sights and dense undergrowth that are impossible for human players to match with optical sights and an elevated firing position.

edited to add:

Seen this? http://www.cracked.com/article_19750_the-5-most-impossible-sniper-shots-ever-made.html

edited 15th Apr '12 2:36:52 AM by TamH70

 11563 Barkey, Mon, 16th Apr '12 8:26:37 AM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
So I'm at the gate today... Good ol blues monday, where we wear class B's at the gate.

I hate these things, they are super uncomfortable. However, I do look shit-hot.
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 11564 Nohbody, Mon, 16th Apr '12 9:13:49 AM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
Given the existence of "Crackerjacks", I think it's safe to say that things can be worse. tongue

Try undoing 13 buttons when you're more than a little buzzed and really need to use the can...

(Not personal experience, fortunately.)
 11565 Barkey, Mon, 16th Apr '12 9:26:04 AM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
I just hate these shoes, low quarters hurt my feet like a mofo.
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 11566 pvtnum 11, Mon, 16th Apr '12 9:28:31 AM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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I've found that dress shoes are pretty uncomfortable in general.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 11567 Martello, Mon, 16th Apr '12 9:38:31 AM from Black River, NY
Hammer of the Pervs
I wish we all wore dress boots instead of shoes for the blues. I know the Airborne units do the polished jump boots, but apparently in reality they rarely wear them. I used to be in a "cav" unit (2SCR isn't really cav, it's an SBCT) and we wore spurs but I wish we had also worn some sort of dress cavalry boots to go with the spurs and Stetsons. Of course, I really wish I had just been in a regular infantry unit. Thank God I'm in 10th Mountain now.
"Did anybody invent this stuff on purpose?" - Phillip Marlowe on tequila, Finger Man by Raymond Chandler.
 11568 Nohbody, Mon, 16th Apr '12 10:16:16 AM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
I never found any of the Navy's uniform footwear problematic, myself, but the dress shoes were the least comfortable of the lot, I felt.

And as much shit as I've given the enlisted Dress Blues over the years, here and elsewhere, they're still better than the summer variant that has just about none of the tradition of the blues, and the summer working uniform (since retired, I believe) that looked like those uniforms that ice cream vendors are depicted as wearing back in The Fifties. tongue

The working dress blues ("Johnny Cashes") were fucking awesome, though, at least as long as you were at a duty station where you could wear the unit ballcap with them instead of the "dixie cup" hat (which is dorky no matter what uniform it's paired with, IMO).

edited 16th Apr '12 10:16:45 AM by Nohbody

 11569 Barkey, Mon, 16th Apr '12 1:17:38 PM from Bunker 051 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War Profiteer
We make blues look pretty good in the AF, mostly because a navy blue beret fits with all of our dress uniform combinations very nicely.

Found an old picture on my phone wearing blues. Looks good yo.

edited 16th Apr '12 2:09:11 PM by Barkey

The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.
 11570 Greenmantle, Mon, 16th Apr '12 2:42:26 PM from Thornycroft-land Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Something In The Air
Britain is apparently reverting to the F-35B.

* Sigh *

edited 16th Apr '12 2:42:46 PM by Greenmantle

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" — Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 11571 Joesolo, Mon, 16th Apr '12 2:52:15 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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I was all excited that they'd be back to CATOBAR Flat tops again...

I mean Really, They may cost more to build, but they would have the choice of any Carrier Aircraft built in the Future, rather than only STOV Ls.

Plus, a CATOBAR can operate STOV Ls anyway!

edited 16th Apr '12 2:54:37 PM by Joesolo

I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 11572 Sabre's Edge, Mon, 16th Apr '12 2:57:35 PM from Project NAIL SPIKE
CATOBAR! CATOBAR!

Fearless prediction: one of these days a bunch of angry airmen will storm the new carriers and forcibly install a trebuchet on the flight deck.

In other news, awesome analysis on Kabul.
I might be that one witch who decides to flood the barrier with dimethylmercury.
 11573 Greenmantle, Mon, 16th Apr '12 3:02:52 PM from Thornycroft-land Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Something In The Air
Or they'll just walk away in Despair...
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" — Alfred, Lord Tennyson
 11574 Sabre's Edge, Mon, 16th Apr '12 4:59:06 PM from Project NAIL SPIKE
Aaand more military analysis—this time on everyone's boogieman, the PLA.

Interesting thing about China: even in the Maoist days, it was pretty corrupt; local officials embezzling for power was not unknown. But, the key difference was, tolerance for corruption was much lower. It was understood that bumming a few bottles of maotai was a perquisite of manning the local factory, but mass stealing and selling and conspicuous consumption was just not done—mainly because if you did it, the Party apparatus would crack down on your arse for flaunting ideology too openly.

These days, it's a different dynamic. Corruption is more legitimate and legitimized; just listening to my relatives in China talk shop makes for very interesting conversation. A shiny BMW is a status symbol.* Thus, there's a dangerous balance: on the one hand, further development and further corruption. On the other hand, emphasis of ideology and regression to the old days of Mao—and all the backwardness and repression that implies. (Chinese Internet culture revolves around satirizing the Communist Party and its attempts at censorshi—er, harmonizing the Internet. If that's indicative of anything, it's that trying to stuff the cat back into the bag is going to be impossible.)

Just my two cents' worth.
I might be that one witch who decides to flood the barrier with dimethylmercury.
Under the Double Eagle
Historically, the PLA has been very closely linked with the politics of the Communist Party, and it still lingers today.

Interesting thing about China: even in the Maoist days, it was pretty corrupt; local officials embezzling for power was not unknown.

Yep, the book Chen Village shows many examples of that kind of corruption in villages. The village party secretary of the 1980s was accepting "private donations", but this acceptable as party secretaries in other villages were *more* corrupt!

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