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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:52 pm 
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Pretty good vid of Yom Kippur war..although the quality is lousy.

Haven't watched the whole thing but there is some cool shots of Egypt deploying Russian bridging equipment and a self driving Russian ferry in two parts that mates up after it's in the water. Also how they set up the Sagger ATGM. Each Egyptian Sagger gunner is said to have fired 100 practice rounds. If so that is damned amazing. Seems uncharacteristically organized for an Arab army. :lol:



An interesting post, doctor.

Arab soldiers aren't considered cowards. Their army is crap for arab reasons. Those guys stick together in their trenches and die right there. Their modern armies suck, but not b/c the soldiers are cowards. Cowardly arab soldier is a misnomer. Arab armies suck b/c they suck.


The Arab-Israeli Wars by Chaim Hertzog is a good one!
Shame there isn't a comparable book by an Arab-speaker . . . translated of course . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Youtube Favorite of the Day
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:19 pm 
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Good read, professor.

This one really influences my opinion:

Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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It explains why they consistently lose. It's not bravery or lack thereof. They just don't have any inherent respect for what is going to win the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Youtube Favorite of the Day
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C_S wrote:
Good read, professor.

This one really influences my opinion:

Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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It explains why they consistently lose. It's not bravery or lack thereof. They just don't have any inherent respect for what is going to win the day.


Uww, I will have to check that one out!

Jeebus this rebuilding is dragging on and on. Two weeks ago, we expected to have been moved in my NOW, but the time table is increasingly looking like mid-September. They better have the fucking place fixed by no later than Sept 30, cause our landlord is starting to show this apartment for a new tenant for Oct 1 . . . Sounds stressful, but strangely I'm zen about the whole deal now. Must be the daily exercise!
Anyway . . . Looking forward to rebuilding my Man Cave and sorting through the boxes and boxes of books from academia days which I previously couldn't be bothered to sort out. I'm even developing an interest in reading again! :P

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 Post subject: Re: Youtube Favorite of the Day
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Oh now, THIS gets my attention! A more "rpg" crew management orientated type of U-boat game!? Gonna have to study up on this one a bit more, maybe even add a new one to my collection . . .


Uboat on GOG

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"crew management"? Does that mean you have pick the billets to keep the gay guys apart? Or fire the cook if their are too many band aids in the soup?

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 Post subject: Re: Youtube Favorite of the Day
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"crew management"? Does that mean you have pick the billets to keep the gay guys apart? Or fire the cook if their are too many band aids in the soup?


The game right now is still "Early Access," so it is not in final form. Probably not in 65% final form. That said, it is generally well-polished, performs well, and has good animations and physics. The user interface is good, but has a few serious problems that I expect they will address as time goes on. The gameplay is as good as any submarine simulator I've played, or better, and the emergent dynamics you expect in an "rpg" design are sufficient, though pretty limited in scope.

The player's status is a kind of God-like overseer of a uboat. Not God-like in having stupid supernatural powers, but God-like in that: you control the behavior of the officers and have a fairly wide range of camera views and ability to determine the fate of the sub (pausing and time-compression, etc.).

It is May 1941 and you are in charge of U-96, a Type VIIC. It is generally pretty realistically rendered, except crew levels are small. Only about 15 crew and 6 officers to start off with. Crew you cannot control except to tell them to help an officer. Officers you have pretty much complete control over, though they do have a sizeable number of auto-pilot algorithms they engage in on their own. There is some inconsistency in this which can be a bit frustrating but to put it simply: you do not have to micro-manage every little thing the officers do. When they get tired they will go to sleep on their own, and when they wake up they will go back to their default job.

The designers were apparently compelled by the widespread argument that, what made for a winning WWII submarine was not so much the submarine itself, but the crew which manned it, and the point of the game is for the player to "mold" an elite submarine crew from the fairly average material you are given to start with.

The naval combat, torpedo-runs, underwater survival aspects are all modeled quite nicely, though there are some areas that need some tweaking (e.g., air turns DEADLY as quickly as 1 or 2 hours after diving, which just doesn't make sense from an historical standpoint).

If you played Silent Hunter you'll probably like it. The combat is just as good as that game, better in some ways in fact, because the characters do the trigonometry for you! :P

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A sad state of affairs....

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40,000 lbs of GPS bombs set off on one island full of ISIS homies. :lol:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-bombs- ... ted-island

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40,000 lbs of GPS bombs set off on one island full of ISIS homies. :lol:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-bombs- ... ted-island


Perhaps the Pentagon was testing the Hank Johnson concept of an island tipping over.
Just how many bombs would it take to make the island flip?
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40,000 lbs of GPS bombs set off on one island full of ISIS homies. :lol:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-bombs- ... ted-island


Video is unresponsive, but that thumbnail! Looks like a LOT of exploding things! :lol:

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