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Post by Stanley » 13 Nov 2017, 04:35

They'll have all babies implanted with a chip at birth eventually so they can be tracked......
I read somewhere that some firms do this now to track worker's activity......
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Post by Tizer » 13 Nov 2017, 10:30

They don't need to implant a chip in workers - they already have one, it's called a smartphone!

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Post by Stanley » 14 Nov 2017, 03:50

Yes, but you can leave that at your workstation while you go for a skive.
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Post by Tizer » 18 Nov 2017, 10:44

There was a very detailed two page article in The Times last week about the developments in warships worldwide. It began by asking `What was the most notable naval event for Britain so far this year?' The author said those who replied with `HMS Queen Elizabeth' were wrong - the right answer is the progress of a destroyer, a frigate and an auxiliary vessel up the English Channel in July and onwards to the Baltic sea. The significance was threefold: they were Chinese warships on their way to joint exercises with the Russian navy, it's the first time Chinese warships have passed through the English Channel, and it's also the first time they've entered the Atlantic Ocean. The article was a sobering account of how the Western nations are reducing their naval power while the Eastern ones are increasing theirs. Lots of facts and figures. The US navy has declined dramatically but is still the largest. China and Russia are catching up, while India is racing up behind to catch them. European warships are dwindling in number. The biggest surprise perhaps is that smaller Asian nations such as Vietnam and Pakistan are building submarines - they've realised that carriers are going to be of little use in the future and they can't afford them anyway. But subs give them invisible power. The reason the carriers are going to join the dinosaurs is the development of powerful long-range missiles fired from land bases that can sink carriers 1000 miles out at sea. Many areas will become no-go for carriers - for example the Mediterranean (already dangerous for them), the Baltic, the Gulf, the South China Sea and many coastlines.

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Re: Marine Engineers

Post by Tripps » 18 Nov 2017, 10:55

That, in my opinion, is possibly the most significant post ever made on this site.
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Post by Stanley » 19 Nov 2017, 05:10

I agree with the Russian Admiral(?) who described the new carrier as a splendid target for an attack..... I reckon he was right. One accurately placed bomb or missile and it's Good Night Vienna. For God's sake, we found that out with battleships in WW2. What sank the Bismark? An old biplane, hopelessly out of date even then, and one Great War era torpedo. Go figure!
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Re: Marine Engineers

Post by Tizer » 08 Jun 2018, 08:22

`Ship hack 'risks chaos in English Channel' LINK

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Re: Marine Engineers

Post by Stanley » 09 Jun 2018, 03:36

Isn't it amazing that an otherwise well managed vessel with highly skilled crew can be working on default passwords...... Bit like a computer system that ignores security updates...... First thing I do every morning is activate updates, I don't wait for it to act automatically, takes ten seconds......
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Post by Tizer » 10 Jun 2018, 10:36

I bought a small book secondhand for a couple of pounds and it shows photos with brief captions of some of the ships that were wrecked around Lands End since the late 1800s. It's interesting how sometimes you look at the photo and wonder how it could have happened. One showed a steamship with its bows on the rocks of the Longships Lighthouse. Either there must have been catastrophic mechanical failure or the crew were all asleep. One photo show a ship wrecked broadside on to rocky beach and with another smaller ship along its outer side. At first it looks like the small one came to the rescue but the truth is that the small ship was wrecked a few weeks after the first and coincidentally ended up alongside. Another series of photos shows wrecks of big steamships in a specific isolated cove over some years. But the last photo shows the cove empty. The wrecks hadn't been salvaged because the cliffs and the rocky reefs were too dangerous but every sign of the ships has gone, swallowed by the sea.

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Re: Marine Engineers

Post by Stanley » 11 Jun 2018, 03:21

Tiz, I was once on the small Calmac ferry Loch Mor (LINK) on the Small Isles service in a force ten gale and wondered at the time how the hell the captain could see where we were going in broad day light. An interesting experience.... The sea is so powerful nothing surprises me.

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The Loch Mor off Eigg. We were on the Eigg fly boat, the one approaching the vessel is the Muck fly boat.
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