Sunday, January 22, 2006

If you don't know, let someone who does write the story.

Picking Nits; picking nits. I know.

Check this out.

Wow! Supergun. Neat. But within a few sentences I wonder if Ms Pamela Hess of UPI lost track of decimals or just plain doesn't understand:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Next month a new high-explosive munition will be fired in Singapore and then tested again by the U.S. Army, heralding what may be a sea change in weaponry: a gun that can fire 240,000 rounds per minute.

That's compared to 60 rounds per minute in a standard military machine gun.

What? The US only has machine guns that fire 60 rounds a minute. My AR15 (civilian version of the m16 rifle--not available in California) will do that and more in semi auto mode with magazine changes. Duh. Oh and after 2 quick 30 round mags like that, I dare somebody to touch the barrel.

Okay, so later in the article they mention grenades. I don't know much about our auto loading grenade launchers, but 60 does seem slow. Then again, 240,000 rounds per minute. My God, that has got to be an extrapolation or something. 4,000 rounds a second? How does that happen? The techy guy tells the reporter that the thing has (let's say) 50 barrels and it fires all 50 instantaneously. Does that mean that the hypothetical weapons system could fire infinitely fast?

Picture being the poor schmuck loader. You just humped several truck loads of grenades or what-have-you over inhospitable terrain, and the yo-yo on the gun has a heavy finger. "Oh, crap Larry! I just made a BIIIIGG hole! ...And YOU need to fetch some more ammo."

That has got to be a mistake.

And another thing. Superships (episode 5 from the link) tonight on Discovery. If you're going to narrate a documentary, have a friggin' clue what you're talking about.

The half-episode in question was about a heavy lift ship that had been altered to transport yachts (a whole lot of them) around the world in dry-dock comfort. Blah blah blah and then the narrator starts talking about how hard it would be to "get in and out of Port Everglades [I think that was the Port] without their bow thrusters." (except genius voice said "beau" not "BOW"!)(Hell, he said it more than once) Hey buddy, the BOW is the front end of the ship, and the BEAU is the thing wrapped around the new yacht when DADDYKINS gives it to some PARIS act alike. Do some background, will ya.

The moon must be in the seventh house or something. Jeez.

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