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Map Overlays
programming : by Greg - April 26th 2012, 03:58PM
programming
Since long long ago the military has used maps and graphic symbols to plan and implement combat plans. So to plan a mission, you need a MGRS topographic map, a blow up of the same map covering your Objective, and enough laminate overlays to fill a small car. I love arts and crafts just like the next guy, but is the sales guy at the mall gets a touchscreen tablet, why cant we get planning software. My list of needs: -a topographic version of Google Earth with Military Grid ref System -variable zoom and contour intervals -ability to capture snapshot the desired map -several tabbed 'layers' that I can toggle on and stack as needed -simple drawing tools -a tactical symbol database, one that recognizes the symbol I'm trying to fat finger and inserts it for me. That is all.

tags: military, maps, planning

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New PC build
hardware : by Greg - November 9th 2009, 04:36AM
hardware
I'm looking at the quickly changing landscape of PC components in anticipation of building a new machine after the holidays. And yes I know I'm missing the MW2 launch, sigh. Ok so there's a couple issues I wanted to get advice on: 1. Processor - I'm thinking i7-920, but the i5 cores that came out are close in performance. So I'm looking for opinions on i7-920 vs i5-750 vs Phenom II X4 2. Graphics card- GeForce GTX 275 or Radeon 5850? OR get 2 Radeon 5750 cards in Crossfire? 3. HDs : get a fast SATA or SSD for OS drive? for mass storage I like WD at 1 or 1.5TB but whats the diff betwenn their black and green models, noticable?

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Freedom of Information
news : by Greg - February 18th 2008, 08:15AM
news
So I was talking to Kim the other day and she mentions that what would be really nice is a non biased listing of all major religions and what they stand for and believe.

Most people affiliate with a particular church because it's how they grew up, i.e. that's where mom and dad choose to take you. But a much better way to choose would be to see the different denominations and choose one that most closely fits your personal faith.

At this point I mentioned that there's probably a website out there to facilitate that, but I haven't a clue what it is.

This also brought up the issue of having a stances guide for presidential candidates. There's Vote Smart and some other sites to give out bio stats but nobody lays out a unbiased look at each candidates stance on major issues, or what each candidate considers major issues. A lot of that has to do with candidates not wanting to be painted into a corner or having their stances be oversimplified, but thats not impossible to work around.

It seems like we have hundreds or thousands of data tools to use online if it's in the interest of helping us consume, but finding really useful information in a helpful format on things like religion or politics is a huge pain in the butt. Why can't getting information about denomination choices or presidential choices be as easy as getting facts about video card choices?

If you need me I'll be out defending our system of consumerism, hoo-ah!

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Call of Duty 4
news : by Greg - November 13th 2007, 02:37PM
news
Ok, so I broke down and got a copy of CoD4, I wasn't sure about it given the BF franchise and how they did modern warfare. Well so far I've been really impressed with the game, it's a modern setting but the mechanics and feel of the game are very similar to the CoD we've all played before, in a good way. So far I've only had time for a couple of the single player missions but I plan to jump into the multiplayer laster this week. The graphics are amazing and I'm sure they'd look even better with a high end vid card. I think I've finally found a modern era shooter I enjoy.

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