Archive for September 2002

2002-09-28 – Self-organising maps

I am currently trying to get my head around the maths involved in Self-Organising Maps (SOMs). It is an AI technique, which involves stripping the meaning out of something (which is a task in itself!) and then organising it with many other, similar things. The higher the correlation of points that match, the closer the…

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2002-09-18 – Force fields and “magic” shields

Seems that the Defence Science and Research Laboratory (DSTL, the government owned half of what used to be DERA) have cracked the inpenatrable force shield – after a fashion. You can see the story here. (Note: Changed link to the official DSTL site on 23/11/02) Ok, so it isn’t quite the type of thing you…

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2002-09-12 – First fire!

Wow! Got the required bits form Calor on Tuesday morning, before work, and lo and behold, when I got home on Wednesday, the first thing I did was to get it all set up. Out with some Fairy liquid to get the high pressure hose on, and the power driver on the Jubilee clips, and…

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2002-09-11 – Even bigger guns

Worth noting that today (I backdated this 2 days) I went on a tour of a site down south, and, due to a special request (by me), we got to take a look at the two-stage gas gun! Those of you who are shooters will know that a 7.62mm Nato cartridge throws about 155 grains…

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2002-09-04 – The Mechanical Turk

We can mass produce things these days, but the extremely rarified market for ultra-expensive toys that amaze hasn’t vanished. The Turk took six months to build, and these days would cost perhaps half a million pounds as a commercial product, and that is paying the maker/builder about three quarters of a million a year! These…

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