The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Patriot Missile Performs Its Job

... All right. That was just a little black humour on my part. However, the Raytheon Patriot anti-missile missile was originally developed as an anti-aircraft system and only in the lead-up to the first Gulf War was it adapted to take down tactical ballistic missiles. Its performace in Gulf War I was overstated -- all but perhaps one or two of the supposed "intercepts" in 1991 were actually Scuds disintegrating on re-entry. The combination of the crossing of the Patriot's trajectory with the remains of the Scud/al-Hussein missiles led to the false impression that the Patriots had taken down its target.
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