Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fun with Random Article

I mentioned last month about my love of the Random Article button at Wikipedia.

I just finished up some work over there and decided to take my chances. First I learned about
DEMIAP (Détection Militaire des Activités Anti-Patrie -- Military detection of Anti-fatherland Activities) was the military intelligence organization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It succeeded the Military Action and Intelligence Service (Service d'action et de renseignements militaires, SARM), and according to Belgian official sources in 2002, falls under the authority, 'at least officially', of the Congolese Armed Forces (Forces armées congolaises, FAC), now succeeded by the FARDC.

It is apparently now known simply as Military Intelligence.

Its previous commander, General Dieudonné Mbandakulu, is now (2007) Chief of Staff of the FARDC. Read it over there by clicking here

Then I learned that:
Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) (pronounced IPA: [ˈhɛklɐʔʊntˈkɔx]) is a German weapons manufacturing company famous for various series of small firearms, notably the MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 personal defense weapon, USP series of handguns, high-precision PSG1 sniper rifle, and the G3 and G36 assault rifles. Heckler & Koch is known for the extreme precision, durability, reliability and accuracy of their firearms. All firearms made by H&K are named by a prefix and the official designation, with postfixes used for variants.

Heckler & Koch has a history of innovations in fire arms, such as the use of polymers and polygonal rifling. Most believe that Austrian company Glock was the first firearms manufacturer to use polymers in their hand guns, however it was Heckler & Koch who actually claimed that title when they released the VP70 pistol in 1970. Heckler & Koch also developed modern polygonal rifling, noted for its high accuracy and increased muzzle velocity and barrel life. Not all of its technologically ambitious designs have resulted in successful products (for instance, the advanced but now abandoned G11 assault rifle). HK produces the whole range of small arms, from pistols to grenades and machine guns. In its extensive product range, HK has used most of the operating systems for small arms: blowback, short-recoil, roller-delayed blowback, gas-delayed blowback, and gas-operated. All of their firearm models have achieved reputations for excellent accuracy and reliability, however, their high price tag has somewhat offset their popularity in the civilian market.

There's a lot more to that article, you can read the rest here.

I wasn't happy with that so I tried again and got
The Samsung Global Scholarship Program (GSP), sometimes called the Samsung Genius Scholarship Program, is a study and work program of Samsung Electronics designed in view of Samsung to give the proper education, national and corporate cultural experience. One of the possible long-term aims of the program is to replace existing Korean higher management in Samsung Electronics affiliates with highly trained local managers who are also aware of the corporate and Korean culture.
Again, there's more to it, you can read it here.

I decided to give it one last try, Wikipedia did not disappoint.
Zhao Ziyang (simplified Chinese: 赵紫阳; traditional Chinese: 趙紫陽; pinyin: Zhào Zǐyáng; Wade-Giles: Chao Tzu-yang) (October 17, 1919–January 17, 2005) was a politician in the People's Republic of China. He was Premier of the People's Republic of China from 1980 to 1987, and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1987 to 1989. As a high-ranking government official, he was a leading reformer who implemented market reforms that greatly increased production and sought measures to streamline the bloated bureaucracy and fight corruption. Once slated as Deng Xiaoping's successor, Zhao Ziyang was purged for his sympathetic stance toward the student demonstrators in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and spent the last fifteen years of his life under house arrest. There's more to it, here.

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