Martin

Martin

  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    On the other hand, the whole “sekrit powerful paedo rings” thing is catnip to the conspiracy theorists. I went to a military boarding school in Dunblane; one former member of the teaching staff has now spent twenty years claiming loudly...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Even having fucked up, all they needed to do to prevent the invasion was repeat Operation Journeyman. It worked against exactly the same boneheaded junta in Buenos Aires in 1977: it was still a viable move in early 1982. The...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    ...and it’s so quaint. I mean, 1970s... Defeating that kind of threat had its beginnings in the fight against the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland; thirty years on, for some reason there’s a thriving market. http://www.allenvanguard.com/product/equinox/...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Really? By the start of the Irish Civil War, the Treaty had been signed, the Free State formed, and the Unionists hived off into Northern Ireland. The real fighting was about whether Fianna Fail or Fine Gael would run things....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I like how you used quotes around 'won' a shooting war with Britain... Much like Vietnam, the shooting provoked a realisation that the political situation wasn't working, and that a different solution was required. Remember, the IRA got flattened every...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I happen to agree with your argument about useful error reporting; (my example was simplified) but you perhaps misunderstand what I delivered. It wasn’t just a “computer says no”, it provided useful and localised error reporting at the point of...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Here goes my rant, again, about terrorists and generals working from *exactly* the same playbook, "terrorize the populace, and break their will to resist", when 100% of the time, the effect is the reverse of that. Terrorists and Tyrants, please....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    But "the user entered silly values" is almost never a good time to throw an exception (that's not exceptional, that's the norm). ...it depends... Possibly the most successful module of code I've ever written was just after we'd persuaded the...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Like everyone else who has done NBC warfare training in the UK, I've been exposed to airborne CS (in varying quantities according to the taste of the instructor); even if it got into eyes and lungs, not a two-week issue....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Actually it burns very-nicely-thank-you, and it doesn't have to be all that big a heap before the heap itself provides enough confinement to make it go bang. As a young student, I spent some time in the UOTC artillery sub-unit...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    can you imagine an illustrated Laundry Files kid's book? Couldn't be any wierder than the Deadpool comics. Or in my era, 2000AD and either "Slaine" or "Nemesis"... Firstborn is now 15, started reading the Laundry books a couple of years...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    You might reasonably assume this is sophistry, but I don't actually believe it is... The RAF isn't bombing Syria (although I believe they're providing ELINT and AAR support to those who are); it's limited to bombing ISIL targets in Iraq...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    At a guess, Parliament. Who stopped us from a government who had a large majority - and who wanted 90-day detention without trial, and national ID cards. Who stopped us from the employment of military force in Syria (although they...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Assuming you're going to try something different in your time off - what appeals? A course on cooking? Taking up archery? Volunteering? Moving house? Mental picture of a next novel that includes a volunteer chef at the Cat&Dog Home that...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Very much so. From a sports perspective, it was assumed that sleep and stress were significant factors in both competition and training. We were (strongly) encouraged to record that kind of detail in our training diaries; it’s something for the...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Officers were seriously injured in the field when muscle memory overcame common sense AIUI, the RAF had a fatality in a Bulldog, in that the instructor and student had both a seat-back parachute, and a seat harness; each with a...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    The mistake is to assume that there is “a” way to coach. I needed different coaches at different stages of my progress through the sport. Each was a necessary step, each gave me a lot. Now that I coach, I’m...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Mass wins ...but not always, just mostly. Here's a rather skinny ex-Judo Czech Sumo wrestler, only 90-100kg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zjA3KPnLK8...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Short form - I'm a skeptic about using VR to simulate martial arts. As a part-task trainer, perhaps. You know more than me about military training, but judo was NOT what I meant. The rules of that specifically forbid injuring...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    The martial arts example is telling: If the fantasy is fighting an elite opponent and winning, then the realism must be greatly decreased if you are not yourself an elite martial artist. This is where sports/performance psychology rears its head......
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    I think you're quite right in the "training athletes" aspect of VR as a tool - particularly around the area of "doing things slowly but correctly", in a static sense. The Wii had a board sensor that you stood on,...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Going back to the original point about Walkin' On (Virtual) Sunshine and the And Beyond!, I think there's an implicit assumption in the article that needs challenged. Namely, that the desired outcomes are VR that can be experienced within the...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Survival horror haptics leading to diagnosed PTSD seems a likely one, too Not necessarily - the irony being that they're using VR, apparently with some success, to treat PTSD as part of Exposure Therapy... https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/integrative-mental-health-care/201702/virtual-reality-exposure-therapy-ptsd-in-the-military...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Because why would most people want *realistic* martial arts or e-sports in VR? ...and not just VR, 2D games as well. Consider first-person shooters; they are utterly unrealistic in terms of handling a firearm. The ability to aim and fire...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Not everyone has that luxury, or even the luxury of telling recruiters "I won't work for the gambling, drug or murder industries". But yeah, I do hold the people who work in those industries responsible for their own actions. "That...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Connection to programming? I'd dearly love to see programmers (or at least their managers) trained to the same standard as professional engineers ;) Oooooh, that's a touch cruel to those of us who regard ourselves as "software engineers"... you know,...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Fully agree - with the refinement that comes from "cowardice by people who know better" When the primary factor was neither "is this the correct solution, or a sensible compromise" nor "is this what the business wants / needs"; but...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Your post 850: What is happening is that Saudi Arabia is running an anti-Shia pogrom (which is turning into genocide in Yemen), backed by Israel, the USA and Al Quaeda (yes, they are allies again), and wants the USA to...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Inconveniently for your claim that it's all down to a pogrom of the Shia by the USA, do you deny that the USA and UK have been cheerfully bombing the murderous Sunni nutjobs of Da'esh, in support of the Shia-aligned...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I suggest that you train yourself to extend your attention span, and read the WHOLE of a sentence before quoting part of it out of context. There's no need for that. It was a perfectly polite post that raised a...
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