Martin

Martin

  • 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...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    What, all this VR debate, and no-one has mentioned the elephant in the room? https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/star-trek-bridge-crew/ It's a VR game that focusses on co-operation, rather than first-person shooting. My beloved decided to invest in PlayStation VR, and it's actually the game...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    What is happening is that Saudi Arabia is running an anti-Shia pogrom (which is turning into genocide in Yemen), backed by Israel While it's an obvious point that the strategic interests of Saudi Arabia and Israel are fairly well aligned...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    To me this reads very much like "I praise the empire that has me as a profiteer and has only other people as victims, but I fear and demonize the empire that would have me and my friends as victims"....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Consider that child-raising is an acquired social ability, traditionally learned by kids looking after their younger siblings. In a one-child family, where do the youngsters go to learn how to raise their own child(ren)? My sister-in-law has five children, born...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Protection rings are built around the idea that you can have a security separation between device drivers and the core OS, but that's simply impossible with commodity peripheral standards. Basically, the device driver software may be limited, but the actual...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Going down the "modern C++" path is not a choice that anyone should make, and I suspect even the most die-hard fan of C++ would agree. I rather like C++11, it's definitely improved things. One of the known issues was...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I believe the reason the "dam busters" used the bouncing bomb was because it could be put into action fairly quickly with the aircraft that were already available. Not quite, IIRC. The problem was that in order for a bomb...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    To be honest, I can't remember. Probably statements. The lead engineer of the Ada team (about ~30 engineers) had an inferiority complex, and was always insisting that his team produced code that was inherently more correct, because "Ada was a...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Pointer arithmetic in C/C++? Not if I can help it... Much prefer doing a "placement new" onto the mapped memory's base address, or a "construct from base address of I/O buffer", with a properly-defined data structure / container / iterator...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I agree with everything you say. I've had my unfair share of C++ written by people who weren't as good as they thought they were, and I try very hard not to follow their example. Watching poorly-retrained Java programmers create...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ooops, apologies to all the Perl Monks out there - I just discovered that Perl garbage collection is deterministic... (That's what I get for being unskilled in the industry's least-popular programming language)...
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