Hugh Fisher

Hugh Fisher

  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Heteromeles wrote: The set even swayed, rose and fell quite a few feet. The basic point is that people have already worked with a lot of the precursors to a VR mecha game, so building the game is a lot...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Oh, I would want a sword fighting game to feel like a swordfight too. But to me, the more a game demands in physical capabilities from the players, the less accessible it becomes, conflicting with your goal at #26. If...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Morpheus in The Matrix: "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place?" I doubt that physical fitness and exercise will be important to VR sports players. There's no benefit...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Is anyone seriously suggesting that corporations should get votes? Only in libertarian science fiction. As Heteromeles noted back in comment 139, the "corporations are people so have freedom of speech" ruling is extremely dubious and hasn't really been tested. My...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    OK it's a bit gloomy, but have VR developers any kind of coordinated plan or doctrine worked out for the inevitable lawsuits? Suppose someone has a heart attack in Left Hand Path, or more likely someone's parents blame Left Hand...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    That said, I think we are far to quick to allow powerful people to escape responsibility. Problem is this concept we have called "equality before the law". If the senior execs of a megacorp go to jail for the actions...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I might follow that up with "basically, I have a holodeck". The Holodeck is a good cultural reference for explaining VR to non developers. Is there a common reference work for VR/AR developers today? I ask because when I was...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Thanks for, among other things, the round-up of current day VR tech. Lots of links to follow. I do think smell is still in the going nowhere category. Until we get to direct neural input, all the smell systems both...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I sometimes wonder why the magical metaphor wasn't embraced whole heartedly by computer programmers in the 1970s and 1980s, and by user interface designers since the 1980s. Most programmers today are more familiar with Tron / cyberpunk memes than with...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Something I don't remember being mentioned in the book, is there any contact between Timelines 1 and 3 outside North America? Knowledge of world walking had spread to the rest of the world at the end of the Merchant Princes....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interesting discussion ... this is not what Smalltalk/Python/JavaScript/Lisp dynamic programmers calls duck typing. For the non--programmers reading this, either roll eyes and move on or think of this as another example how large and complicated the world of programming has...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    When I asked which programming languages were used/liked and why, didn't expect to see so many differences of opinion. Keep in mind that arguing about the merits of different computer languages is what computer geeks do instead of arguing about...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Change of subject from the strange attractor of computers to the strange attractor of nukes (sorry Heteromeles). The Commonwealth is willing to shoot down a stealth drone with a nuclear warhead missile. A nuclear warhead. Quite apart from the relative...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    We are stuck with them because we have billions of lines of code to maintain. The Commonwealth has the luxury of using them as teaching opportunities for their first crop of CS students, ... And here we have the perfect...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Replying to both posts by Icehawk Someone else pointed out that the absence of central authority gives you Somalia. Good point. So I will modify my position to that historically over-controlling has made things worse. You're right that the USA...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    They have picked a best-of-breed constitution from our time line (hint: revolution that took place in 1979, constitutional framework that has survived more or less intact despite attacks from the dominant superpower and the equivalent of a world war one...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    In addition, there is a big difference between developing tech for the first time and knowing where you are going. Agreed, but how do you distinguish between "already know what works" and what might have worked differently? For one example...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    SLAVES is the answer to that one, I think? Slavery was a world wide institution at the time of the American revolution, and for the French revolution. The American revolutionaries didn't introduce slavery to the Americas, and they were faster...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    What, have an extremely fragmented nation with such a toothless federal authority that the question of dictatorship does not arise? Exactly. Seems a good tradeoff to me. Given that the Commonwealth need a strong central authority to drive through their...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So the Commonwealth had four revolutions to draw lessons from. French revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by dictator. Soviet revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by dictator. Islamic Iranian revolution: idealists killed or exiled, replaced by hardline religious fanatics....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    It's explained in Jared Diamond's "Guns Germs and Steel". Historically population and ideas have tended to spread at the same latitude, because the same crops work, the same cultural adaptations to seasons and weather, and there are the same /...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Frankly, it's hard to see how any western meddling in Afghanistan has benefited anyone, From the United Nations Girls Education Initiative: http://www.ungei.org/infobycountry/afghanistan.html In 2011 the attendance rate for female primary students was 62%. Up from approximately 0% under the Taliban....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Whitroth wrote: Spending money would work a *lot* better if you built power plants, and schools, and water treatment plants, and had a *very* clear #insert "you'r_country.here" presence, but were hiring *locals*, not the local strongman's people, and training them...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Martin wrote: Fundamentally, you're saying that the RAF/RN and USMC are wrong to choose F-35B. They, who actually understand the problem at a professional level, think differently. Beware Dunning-Kruger... If that's the impression I gave, sorry I did not mean...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    However, the real question, which the military wonks are never asking—not here on the board and certainly not in the governments who make their citizens pay the price—, is how much non-violent conflict resolution you can buy for the same...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Martin wrote: By contrast, the STOVL (short take-off, vertical landing) is a much more gentle affair; can be achieved with very little training; and is less likely to go horribly wrong. The accident rate for Harriers in both UK and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Why isn't the Ku Klux Klan (a) illegal and (b) featuring prominently on every official list of terrorist organisations? Also remember that at the start of the US presidential campaign the KKK membership was in single-digit thousands, a handful of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Martin089 wrote exceptional violence should not be throwaway plot point that's forgotten in the next act My take is that Alex convinced Cassie now All Highest to surrender and claim refugee status as a better alternative to being wiped out....
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Yes, only two ready to scramble fighters for the east coast. It's America, not Britain or France. There's the entire Atlantic between them and any likely enemies. (Unless you think the USA in 2001 was terrified of Canada and Mexico.)...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    How much time do women get for self development in these hunter gatherer societies with no contraception (Rhythm method? Hah!), no abortion, and no child care? Or someone born with spina bifida? I'll take civilisation thanks....
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