[LINK] windows for warships and stinging kangaroos?
kim at holburn.net
Fri Mar 2 19:40:13 AEDT 2007
A critique here on windows for warships:
Had an interesting para:
> There are LOTS of gotchas in code, there is the lovely story about
> the Australian air force simulator that based ground troops under
> air attack dispersing on kangaroos douing the same thing, so some
> american pilots are testing it and buzz the CGI kangaroos, and
> watch them disperse, only to reappear with shoulder mounted SAM's
> and take out the simulated plane.
Another version here only this time it's the jokes on the Australians:
> The head of the Defense Science & Technology Organization's Land
> Operations/Simulation division reportedly instructed developers to
> model the local marsupials' movements and reactions to helicopters.
> Being efficient programmers, they just re-appropriated some code
> originally used to model infantry detachment reactions under the
> same stimuli, changed the mapped icon from a soldier to a kangaroo,
> and increased the figures' speed of movement.
> Eager to demonstrate their flying skills for some visiting American
> pilots, the hotshot Aussies "buzzed" the virtual kangaroos in low
> flight during a simulation. The kangaroos scattered, as predicted,
> and the visiting Americans nodded appreciatively ... then did a
> double-take as the kangaroos reappeared from behind a hill and
> launched a barrage of Stinger missiles at the helpless helicopter.
> (Apparently the programmers had forgotten to remove THAT part of
> the infantry coding.)
> The embarrassed programmers learned to be careful when reusing
> object-oriented code, and the Americans left with a newfound
> respect for Australian wildlife. Simulator supervisors report that
> pilots from that point onward have strictly avoided kangaroos, just
> as they were meant to.
How come we only hear about what our military is doing from the US?
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