[OT]:Streuth mate, tie those kangaroos down will ya ?


Jim Ham <jimham@...>
 

I got this post from another list, but it seems topical ;-)

Regards,
Jim Ham



The re-use of object-oriented computer code has caused tactical
headaches for Australia's armed forces. As virtual reality simulators
assume larger roles in helicopter combat training, programmers have
gone to great lengths to increase the realism of their scenarios,
including detailed landscapes, and in the case of the Northern
Territory's Operation Phoenix - herds of kangaroos (since disturbed
animals might give away a helicopter's position).

The head of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation's Land
Operations (Simulation Division) reportedly instructed developers
to model the local marsupials' movements and reactions to helicopters.
Being efficient programmers, they appropriated some code originally
used to model infantry detachment reactions under the same
circumstances, changed a 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 hapless helicopter.
Apparently the programmers had forgotten to remove that part of the
infantry coding ! The Yanks left with a new-found respect for
Australian wildlife. As to what wombats, wallabies and platypuses
carry in their pouches, that shall remain a secret in the interest
of national security.
Jim Ham, Porcine Associates
(650)326-2669 fax(650)326-1071
"http://www.porcine.com"

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