Archives: May 2006

Sun May 21, 2006

A virtual Skinner box?

Thanks to O'Reilly Radar for spotting this paper about MMOGs. It has a useful analysis of what these games need to succeed commercially. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 21, 06 | 9:16 am | Profile

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Sat May 20, 2006

DoD News: Media Availability at the Conclusion of the Multinational Experiment 4 Senior Leader Seminar in Brussels, Belgium

MNE 4 must be over because they've had the press conference. You tell me what it all means. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 20, 06 | 11:59 am | Profile

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Thu May 18, 2006

The role of art in society: a digression

Sitting in a client's office the other day, I noticed a print by Basil Beattie More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 18, 06 | 10:39 am | Profile

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Sun May 14, 2006

What is the largest database in existence, and what might you do with it?

According to USA Today a database, collected by the NSA, of most telephone calls made in the USA since 2001, is the largest database in the world. A recent article on simulation demonstrates one more technique for getting useful information out of such huge piles of data. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 14, 06 | 7:57 pm | Profile

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Outnumbered, ten to one.

The game America's Army currently claims 7,045,279 'total registered players'. The US Army currently has 'over 700,000' enlisted soldiers.

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 14, 06 | 9:04 am | Profile

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The use of simulation by economists.

Interesting article in JASSS about the use of simulation in economics concludes that it is increasing, but the techniques are still not properly understood or used for what they are best at. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 14, 06 | 7:48 am | Profile

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Thu May 11, 2006

Teleconferences for the people

Just a comment on the 'democratisation' of software. Clickable Culture reports that the MMORPG Eve Online is now giving members real-time voice conferencing facilities. As I know from recent discussions in my day job, some of the world's largest companies still find quick and available conferencing a challenge.

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 11, 06 | 9:31 am | Profile

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Sat May 06, 2006

Kirkyans - do they exist?

CSven described the 'Kirkyan', and Bruce Sterling (inventor of the spime) said: "How exhilirating to have practically no idea what this Second Life guy is talking about." As I like a challenge, I've been trying to understand the concept.
I conclude that Kirkyans, like unseen but dangerous aliens, already exist: they have been amongst us since at least 1986, slowly increasing their power, and we ought to know this. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 06, 06 | 12:16 pm | Profile

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Wed May 03, 2006

Oil spill response

In a comment on this blog, CSven askes for "any resources you could share that would further educate me to the oil spill containment problem". Here is a mini-essay I thought I might as well put on the blog, since it's partly about simulation. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 03, 06 | 3:15 pm | Profile

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Contexts shape relationships

Fascintaing posting on John Hawks weblog argues that it is 'wrong' (but may be helpful) to talk in terms of human emotions like 'pride' - because pride (or dependency or aggresiveness) only really exists as an interaction between people. More...

Posted by: Simulation- the Weblog on May 03, 06 | 8:16 am | Profile

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