Archives: May 2006
Sun May 21, 2006
A virtual Skinner box?
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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
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Thu May 18, 2006
The role of art in society: a digression
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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...
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Outnumbered, ten to one.
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The use of simulation by economists.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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