Why amateur is not a bad word.

FM Publishing quotes an essay by Paul Grahamabout why bloggers and Open Source software ventures are sometimes better than the corporate equivalents. (newspaper coverage, proprietary software, etc…). Its because amateurs do things for love, and people working for love often surpass those working for money. Thanks, guys: youre speaking to my condition. Thats love in…

3D moving clip-art? Off-the-peg military models.

RealDB, a Canadian company, provides a library of 3d models of military hardware, in .flt and .3ds formats. Licenses allow unlimited incorporation in derivative work, subject to small conditions. RealDB claims their products are used by “defence agencies around the world”. Typical costs: – Black Eagle tank, or Los Angeles class submarine or AV8B Harrier…

Massively multiplayer US military exercises, Gestalt LLC, and XML/SOAP.

Mediachannel reports a major US military exercise in Korea, involving the distributed simulations of tens of thousands of aircraft and troop movements. This is based on technology developed by Gestalt. Gestalt describes itself as “an information technology firm that helps decision makers in governments and industry increase their return on technology investments through the application…

Courses in emergency response and incident simulation

According to Courier News, Arkansas Tech University has a new Emergency Operations Center developed under the objectives of a $500,000 Congressional Grant Award of September 2004 that was secured by Congressman John Boozman. The state-of-the art lab is for undergraduate students, but could also serve as a central location for emergency response for many local…

Definitions of simulation.

At university they told me always to start an essay by defining the terms I was using. I ran across the Free Dictionary which includes different definitions of simulation under different categories. Clearly the word is used by different disciplines with subtly different meanings – which in themselves are only a subset of the normal…

CAE first-quarter results

According toa press release, CAEs latest quarterly results show 15% higher revenues, with the increase due mostly to its civil and military simulation divisions. Good news for the new CEO. Simulation Products/Civil won six orders for full-flight simulators, four of which were announced. At June 30, 2005, the segments backlog had reached Can$277 million. The…