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2012-11-27 01:35:03 PM
I'm having a hard time on the Angry Birds Star Wars level trying to get the golden droid where he's sort of in a box on top of a big metal sphere, and there's only a very small window where you can try to shoot a bird through.
 
2012-11-27 02:58:35 PM
My friend told me that his five year old son threw his mobile out the window of a moving car out of frustration while playing Angry Birds.

I asked if the phone happened to smack into a pig by the side of the road. Well, I had to say something.
 
2012-11-27 02:59:29 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: I'm having a hard time on the Angry Birds Star Wars level trying to get the golden droid where he's sort of in a box on top of a big metal sphere, and there's only a very small window where you can try to shoot a bird through.


I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters.
 
2012-11-27 03:03:14 PM

Gordon Bennett: My friend told me that his five year old son threw his mobile out the window of a moving car out of frustration while playing Angry Birds.

I asked if the phone happened to smack into a pig by the side of the road. Well, I had to say something.


My son (older by a bit- 9-or10 if IIRC) once BIT his Nintendo DS in frustration while playing a Mario game

/ I made him learn how to replace the cracked screen, order the replacement on ebay out of his allowance, and then give the machine away to Goodwill in the hopes that the next kid who got it would appreciate what he had and take better care of it.

Now that he's over 6ft tall (at 15) and can out-bench me and plays starting linebacker on his HS football team, I'm glad of having given him a few hard lessons in the importance of controlling his temper.
 
2012-11-27 03:12:36 PM
Is it me or has anyone else realized that the birds in Angry Birds should actually be considered terrorists.

They attack many innocent pigs just so they can get their eggs back. The pigs they attacked have nothing to do with the eggs being stolen.
 
2012-11-27 03:26:27 PM
I love how the pilots that didn't score high are still drone pilots.

I guess the saying is now:

Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and drone kills.
 
2012-11-27 03:36:51 PM
'...said researcher Missy Cummings'

Seriously guys... Nothing?
 
2012-11-27 03:53:12 PM

Renegade Pervert: '...said researcher Missy Cummings'

Seriously guys... Nothing?


I'm ... going to... Miss.. her... Cummings? amidoinitrite?
 
2012-11-27 05:13:29 PM
fta: Such conscientiousness may be a two-edged sword. Conscientious people may perform well in environments with relatively light workloads such as UAV operation, but they may hesitate when the time comes to fire a weapon.

A tendency to hesitate before firing should be required of a drone pilot.
 
2012-11-27 06:01:22 PM

Corvus: Is it me or has anyone else realized that the birds in Angry Birds should actually be considered terrorists.

They attack many innocent pigs just so they can get their eggs back. The pigs they attacked have nothing to do with the eggs being stolen.


You must not have seen the latest update:
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-27 06:33:11 PM

Lunaville: A tendency to hesitate before firing should be required of a drone pilot.


I'd think it would be the opposite.
Assuming you don't get to choose your mission, the circumstances of the war, or your targets, delaying the shot could actually cost lives.
The lives of men depending on you for close air support, or those of innocents that are killed down the road by enemies who get away.

Its not like the bad guys will sit out in the open and wait for you to deal with your conscience.
 
2012-11-28 12:16:10 AM

way south: Lunaville: A tendency to hesitate before firing should be required of a drone pilot.

I'd think it would be the opposite.
Assuming you don't get to choose your mission, the circumstances of the war, or your targets, delaying the shot could actually cost lives.
The lives of men depending on you for close air support, or those of innocents that are killed down the road by enemies who get away.

Its not like the bad guys will sit out in the open and wait for you to deal with your conscience.


Drone strikes have killed children and entire wedding parties. It's only a matter of time before we have a friendly fire incident. Overuse of drones, especially by the CIA, is creating ill-will toward America and our soldiers. Sloppy discipline at the control of these death toys will create more problems both for the guys on the ground and for long term security. It is imperative to know who or what you are slaughtering before you hit the trigger.
 
2012-11-28 05:33:27 AM

Lunaville: way south: Lunaville: A tendency to hesitate before firing should be required of a drone pilot.

I'd think it would be the opposite.
Assuming you don't get to choose your mission, the circumstances of the war, or your targets, delaying the shot could actually cost lives.
The lives of men depending on you for close air support, or those of innocents that are killed down the road by enemies who get away.

Its not like the bad guys will sit out in the open and wait for you to deal with your conscience.

Drone strikes have killed children and entire wedding parties. It's only a matter of time before we have a friendly fire incident. Overuse of drones, especially by the CIA, is creating ill-will toward America and our soldiers. Sloppy discipline at the control of these death toys will create more problems both for the guys on the ground and for long term security. It is imperative to know who or what you are slaughtering before you hit the trigger.


This is a method that started decades ago when these were called counter insurgency aircraft. Those missions were flown by the most expendible pilots the CIA could hire. The results were often much worse, but few people knew.

The nature of the beast means a pilot will probably never know the details. You are in a sealed trailer or cockpit, you get told where to go and what locations to fire on.
While some targets are bleedingly obvious (like seeing a friendly civilian mortar team setting up not too far from a military base), others are based on information from forward observers or intelligence sources.

Lets say one of your dudes saw one of their dudes get into a car, you follow that car, dudes from that car go into a building and now command thinks that a high value target may be there. You are ordered to fire on the building.

If the pilot hesitates because he doesn't have enough information, the target might slip out the back.
Maybe it's Al Zarqawi , maybe its just some random bloke who took his lunch hour to visit his wife at the local day care center.

The screwup would happen at ground level and eight thousand feet in the air is not a position from which you can figure this out.

The longer you wait, the more the contents of that building are likely to change. Ideally, I'd want that structure to come down the moment Mr.CIA man says to hit it.
 
2012-11-28 12:50:40 PM

Lunaville: way south: Lunaville: A tendency to hesitate before firing should be required of a drone pilot.

I'd think it would be the opposite.
Assuming you don't get to choose your mission, the circumstances of the war, or your targets, delaying the shot could actually cost lives.
The lives of men depending on you for close air support, or those of innocents that are killed down the road by enemies who get away.

Its not like the bad guys will sit out in the open and wait for you to deal with your conscience.

Drone strikes have killed children and entire wedding parties. It's only a matter of time before we have a friendly fire incident. Overuse of drones, especially by the CIA, is creating ill-will toward America and our soldiers. Sloppy discipline at the control of these death toys will create more problems both for the guys on the ground and for long term security. It is imperative to know who or what you are slaughtering before you hit the trigger.


That sounds a lot better than whole cities and villages getting bombed. I bet we could get to the point where the enemy gets "frozen" and harmlessly removed from the area and people would still complain.
 
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