All is not at it used to be in the British army, who are patiently waiting for its new Scout tank, set to be delivered some time in 2020.
The Scout is a complex machine kitted out with sensors, cameras and all kinds of modern electronics. I haven’t been able to confirm it, but there ought to be rumours flying about that it’s actually comes with an iPod docking station. At least there really ought to be those rumours flying about.
Anyway, all this new sensory equipment means that the olden days where a tank was operated by pulling levers are long gone.
Today’s tank crew needs a set of skills that has much in common with your average teen gamer.
“With the capability in the Scout SV, we’re really looking for the type of people who play Xbox games – tech-savy people who are able to take in a lot of information and process it in the proper way,” Kevin Connell, a vice president at General Dynamics, who is developing the tank for the British forces, told International Business Times.
The article goes on to talk about how easy it is to fire the main gun on the new tank…again, rumours ought to be circulating that foreign powers are so scared of this new weapon’s deadly potential that they have tried to incorporate details in the design that would render it less fearsome….like hacking through using control-alt-delete and / or the installation of Alt – F4 keys on the tank’s outside.
The reason for the jokes is: what place does a tank have on the battlefield of the future, which looks destined to be dominated by drones and semi-autonomous vehicles?
Recent news has left me feeling abandoned. On a large scale, that is.
Activision-Blizzard, the company behind the world’s most popular MMORG World of Warcraft, recently announced that more than 1.3 million subscribers had left the game since the beginning of 2013.
The state of Florida is heading into muddled waters with a new bill that in effect outlaws internet cafés throughout the state, the reasoning being that they facilitate illegal online gambling. The bill recently made its way through the Florida House.
“It’s a great day in the Florida House,” Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, who sponsored the bill, told Tampa Bay Times.
The new bill has come in the wake of an online gambling scandal in the state, which showed that an online gambling ring had given up to $1.4 million to legislative campaigns and about a week after it emerged that a chain of internet cafes had been involved in illegal gambling, money laundering and racketeering.
Critics have called it a knee-jerk reaction, and some people are already having fun with the fact that the bill, which is in effect aimed at outlawing online gambling in the state, has made loopholes for online bingo.
Probably a smart move when you think of the age demographic of Florida…..
Gabe Newell might not be well known outside the gaming industry, but ask anyone in the know, and the answer is likely to come back that Gabe is a bit of a guru.
Having created Valve, one of the very biggest distribution platforms in gaming, his voice is one to listen to, when he makes his rare public appearances. Like he recently did at Casual Connect.
Speaking on various subjects, including the future of gaming, open vs. closed platforms and the evolution of the touch screens, Gabe Newell also weighed in on his old company, Microsoft and their latest incarnation of Windows – Windows 8 – and what lay behind Valve’s recent move towards Linux.
“The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior,” he said.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”