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  •  As long as you've got that capability... (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT

    ....why not outsource all those drone strikes to Playstation gamers? They'd do it for free.

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 09:18:50 AM PDT

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    •  Who said they were getting paid? (2+ / 0-)
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      The Termite, Rich in PA

      It will be a truly volunteer army.

      My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

      by AoT on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 09:20:21 AM PDT

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    •  Have you read Ender's Game? (nt) (2+ / 0-)
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      markthshark, US Blues
      •  No (0+ / 0-)

        Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

        by The Termite on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 09:31:07 AM PDT

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        •  Well, if you're interested in (1+ / 0-)
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          an exciting sci-fi read with a surprising level of consideration of how humans respond to a crisis, I highly recommend it. It's by Orson Scott Card.

          I'm torn whether or not to explain why I asked, as it's a major spoiler if you intend to read it. Scroll down for spoiler :-P
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          With the earth having survived an alien attack, the military begins recruiting and training children from a young age. A promising commander emerges, and is trained along with his lieutenants on increasingly sophisticated simulators. After a particularly difficult session at the computers in which he directs his fleet in successfully destroying the enemy home world, the commander (still a kid, really) is informed that it was not a simulation, and that the "simulated" battles he has been waging for quite some time have in fact involved real ships, real people, and real deaths. He has won a real victory, but one that he was not remotely prepared for. And he has been directed into wiping out an entire sentient species without realizing that is what he is doing. A sequel, "Speaker for the Dead" follows him as he tries to cope with this fact and learn something about those he has destroyed so as to be able to memorialize them.

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