Duel In The Somme – Page 14

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6 Responses to “Duel In The Somme – Page 14”

  1. Adam F says:

    nice save there for Tom

  2. Geoffrey Kidd says:

    Now HERE is why math geeks and simulator accuracy are both critical:


    "Flaws in flight simulator training helped trigger some of the worst airline accidents in the past decade, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal accident records."

  3. Red says:

    A previous commenter noted that the title "A Duel in the Somme" was not quite semantically accurate, which started a short discussion of why it might actually be a good title anyway. My mind threw up a different possible conclusion - Tom is complaining about how the project is specced, and he is supposedly a good programmer. What if the way the project is specced allows a real duel in the Somme, i.e. underwater? Tom's boss has ordered him in front of a witness to code the project as specified. If Tom can win by following orders and taking advantage of the loopholes that would be very satisfying. Geoffrey's point about flight simulator accuracy fits in with this line of thought also.

    Just in case this turns out to be accurate, I have not read ahead.

    • Geoffrey Kidd says:

      According to Wikipedia, "Somme is a département of France, located in the north of the country and named after the Somme river." so the title is accurate regardless.

      You have a copy of the original short story? I don't think there's a way to read ahead. I tried and got shot down.

      • Red says:


        I do not have a copy - I poorly assumed that one was available based on a too-fast reading of the statements about tipping and purchase. Since I didn't attempt to tip or purchase, I didn't have all the information.

        And yes, there are several ways that the title can be semantically accurate. I was suggesting a potentially ironically amusing one.

  4. I find Ady very captivating and we should all give her our full support.

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