Re: Think like a programmer (was Re: Singapore's Military Drafting)

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Tue Sep 04 2001 - 03:14:28 MDT

On Tue, Sep 04, 2001 at 12:00:22PM +1000, Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 02:06 PM 9/3/01 +0100, Charlie wrote:
> >Clue: they can only hang you for _breaking_ the rules -- not for obeying
> >them to the letter.
> My sense of this (very much secondhand; the closest I got to military
> service was working for a few weeks hoisting up targets on poles in a
> concrete bunker that cadets with .303s fired at, a somewhat unnerving job)
> is that they leave it to your unhappy squad mates to find suitable
> punishment for your disruptions.
> (The notion that those thick, foul-mouthed, cruel bastards would *always
> stick exactly to the rules* strikes me as... well, utopian.)

C. managed it. But then, he exercised the rule book with discretion
and made sure to include his squad mates on his little exercises. Apparently
they thought it was all great fun ...

-- Charlie

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