Simulation vs Reality in Schlock Mercenary

Schlock Mercenary is a very funny web (and print) comic that I discovered earlier this year via a list at ArsTechnica. In reading up on back issues and back stories, I came across a nice little gem about simulation.

From 2008-06-23:

I do simulation tools for a living, but I still agree that there is no replacement for reality tests as well. Doing all those simulation runs probably indicates that nothing is totally broken, but you never know what happens when reality confronts the system with a situation you did not think about including in the simulation. I just love the line “create indistinguishably perfect virtual world”…

And indeed, things do turn out to be a bit different in reality.

From 2008-11-21:

Go and read the entire story – it is fun all along.


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