Horatio G. Spafford wrote:
Petey's argument against explaining the situation to Tagon ("every three seconds a hundred thousand people die") is compelling, but it would be at least partly solved if Petey could just display the situation to Tagon's consciousness.
Multiple interfaces for multiple purposes is a Good Thing[tm], which is why I don't agree with the article talking about the problems of speech as a computer interface. (It's point is valid, but it doesn't rule out situations where the trade-off is favorable for a voice interface. You wouldn't want to control your Windows desktop in that way, but that's just one type of computer interaction.)
But Petey's argument wasn't that it would take too long to express what he was doing; it was that Tagon thinks too slowly. Put gigabit ethernet on a 286, and it's still a 286. It's a question of how fast the data can be received <i>and processed</i>.
Was Petey exaggerating the speed problem? I think so. Maybe because he's trying to get more control in general. (Notice a pattern among the jobs he thinks he should take over from the crew? Advising Tagon (probably the real reason he pushed to oust Breya) and facilitating/controling communication with the command staff...) Maybe because of his native racism...
What I'm saying is, if the rescue op takes 3 days, they could've spared a day to preserve a semblance of chain of command and at least provide an executive summary of the plan to the captains, and still had what looks to me like a huge margin for error.