Network Control

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Thu Jan 7 14:34:58 MST 2010

On Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:52:44 -0700
Chris < at> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 1:14 PM, Robert Merrill
> <robertmerrill at>wrote:

> That technique is used to great effect in military boot-camp-type
> training scenarios.  When one grunt screws up, the entire
> squad/platoon suffers the punishment.  The technique can be a
> powerful motivator as long as everyone involved is a rational actor.

Indeed. If a Roman legion or a unit thereof screwed up badly enough,
the punishment was to execute one man in ten. Hence our word "decimate".


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