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Comment: Change for Babylon 5 Pilot (Score 1) 276

by Kalendraf (#46537727) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
IIRC, JMS once mentioned that there was something in the Babylon 5 Pilot, possibly related to the graphics, a scene or the imagery, that he would have changed if he could do it over. From the quote, it seem like it may have been one of those "once you see it, you can't unsee it" kinds of things. I've watched the pilot many times, but I've never spotted it. What was it?

Comment: Re:Those things that annoy us in other games are s (Score 3, Interesting) 128

by Kalendraf (#40479183) Attached to: <em>Guild Wars 2</em> Release Date Announced
If you activate skills the moment they cooldown, you will fail hard in this game. If anything, the cooldown system in GW2 actually requires more resource management to know when to best activate skills. Of all the RPGs I've played, I think GW2's skill system might be one of the easier ones to begin learning, but one of the hardest to master. In other words, it manages to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, which is no small feat.

Also, each class plays distinctly differently. Abilities and play styles are very different between them. The fact each one has a heal skill doesn't alter this. Most heal skills have long cool downs, so you need to really stay alert and use them when you need them the most.

As for the original GW's skill system, GW2's version is significantly different. You can still respec your character in GW2, but there are some costs to do certain kinds of changes.

Comment: Re:Those things that annoy us in other games are s (Score 3, Informative) 128

by Kalendraf (#40478883) Attached to: <em>Guild Wars 2</em> Release Date Announced
You should try it before judging.

From a game design stand-point, a mana system is fundamentally a way to prevent players from activating too many skills too quickly...which is the same thing that cooldown timers do. However, cooldown timers don't force players to channel funds into a gold sink like mana potions, or waste inventory slots to carry them. Having played many games with mana pools, I find the cooldown system in GW2 to be vastly superior.

Obviously, those players that really enjoy buying, carrying and quaffing mana potions may disagree.

Comment: From a few people I know with math degrees... (Score 2) 416

by Kalendraf (#40188565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?
- Insurance companies sometimes hire them for statistical analysis of cost/benefits
- Larger hospitals that do research sometimes hire them for statistical analysis of medicines and treatments
- Manufacturing companies sometimes hire them to do statistical analysis of product failures

If she doesn't mind focusing on the statistics branch of math, there are jobs out there.

Comment: Re:Would switch if it weren't stupid-expensive... (Score 1) 425

by Kalendraf (#36955082) Attached to: Windows XP Market Share Finally Falls Below 50%
If the hardware came with Vista (as opposed to being upgraded to it from something else), consider trying Vista first before removing it. I know a lot of people love to hate Vista, but personally I've found it to be extremely reliable - far more reliable than WinXP ever was. I've had zero crashes or other problems with Vista in over 2 years of using it on two PCs which are up 24/7 and see some rather heavy use at times. From reading lots of Vista horror stories, I think my main keys to success were to start with Vista rather than trying to upgrade to it, and to build PCs with enough horsepower to handle it. Depending on the hardware, it's possible that your church's machines might run just fine with Vista.

Comment: Re:Windows Has All But Disappeared Around Me (Score 1) 425

by Kalendraf (#36954964) Attached to: Windows XP Market Share Finally Falls Below 50%
It's not that suprising when considering how many companies still have WinXP as their main OS. For example, the company I work for has about 20K employees worldwide, and WinXP remains our OS platform. Thus, the people that your or I know who aren't using WinXP are probably a tiny fraction when compared to these large corporate install bases.

Comment: Re:Remember this is an initial report (Score 1) 449

by Kalendraf (#36270470) Attached to: Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded
I have some flying experience, but understanding a stall or how to recover from one is more about understanding the physics of flight. In a stall, the aircraft wings reach point where they are no longer able to produce lift at the current flying speed. At this point, the plane will begin to drop, losing altitude until this condition is corrected. Additional forward thrust from increasing the throttle doesn't necessarily help. Since the aircraft is dropping at this point, it is likely already gaining speed, albeit in a downward direction. To break out of the stall, it is necessary to correct the wings angle of attack so that they are able to again provide lift. To do this, the nose of the plane must be dropped, which requires moving the yoke forward. Once the angle of attack is corrected, and the wings are again able to provide lift, the plane can then be brought back under control, and the pilot can begin to pull the aircraft back toward level flight, etc.

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