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Transportation

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197

Posted by timothy
from the yeah-well-I-get-better-mileage dept.
MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."
Role Playing (Games)

Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover 248

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-gain-1912-experience dept.
Phaethon360 writes "From Bioshock and Modern Warfare 2 to even Team Fortress 2, RPG elements are creeping into game genres that we never imagined they would. This change for the most part has managed to subtly improve upon genres that needed new life, but there's a cost that hasn't been tallied by the majority of game developers. 'The simple act of removing mod tools, along with the much discussed dedicated server issue, has made [MW2] a bit of a joke among competitive players. Gone are the days of "promod," and the only option you have is to play it their way. If Infinity Ward are so insistent on improving the variety of our experiences, they don’t have to do it at the expense of the experience that many of us already love. It really is that simple. If they don’t want to provide a good "back to basics experience," they could at least continue to provide the tools that allow us to do that for ourselves.'"
Games

Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the or-druid-as-the-case-may-be dept.
A feature at Gamasutra examines one of the foundations of many MMORPGs — the idea that class roles within such a game fall into three basic categories: tank, healer, and damage dealer. The article evaluates the pros and cons of such an arrangement and takes a look at some alternatives. "Eliminating specialized roles means that we do away with boxing a class into a single role. Without Tanks, each class would have features that would help them participate in and survive many different encounters like heavy armor, strong avoidance, or some class or magical abilities that allow them to disengage from direct combat. Without specialized DPS, all classes should be able to do damage in order to defeat enemies. Some classes might specialize in damage type, like area of effect (AoE) damage; others might be able to exploit enemy weaknesses, and some might just be good at swinging a sharpened bit of metal in the right direction at a rapid rate. This design isn't just about having each class able to fill any trinity role. MMO combat would feel more dynamic in this system. Every player would have to react to combat events and defend against attacks."

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 1) 802

by Makido (#30298364) Attached to: Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking

I waffled on whether or not to respond to this post, beings as what I wanted to say about it has already been said and modded out of veiw, but here it goes anyway:

Your comment achieves nothing more than offending both camps of which you speak. You offend the religious and those willing to believe in inexplicable miracles by discounting the value and power of their faith in the otherwise unbelievable. The point of their beliefs (in many cases) is that they ARE ridiculous, in the common sense. They don't require proof and will frequently reject it so that their faith stands on only their own power of will -- a character trait that they and many others value.

You offend those of a more scientific persuasion by asserting that the individuals who have actually done the first-hand work of technical and observational science (and those who trust in their consensus) are either liars or are participating some kind of mass halucination.

Your judgment on the sincerity of 'religions' is nearly as misguided. Organized religion is used by its leaders almost as often for personal gain as it for personal enlightenment. If you'd like to contest that, I suggest you do some research into ownership of most of the private land of the Rocky Mountains and many important corporations of America. In the case of those that follow the New Testament, such lavish positions of power and money is unwise if not directly hypocritical for as Jesus is reported as saying to Lazarus, "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than it is for a rich man to pass through the gates of Heaven."

In addition, so many of these churches in the past, particularly the Anglican and Catholic, have only proven Mao Zedong's famous quote that religion is the opiate of the masses by mixing church and state to the point of justifying great political atrocities. All those leader's had to do assuage the concerns of the ruled populace is claim that God told them to do it. Doesn't sound very sincere to me; and if it isn't, does that make all these listed mainstream religions into cults, is that all it takes?

My real point of contention is that your post was modded as Insightful, when all it really amounts to is uninformed, egocentric assertions deserving little more than a Flamebait tag.

Comment: Information Monopoly? (Score 1) 107

by Makido (#27409001) Attached to: Questions Linger Over Google Book Rights Registry
>>Do we want only one company (e.g. Google) controlling access to information? If only there were places we could go where all the information was virtually free! These places, they could be in almost every town and America. People could take the information home - for easy access - then bring it back when they were done with it. Then maybe we could keep evil, monopolizing tyrants like Google from hoarding all our precious and rare information; public domain or no!

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long

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