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Comment: Windows schmindows (Score 1) 286

by McWilde (#48251671) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows
Airplanes are designed for midgets. If I have the window seat in any plane I've ever been in the window is below shoulder height and the seat in front of me is so close that I can't move my head in any way that would allow a view outside. I'm about average height (for a Dutchman). Having looked it up, I guess I'm about 12cm taller than the average Dutch man.

Comment: Re:Which is it? (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by McWilde (#46533449) Attached to: Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8
Not really. The early build is probably a lot like the release build that came after. You might see some bugs that were later fixed, but I wouldn't think it comprises any company secret. The code on the other hand is secret. And the early code will also be a lot like later code, so you could now roll your own Windows 8 from this code (if you did your own bug fixing as well).

Comment: Re:Mising option (Score 4, Informative) 549

by McWilde (#31011128) Attached to: I usually fly...

If you make your treb' large enough acceleration at launch can be low enough to be survivable*). Just pack a parachute for your arrival.

Back-of-a-beer-coaster calculations indicate that subsonic speeds won't even get you across the English Channel on a ballistic trajectory. Maybe the parachute would help you glide a little farther, but you'd still need a whole network of trebuchets to get you anywhere you wouldn't rather just walk.

*) I am not a physicist, this is not travel advice.

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: Four days in a six day week (Score 1) 287

by McWilde (#30445400) Attached to: I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...

When I was a student, I used to hate Sundays. So a flat mate and I devised a system that would rid us of that dreaded day: The 28-hour day: 18 hours awake, 10 hours of sleep. Giving you six days in a week. Don't expect to see much daylight. And find an employer that will allow you to work weird hours. We figured four ten-hour "days".

Don't ask me how it worked out for us, because we never got around to really trying it.

Microsoft

Obama's "ZuneGate" 608

Posted by kdawson
from the et-tu-barack dept.
theodp writes "Barack Obama supporters were left shaking their heads after a report surfaced that the president-elect was using a Zune at the gym instead of an iPod. So why would Mac-user Obama be Zune-ing out? Could be one of those special-edition preloaded Zunes that Microsoft bestowed on Democratic National Convention attendees, suggests TechFlash, nixing the idea that the soon-to-be Leader of the Free World would waste time loading Parallels or Boot Camp in OS X just to use a Zune."

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