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Comment: I got to lvl 64 with just 2 hrs of play (Score 1) 166

by Modern (#46576773) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

I got to level 64 with just over two hours of play. I wonder if this game will have the longevity power to keep people interested. I play with friends, but refuse to forever grind the same content over and over and over ..... ad infinitum. I was pretty bored with D3 after grinding to 60. I got my paragon from 17 to 45 with just one reset and a run through of the acts after the 2.0x patch.

Comment: Black Mamba (Score 5, Funny) 293

by Modern (#42631027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Devices For Luggage?

Fascinating creature, the black mamba. In Africa, the saying goes 'in the bush, an elephant can kill you, a leopard can kill you, and a black mamba can kill you. But only with the black mamba--and this has been true in africa since the dawn of time--is death sure.' Hence its handle--'death incarnate. Its neurotoxic venom is one of nature's most effective poisons, acting on the nervous system causing paralysis. The venom of a black mamba can kill a human being in four hours if, say, bitten on the ankle or the thumb. However, a bite to the face or torso can bring death from paralysis within 20 minutes. The amount of venom that can be delivered from a single bite can be gargantuan. If not treated quickly with anti-venom, ten to fifteen milligrams can be fatal to human beings. However, the black mamba can deliver as much as 100 to 400 milligrams of venom from a single bite.

Just be sure to include a return address.

Comment: Poul Anderson, The High Crusade, maybe Eddings (Score 1) 726

by Modern (#40388711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

The High Crusade is a pretty simple book that I loved and remembered reading as a kid. It is a good start into SciFi and easy to picture in ones mind while reading. I also suggest David Eddings, the Belgariad series as a good place to start. Good books with lots of imagery and not to difficult.

Comment: May 5th is free comic book day. (Score 3, Informative) 372

by Modern (#39874307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. There are plenty of kid comic books out there and the Marvels and DC's even have young versions of the top titles/hero's. Here in Las Vegas, we have some great owners who are very helpful and any good store should be able to find out what the kid likes and suggest a few to start. Maximum Comics woo hoo. (selfless plug).

Comment: Golden Rule of Testing. (Score 2) 228

by Modern (#39000649) Attached to: What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

Those who can, do. Those that can't, teach or QA.

While not always true, you have probably heard the above statement many times. Testers in many cases are responsible for bringing the whole project together. Other departments might make portions, a graphics/animation department, software programers, maybe math groups or database, however you are the one who has to test all the components together. For all this responsibility you get the least amount of pay, and are expected to know everything about all the parts and pieces. Blame QA is the common cry heard among companies, when something gets out buggy. The job itself could be ungodly script running repetition, or pretty cool new project stuff that has not been automated and the bleeding edge of the companies new products(with ungodly script repetition to follow later).

It tends to be a pretty thankless job, but in some cases it could be a good way to get into the company and use the job as a stepping stone for a better paid, less responsible, software developer (or otherwise) job at that company.


+ - iPhone 4S now No.1 smartphone at top-3 U.S. carrie->

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hazytodd (1151909) writes "Apple looks to be following up its surprising miss in the September quarter with a huge holiday quarter for its popular iPhone line. According to Canaccord Genuity’s checks, Apple’s iPhone 4S was the best-selling smartphone in October for Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint despite only being available for half of the month."
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+ - More Evidence for Human Effects on Climate->

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Stirling Newberry writes "While the development of a crack in the ice in Antartica that will be a large iceberg is providing some of the most interesting pictures of the day, and the story about record jumps in CO2 emissions are on many newspaper sites, two new articles are pointing to the subtle effects of human activity on climate. One, in Nature, is focused on how carbon is changing the dynamics of tropical cyclones, the other ,in Science, is focused on Nitrogen fertilizer and its effects on rainforests.

The Nature article focuses on cyclone genesis in the Arabian Sea, particularly whether human carbon emission reduces upper level winds. Of the three components of cyclone formation — warm sea water, unstable air masses, and low upper level winds — the last is what turns small storms into big storms, and allows storms in unusual places. This is because upper level winds shred the chimney effect that storms use to pull warm air from the sea and shoot it upwards. Low winds are like no predation in biology: without upper level winds to tear them apart, all sorts of strange storms can survive.

The Science magazine piece shows how human generated fertilizer shows up in leaves of trees in tropical rain forests. Since fertilizer is an essential part of increasing agricultural output, and rain forests are key parts of the atmospheric cycle, their study is important to climate stability as well."

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+ - Bill would require a warrant for digital tracking ->

Submitted by GovTechGuy
GovTechGuy (1267056) writes "Sens. Mark Kirk and Ron Wyden used the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to stump for a bill that would require police to obtain a warrant before using an individual's cell phone, laptop or other digital device to track their location. Under current law the government can access that data without a judge's approval, or even access a user's email account without first getting a warrant."
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