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Comment: Re:Sensationalism Sucks (Score 1) 281

by RobL3 (#41807413) Attached to: Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast
Do you live near the ocean? If so I'm surprised by this comment - it's not the wind or the rain that make this storm so dangerous (although the duration due to the size will be unusual) It's the storm surge and flooding. At high tide you're looking at 6-11 feet in some parts of NYC. If it hit the high side of that the subways and underground conduits will fill with seawater. I probably don't have to explain why thats a really, really bad thing.

Comment: Even more ridiculous in context... (Score 1) 157

by RobL3 (#41059645) Attached to: CowboyNeal Looks Back at the SCO-Linux Trials
Look at what's happened in the tech world during the last ten years... Hell, just look at the Linux world - who would have thought IBM would be selling Linux as the "never-get-fired-for choosing-IBM" mid-tier server option? It's not just that our legal system can't keep up with the ever-increasing pace of change, It's having trouble staying in the same freaking decade. I fear the coming patent wars and their effect on innovation. Hell, when this story broke I had a high /. UID.....
Input Devices

Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-some-exercise-while-you-raid dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."
Transportation

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

Posted by kdawson
from the delta-vee dept.
scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."
Games

Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the truth-or-dare dept.
sinij writes "An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: 'We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It's 'stable' now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project." The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company's excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.
Communications

WiMax Is Finally Coming — Here's How It Performs 112

Posted by timothy
from the more-headroom dept.
GMGruman writes "Carriers have promised WiMax networks for years. But will they deliver the goods, or be slow like many early 3G networks or patchy in coverage like the metro Wi-Fi attempts in most cities? This hands-on review looks at a nearly-WiMax deployment (technically, OFDM) in Reno, testing its speeds and reach, as a measure of what Sprint and Clearwire will deliver in their joint WiMax rollouts starting next month. The good news is that this time, the carrier promises look to be delivered on."

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