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Comment: Government IT services (Score 2) 299

by everett (#48074489) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

A lot of IT positions are with the federal government, and many military members parting from service already possess the security clearances required for those positions. It's often cheaper to train someone that already possess a security clearance to be an IT professional than it is to get an IT professional their security clearance.

+ - Guild Wars 2 - Open Beta Impressions->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Guild Wars 2 is a good game, nothing extraordinary though. Over-hyped as usual but it will be a solid game once it launches. I will share my impressions on the Beta, instead of writing walls of text I will make it short and simple with Pros and Cons. Also keep in mind that I am not fanboy or hater, and I will ignore all bugs and performance issues because it's Beta after all.

Character creation is quite awesome, a lot of customization.
Good artstyle and visual effects.
World feels open and alive, zones/areas are huge.
Personalized storylines are interesting. (Played on Ranger and Necromancer)
Dynamic events are not static.
Player vs. Player is fun, takes a little practice before you can start kicking ass.
Some NPCs are voiced.

Graphics/textures are decent, nothing great. (Was running beta on maximum)
Character animations are horrible.
It's very easy to out-level your character's story.
Your choices and actions don't have a real effect on the world around you. (Yes, they lied)
Zerged events aren't that fun.
World vs. World is a mess without proper guild and strategys. (Right now whoever has the most numbers — wins, skill doesn't matter)
Crafting system is very simple, nothing special.
Decent looking UI, could be better.

On a side note, keep in mind that blind fanboys have overhyped GW2 to the point where they made it seem like it was a completly different game... I suggest that everyone should lower their expectations because this game brings nothing new to the MMO genre whatsoever, all systems that are in GW2 were done before in other games; WoW, War, AoC, Rift, etc. This is not just my opinion, it's a pure fact.

I will be buying this game once it comes out, the very first month it's a guaranteed fun, not sure about how it will last in the long run though."

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+ - Japanese scientists create touchable holograms

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Until now, hologram technology has been "for the eyes only" but a Japanese research team has advanced one to incorporate a sense of touch. Ultrasonic waves are used in order to create pressure on the user hand when it touches a hologram. At this point only simple objects have been tried in testing, but the researchers are already planning for virtual switches at hospitals and in other areas where contamination is a worry."

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev