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Comment: Re:Roadless (Score 1) 220

by phlamb (#37044966) Attached to: IBM Plays <em>SimCity</em> With Portland, Oregon

The rail (and bus) system in the Portland area works well in a lot of areas (Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham) and not so great in others.

When I lived in Beaverton it took me less time to take the MAX (light rail) into downtown than it did to drive and find parking (about 20 min. vs 30). Now that I've moved to Tualatin I've basically given up on rail since, as the parent said, it takes 60-90 minutes by rail (and 30-40 by the irregularly scheduled bus) and about 15 minutes driving.

That said, for the more densely populated areas of the metro area (ESPECIALLY downtown) I think the light rail does a great job, and I'm hoping the proposed new light rail line along I-5/99W through Tigard will make it even better.

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+ - EA CEO: Consoles Now Only 40% of Games Industry->

Submitted by donniebaseball23
donniebaseball23 (1888144) writes "Electronic Arts has been one of the few traditional publishers to target emerging sectors like social gaming and tablets, and EA CEO John Riccitiello has confirmed that consoles are becoming less and less relevant these days. "I would argue that one of the least interesting things about the games industry was that every 5 years you’d see a new console or platform from everybody at about the same time with about the same or similar upgrades or services. You’d sort of harvest it and then it’d cycle back. We got used to it. It’s what seemed normal. But it’s not a particularly smart way to run an industry... bulges in technology investment followed by harvest. And let’s be realistic. Consoles used to be 80% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry, so what do we really have?" he observed to IndustryGamers."
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+ - SPAM: Red Bull Creation Contest

Submitted by Endoflow2010
Endoflow2010 (1971908) writes "Red Bull gives you wings, right? Well, apparently it also gives 16 teams the energy necessary to build brand new and quite random inventions as a part of Red Bull’s annual Red Bull Creation event. In a nutshell, Red Bull throws out a secret theme at the very beginning of the weekend and teams are asked to create gizmos and gadgets that exemplify that theme, all in a matter of 72 hours.

This year, it was “Energy In Motion,” and that’s exactly what we saw there. From spinning see-saws to a “WPV” (wedgie-powered vehicle), imagination was certainly not lacking at McCarren Park in Brooklyn yesterday.

The pictures are definitely worth checking out."

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