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Comment: Re:Raiding (Score 1) 175

Look, maybe it's you. If you see a paladin in the video and you don't know what to do because you're a warrior, it's not the game. It's not the class. It's not the encounter. It's you.

And no, tanking's not hard. You survive, you did a good job. You die, it was either your gear or your healers. Tanking involves very little skill nowadays. You've got a handful of cooldowns you use every couple minutes, and that's about it. DPS has to manage more at once, and healing is where the challenge really is.

"I don't know how to raid" is sort of meaningless on its own. What part is it you don't know, exactly?

Comment: Re:Raiding (Score 1) 175

A 5k gear score is doable with 5-man dungeons. I mean, even before this last patch.

You can "know the fights" by looking them up on wowpedia.org or youtube. Or tankspot. Or bosskillers. Or a half dozen other sites.

ICC pugs on my server routinely clear at least half of icecrown. I've known pugs attempt heroic bosses, and some even kill (normal) lich king.

Comment: Re:ITT noobs complaining about SC2 (Score 1) 83

Once upon a time, you could play a Blizzard game over a LAN.

Once upon a time, you could install a "spawn" copy to play against a friend, allowing the two of you to play multiplayer off one install disc and CD key.

Once upon a time, you didn't need the internet to play single player.

Comment: I recently had to replace my phone... (Score 1) 336

by tuxedobob (#34002594) Attached to: In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?

... and it annoyed me to no end that I couldn't just get something like my old phone, a Nokia 6150. All the phones now either flip or slide, and are chock full of "features" which are really thinly-veiled attempts to get you to cough up more money for a data plan.

I just wanted a regular phone with a 12-key number pad that could send text messages with predictive text input. Nope. Not offered anymore. Hell, I can't even send an email to someone without using a data plan and some email "service". (On the Nokia I could simply set an email address as the recipient of a text message.) And one of the features about it I really liked—the ability to set "profiles", multiple preference sets for ring volume and the like—isn't on the one I have now. But dammit, I can take pictures and... not do a whole lot with them.

And even the 6150 doesn't have something my original cell phone did that I gave up in 2004... I miss Snake. :(

Government

French City To Use CCTV For Parking Fines 297

Posted by Soulskill
from the nos-rendimos dept.
horza writes "The city of Nice, France is rolling out 626 CCTV cameras throughout town, giving it one of the highest levels of surveillance in the world (1.8 cameras per 1000 inhabitants). The usual rhetoric was given — that they will be used solely for reducing violent crime — but the city will now begin sending out parking tickets solely based on the CCTV video evidence."
Australia

Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the variety-is-the-spice-of-life dept.
Kilrah_il writes "The fine-structure constant, a coupling constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, has been measured lately by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has been found to change slightly in light sent from quasars in galaxies as far back as 12 billion years ago. Although the results look promising, caution is advised: 'This would be sensational if it were real, but I'm still not completely convinced that it's not simply systematic errors' in the data, comments cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT. Craig Hogan of the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., acknowledges that 'it's a competent team and a thorough analysis.' But because the work has such profound implications for physics and requires such a high level of precision measurements, 'it needs more proof before we'll believe it.'"
Medicine

Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan 190

Posted by samzenpus
from the 15-minutes-definitely-15-minutes dept.
kkleiner writes "A new technique developed at King's College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain, and tests have shown that it can identify individuals already diagnosed with autism with 90% accuracy. The research could change the way that autism is diagnosed – including screening children for the disorder at a young age."

Comment: Re:Did they even think about this one? (Score 1) 160

by tuxedobob (#33038168) Attached to: Australian Enterprises Block Sex Party's Political Site

So, if I understand you right, you're saying the conversation goes like this:

"I don't really want to be talking to my 8-year-old about sex."

"Well, too bad. You should, and we're calling ourselves the Sex Party."

"Wow, you totally changed my mind!"

Um, yeah... not so much. This logic is a lot like atheists calling religious people stupid and expecting that to convert them to atheism.

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