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Faction Changes Coming To World of Warcraft 209

A Blizzard representative today announced that they're working on a service for players to switch factions in World of Warcraft, going from Horde to Alliance or vice versa. "There's still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we're pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it." They also said there would be "some rules involved with when and how the service can be used."

Comment Re:Here's the article I remember RE alpha particle (Score 1) 724
The article does mention concrete shielding, but nothing about metal?

"Recently, experiments on cosmic ray effects at airplane
altitudes have been published by IBM, Boeing, and others
[14, 151. We do not review this specialized field, other than
to note that the fail rate of electronics at airplane altitudes
is about one hundred times worse than at terrestrial
altitudes, as was predicted in an IBM paper 15 years
earlier [16]."

Comment Here's the article I remember RE alpha particles. (Score 5, Informative) 724

This references an IBM study, which is what I think I actually remember but could not find quickly this morning.

"In a study by IBM, it was noted that errors in cache memory were twice as common above an altitude of 2600 feet as at sea level. The soft error rate of cache memory above 2600 feet was five times the rate at sea level, and the soft error rate in Denver (5280 feet) was ten times the rate at sea level."

Comment There are plenty of other jobs (Score 1) 352

besides programming and PC level work. Server admin (Email, Database etc) Firewall/security specialist, Router/WAN specialist, VOIP. Usually one starts off in the PC level/printer repair work, and works ones way up as their abilities allow. If you are suited (eg have the aptitude) to the higher level stuff (WAN, firewalls, servers etc) then you can learn it and move into that area. Certification tests help, both manufacturer specific as well as generic ones.

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