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Submission + - A real archer reports on the accuracy of in-game archery (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: A lot of games are turning to archery to set themselves apart from run of the mill action or shooter games. Bow-hunting is a big part of Crysis 3, there are memorable reels of bow-kills all over YouTube for Far Cry 3, and even Lara Croft is getting in on the Robin Hood action. But while game developers have had decades to get guns feeling just right, are they up to speed on how archery really works? One tame gameplaying archer finds out.
Facebook

Submission + - Facebook systematically restricting access to fans unless you pay up (tumblr.com)

sparkydevil writes: Today I wanted to post an update to ALL of my 3800 Facebook fans telling them that I had just updated my karaoke business website when I saw the Promote button: For $5 I can increase the "reach" of my posts to 1100 fans, for $10 FB would increase the reach to 2200 fans, for $15 it would increase the reach to 3300 and for $20 I would have the benefit of being able to reach all of my fans. This essentialy confirms what many fan page owners have suspected — that FB has been systematically restricting reach over the past year so that they could "fix" the problem by introducing the promote feature.

This is a slap in the face to people like me who have spent many thousands of dollars getting those fans to sign up to their page — Facebook is effectively restricting access to my own fans unless I pay up. Basically Facebook is saying those fans don't belong to me, but belong to them.

Government

Submission + - Military Transformers: 20 Innovative Defense Technologies (informationweek.com)

gManZboy writes: "Much of the Department of Defense's most advanced research goes on at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where work is underway on everything from a jet that shoots across the sky at Mach 20 to disaster-response robots. But DARPA's not the only source of war-fighting innovations. The Naval Research Laboratory, major defense contractors, and IBM have projects underway, too. Check out these 20 innovative defense technologies, some that are being deployed and others still on the drawing board.

Which will see the light of day? The proposed Defense budget for fiscal year 2013 would cut R&D funding by $2.2 billion, to $69.7 billion, though DARPA's budget would be spared significant cuts.

Some of the technologies in development have potential application in the commercial world. Others--including a battleground vehicle that transforms into a helicopter--rewrite the rules of war."

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