from the or-druid-as-the-case-may-be dept.
A feature at Gamasutra examines one of the foundations of many MMORPGs — the idea that class roles within such a game fall into three basic categories: tank, healer, and damage dealer. The article evaluates the pros and cons of such an arrangement and takes a look at some alternatives.
"Eliminating specialized roles means that we do away with boxing a class into a single role. Without Tanks, each class would have features that would help them participate in and survive many different encounters like heavy armor, strong avoidance, or some class or magical abilities that allow them to disengage from direct combat. Without specialized DPS, all classes should be able to do damage in order to defeat enemies. Some classes might specialize in damage type, like area of effect (AoE) damage; others might be able to exploit enemy weaknesses, and some might just be good at swinging a sharpened bit of metal in the right direction at a rapid rate. This design isn't just about having each class able to fill any trinity role. MMO combat would feel more dynamic in this system. Every player would have to react to combat events and defend against attacks."
When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.
Of course the problem is the *current* oversubscription levels. Yes you need to oversubscribe however when you are approaching your total bandwidth level at peak times you work on expanding not dropping connections. Instead the big ISPs have decided to continue to increase the oversubscription numbers instead of reducing them as demand has increased.
d1taylor writes: More than just a detailed and illustrated tutorial on how to download and install Yellowdog Linux on a Sony Playstation 3, this extensive article also explores how it works and where it might just be a cool replacement to WebTV and other lightweight Internet access devices. It's fun, educational, and sure to stir up some controversy with its included criticism of the state of Linux distributions too. Check it out: http://www.askdavetaylor.com/yellow_dog_linux_on_s ony_playstation3.html
narramissic writes: "A report released this week by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a pro-technology think tank, claims that in addition to creating higher-paying jobs, allowing businesses to cut costs, and creating opportunity for innovation, IT was responsible for nearly all of the U.S. worker productivity growth between 1995 and 2002. At a forum in Washington, D.C., the report's co-author and ITIF president Robert Atkinson warned lawmakers that there will be a 'significant cost to the economy if you hinder digital transformation' and called on the government to spur IT adoption in several industries, including health care, banking and transportation."