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Rumor: Cataclysm targeted for a November 2 release date {WoW}

Sep 13th 2010 3:44PM Hmmmm.... actually I think many states have a law requiring businesses to allow for time off to vote on election day. I'm going to be doing a lot of "voting" on November 2nd...

Cataclysm Beta: Restoration shaman talents and specialization {WoW}

Jul 15th 2010 6:36PM No comment on Telluric Currents? This is the most confusing talent for me. Is it supposed to be a way for us to regen mana? Useful for soloing only? If it was in the first two tiers, I could see it being useful as a subspec talent or for leveling. But this far down, I just don't get it.

Otherwise, the Restoration tree looks pretty solid IMO. I think Spark of Life and Ancestral Resolve in the first tier are really cool talents. They're useful for subspecs too, so there's a reason to go down into the restoration tree as enhancement or elemental.

My main criticisms with the Restoration tree:

- Tidal Focus feels expensive and lousy next to Spark of Life. Comparing it to Convection/Concussion, it is overpriced. Also, I doubt anyone would pick this talent as an subspec.
- Totemic Focus would be great to move up to the first tier so that it is easier to pick for subspecs (maybe switch tiers w/ Tidal Focus).
- Nature's Blessing feels like an expensive talent at 3/3 points.
- No Spirit Link?!?

Roadmap to Cataclysm zone overhauls {WoW}

Nov 6th 2009 2:58PM The yellow stars on the map look like they refer to new instances (or raid zones?).

I'm a little confused though, because Blizzard discussed changing the leveling flow of the northern Eastern Kingdoms zones so that they flowed more in succession:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.wow.com/media/2009/08/mapscataconceptart-%288%29.jpg

So zones like Hinterlands and Western Plaguelands have only a "light overhaul", yet everything there is changing level completely? Seems more than just a light adjustment to those areas.

Of course, "light" could be relative. If changing WPL from 50+ to 35-40 is considered "light", I can't wait to see the changes they have in store for the "heavy modification" zones!

Olympus E-P2 official, patches over E-P1 problems and jacks up the price {Engadget}

Nov 5th 2009 1:40PM That's a lot of text to say "It's a black E-P1 with an EVF for $300 more".

Panasonic Lumix GF1 reviewed {Engadget}

Oct 9th 2009 8:14PM Without an external mic, you're not going to get any worthwhile channel separation anyways. "Stereo" sound on most digital cameras is just for show. I think it's tough to judge the sound quality with a music overlay anyways. If you search for other sample GF1 videos, they actually have pretty good sound quality.

Sigma's DP1s gets official, hitting shelves in November? {Engadget}

Oct 2nd 2009 3:51PM There are a number of trade-offs where these products differ:

- Sigma DP1/DP2 are smaller (more noticeable if you have actually held vs looking at pictures online)
- Sigma DP1/DP2 are less expensive
- Sigma DP1/DP2 have Foveon X3 sensor

It's not so simple to say "image quality is just as good", because there are certainly instances where the Foveon sensor has been shown to outperform a 12MP Bayer sensor and vice-versa. People typically love Foveon for the color resolution and dynamic range. Foveon images make great B&W photos (the "grain" at high ISO can be very film-like).

Certainly the EP-1 or GF1 have a lot of advantages as well; the foremost being interchangeable lenses, high ISO color, MUCH faster auto-focus and camera use, and 720p video.

The point is that there ARE good reasons to choose a Sigma over m43.

Sprint's Dan Hesse talks Android, Pre, iPhone, 4G on Charlie Rose {Engadget}

Sep 14th 2009 12:45PM @WindowsFTW

That is what I had heard prior to switching from Verizon to Sprint. But in my home apartment I get lousy reception now on Sprint (frequent dropped calls, sometimes no signal), whereas I never had a problem on Verizon. Now it could just be the switch to a different phone, but I think that assuming Sprint reception is equivalent to Verizon is wrong.

Not that I've had a terrible experience with Sprint's reception. Besides the weak signal at home, I noticed much difference.

I love my Pre too. =)

Researcher plans to use GPS to study asthma triggers {Engadget}

Apr 13th 2009 1:05PM I wonder if Google would be able to track this similar to how they track flu trends:

http://www.google.org/flutrends/

At least it would be interesting to see.