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Breakfast Topic: Has your account ever been compromised? {WoW}

Apr 19th 2011 8:57AM I was hacked just before authenticators were released. I was at home and my g/f said "Hey you are on WoW" I said no i wasn't and tried to log in but my password had been changed. After calling Blizzard and doing the reset password thing I finally got on by then all my normal stuff has been sold off but the hacker has transferred a bunch of blue things to sell off onto my character.

Now mind you I had been using very very good anti-virus at the time either NOD32 or Symatec Enterprise Antivirus I can't exactly recall and I had a routine of every three days of running Spybot and Ad-aware to check for other threats. Also I used a firewall and used a random password with letters and symbols in it, with WoW using a unique one. I have no idea how they got in to this day but I remember at the time there was a way hackers figured how to get into an account. My email was never compromised and I still use the same one.

In the end Blizzard made all things right and I got to keep all the blue and purple items. I think I ended up coming ahead with an extra 700g in my pocket (This was before Burning Crusades so I thought that was a lot of gold)

As soon as the authenticator came out I purchased two best $13 I ever spent. And they were sold out immediately. I think there is no excuse for not having an authenticator. If you have an android phone or an iPhone they even have a free software version of it.

I don't care how careful you are, everyone should get one. Heck I doubt Blizzard even makes a profit off them at how cheap they are. Its half of a one month subscription at the most. And if you are a guild leader or an officer you should definitely have one as a service to your guild.

Engadget giveaway: win a huge box of stuff from Josh's office! {Engadget}

Mar 3rd 2010 8:54PM I reaaaaaallllly want to know whats in the boxes.......

Paranoid TSA checkpoint agents arrest man over harmless Arabic flashcards {Gadling}

Feb 14th 2010 1:14PM I tend to think TSA policies are getting more and more foolish as time goes on but in this case TSA has no arrest power (They dont even have hand cuffs) so it more likely was the Philadelphia Police Department who decided to arrest and detain the person and not TSA unless you are on an aircraft with Federal Air Marshals

Travel Advice: Five ways to cope with bad restaurant service {Gadling}

Jan 29th 2010 8:49PM Well when I go out I do not judge the speed my food is delivered to me to determine how good a server is. I know they can't control things like busy nights and someone gets sick and all that and I do not expect them to, and bad food? I know that is not the servers fault at all and I will be nice as possible about it and never have caused me an issue in the past (I mean it really has to be terrible for me to say something I think the only time was when I had a chicken that tasted like dirt)

But if I see you twice in one night (once to take my order and once to bring me the check) well then why I am giving you a tip? You didn't even bring me my food or drink and forget about refills.

I only had to not tip someone once and that was because her service was so poor I never even got my food after being in the restaurant for 2 hours. And it wasn't even busy. Never got me my drink I ordered or anything. I finally found someone who told me my order wasn't put in and they took care of it but the original server's name was on my bill so I made sure that was $0 (The other server got a tip though don't worry)

Fortunately most of my restaurant experience are usually excellent and I don't have any issues with the serving staff but I will not treat tips as a mandatory payment.

WSJ: Apple wants e-books to be $12.99 or $14.99 for hardcover best sellers {Engadget}

Jan 26th 2010 10:21PM If they do make an eBook market I hope they actually use the industry standard Pub instead of making up some other useless format to render everything else useless...but that's probably asking too much.

Some personal thoughts about the Apple Tablet {}

Jan 26th 2010 9:06PM I don't know what Apple will do and I won't sit here and say whether or not it will be a hit. For all intents and purposes the MacBook Air was supposed to change the whole portable notebook arena instead it was not the hit that Apple probably hoped for and instead the netbooks came out as the ultra portable winners.

As for iTablet its hard to say. There are a lot of Mac users who I think would love a device that is a MacBook in a tablet form. If the rumors are accurate we won't see that instead we will see an oversized iPod Touch which to me is the same as shoving Android on a notebook and expecting it to succeed. I can;t see it doing well but like others have pointed Apple seems to have the knack at creating a need for something we don't know we even need.

The rumors about this being a great eBook device I don't know. I think its good for people who have a need for color content but unless the battery will last like 8 hours I cannot see it replacing something like a Kindle. The reason people like Kindles is because the screen does not shine into your eyes burning out your retinas inducing headaches like LCD's do. And even among the hard core readers who this may apply too they reject even the kindle a device built from the ground up to appeal to readers books are always just cheaper.

Lockheed Martin introduces 'PC on a stick' flash drive -- yes, Lockheed Martin {Engadget}

Jan 19th 2010 10:40PM We were using the Kingston Traveler's Thumb Drive in our DHS division for USB drives. With the recent security issues on those models I am sure LM saw a golden egg opportunity present itself when the government goes "Oh poop our drives are broken we need something more secure"

DOD may not use them but plenty of other government offices do.

Microsoft loses patent appeal; Word and Office to be barred from sale starting January 11 {Engadget}

Dec 22nd 2009 4:10PM I find it hilarious that the company that caused this injunction, relies on Word to sell its products as its an Office Add-on.

Joyswag: Call of Booty: Prestige Edition {Joystiq}

Nov 13th 2009 10:55AM The scariest thing I ever thought I saw was mannequins in the dark. For the longest time I thought they were stalking me and I wa shaving nightmares and everything. So I was scared of the white store mannequins for a long time. Whenever I used to go into my parents basement I swear I saw them there hiding against the white walls.....

Yet another TSA failure - missing uniforms and badges {Gadling}

Oct 16th 2008 8:11PM Oh look! Another "Lets bash TSA" article because its good press right? God yes it has issues it was built together overnight with Popsicle sticks and spit and glue and then was meant to be temporary. They have the worse pay system in the government and treated like the bastard child of it as well. You have the worse hours in the world and its a huge agency on top of all that. And then lets get all shocked and surprised when "Oh noes! There was a thief in checked baggage!" Hey guess what? There has always been theft in checked baggage long before TSA and guess who is still doing most of the theft in baggage? SO yes we had a couple of criminals who worked and are working for us just like every company and business and agency out there. People suck its a fact of life get over it, its not limited to TSA so stop trying to make us feel like retarded monkeys some of us actually do try and do a good job.

Oh and buy the way a more rigorous check for uniforms is in place with the roll out of the new uniforms so they did already go ahead and resolved an issue they knew about. And since the SIDA badges are the domain of the Airport and not TSA how each airport handles SIDA badges is different. Maybe its just deactivated at some airports making it a useless piece of plastic who knows, but hey who care its an article about how stupid TSA employees are and that's all that's important right?