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In defence of the SuperDrive {TUAW.com}

Mar 1st 2011 11:39PM Have to agree with the author that there is still a great need for it within a laptop. Perhaps this need is not as it once was, however, certain industries still maintain a high demand for such a device within their mobile device.

I work within the market research industry and we often perform group studies which are recorded. Many of my clients have laptops and several of them have shown up with iPads to perform the studies. The benefit of the laptop with the SuperDrive is that I can hand my clients the DVD recording and they can watch the video while on a flight or at their hotel without having to download a large file. We also offer a digital copy that they can download from our FTP server, but that is a convenience that we offer. More often then not, my clients prefer to have the physical media the night of and the digital copy for when they return to their home city.

While my own person usage as a student does not require the SuperDrive as much as it does for my clients, I would be happy to have it either way. My current MacBook Pro 13" suits me just fine, but I would pay the 'Apple Tax' and sacrifice the SuperDrive for an extended battery (even if it was not removable) or extra hard drive for an extra $100 or so. Offering the option would keep people that are not tech savvy, like many who purchase Apple products, from having to sacrifice that form of media and keeping them happy, meanwhile keeping those of us who no longer find a normal use for the drive content to change the standard for a small premium.

Either way, there is still a definite need for them, even if we all do not see the need within our own experiences.

Engadget wins the People's Voice Webby in Consumer Electronics, and you can win a Droid Incredible! {Engadget}

May 5th 2010 1:15AM I think the Incredible is an awesome phone... but I always need an excuse to wear geeky clothing... gogo t-shirt

Lichborne: Frost DPS 101 {WoW}

Apr 13th 2010 10:31PM Actually, most people are now using Frost in PVP for the 8% damage reduction.

Lichborne: Frost DPS 101 {WoW}

Apr 13th 2010 10:22PM I have played with both a slow (read: 2.6) and a fast (read: 1.5) weapon. Personally, I found that I got more proc's of Killing Machine when I use the faster weapon vs. the slower one. My damage and strikes were more for each attack, but with less KM proc's, my overall damage and dps lagged for my 3min tests.

I know that blizzard says that the proc rate should be equal, but from my own experience, they are not. So, I stick to my faster weapon!

Lichborne: Frost DPS 101 {WoW}

Apr 13th 2010 10:12PM Hey Dan

I would recommend posting a secondary spec for people. I know that some people want a spec laid out for them, even if they are already in higher end gear. I know several people who picked up a few one-handers through ICC before 3.3.3 hit, so that they could test out the rotation and spec.

Personally, I like the 1/52/18 spec for a bit of reduced threat but not a complete loss. I find that I am not having much problem with threat, unless I outgear the tank.

All that said, I have been a fan of DW since 3.08 when my raid had a DW DK Tank in Naxx10. I hate that I can't DW tank in Cata, but at least I get to keep my DW DPS spec.

In defense of care packages and mandatory authenticators {WoW}

Jan 11th 2010 6:26PM Here's how they do it:

Package it with Cata - raise the price of Cata to $50 to offset the cost of the Authenticator and give 1 free month of WoW (we haven't had 1 free month of gameplay since buying the original WoW). Really, this is $6 for the Authenticator and $4 for a month of gameplay. Oh, and you only get the one month of gameplay when you activate the Authenticator and you lose the gameplay when you take it off the account.

To make it easy for those who buy online, offer Cata for $40 with no Authenticator and no free gameplay. They can also offer free international shipping if you fore go the free gameplay.

Finally, give 1 additional month of free gameplay to anyone who already had an Authenticator before activating Cata. This would encourage people who don't have it to get it early and you can buy Cata online for the cheaper price if you so choose.

All-in-all, this could give you 2 months of gameplay, a new expansion and a second authenticator for anyone already owning one.

For those that really don't want an Authenticator, we can go 1 of 3 ways. Option 1, you quit WoW (in blizzards least interest, but the money they save by not having to fix your problems may be more than the money they make by keeping you). Option 2, you agree to a second, non-authenticator ToS which says you must accept the Care Package (no account restoration) if you get hacked. Option 3, you agree to a second, non-authenticator ToS and pay a higher monthly fee (maybe $1-2 more). If you really feel that strongly about it, maybe your wallet will back up you up.

In defense of care packages and mandatory authenticators {WoW}

Jan 11th 2010 5:34PM Aykwa - the problem with that is that not everyone has a static IP address. Most cable internet services use a dynamic IP system which resets the IP of your house/residence internet every 4-6 hours. Your IP will remain the same on your local network, but your IP according to blizzard and according to the cable company will not always remain the same. This system keeps them from having slow downs... kinda like a soft reset to your internet (ever notice big lag spikes? that's them reseting your DNS).

If they had a way to verify other things, like the serial code of your windows OS, the serial code of your motherboard or even some other random piece of hardware, you could do this. but you would need to, first, have the permission of the user (easy - update the ToS) and second, get the rights to use that information for security purposes. Some companies don't want other companies using their serial numbers for their own purposes. This can and would be a bigger hassle then just giving everyone an Authenticator (it's free already if you have the worlds most popular smartphone or mp3 player).

P.S. The Authenticator is the same concept most large businesses use for their own employees for logging into their servers. If they trust it for secure files that actually mean something... I can trust it for a game.

Enter to win a Creative WoW wireless headset {WoW}

Oct 1st 2009 2:41AM /roll please be a 100
plz. :P

Enter to win a Creative World of Warcraft wireless headset {WoW}

Sep 24th 2009 10:40PM I need me a new headset... and these would do great!!!