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Breakfast Topic: Healers are the drummers of WoW {WoW}

Jan 7th 2010 8:29AM Because, clearly, the article is talking about heroic instances when one or more of the players clearly and widely out-gear the content. There's no way he could be talking about instances where player ability actually matters. Either way, your tank friend's point is moot. A healer with good enough gear can keep an entire group of mediocre-to-poor players alive in a heroic that (s)he greatly out-gears. A same argument could be made about DPS killing things so fast they don't have a chance to kill the tank OR the healer.

Of course, that wasn't the poster's point.

PS: You should teach your friend how to read so you don't have to read stuff to him any more.

WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: 5 Razer Naga gaming mice {WoW}

Nov 24th 2009 3:55PM Mouse, please!

Guardian talks to Chinese goldsellers and UK buyers {WoW}

Mar 5th 2009 2:28PM "Well, think about it. If you are running a company that is shady at best to begin with"

Have you stopped to consider that not everyone lives by Blizzard's Terms of Services as their moral code?

Schramm pretty routinely spouts off about things he knows nothing about (see, e.g., copyright and glider) and this is just another example. Even if we assume that there are gold-farming companies that get their gold through hacked accounts, it's stupid to assume they all do it that way.

You might as well be saying that everyone steals to support their drug habit since some people do. Feels good to say, but it's not accurate in the least.

Healers know you're dying. Don't yell. {WoW}

Feb 11th 2009 1:15PM Sometimes the only thing the recount chasers understand is that if you're dead you do 0 DPS.

A few fights of being dead for half of it typically gets their attention.

Blizzard responds to the Glider decision {WoW}

Feb 5th 2009 3:14PM Yeah, whoops. s/Glider/Warden/

To elaborate more fully, even a cursory read of the court's decision in this case will show that the copyright claim just had nothing to do with with the ToS, Scrhamm's long tirade yesterday notwithstanding.

The court's basic holding on the DMCA claim was this: the dynamically generated game environment is copyrighted intellectual property of blizzard. The court held that Warden is, for DMCA purposes, a "technological measure that effectively controls access", 17 U.S.C. ยง 1201(a), to the copyrighted work that is WoW.

Because Glider was made for the express purpose of circumventing Warden in order to access WoW in violation of Blizzard's copyright, it runs afoul of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions.

Glider wasn't shut down because they violated the ToS. They weren't shut down because they helped players violate the ToS. They were shut down because they circumvented an access protection mechanism.

That might seem like a trivial, overly-semantic distinction, but it's really not.

Screwing with the WoW economy is against the ToS, but because there are no "technological measure[s] that effectively controls access" for people screwing with the WoW economy, just buying/selling gold is not going get you sued for copyright infringement or DMCA violations.

Blizzard responds to the Glider decision {WoW}

Feb 5th 2009 3:00PM The suit was not about ToS violations.

It was about circumventing Glider, which was held to be a copyright protection mechanism.

The Glider outcome and copyright law {WoW}

Feb 4th 2009 9:55PM "they claimed that by circumventing the ToS, the Glider folks were actually breaking copyright law"

And the court shot down that argument. The judgment was based on the circumvention not of the ToS but of warden itself.

Small patch being deployed {WoW}

Jan 27th 2009 2:44PM I understand bits and bytes perfectly well, actually.

But if you're going to take things literally and then criticize, you ought to make sure you get it right. A lower-case 'm' is improper because metric-system-style prefixes are case-sensitive.

Does a millibit exist? No, and that's precisely why the lower-case "m" is what makes the original post nonsense, not the bit/byte difference. That also happens to be the reason that everyone would read "mb" as "megabyte" because it is the only unit which really makes sense in context.

But yes, we all understand now. You're one of the true geniuses in the world who knows that b = bit and B = byte.

Good work.

Small patch being deployed {WoW}

Jan 27th 2009 11:51AM "three bug fixes hardly seem to require a 6 mb patch."

How on earth could you possibly know that?