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The Lawbringer: Interfering with gold farmers {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2010 12:02PM I wonder what percentage of gold sold by 3rd parties comes from account hacking? Players still seem to think that most gold sellers are in another country mining whatnot all day...so buying gold isn't really that bad. I would guess that the reality is that as Blizzard has stepped up its war against bot programs, the gold sellers have shifted to account hacking as the primary source of gold.

Cataclysm: Stat and system changes for resto shaman {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2010 12:37PM You will still have theorycraft choices between int/haste/crit/regen. The situation now is that with mana pools and regen where they are, there isn't much of a endurance aspect to healing. Bomb your biggest heal as fast as possible is how it works now. One of their stated goals is to get healing back to worrying about efficiency, and not just throughput. Int/haste will still be the best for throughput, but if you run oom in 2m of a 4min fight, you're not going to win.

Even without the mana issue, there is still the decision of int vs haste, which could still be an interesting decision, but we'll have to see how the exact numbers end up.

I'm also hoping that the mana regen changes make blue slots more valuable, now they seem like a liability to everyone but tanks.

Mobile Authenticator available for Android {WoW}

Feb 10th 2010 3:09PM according to http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/debt/bank-account-fraud-theres-an-app-for-that/#ixzz0fAH96foJ

"In December, Google *pulled* 50 applications from its Android Market in response to concerns that they may be malicious. All apps were uploaded by the same developer and claimed to offer access to bank accounts from a wide variety of institutions, from big names like..."

To me, account security is a serious enough issue that a site like wow.com should take extra care to confirm this type of story before publishing it. Why not just say "We have been informed that Blizzard is working on an Android version of the mobile authenticator (and why that would be important) and we are waiting for Blizzard to confirm the details."

With the support page, it looks more like this is legit, it just really surprised me that this would be run without confirmation. What if the app turned out not to be legit?

Mobile Authenticator available for Android {WoW}

Feb 10th 2010 2:46PM Android is a smartphone OS developed by Google. It is the OS behind the Droid and Nexus One phones (and ~50 others, but those are the most popular.)

Mobile Authenticator available for Android {WoW}

Feb 10th 2010 2:35PM "we believe it to be legitimate"

You are encouraging people to use an account security product, but have not been able to confirm through Blizzard that it is official? This might be the most irresponsible thing I have ever seen. Last month there were stories of someone putting up android apps for a certain bank, but the apps were not done by the bank, and were stealing account information. Please, please, verify this type of story first.

The Twelve Days of Winter Veil: Day one loot code giveaway {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2010 8:18PM Someone dropped one of these by the bank a month or so ago, and it was a blast. I would love one

WoW Rookie: Leveling with PvP {WoW}

Dec 2nd 2009 5:08PM "go back to their level 55 *Hunter*"

fixed it for you ;)

WoW Fifth Anniversary Sweepstakes {WoW}

Nov 5th 2009 9:52AM This almost certainly has nothing to do with geography, and everything to do with law. Every country (USA included) has strange and quirky laws about giving away prizes (if you think thats not the case, find the official fine print of a McDonalds contest). In some cases its not even clear what laws apply (jurisdictions are funny things).

Blizz may do things that I don't think are smart, but they're not idiots. They wouldn't just exclude people from this sort of thing for no reason.

Breakfast Topic: The great Battle.net merge {WoW}

Oct 13th 2009 1:04PM I'm pretty sure that the authenticator restrictions are US restrictions on export of cryptography devices/code.

A challenge to Blizzard's secretive philosophy {WoW}

Sep 10th 2009 5:49PM I tend to think more communication is better than less, but this is also the fanbase that creates forum posts *every* tuesday about not being able to log on.