Oct 6th 2010 7:42PM Look, it's pretty simple. There are lots of people that love Bear's shows and there's a lot of haters like yourself.
So get over it. Don't watch his show. Fine.
But, why feel it necessary to belittle a man who CLEARLY has achieved far more than me, you or 99% of us. If you don't believe me, do some simple research, look him up. Google him.
Don't just make stuff up. Like "Discovery was pissed". That's untrue. He pumped up his military career. Link or it didn't happen. Claiming that he doesn't actually eat what you SEE him eat on the show.
You say "the point isn't that he is doing these things on-camera" and then in the SAME PARAGRAPH you use the punchline "he finishes filming, goes back to the hotel, and sits around drinking beer with his camera crew".
I get irritated (to the point of feel compelled to rebutt your troll bait) whenever I hear "average Joe Internet" trying to belittle the guy. Where's your CV? Where's your show? What's your agenda for writing a hate post?
I think Les Stroud is great too, but it isn't a competition, they're DIFFERENT shows. Both on Discovery. They don't even compete for air time.
So wave the flag for Survivorman, but stop attempting to bring down Bear Grylls, because I and others love both shows and am getting sick of the hate.
(BTW, excellent machinima BTW, I like to think of it as a tribute to the show)!
Oct 6th 2010 3:33PM The lure of the trolls is to strong. So the big deal is Bear Grylls has stayed in a hotel, when off camera.
Here's some other amazing facts.
He got married, off camera.
He's brought up kids, off camera.
He's served in the special forces, off camera.
He's climbed Everest, off camera.
He's broken his back in a bad parachute jump and recovered, off camera.
Hell, he has a whole other life off camera!
What he does on camera - including traversing white water, swimming in frozen lakes, negotiating great heights, eating whatever he can find in the wild - is clearly real.
Discovery were never surprised to learn he spent time in a hotel off camera, they paid for his expenses!
They expressed a statement to clarify the situation (for the benefit of the more stupid viewers).
"The programme explicitly does not claim that presenter Bear Grylls' experience is one of unaided solo survival. For example, he often directly addresses the production team, including the cameraman, making it clear he is receiving an element of back-up."
For most people, this was frickin' obvious. When I go to sleep at night, I don't worry about what TV presenters are doing at night. Yet weirdly, some viewers were upset to learn that when Bear WASN'T filming the show, he also WASN'T in a life-threatening situation.
GAH! Some people are so stupid!
May 4th 2010 6:02AM I remember the public being stunned by the announcement of Starcraft II a few years ago.
May 4th 2010 6:00AM @Mirantha.
The game will still be hosted on Blizzard's servers and you will still log into them as you do now. The only difference is "your computer" will actually be running in a data-center somewhere.
May 4th 2010 5:58AM There's really nothing in the ToS about this and given you will still pay your Blizzard subscription fee, I would imagine Blizzard would actually be excited about this service and are probably co-operating with Gaikai to help get it working.
The way to think of it is that the only thing you use of your computer is your monitor, while you utilize a computer that's on the internet. The computer you are using has a hard-drive (so you can save game-files (like addons), create your account (for you subscription) and upgrade the version (this will be done for you). It has a very powerful graphics card to render your graphics, which are then sent over the wire to your computer.
It is a clearly a disruptive technology. Gamers are used to spending a lot of money on their own "rigs". In the future it is unlikely to be necessary. Bandwidth is already allowing full-screen video to be transmitted over the internet and bandwidth is still increasing.
Regarding security - I don't know how you will log into the Gaikai service. However, they could also use the same "Authenticator" technology (an RSA key fob) that Blizzard uses.
As already said though, the service does suggest that Flash is necessary to use the service (and I can understand why) and the iPad is flashless. However, they could have additionally written a iPad application that provides the same functionality.
Jan 24th 2010 5:30AM For many heroics, I'm not sure if quoting any number for DPS makes sense at all. I guess there is a minimum number for to assert that you are in fact at your keyboard and doing something, so as not to appear to be coasting along while everyone else does the work. The highest amount of concentration is usually required by the tank and healer, so if you do too little DPS it may look like you are half-asleep and this may rightly annoy some tanks / healers.
However, if we are talking minimum DPS required to get the job done - then to be honest for most trash pulls and even some bosses a good tank and healer can solo it - it just takes a while. I think what people have to remember is the essential formula for success.
Tank needs aggro. Healer needs mana. Additional DPS decreases the time of the encounter.
Of course it depends on your healer and your tank DPS, but I've multiboxed many heroic trash pulls where my DPS 'ran off by mistake' and I had to clear the trash with just the essential duo.
My mediocre healer didn't run out of mana. In fact, often the healer is more likely to run out of mana or miss that vital heal if the he/she has to worry about healing the DPS as well.
Now, as stated in the article, there are special cases where the encounter gets particularly more difficult if it lasts too long, enrage mechanics being a typical example. These are DPS encounters, where they get to prove themselves. The rest of the time, there's absolutely no reason to compete.
Jan 22nd 2010 8:25PM My guess is that if they have not seen the particular phishing scam before, they will print it out and store it in a box file full of similar printouts. This box will then be wheeled into a warehouse full of similar boxes.
On a more serious note, given most of the perpetrators are in China and given the hardship that even Google is having protecting it's online business in China, I imagine Blizzard's legal department can do bupkis about it. It is unfortunate as it seems recently there have been a flood of professionally done scams, I received my first two fake mails last week. I think the recent surge of such scams is clearly why Blizzard has plans to make the authenticator mandatory.
Jan 20th 2010 8:24AM The hero travels to a far and distant land to kill the evil warlord threatening to destroy the world. He travels through swamps, desert, tundra and across the sea. Finally he arrives only to find the corpse of the warlord and a dozen other heroes standing around, looking impatient.
Jan 16th 2010 3:39PM Funny you should say that - I think the RSA key fob thing is a bit of a psychological barrier for me too. I had to use one for my previous jobs in order to log into my employers' virtual private networks. So I have begun to associate the key fob with waking up in the middle of the night in order to log onto a server and fix a problem. Also the VPN client software was notoriously slow and working at 3am from a laptop was not fun. Ah... not so fond memories.
Jan 16th 2010 12:40PM Also... most people accept that Windows is a far more user-friendly operating system than Linux. As such Linux is adopted by those who are usually more tech-savvy (not always, but often). If the user-base is more clued up, it means they are less prone to phishing and other social engineering scams that exploit inexperience.