Dec 15th 2010 12:43PM While Blizzard is only taking action on the US Realms (I suppose, haven't confirmed this myself?), the breach of Gawker's servers is on a worldwide scale since the site is not limited to American users.
Gawker, aka Kotaku, aka Gizmodo, aka Lifehacker, aka Consumerist, aka Jalopnik. If you used any of their sites, it'd be best to reset your passwords now. Blizzard is doing the smart move here doing the reset (though I question their e-mails really...).
Dec 15th 2010 12:33PM To those who claim they are safe and secure from being hacked: you wouldn't be if the company you're logging into had their login servers compromised and took your password.
What took place on Gawker had absolutely NOTHING to do with how people handled their security at home; you could have an impenetrable password of 32 characters of varying complexity, the instant the malicious people who stole the database cracks the skeleton key, they've got your password in clear text.
Believe it or not, this measure is the smartest thing Blizzard could do at this point, because it's a common fact that a vast majority of users online, tech savvy or no, use identical passwords to multiple places online.
Now, for those of you who want an easier way to manage your passwords on different sites or those of you who don't know any better on how to manage this, I highly recommend checking out LastPass (http://lastpass.com/), which is a password management system that allows you to remember a single password on a program that will change your passwords for you on every site you register to it.
For the record, YES if LastPass is compromised then your information is compromised. HOWEVER, it's easier to manage changing a single password over multiple sites and applications (yes, this can also handle your Battle.net password) than it is to rely on the same password on sites you may not visit ever again.
Nothing is ever 100% safe from hackers. If the people want the data, they will get it by any means necessary. Better to pick up good habits of protecting your information and frequent password changes rather than rely on 'luck'.
I personally use both an Authenticator on my iPhone and the LastPass for Applications software to manage my login for WoW now, and I recommend everyone do something similar (either make a habit of changing your password every 45 days, or use the management tool listed and change it yourself).
Source: 10 years as an Information System Security Analyst
Note: I am no way affiliated with LastPass or their software, I just think it's a damned good foolproof method to use in a foolish world of password management (seriously, check this out: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/12/13/the-top-50-gawker-media-passwords/)
Dec 10th 2010 10:52AM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9jV0PtGVi8
Dec 1st 2010 9:21PM @Possum Aggro is one of the settings within Grid, I personally have it set so that whenever anyone has aggro of a mob it'll paint a red border around their health box.
I should have mentioned I also have it set up for all my "Hands" as well, but I figured just mentioning the one major thing I use it for is good enough.
Dec 1st 2010 12:06PM I forgot to add that it works with your existing unit frames as well, no need to use Grid if you don't like it.
Dec 1st 2010 12:05PM "There is always the choice of an addon like Grid, VuhDo, Clique, or HealBot, but those are intended for doing healing as well and usually take up a lot of screen real estate"
Clique takes up a single tab in your Spellbook (that it creates itself) and work with all of your spells/macros, not just healing. I've used it in combination with Grid's threat tracker to taunt mobs off of people I can't find quickly with Righteous Defense (quick ctrl+Right Click), works like a charm!
Nov 29th 2010 10:32AM One of the rules that my guild instituted was that you would have one toon designated as your main, and then you can have up to 5 alts in the guild (no level requirement). Alts and Mains are both identified by a specific rank created within the guild (aptly named 'Raider' or 'Casual Member' for the mains, and 'Alt' for the alts). If you don't log into an alt within 30 days, it is purged from the guild.
Mains are kept indefinitely or unless you willingly leave the guild, if Real Life takes you away from the game they get moved to a 'Alumnus' rank, while the reason for leaving is listed there. This way, we can keep track of who is still active, and if they left the game on good terms what they left for the reason for going.
A lot of my guildies do name their characters with some similar naming conventions, but it varies of course. This setup allows us to identify who is who and lets everyone have the alts they want in the guild if absolutely necessary. For everything else, we do have another public channel open for raid standby if someone wants to level an alt that is outside of the guild and wants to be contacted.
Nov 12th 2010 3:13PM If there's one thing I've learned from playing WoW, it's that trying to play with family and even my close friends tends to add unnecessary stress to the relationships I have with them. Countless times I would join guilds by their recommendation and feel pressured to stay regardless of how I felt about the guild's demeanor.
YMMV as far as that is concerned of course, but I use WoW as a release FROM the tensions and pressure of everyday life; playing with my family/friends compounded it by dragging my IRL drama into game, and game drama into my RL.
Aug 29th 2010 11:38AM If you want to be compensated by a US company, you'd have to fill out the necessary temporary work visas to become an eligible contractor and obtain a US Taxation Number (similar to a SIN but specifically for income for the US). Following that, you'd need to fill out the Form W-8BEN to tie both your SIN to the USTN, where approximately 30% of the income you'd make from the contract would need to be claimed on your tax forms the following year.
Or...you could just simply e-mail the suggestion out of the goodness of your heart and live with knowing you've contributed to the WoW community as a whole.
IANAL, but I am an American trying to immigrate to Canada so I know a thing or two about these processes.
Jul 9th 2010 1:34PM *monotone* Yay...