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The Queue: :eueuQ ehT {WoW}

Oct 28th 2010 11:51AM There is currently some bug with Wintergrasp where it will kick many more players than needed (sometimes leaving WG only half full). Fortunately, you can immediately re-queue and it will let you in until it fills for real. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this, so sometimes it takes 5 to 10 minutes before your faction's side fills (even if you heavily outnumber the other faction on that server!)

Deathwing is coming {WoW}

Oct 27th 2010 2:28PM Or perhaps realm firsts.

Deathwing is coming {WoW}

Oct 27th 2010 2:27PM I think The Fire Extinguisher might, out of excitement about finally fulfilling its purpose, accidentally end up extinguishing you as well.

Class balance from 1 to 80 getting developer attention {WoW}

Oct 21st 2010 4:05PM Good to hear, I've noticed low level BGs are quite a mess right now. More interesting, for sure, but only fun if you're one of the 4 or 5 specs that are king.

BlizzCon 2010: The first in the line, at 2 a.m. {WoW}

Oct 21st 2010 4:03PM "For this epic feet"?

Blizzard releases Cataclysm system requirements {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 10:55AM To be honest, upgrading a graphics card in a laptop is usually a hassle, Apple or no. Laptops usually have the graphics card integrated with the main board, and I don't recall seeing any laptops with places to attach a new graphics card.

Officers' Quarters: Raiding addons aren't optional {WoW}

Oct 19th 2010 9:17AM "Many modern viruses bypass even high quality antivirus programs regularly, are very difficult to get rid of (full OS reinstalls for everyone!) and pose a real threat to your account's security."

Many modern "viruses" are not viruses at all, but rather malicious software that was given permission to bypass all those antivirus programs when the user clicked "OK" or "Cancel". In my years working as IT, I've only once seen an actual virus, one that actually infected files and executables to perpetuate itself. The rest are just malware programs that make sure to run before anything else at system startup, and make things inconvenient.

Also, most malware and scareware is actually very easy to get rid of, if you know what you're doing. For Windows users, safe mode or a boot CD (some Linux distro or Hiren's) will let you delete the offending files, and for XP there is a program called ComboFix you can run in safe mode that takes care of pretty much anything.
Now, I want add that these tools require computer knowledge to be of any use, but then again so does properly reformatting, so just know there are some helpful solutions out there before nuking everything back to how it was out of the box.

Finally, I do want to reinforce that while many malware programs are just trying to extort you into paying them to get rid of their "virus", the ones you pick up at World of Warcraft sites (Curse, WoWWiki, etc.) almost always have a keylogger. Those WoW news and fan sites are hacked for a reason, and that reason is usually stealing accounts. In turn, a common vector for attackers to take through these sites is flash or java, so any animated banner ad or embedded video could get you. Like mentioned previously, limiting javascript, and keeping Java and Flash (and Windows!) updated, will help. When an update is in your system tray (the thing in the bottom right corner for most people), go ahead and let it install either when you first sit down before you play, or when you're done with the computer for the day and are about to get up. It's worth the small amount of time and will definitely contribute to keeping threats at bay.

Gold Capped: Patch 4.0.1 fallout for cooldowns, addons and glyphs {WoW}

Oct 15th 2010 10:08AM "You'll be fine. Previously, people only bought glyphs for exactly what they needed. Now with this change (and the associated Achievement) people will be buying EVERY glyph for EVERY character they play. And there will be a TON of new characters being created when 4.0.3 hits (reworked zones) and especially Cata istelf (Goblins & worgen.) The glyph market isn't gone, it's changing. Adapt and you will make money."

"Yep.

I'm not too worried. People will always buy glyphs for their alts or new characters."

I agree with this. Even though some players are holding out for when "glyphs are just a couple of silver again" (this is a quote from someone on my server), as long as scribes don't destroy the market themselves, it will stay healthy.

Known issues with Patch 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 12th 2010 1:34PM Also (forgive the double post):

It took me a second to realize that "Battlegrounds and PvP" was supposed to be its own category, and not indented under Warrior bugs.

I was reading the warrior problems, thinking "Oh, ok... so Battlegrounds and PvP are known warrior issues now? That's confusing..."

Known issues with Patch 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 12th 2010 1:32PM "The last remaining player in a random instance group can miss out on Random Dungeon loot."

Whoa, that seems pretty major.

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