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Scattered Shots: Pistols for hunters? {WoW}

Jun 10th 2010 10:21PM I counter the reforging idea (guns/x-bows are rare enough drops as it is) with a thought that it'd be better applied to Daggers or 1H Axes. Indeed Daggers could become Pistols, and 1H Axes become Hand Crossbows... This would make the stat-stick conversion really freaking simple: just swap the damage numbers for something more applicable to hunters (or make no change, and just balance melee-range abilities around it).

Scattered Shots: Five secrets for not being a terrible hunter {WoW}

May 18th 2010 5:59AM Incidentally, he's actually 7/12.. not 4/12 in 25m.
If you're going to trash on someone, at least have the sense to check for partial completion of the achievements for the other wings. Otherwise you come off looking like a fool.

Well, you do anyway in this case, because of your argument... but your inability to correctly account for kills just puts a cherry on the top.

Scattered Shots: Five secrets for not being a terrible hunter {WoW}

May 18th 2010 5:55AM You're really trying to call out Frostheim for not having progressed as far as you?

Really?

I'm going to skip straight to the tl:dr version of this:
Raids take either 9 or 24 other people in order to progress. Besides, I challenge you to find a blog post by Frostheim that (considering the state of things during Patch for which it was written) contains anything BUT correct information. I assert that his reputation as a font of wisdom holds more sway than the reputation of certain hunters who were among the first to kill the Lich King (I will not directly point my finger, as that would be childish). Indeed, many of their blog posts have been utter garbage.

tl:dr of the tl:dr
.... Really?

Scattered Shots: Five secrets for not being a terrible hunter {WoW}

May 18th 2010 5:43AM While you are correct, unfortunately it's not a globally practiced standard. I, at one time, attended a therapeutic boarding school near Park City, and their entire therapeutic curriculum used the term "negative reinforcement" in place of "positive punishment". Indeed, I myself was getting ready to respond by defending Frostheim's usage as correct, and only now understand the truth because I had the sense to check Wikipedia first.

Scattered Shots: Five secrets for not being a terrible hunter {WoW}

May 18th 2010 5:36AM I would argue an exception to the Misdirection rule:
If the tank is being particularly slow (unless it's due to gear, which with the Dungeon tool is a common and valid reason for a tank to be slower than his DPS... I'm more referring to the guys who are either watching pr0n or fighting with guild drama, and thus holding up the group) or AFK, it's perfectly acceptable to prevent a patrolling mob group (or a timed one such as your example) from wiping the group by announcing that you will be misdirecting, suggesting that other players take adequate precaution, back out of aggro range, and do not attack or heal until the tank reacts, and then wait a few seconds before misdirecting to give them time to respond appropriately.

I've felt that I had to do this exactly three times, and each time it did seriously anger the tank, who came back to find himself dead... but it prevented any other player in the group from dying, and they were appreciative of that. Again, I've only ever done it in places where a pull was inevitable unless the tank himself took precautions.. but he was making no effort to do so, and I would wait until the last possible second (twice I cast MD, set an explosive trap on the tank, stepped behind him, dismissed my pet, and Volleyed when the trap triggered, feigning death only when the tank was about to die).

The Queue: Wherein Gray feels guilty {WoW}

May 4th 2010 2:13AM Addendum to WellSee answer: Watch Trade. There's usually a fair number of lurkers, trolls, and otherwise regular name that will appear... and among these is usually at least one crafter of each profession. At LEAST.

Keep an eye on how everyone treats eachother, then when you ask for a crafter, think about whether the people whispering you are well thought of by the server, or whether everyone acts like they're "that idiot who always forms a raid of n00bs, ninjas the loot from the first boss when they finally kill it, then boots everyone and leaves". *cough*Ducshe*cough*Korialstrasz*cough*

Night Elf mohawk returns, new commercial {WoW}

May 4th 2010 1:55AM This is the same commercial from before...
Why does nobody remember this?

WoW on iPad via streaming {WoW}

May 4th 2010 1:45AM Looking into the tech behind the two services... Gaikai requires Flash, and OnLive requires a proprietary browser plugin. This information is posted directly onto their home pages.

Because of this, it is impossible to use either service on the iPad. The photo is faked, whether via Photoshop, viewing a screenshot of the WoW login screen, or running WoW on a remote computer via VNC, it does not matter... it remains a shameful attention-seeking stunt.

I do not disagree with the last sentence of this article, but the rest of it just feeds the stupidity of rabid iPad fans.

The Queue: Not getting distracted {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2010 7:36PM Firelord may be your favorite book in the known world... but I'm sure you'll find Ringworld (and its following books) to be your favorite books in Known Space.

Yeah, I pun... but they're damn good books, and you should totally look into them :P

20 zero-day security holes in Mac OS X to be revealed {TUAW.com}

Mar 22nd 2010 2:45AM Considering that these were Zero-day flaws, and considering that NOWHERE (except in the TUAW article, which is just an opinion piece based off a linked article) is it mentioned that Charles Miller has never before released this data to anyone, I'm going to make a wild (read: educated) guess that such an assertion is false.

First: Miller does not have a history of behaving in anything other than a responsible (if egotistical) manner. He's always released exploit information to the software vendor first, and after an appropriate time period (in which a patch can be developed), he releases it to the public.
Second: CanSecWest is taking place almost exactly 7 months after the latest iteration of OS X was released. That's 7 months for ANYONE ELSE to find and exploit any of these flaws. If Apple indeed hasn't been notified (I sincerely doubt this) and hasn't managed to find the vulnerability itself, it's almost guaranteed that someone (a "hacker" or a security consultant, doesn't matter) HAS, and has done something about it. Making the information "public" (CanSecWest is hardly a walk-in event) isn't going to have a resounding negative effect.