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Shifting Perspectives: First look at tier 13 for balance druids {WoW}

Sep 30th 2011 8:27PM As cool as T13 is looking across most if not all classes, the really awesome thing I found about T12 was that not only was the armor fiery themed, but so were the set bonuses.

X% increase damage is not thematic to a time-whimey, world-saving, Deathwing-killing, Aspects-laying-down-the-law tier. Give us something like a wisp or a Emerald Dream druid helper, or a little pool of Emerald Dream stuff our friends can stand in for a buff, or maybe Ysera comes in for a few secs and tears thing up. That'd be balanced.

Know Your Lore: Azeroth's savior and the Badlands {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2011 5:18PM I see Thrall pulling a Sisko soon. He'll try to do both - have a family and fulfill some greater destiny - but it'll end poorly in one way or another. Thrall is one of the few uncorrupted nice guy heroes in WoW, and we can't have him stay that way.

The Queue: Huggbees {WoW}

May 9th 2011 11:27AM For the commenters wondering why there are only four, it's an allusion to ancient perceptions of what an "element" is.

They didn't determine that we're all made up of hydrogen and oxygen and carbon and such. They did basic "scientific method" experiments and determined that everything was made up of earth, fire, air, and water. Wood, for example, came from trees which grew from the earth, so it contains earth; it burned, so it contains fire; smoke is released when it burns, so it contains air; and it floats, so it's a witch! ... I mean, it contains water.

Not exactly rigorous, but considering the time, not a horrible deduction.

MacBook Pro crashes: Apple disables Turbo Boost under Windows? {}

Mar 21st 2011 9:27PM Note: This was supposed to be in reply to Joshua Meadows.

MacBook Pro crashes: Apple disables Turbo Boost under Windows? {}

Mar 21st 2011 9:26PM Yeah this is just more sloppy blogging on what others blogs said.

The 13" MBP at 2.7 GHz will outperform the 2.2 GHz even if the lower speed model is fully clocked up to its max dual core speed of 2.6 GHz and the 2.7 GHz has Turbo Boost disabled (numbers from the Anandtech article cited). Even so, this is only considering the 13" model. The "top-end" MBP is the 2.3 GHz quad core 15"/17" model, which with discrete graphics, is the apparent source of the overheating and crashing problems (previously on TUAW it was reported that going to integrated graphics only on these models eliminated the crashing issue). The 13" models only get integrated Intel graphics, and overheating in these would indicate that Apple is not properly cooling the CPU, not the GPU (Sandy Bridge integrated graphics is on-die with the CPU). Then, of course, if as throated the crashing happens under heavy graphics load, this would be odd.

But as you said, Boot Camp has had thermal issues for years. If this is true, and Apple is disabling Turbo Boost on the high-end 13" then I'd expect this to be Apple's only "fix" for it. but it would be rather ineffective, since as you also note, Turbo Boost isn't only about increasing clock speed, but also powering down cores not in use to lower the thermal profile. There must be more to why Turbo Boost is apparently disabled under Windows.

Valor point conversion, arena season 10 delayed until patch 4.2 {WoW}

Mar 7th 2011 8:59PM I'd say arena season 11 is more like patch 4.4 since we're currently only in season 9.

The case for an Apple stock split redux {}

Feb 27th 2011 2:23PM Stock splits are pure psychology, and do very little of real value, especially when most shares are held by institutions. No competent investor (and institutions are certainly in this category, as are the managers of their portfolios) cares how many shares he / she has unless he / she is Carl Ichan or the like. What matters is the total value of the position, and the ROI, not the absolute change in price.

If anything, a stock split would encourage the kind of instability that comes with thousands of smaller investors looking to blogs and financial TV for advice on when to buy / sell.

Know Your Lore: Garona: A Study on Stealth and Treachery, part 1 {WoW}

Feb 21st 2011 12:51AM We just recently "found" Garona... I'm sure Medan is planned for something, and if the stuff before Cataclysm came out about the Council of Tirisfal are going in game at any point, he'll be around that.

The Queue: Alex talks mostly about RIFT due to lack of anything better {WoW}

Feb 7th 2011 11:26AM "Your spells that damage a target below 35% health grant 1512 spell power for 10 sec. "

Doesn't sound very healer-ish to me.

The Queue: Working on my night cheese {WoW}

Jan 21st 2011 11:41AM My favorite theory / justification is that the Rustberg Village citizens are suspicious of everyone because their fish keeps going missing in multiples of 22. But then they get too suspicious, start harassing travelers picking the inordinate amounts of Cinderbloom all over the Peninsula, and we have to crack down and take out a few of them. While we're at it we notice, "hey, look, free fish!"