Feb 28th 2010 1:48PM Agreeing with the comments above, without knowing the specifics of this exact malware, we can't know with 100% certainty, but it sounds like someone is spoofing Blizz's servers and forcing you to connect to them. My question is, does Blizz not use SSL for their client logins? Unless this emcor.dll somehow manages to modify Windows' SSL implementation (or Blizz stupidly uses their own and warden doesn't check it) this simply should not happen. I should have known something was off about their login system when I started playing with private servers. If my crappy little laptop can emulate Blizz's servers well enough to actually get you logged in then your account info is just an ini file modification away. Brilliant.
Feb 28th 2010 1:39PM And I use Linux, but that doesn't make me immune to everything in the world. I can still be ARP poisoned, I can still be man-in-the-middled, and yes Virginia there are Linux and Mac viruses. The fact of the matter is that security is a non-trivial problem and you can't expect it to have a trivial solution. You can install good virus-scanning software, practice safe browsing, and yes you can use a Mac or Linux since they present a smaller (and faster moving... and armored...) target but the fact still remains that security is everyone's problem and it can't be solved by any simple fire-and-forget method.
Feb 26th 2010 5:32AM Not sure if it's just a mistake in the way your indentation was done there, but in both schematics you seem to be missing the part where it takes 2 essence of fire to make the fused wiring (in addition to the delicate copper wire). The essence of fire was mentioned in the first schematic but the way it was indented it didn't appear to have been listed as a component of the fused wire, but the main schematic itself.
Essence of fire isn't cheap and it greatly increases the cost of these on my server if you're building from the AH.
Nov 22nd 2009 8:55PM @Dreaded Fear: I am not a pirate, and I choose to "go on the side of these scumbags" because this is a case of someone going too far to prosecute an issue. I'm an internet privacy advocate too, that doesn't mean I advocate child pornography. You're turning me into something I'm not. I don't advocate piracy, I advocate freedom and progress. I advocate the civil liberties of everyone who would actually like to own the things they purchase. I advocate for this generation of tinkerers, builders, and thinkers who will some day create the technology our grandchildren take for granted.
Microsoft has established criteria that allow or disallow use of a network that they administer, that's fine, but when I purchase an item from the store, that item is mine. If I modchip it or paint it purple or throw it in a wood chipper it's really none of your business any more, I own it. If I try to connect it to your network and it no longer meets those criteria, you can deny me participation in the network, but that's all you can do. I'm personally happy without XBox Live, and would love to modify my console without fear of retribution. I don't really feel like paying $100 for a proprietary USB 802.11G adapter anyway.
Going back to my car analogy, if I buy a hot rod and join a club exclusive to those who own classic cars, and later I sell my classic car and buy a Camry, it is well within the rights of those who run the club to exclude me from their functions as I no longer meet their membership criteria, but it is not within their rights to deface my Camry.
This is a heated topic, and I've no interest in further feeding of trolls, but the reality is this: Tinkering, building, breaking and modifying things is how we got to the technological level that made things XBox 360 possible. Most of the people who created the current generation of consoles grew up tinkering with the last generation of consoles. Interfering with tinkering is interfering with progress, so if you'd like to see the next generation of consoles sooner than later, quit messing with the people most likely to someday create them.
If you find a pirate, prosecute the pirate. If someone isn't obeying the rules of your network, whatever they are, ban them. If the rules are too strict, you'll lose more members, and that's your choice Microsoft. If someone modifies your product, breaks your encryption, bypasses your protection scheme, etc. then you have lost a small battle in the war of progress. No system is unbreakable, you can only delay the inevitable, so there's no sense getting all pissy when someone breaks it. Just ban them and move on without retribution. If they committed a crime, prosecute them, we know you have lawyers Microsoft. Or hey, maybe try finding the guy who broke your system last time and give him a job hardening it, he's obviously better than the guy you've got now.
Nov 22nd 2009 6:21PM I both agree and disagree with Microsoft's actions, in equal part. Here's the one thing I feel needs to be clarified: Microsoft should not be allowed to break your console. Most other industries would see immediate lawsuits.
If I install an after-market stereo in my car, and it voids my warranty, as long as I'm aware of that and I choose to void the warranty anyway, that's fine, I signed up for that.
If the car has OnStar or something installed, and modifying the car is against their ToS and they disconnect me from their service when they find out, that's fine too, I signed up for that also.
If I modify my car in a way that is illegal and the police find out about it, then my car gets taken away and I get punished based on my crimes, that's fine, if someone is a criminal and you can prove it, punish them for their criminal acts and seize or destroy the tools of their crime(s).
If the car dealership finds out I voided my warranty and remotely destroys my alternator, disables my speedometer, or otherwise messes with any basic function of the car that I paid for, that's NOT fine, I did NOT sign up to have MY car broken if I choose to exercise my legal right to modify MY property.
Modding is not, by definition, piracy. I won't argue that piracy is a big factor in why people mod, and I'm aware that the lion's share of modders have probably pirated something at least once, but I have a modded PSP that has never seen a pirated game. I am not a criminal because I like to tinker and play with my own property. I don't expect anyone to let me connect my modified hardware to their network, and I'm an idiot if I try to knowing that their ToS forbids it, but that doesn't give them the right to destroy my property. Microsoft should be sued, not for this nonsense, but for vandalism of private property.
Feb 25th 2009 6:47PM Gules, border plain argent. An eagle with two heads armed, Argent.
And for those who commented about the two-headed eagle, incredibly common in heraldry :)
Apr 28th 2008 1:06AM *note: I am fully aware that "Circle of Useless" is an outdated reference and that CoH is now of much greater utility. It probably should not have been placed alongside "Improved Death" and "LOLwell" quite so casually. Much respect and love to those CoH priests, I know quite well many of my characters are alive today because of your talent choices.
Apr 28th 2008 1:01AM Ever notice how every time someone says "I don't mean to be rude" the thing following it is usually pretty rude?
I personally have begun interrupting people who begin their phrases "I don't mean to be rude" and interjecting my own "then stop talking now."
I both agree and disagree with the sentiment of your post.
Being a good priest is like being a good... Well, anything in this game. It's maybe 20% spec, 20% gear, and 60% knowing what you're doing. Of course gear and spec matters, you just aren't as effective in AH greens as you are in full T6, and a shadow priest just can't (and should never try to) heal like any of the builds above. And yes, gear and spec alone CAN keep you from being effective and successful in your raid. I fully admit all of the above, and recognize the brick wall under-geared members often present to a raid.
The point at which you lost me, the point at which you "didn't mean to be rude" and yet very much were - is when you berated someone for their choice not to take a talent which really is of debatable utility.
Every class, and each of their talent trees, has some talents which draw the ire of their respective communities - as well as many which receive mixed reviews at best. Any priest talent commonly nicknamed "Improved Death/Repair Bill" (see also "LOLwell" and "Circle of Useless") obviously has a reputation for being lackluster at best. Furthermore, simply because it may be important to your play style, does not make it vital to everyone who plays your class. Finally, nothing you do in life EVER earns you the right to treat others badly, berate them, dismiss their preferences and choices simply because your choices differ.
Admittedly, you have a better grasp on the English language than many obnoxious posters I've seen. This does not, however, give you any excuse to consider yourself superior to anyone else. Let others play their game in their style, let their effectiveness be a far more accurate metric than meters can ever provide, and most of all, never speak ill of others without a very just cause - especially those you don't even know.
Apr 12th 2008 2:28PM You want to know how far you have to go to be "completely safe" from keyloggers? If I have two computers at my desk, I can designate one of them as my "Security Machine"
The second computer never takes any risks, never runs any unnecessary software, all it has is an OS, virus scanner etc, and a copy of Firefox with noscript. It never browses the internet or goes anywhere dangerous, and gets patched constantly. As soon as I log into WoW on my XP machine, I pull up WoW's website on the other system and change the password to something random and long. Then perhaps for convenience I save the password encrypted somewhere.
Keyloggers are poorly named, since many of them don't even hook they keyboard anymore, and go directly to the memory space of the application they're stealing the information of.
Oh, and the "security" of this system still breaks down if the 2nd computer gets a keylogger on it. Perhaps a Virtual Machine on the 2nd computer that is set to wipe back to an initial state on each boot (and uses an on-screen keyboard since we can't trust the keyboard of the VM's host not to be logged).
Seem a bit excessive? I think it is.
Long story short, the only "secure" computer is one that's turned off... And even then I could probably call you up get you to turn it back on for me, if I were that determined. Just use good scanner software, be safe and smart in your browsing/downloading, and that's really all you can do.
Apr 7th 2008 5:55PM The "Icing fabric" looks like fondant. Not the tastiest way to ice a cake IMO, but the things you can do with it visually are phenomenal.