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Issues with Mobile Authenticator get it pulled from the App Store {WoW}

Sep 14th 2009 5:20PM We are using soft keys at my company as well. It might be inconvenient sometimes that you have to have it around to enter the network but the level or safety it provides is priceless. People can talk about 'you should be able to make your PC super-secure' but as long as don't want to spend your life hacking your computer all the time there is always a little chance that something nasty will get to your pc. For my 10 years I've been using windows I got one adware once that took me about 3 days to get rid of and that probably could have been a key logger as well. You use flash? You use firefox? You use iTunes? They all had bugs that could have been exploited and virus protection can never be 100%. You can run stuff as normal user, you can disable flash/java/javascript and go back to the stone age, but I prefer this little soft/stick feel safe but still enjoy technology. When I installed the authenticator a few weeks ago I told my wife that maybe one day I'll lock myself out by mistake but at least noone else could use it either. I updated the app in that few hours window on Friday and had to wait 3 days to get my account back but still I think it's worth it. I'm a GM of a guild, I have full control of the gbank, I have tens of thousands of gold on my accounts and even if Blizz can give all this back if hacked I'd hate to allow someone to make money from the countless hours I spent getting all these stuff. It's a garage. You can have car alarm, you can have immobilizer but this is a way safer solution only you have to open/close the door to use the car which sometimes is a pain.

Breakfast Topic: Why Blizzard should make authenticators mandatory on Battle.net accounts {WoW}

Sep 12th 2009 9:25AM As others noted Blizzard/Apple just broke the iPhone app last night and it isn't available in the AppStore anymore so a lot of people are now locked out for the whole weekend as they don't have billing support on the weekends. Password reset doesn't help and we can probably expect a long phone call on Monday to have it fixed. Surely noone else can log in either with my account so the it is safe but this is a game we pay for after all and we cannot play it now even if it was a mistake on their side. So it might be a good idea but I don't think currently they have good enough support for this. Imagine if it was mandatory now and every WoW player using the iPhone app could not log on now. That would be a lot of angry people. :)

Will Blizzard's spam-stopper really work? {WoW}

May 16th 2007 11:25AM Even if it's already possible illegally, I'm strongly against official gold selling by Blizz. I'd hate to meet a fellow player on fast flying mount, with all the nice rares from AH with the best gems and enchants in/on them and his bag full of flasks just because he has the money RL to buy them. I know that the best stuff is BoP from instances, still money helps a lot. Right now if you want something expensive you either need to work hard for it or risk a ban by buying gold. That's a good balance. If you legalize it you'll just make a lot of things in the game only the rich men's playground. You want to raid with us? You're paying the mats for the potions this time!

Breakfast topic: Not tonight, honey, I have a raid {WoW}

Apr 18th 2007 9:23AM When the game was launched in Europe we had only one computer and we were fighting all the time for it. I was playing WoW, she was playing Sims. Then she started to play a lock on my account but even if I enjoyed helping her with the first quests/areas after some time it was fighting again. :) "Just 10 more mins to ding please..." At that time character transfer was not possible from account to account (I even asked Blizz officially about it but they refused to move her char) so it was a tough decision to buy another account for her and kill her lvl 40 cute gnome lock. She started to lvl a human lock this time and no suprise she got to 40 in no time this second time. Then she got her own PC and since then we are playing on the same desk but on our own accounts and PCs. I was playing Horde for some time, why she was still grinding on her lock, but it seems I always get back to her. Playing together is sometimes hard cause we are both of the smart kind but we are in the same guild, now wife and husband and we gave the first born to the guild last summer. :) I'd say that even if you are not on the same addiction lvl (I'm not really playing anything else, while she's still spending some days playing Sims) it's better to have someone who can understand your hobbie and the countless hours you spend at your PC than someone who's just watching your back every night while you are killing bosses in raid instances and thinks you are sick.

Using World of Warcraft to teach English {WoW}

Apr 6th 2007 5:46AM I'm playing on a EU realm and I'm member of a pretty much international guild. We have people from Russia, UK, Hungary, Belgium, France, Italy, etc. We have people with different lvls of English but generally as long as you understand the other person it's not really a problem.

I also know some fellow players from my country who actually learnt English by playing WoW. When they started playing they could barely communicate during a 5man run but now, after 2 years of playing they tend to be the ones who just don't shut up for a sec during several hours long raids. :)

I think it's just the same as in RL. You learn a language much faster if you use it for something that you are interested in.

Breakfast Topic: Epic mounts {WoW}

Apr 5th 2007 10:52AM As soon as you get yours you will change your mind. It is a very nice addition to the game. With normal flying mount you can do quests much faster and can get to places unaccessible by normal mounts, but with a fast one the whole game experience changes and traveling is not just a waste of time anymore but really an active part of the gameplay. You can go anywhere and can even stop to enjoy the sight, kill a random mob or steal a node from you. :P

It's totally worth 5.2k.