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The Failure of Secrecy: The alpha, leaks, and the WoW community {WoW}

May 7th 2010 2:59PM Why can't they trace the leak? They could do the following (someone remind me of the technical name for this): make small, hard-to-see variations in the downloaded files each time they're downloaded, and log an association between the combination of variations and the IP or login or whatever of the downloader. For example, change a few pixels in each image, or make tiny typos in the text of the talent trees. Thirty locations for changing a bit would give a billion differentiable downloaded files.

Then you look at the data released and tell immediately who it came from. And then go after them.

Why don't they do this?

Encrypted Text: Profession perks for rogues {WoW}

May 5th 2010 11:33AM This paragraph mystifies me: "Gathering skills are considered to be inferior to production skills, due to the ease of leveling a gathering skill and the fact that it generates a solid income for the player. Production skills, on the other hand, require a large investment of both time and money. They reward us with the ability to make some very powerful items, and similarly reward us with better perks as well. If you're looking to maximize your rogue's potential, you should leave your gathering skills behind and use two different production skills. You can always use an alt to farm materials with, or use other means of making an income."

You're saying gathering is inferior to production because it's easier to level with and because it makes money. Something is bad because it's easy and because it gives you cash? That makes no sense. The inferiority because of numerically inferior bonuses I buy, but this reason doesn't work.

Also, I appear to be in the minority here, but I really prefer to having (one) gathering skill on my main. Why? Because I actually *play* my main, and hence I'm constantly flying over herb nodes on my way to raids or between dailies or whatnot. That is, having the gathering on my main means that gathering happens automatically while I'm doing something else. Having gathering on an alt means I have to devote special time to logging over to an alt and saying "ok, time to go farm now". That's not something I enjoy doing. But like I said, maybe I'm in the minority

Win a pony from {WoW}

Apr 15th 2010 7:50PM Oooo... pretty.

The Colosseum: Celestior of Mal'Ganis {WoW}

Nov 29th 2009 6:21PM I don't arena, and so I find some of this a little confusing. Two questions:

How do you read a comp designation (what's PMRLS? priest-mage-rogue-warlock-shaman? What are the letters for Druid and DK and Paladin?)

What makes this team better at swapping than other high-dps compositions? What would be a comp with poor swapping?

WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: Spectral Kitten loot code {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 3:13PM Me please... :)

Breakfast Topic: What Race or Organization should make a return in the Expansion? {WoW}

Jul 14th 2009 10:59AM Playable mechanicals! And then if the mechanical could be a druid, they'd be... TRANSFORMERS!

Breakfast topic: How do you learn tactics? {WoW}

Jul 10th 2009 11:29AM My biggest problem when I go to read up / watch vids for a fight new to me is that there's a lot of information that doesn't apply to my role. Usually I'm melee dps, so I don't need to know (at least until I've mastered my job) what the healers and ranged and (to some extent) the tanks are doing.

Granted, the more I understand the entire fight, the better I can contribute, help analyze problems, switch roles, etc. But my poor brain is overwhelmed by an exhaustive list of everything that's going to happen to everyone -- for my first time out, just tell me the important stuff that's going to happen to ME.

This, by the way, is one of the advantages to a quickie Vent explanation: if the raid leader understands the fight, they can boil it down to the one or two or three things you actually need to pay attention to, and ignore the rest.

The Queue: Full of it {WoW}

Jul 8th 2009 8:21AM Here's a question: How many 80s (in, say, Naxx/Ulduar gear) does it take to do BC-era 25-man raids?

What's in the BlizzCon bag? You won't know until they're gone {WoW}

May 8th 2009 9:38AM And, for those who don't have DIRECTV and can't attend BlizzCon, apparently if you buy the $40 streaming package, you still get, if not the whole swag bag, at least the in-game item!

The Queue: Acronymification, FWIW {WoW}

May 6th 2009 7:25PM On how hard "School of Hard Knocks is" -- I never PvP voluntarily, I only do it for achievements or when PvE demands it (e.g. farming honor for the trinket for Rage Winterchill). I am terrible at PvP, and I barely understand the mechanics of the battlegrounds. Prior to this achievement, I had never capped or carried any of the flags, and I wasn't even sure how to cap a tower in AV or a node in AB.

And with all of that, it took me two attempts in each battleground to get the achievement. Perhaps I was lucky. And granted I have good (PvE) gear from raiding. But from my experience, it is absolutely not too hard.