May 14th 2008 11:31AM There are many ways to subvert all your AV tools, firewalls, even the OS itself without ever having the user or software be aware something is amiss. I've watched it done hundreds of times and a single person can subvert one computer every two minutes with a tougher system taking as long as 5. Don't kid yourselves about your security.
Actually allowing a company to install a tool "for our protection" is quite scary. Especially some type of AV client. Older AV clients installed their own rootkits to store data and be immune to other tools. Symantec was the largest offender and paid a stiff price for this. Who is to say their utility is not doing this? Creating a rootkit without notifying the user explicitly (as in saying directly you are doing so) is still hacking and therefore illegal. Not EULA or TOS can bypass the law. Rootkit detectors can be made to avoid seeing these kits in place.
Your computer is your property and what is on it, as long as its not owned by a company, is yours. Altering, adjusting, or changing the way it works or subverting the security you have on it is illegal in almost all cases. All I'm saying is just don't blindly roll over on this issue. There's a lot at stake.
May 13th 2008 12:45PM Just FYI, there are tools out there that allow people/companies to browse your drive, download your files, take screenshots in as little as 1 second intervals, and monitor your memory. So because we allow Blizzard to just randomly scan our memory it is no big jump for them to install the above software. After all, they are just monitoring our systems for our own protection.
Bullshit. Back in the old dial-up days the same excuse was given by Compuserve and others to "just see what you have and where its at". They lost big in court and set a precedent for what a software company is allowed to do.
Having actually used the software in the first paragraph, its pretty scary what you can do without a person's knowledge. Yes it was legally used. However, the kicker of the software is that I could also download a live hard-drive at almost 1 GB a minute. Forensic image. What does that mean to you? Forensically acquired media is evidence in court cases. Forensic images are legal and indisputable in court.
Just be aware that allowing a company to monitor your system and take adverse action is a very slippery slope.
May 7th 2008 10:15AM If you look at Windows Vista, what it considers security could also be included in this lawsuit. Vista manipulates the ram to prevent stack overflows and other windows issues, mainly used in hacking a system. A memory stack in previous versions of windows was Put A in memory slot A. Program asks for A from slot A. Vista, on the other hand, includes an API that does NOT put A into Slot A. It tells the software it is, but instead places A into Slot M. When you ask for A, the API goes to Slot M.
Obviously that is a very low-rent description. Hell, its a cardboard box in an alley! However, if Vista is allowed to manipulate not only the location of the memory but lie to the originating software then Blizzard has no case. You cannot willy nilly allow/disallow software to manipulate your program. The law is all or nothing and if Blizzard allows Vista to alter its plan, they cannot hold another software company liable.
How about using Deepfreeze? That in a sense lies to the software about locations. Disk encryption? Its a pandora's box if we head down this road.
Blizzard will lose the case and in turn set a precedent that no software company can remove users for breaking an over-reaching TOS and EULA. In fact, a case could be made that you as a user have the manufacturer agree to a TOS/EULA for what is on your system and how it is used. Obviously, this can get ridiculous quick and when you involve lawyers, its a downhill slip and slide. Someone said it best: eliminate how Glider works and move on.
May 6th 2008 9:53AM Blizzard just needs to start temp-banning forum turds. 7 days at a time. 3 temp bans turn into a permanent or perhaps a 30 day and two of those make it permanent. You read one good post and its followed by at least 20 that make no contribution to the subject. People go there to just be heard, whether they spout out facts or truth or outright abusive trash. It is quite sad that a fair majority of posters on the blizz forums could be lost without any issue. Seriously, someone has to fumigate that place for all the forum trolls.
If you want to read forums that are for more helpful and see trolls get banned, go to Elitist Jerks. Sure, they may be assholes and not follow the rules for their own people, but 98% of it is at least well done.
Apr 7th 2008 7:58AM Non-PVP servers, I could see some issues with griefing. PVP servers GMs won't touch. They seem to expect you to gather allies and wipe said moron out.
Perhaps its because there is so much to do in WoW and I've never been the type to pull wings off of flies that I cannot understand the fascination of doing this. To each their own I guess.
Feb 27th 2008 6:04AM Everyone grab hold of a blizzard employee. Pull hard...you need to pull their head, shoulders and waist out of their ass.
So sick of PVP arenas/BG's being the #1 reason for Blizz to make changes. They just need to make those be the only thing on a server, a separate game if you will.
Cannot WAIT for Age of Conan to come out and wipe this game off the map. Mounted combat, no single target combat, better crafting, city construction and defense... battle formations! I think I'm quitting wow for that.
Feb 15th 2008 11:10AM Nah, you want the hunter to FD. Then just fear him, even chain fear him until the mobs are plentiful on him.
Feb 15th 2008 10:48AM Blizz is adding massive difficulty in some flying quests. The Kaliri suck more than almost anything while flying. However, I however enjoy (/sarcasm) the cannons in BEM which even when the shot is behind you...way behind you somehow the flak shoots you down. Or in some occasions, goes down into the earth only to bounce up and hit you. Flak cannons suck!
Feb 15th 2008 10:29AM Now, can Blizzard
A. add more to the ignore list
B. Allow you to ignore people for a session (ie, while you're logged in)
C. allow 48 hour bans to Trade channel for those wasting everyone else's time with Barren's chat there.
Feb 12th 2008 2:42PM a follow-on:
Conjured water, black coffee, manna biscuits, etc. etc.
The change has to be consistent across all water as this fix applies to Arenas, battlegrounds, and world PvP, which will have specific emphasis in the upcoming expansion.
It's being made to have as little impact to PvE players as possible. We ask that you please test it and report any bugs or feedback regarding the change on the Test Realm forum: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/board.html?sid=1&forumId=11572