Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 09:46:
Slippy wrote on May 24, 2012, 08:42:Because its a software controlled fan that they screwed up in a driver release?
Dev wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:55:How is a fan not running NOT a physical problem? I know what you are getting at though... still that would be an extream exception and not a problem resultant from Blizzard. The way he wrote his original post made it sound like computer hardware is made of gel caps and choco-puffs.
You must not read tech news sites or blues enough. There's been cases of nvidia drivers screwing up with the fan control on nvidia cards and heating themselves into perma hardware failure (you'd think video card companies would do minimal testing on a new video card driver , say by playing a game with them to see if they melt?). Nvidia even offered to replace cards that had that happened to them.
It would be incredibly unusual, I agree, but it does NOT have to be physical problems.
um... I said, 'I know what you are getting at though...'
remember (quote above for reference, lol)?
But if you must know... obviously the printouts for said code that was to be written into that driver release was sitting on one coders desk by the name of Edwin Smith who was having his morning coffee and spilled his java on the pages for the code before entering it. Embarrassed and intimidated by his direct supervisor, one Janice Popngot, he chose to enter the code as is and make a ‘best guess' on the illegible code. This resulted in the fan failure referenced... Coffee stained Dunder Mifflin 20 weight 92 brightness copy paper is obviously a PHYSICAL thing... therefore, still physical.
BUT ANYWAYS... On the authorization service offered by Bliz...
How in the world can you guys complain about it or the fact that they are offering the service to help secure accounts and pushing for it’s use? This is the same service that most banks use (including the little key fob) and Blizzard is not charging anything for the service save the fob (which MOST banks do to). Now I don’t know about you guys but I take the security of my bank account far more seriously than my Blizzard account. The fact that they (a game publisher for God’s sake) are providing this service to try and help keep their customers accounts safe shows their level of commitment to security IMO. Does it guarantee safety? No, as I said before, nothing can do that. But it offers a free extra level of protection that is above and beyond what most game companies are offering.
With regard to the security of the code, remember this is a game… not a program that performs a single transaction like a bank would use. Everytime something is encrypted it takes time and processor power to decrypt. If they would have encrypted every single client/server transaction you guys would be complaining about performance… there’s no winning I suppose (don’t even start to beat the offline single player dead horse, that's a seperate issue from what we are discussing here).