IQMZ Tech: Blizzard’s WoW Vanilla Server Problem
Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of the popular Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft franchises received a lot of heat over the past week after it sent a cease and desist letter to popular World of Warcraft Vanilla Server, Nostalrius.
Vanilla servers are, at least until now, third-party run fan servers based on the classic World of Warcraft game before a decade of expansions and updates changed gameplay considerably.
After over 250,000 people signed a petition requesting that Blizzard reverse its decision, Blizzard released a statement that its reasoning was simply to protect its intellectual property and not to discourage players that preferred the classic World of Warcraft experience.
It also outlined a potential plan to create “pristine servers” which take away accelerated leveling, character transfers, heirloom gear, and other advantages that had been added to Warcraft since its original release.
Since then, Blizzard has agreed to meet with several of the individuals behind Nostalrius in an effort to come up with an officially-supported solution that appeased fans of the classic game without risking a loss of Blizzard’s intellectual property.
IQMZ Sports Ep 02 – We Made Kobe
IQMZ Tech – Chrome 50, Slack is Getting Better
In this episode of IQMZ Tech, we discuss Chrome 50 being released. This latest edition of Chrome makes good on a promise made last year to drop support for dated versions of Windows and OS X.
Slack, the popular team chat solution is about to get a highly requested feature in threaded messaging. This feature enables users to carry on organized conversations on a variety of topics in the same space, reducing the issue that comes with trying to hold a conversation in noisy chat rooms.
DocTales Ep 04 – Riding A Bike w Dan Patterson
IQMZ Sports Ep 01 – Dunking on Your Mom
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DocTales Ep 03 – Whats in Your Wallet?
It’s story telling time! I’m just spending the time telling you what others told me this week. If you are in a relationship how do you handle or split up the money? I heard some things this week that opened my eyes for how things can go wrong sometimes.
SpoonRocket Shuts Down, Chromebook Security
SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery service has shut down due to failure to keep up enough funding to keep the lights on.
Unlike many other meal delivery services, SpoonRocket prepared its own meals in-house, focusing on inexpensive and medium-quality meals. Sprig, its biggest competitor, is offering existing SpoonRocket customers a $10 discount to give them a try.
Google is upping its reward for the persistent compromise of a Chromebook in guest mode to $100,000 after the company’s security team reported it hasn’t received a single successful submission.
This is part of Google’s larger bug bounty program, an incentive for users that can uncover bugs and other potential security threats in Google’s products. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to bug finders.
XBox One and PC Gaming, Encryption
Microsoft has announced intentions to make it easier for users of its Xbox One console to play multiplayer games with PC gamers. For ages, multiplayer gaming has been largely segregated between console users and PC users, forming a batter that made it either extremely difficult or impossible for players on one platform to play with players from another.
Titles like Rocket League, which are known for being platform agnostic, have helped to pave the way for a new way of thinking on this subject by console and PC game developers.
In response to Apple’s stance against creating a backdoor for law enforcement to decrypt devices powered by iOS: Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp have decided to increase their use of encryption on their own respective platforms.
There is no word yet on exactly when or how these improvements will take shape, but it is certainly a step forward that privacy advocates have long been waiting for.
Wake Up for What? Donald? #FYIA
It doesn’t matter what happens if the Donald becomes Rome will burn… I plan on going back to sleep lol wake me if things go sideways.