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Battle.net Accounts Becoming Mandatory For WoW 234

An anonymous reader tips news that Blizzard will be requiring all World of Warcraft players to use Battle.net accounts to log into the game starting on November 11th. After that time, players who don't switch will be unable to play the game. Some time after the transition is complete, players will be able to "participate in cross-realm chat in World of Warcraft, create real-life friends lists, and communicate across different games." More details on the new Battle.net and what it will do are available in our Blizzcon wrap-up and interviews from August. Naturally, the idea that the new Battle.net is getting closer to deployment has sparked speculation that the StarCraft II beta might come along soon.

Comment Re:Kodachrome?! (Score 2, Insightful) 399

You are confusing Kodachrome (chome == transparency in Kodak) with Kodacolor. Kodachrome was indeed the film of choice for many baby boomer slideshows. Before Ektachrome came along it was the only choice. It was also used for home movies. For instance the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination was shot in Kodachrome.

Comment Re:Jim Wetherbee (Score 1) 199

While there is no question that some great technical discoveries and inventions have come out of the space program, it's an open question whether funding NASA is a good way to use the limited amount of money our country is willing to spend on basic science and technology research. We aren't in a space race with the Russians anymore, and astronauts are not longer rockstars who get ticker tape parades when they return safely to earth. These days NASA has to compete at the trough for public funding like everyone else. Them's the breaks. Our country has lived beyond its means for decades. Instead of going to space the challenge the next generation will be faced with is cleaning up all the financial and environmental messes our generation and previous generations created.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 993

Really the question I have is why would anybody NOT buy a mac? What benefit do Windows or Linux offer (for a user/developer machine!!! (not server))?

Can you buy a netbook with OS X on it? How about a thin and light laptop with an excellent keyboard, or an expandable desktop that doesn't cost at last $2.4k.

OS X is a great operating system, but it also locks you in to Apple's very limited choices for hardware.

Comment Thanks but no thanks (Score 5, Insightful) 204

Don't get me wrong, it's a fun game, but I'm not an undergraduate in college anymore, and after spending 8+ hours at work sitting on my butt in front of a computer, coming home and sitting on my butt for 4 more hours for a Nax raid or whatever doesn't sound like fun. It just seems like such a waste of time. Gah, I must have grown up a little when I wasn't looking :)

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