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Submission + - Blizzard temporarily bans WoW's top guild ( 1

RogueyWon writes: "MMO Champion is reporting that Blizzard have temporarily banned the world's top World of Warcraft guild, for what appears to be the accidental exploitation of a bug that Blizzard themselves have introduced into the final encounter of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Details are somewhat sparse, and those that are available have mostly come from the guild involved, but it appears that a bug in the fight meant that normal tactics caused some of the boss's mechanics to fail to trigger, resulting in the boss being easier to defeat than intended. Blizzard's draconian response seems likely to raise eyebrows, given that their own testing cycle clearly shares at least part of the blame."

Submission + - Microsoft Exec Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses" ( 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Craig Mundi, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, called for the creation of an 'Internet Driver's License' at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying, 'If you want to drive a car you have to have a license to say that you are capable of driving a car, the car has to pass a test to say it is fit to drive and you have to have insurance.' Of course, there are quite a few problems with this. For starters, internet use cannot yet cause death or dismemberment like car accidents can, this would get rid of most of the good of internet anonymity while retaining all of the bad parts, especially in terms of expanding the market for stolen identities. Given that average teens can get fake driver's licenses, it's hard to believe that an IDL would be any less available or less desireable. Given that black markets are subject to the network effect, it's hard to see how making that market larger helps anyone. Finally, even though telephone networks have long been used by scammers and spammers/telemarketers, we've never needed a 'Telephone Driver's License.' Unfortunately, this is a very old idea, so we probably haven't seen the last of it."

Submission + - Klipsch Speakers going Silent

An anonymous reader writes: Klipsch, one of America's oldest speaker companies, seems to be suffering from a backlash against problems with their promedia ultra 2.0 speakers. First available in late 2005, the Promedia Ultra 2.0 speakers were sold as an up market 2 speaker multimedia solution. After just falling out of warranty, many users are reporting problems with sound cutting out and hiss on the volume control.

For many users, they are just outside of their warranty period, making a premium set of speakers a very short term investment.

Submission + - Is Windows Vista in trouble?

Ken Erfourth writes: I'm a small computer shop owner, and I have noticed how little interest my customers have in Windows Vista. Now, the is running a story about what they consider two powerful indications that Vista is failing in the marketplace.

One, Dell has reintroduced PCs running Windows XP on its website due to customer demand. Two, Microsoft is conducting a worldwide firesale on a bundle of Microsoft Office 2007/WindowsXP Starter Edition. According to, at least, these are signs of serious problems selling Vista.

Are we seeing the stumbling of the Microsoft Juggernaught with the slow adoption of Windows Vista?

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