People With Nothing Better To Do

If you are a complete idiot, you may have reason to worry here.

The hue and cry this week is about "spyware" in World of Warcraft. It pretty much boils down to a couple of alarmists looking for publicity, and anyone who has even a passing familiarity with the game can see how inane this "scnadal" is, but that didn't stop the BBC from putting a breathless story about the thing on their front page.

In a nutshell:

1 - people using bots pretty much ruined Diablo for everyone
2 - ditto with Starcraft
3 - Blizzard puts the specs of the Warden package right in the user agreement - there is nothing "secret" about this
4 - it isn't spyware if it doesn't report results back to the maker - Warden only reports results to the local client - ie: your own goddamn machine
5 - only a complete and utter moron would have a window open that had a credit card number in the title
6 - see number 5.

The whole mess boils down two two words: Tempest, teacup. Also, the Warden is only active on Windoze boxen ... people with real computers are exempt from this scrutiny.

Personally, I would gladly put up with a well-behaved monitor program and have a killer gaming experience than have to deal with the shit that went on in Diablo. Bah.

Posted: Wed - November 2, 2005 at 11:35 AM