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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Passionario » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:02 pm

Pyrea wrote:I think it is probably simply to catch out NDA breaking Alpha testers.

Most likely, yes. Possibly also to track down private servers (hence the IP info).
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Skye1013 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:06 pm

Given that it's now becoming public knowledge, won't that somewhat counter the effect of catching private servers? I mean they already have the capability to do all kinds of other hacking, I don't see why they wouldn't be able to disable this somehow.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Fetzie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:32 am

Skye1013 wrote:Given that it's now becoming public knowledge, won't that somewhat counter the effect of catching private servers? I mean they already have the capability to do all kinds of other hacking, I don't see why they wouldn't be able to disable this somehow.


Apparently the stuff does not appear if you set your screenshot quality to 10.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:34 am

Teranoid wrote:If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.


This is demonstrably untrue, and has been used as the main argument to curtail privacy and civil liberties in most western countries over the last decade.

In a system where the system is benevolent and where abuse of information was unheard of, unthinkable, and as impossible as being able to fly (without outside aid), the statement would be true.

The problem is that all countries have humans handling all the information, and humans are corrupt (as in, there are corrupt humans), and as long as this is the case, you should worry as soon as some system wants to register, track or pass on any information that could be considered private, that they do not absolutely have to.
Also most western countries have the effect of the 5th included in the jurisprudence, though it doesn't even have to come into effect as what you may want to hide could be possibly embarrasing, without being illegal in any way (how many of you would want for instance porn surfing habits be public? Or have a camera in the bedroom? (It isn't illegal, so nothing to worry about, right?)

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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Worldie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:11 am

Am I a bad person for not knowing what watermarking means?
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Fetzie » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:27 am

A watermark is where you place a text or logo in an image so that people can't steal it and repost it as their own content.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:24 am

Quite Interestingly, the term comes from paper production, where you could have an indentation on the form for a piece of paper, making the paper slightly thinner at tghe spot, thus you can see the form (logo, writing or whatever) when holding the piece of paper up to the light - and themark was made in the water while coalescing the paper material.

It was primarily used to authenticate a piece of paper, and today is primarily used to add important information to a piece of paper - like "classified" or "private" or "draft" on company (or the like) papers and documents.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Shoju » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:36 pm

Nooska, I'm normally with you on the privacy stuff, but I just cba'd to care about about blizzard watermarking screenshots from their game, played on their servers, with programs such as Warden already being a part of the mix. Honestly, I'm surprised that at 10 it shuts off.

I tried really hard to care, when it was pointed out that people have extrapolated the data from its coding. I did. I just don't care.

You could say that it's because I don't play anymore, but that's not it. The watermarks wouldn't have any bearing on a decision to come back to the game.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Koatanga » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:36 pm

You know what I am taking from this discussion? That I can improve the quality of my WoW screenshots.

I have all these awesome moments preserved in artefact-riddled low-quality jpegs, because it didn't occur to me there was a hidden setting to boost the quality.
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:41 pm

@Shoju, re my post on the previous page, I don't think this is a privacy problem at all - I just reacted to the nothing to hide, nothing to fear argument (red cloth to a bull)
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Re: Blizzard Watermarking Screenshots

Postby Andurin » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:27 pm

Koatanga wrote:You know what I am taking from this discussion? That I can improve the quality of my WoW screenshots.

I have all these awesome moments preserved in artefact-riddled low-quality jpegs, because it didn't occur to me there was a hidden setting to boost the quality.


That was my first one to. The second thing I took was: Damn. I wish I could do that to! (from a technical point of view). Not to use it anywhere... Just to know how it works and how I could make it :roll: Not to fussed about the information in it really. Yeah its an account id, but then again, since its in a battle.net account with a diffrent id, I dont really mind to much.
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