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Comment: Re:Can we just recognize it as currency and be don (Score 0) 145

by UnknownSoldier (#47553553) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

And just in case there was any confusion, Clause 8 specifically also spells it out in plain English:

Ownership/Selling of the Account or Virtual Items.

Blizzard does not recognize the transfer of World of Warcraft Accounts or BNET Accounts (each an "Account"). You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void. Blizzard owns, has licensed, or otherwise has rights to all of the content that appears in the Game. You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content, including without limitation the virtual goods or currency appearing or originating in the Game, or any other attributes associated with any Account. Blizzard does not recognize any purported transfers of virtual property executed outside of the Game, or the purported sale, gift or trade in the âoereal worldâ of anything that appears or originates in the Game. Accordingly, you may not sell in-game items or currency for âoerealâ money, or exchange those items or currency for value outside of the Game.

Comment: Re:Can we just recognize it as currency and be don (Score 1) 145

by UnknownSoldier (#47553527) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

The IRS contract is NULL and VOID via Blizzard's Terms and Services which _directly_ states you do NOT have ownership. If you don't have ownership then neither does the IRS.

No Ownership Rights in Account.

Not withstanding anything to the contrary herein, you acknowledge and agree that you shall have no ownership or other property interest in any account stored or hosted on a Blizzard system, including without limitation any BNET account or World of Warcraft account, and you further acknowledge and agree that all rights in and to such accounts are and shall forever be owned by and inure to the benefit of Blizzard.

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+ - The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used to Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed.
The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast.""

+ - A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "The "Weissman Score"—created for HBO's Silicon Valley to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm—creates a single score by considering both the amount of compression and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."
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+ - On Learning to Think Like A Programmer

Submitted by danspalding
danspalding (560127) writes "I'm an adult educator who's posted here before, about my book "How to Teach Adults". Now I'm learning to code to (hopefully) make quality adult ed available to more people around the world. And it's been hard. But I recently used my adult learning expertise to make a breakthrough in my ability to think like a programmer. So what does Slashdot think? What does thinking like a programmer mean to you — and how did you learn to do so?"

+ - A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States-> 1

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr., 24, allegedly scammed Apple not once, but 42 times, cheating the company out of more than $300,000 — and his scam was breathtakingly simple. According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn’t really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits, which is normally provided by credit card issuers to create a record of the credit or debit override. But that’s the problem with this system: as long as the number of digits is correct, the override code itself doesn’t matter."
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+ - Collaboration isn't what they taught you in school->

Submitted by jenwike
jenwike (2888285) writes "Throughout most of my education, I was taught that collaboration was cheating. With the exception of teacher-sanctioned group projects, I had learned that working with others to solve problems was not acceptable. So, when I got to college and the first assignment in my computer science class was to read an article about the benefits of pairwise programming and open source, I was very confused. Fast forward about nine months. I applied for a marketing internship at Red Hat and had just been offered the job. Here's what I learned about real collaboration in the workplace. (by Kristen DeMaria)"
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Comment: Re:Bose is worried (Score 1) 161

> Bose targets the more mature ignorant quality-seeking crowd,


In what universe does Bose and quality even go together?!?!? They are a complete over-priced under-quality joke by many audiophiles. They are nowhere in the top ten at Hi-Fi

Senn cans are consistently top rated. I.e.

Maybe if Bose didn't sound like shit and actually listed* their technical specs such THR -- oh wait Bose relies on ignorance and marketing just like Beats.

* Audioholics

Bose Corporation takes its psychoacoustics outlook right down to its controversial methods of published specifications, in that it does not publish specs by standard measured electrical and objective acoustic performance.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.