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Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points 107

An anonymous reader tips news that a lawyer in Pennsylvania has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company's handling of Xbox Live transactions is, in some cases, fraudulent. "Samuel Lassoff, of Horsham, PA, said an invoice he received earlier this month from Microsoft included charges for purchases he couldn't complete due to a balky download system — and he claimed it wasn't an accident. Microsoft 'engaged in a scheme to unjustly enrich itself through their fraudulent handling' of his account, Lassoff charged in papers filed earlier this week in US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania. ... 'Microsoft breached that contract by collecting revenues for digital goods and services which were not provided,' Lassoff said in his lawsuit."

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 369

Compare this comment to Big Jeff's earlier work:

How many of these vulnerabilities were due to Firefox itself, and how many due to plugins? Does it matter? If FF allows the plugins enough control over the browser to present a vulnerability in the browser, then that's a vulnerability in FF that they need to fix. Saying "oh no, we don't have vulnerabilities ourselves, we just allow vulnerable plugins to run" doesn't speak much to the security of Fire Fox. In other words, the cop-out doesn't fly. If FireFox is vulnerable to something another browser is not, i t has one more vulnerability than that browser, period.

Big Jeff, you appear to put a lot of time in on Slashdot. Do you do it for a living?

Comment Re:Open or Closed String Models? (Score 2, Informative) 553

This comes down to how long it is. A cosmic string isn't the same thing as a string in string theory. A cosmic string is very long macro scale topological feature of the universe while a string theory string is a model for subatomic particles. However you can investigate cosmic strings in string theory leading to the theory of stringy cosmic strings of Vafa et al..

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project