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Comment Re:Artifacts (Score 1) 129

Don't confuse Legendary items with Artifacts (or for that matter Heirlooms).

Artifacts were originally a tier above Legendary. There is still a reference to them in the current game:
If your the group/raid leader type: /script SetLootThreshold(6) and you (along with everyone in the group) will see:
Loot Threshold set to Artifact.

You can normally only use the UI to set the threshold to Epic.


Comment Re:Artifacts (Score 1) 129

It sounds stupid looking back now. But, consider that MMOs weren't that well refined back then. Doing something like this would be perfectly reasonable in D&D, people just didn't understand that providing content to a very select few individuals wouldn't be looked upon nicely by the community. I wouldn't be surprised if EQ and UO did this, but may not have popularized it as much.

There actually is an item in the game that only one player across all servers in all regions has: Talisman of the Binding Shard (

This item was accidentally included on the loot table of a boss as part of creating a legendary weapon that was later redone. The player got to keep the item though as although it was powerful for the time, it wasn't overly so.

Comment Re:Artifacts (Score 2) 129

They are absolutely nothing like what was described back in the original wow days.
Then: A unique item that only one person per server could have.
Now: A leveling mechanic that allows you unlock bonuses different orders, but everyone will max out at or around when they hit max level. Definatly by the the top tier raid content.

The balance will generally be ignored as it affects only a small part of the experience. Any tweaks to them will be class balancing, treating artifacts as core abilities.

Comment May be different ruling in other statets (Score 1) 179

In some places you need permission of both parties to record a conversation. If a similar ruling was made in say Washington, then someone could "accidentally" call their friend and they could listen into a conversation that was intended to be private. Proving that the dialing was not an accident could be difficult.

Comment Re:Why do you let a computer choose the numbers? (Score 2) 217

A well programmed random number generator is going to be better than kind of "random drawing". The problem was the lack of oversight in having the code be submitted. Any code changes that would hurt the reputation of an organization this badly should require multiple sign offs by code reviewers.

Now, it is possible that this got past the code reviewers, in which case I either congratulate the fraudster for some real underhanded coding, or I accuse the code reviewers for being inept.

It is also possible that this came from the IT angle, in which case I congratulate the fraudster on being able to understand the code, the deployment process, and the steps to hide it all.

Comment I see this being used by the smaller streamers (Score 1) 50

The big streams already have a fan base. They know where to go, they are unlikely to risk losing a lot of viewers by moving.

On the other hand, the streamers who have a small viewership, whose list is mostly made up of new users, can defiantly benefit from the influx of having youtube suggestions that look just like normal videos that people will click. It will be a great way to establish a new user base.

Yes, there are stricter rules on what you can and can't do. You simply have to understand them and work with them.

Comment And they just added this to Amazon (Score 1) 124

I'm not sure how much "auto-reload" has caught on yet, but normally Amazon requires you reenter your credit card when you send a package to a new address, and if you have auto-reload on, it might not ask if you use your gift card balance. Amazon, does however have a good anti-fraud team which will delay or cancel suspicious orders.

Comment Statistics (Score 1) 425

How does one measure how good someone is at programming? Even once you get past a A > B, you still need to assign a numerical score to them. You can get both the U shape and a standard distribution from the same sample by simply redefining how you assign numeric values to the data points. Another thing to note is that programming is a single skill. You don't measure a person's ability based on number of lines of code they generate per week. Some programmers are better at architecture, others at understanding existing system. Some can make really efficient linear programs, others can build fault tolerant multithreaded applications.

Comment Re:Honestly (Score 1) 126

Amazon doesn't have a way to verify that you bought your item off of Sears (not that I know of at least). If they did, they would probably mark your review as verified. The mark is only there to make it more costly to post fake reviews. Amazon allows "unverified" reviews to allow people to post information about items they didn't buy off of Amazon. It is up to each individual to make their decision as to the validity of them.

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