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Comment Re:Counseling gets the school off the hook (Score 2, Insightful) 687

^^^ This (agree with russotto) Ok, you're 11 years old and your teachers and principal call the local authorities on you because of a project they assigned you to do, but thought the project looked like a suspicious "device"? Can you imagine how scary that would be for a kid that old? Yeah I would say he will need counseling, but for what the school principal put him through. If it were me, I would be trying to tell them what my project was over and over. And maybe this kid was doing that too, but of course, no one was listening to an 11 year old kid. Also I remember enough about science projects in school that in most cases all of them had to be approved by the teachers, initially to make sure it fits in with what lessons are being taught. At least I can't see how a teaching system would get away with just assigning students to go and work on projects, but not really making sure the student is on the right track. This whole event could now make the kid a social pariah, most of us here probably know how cruel some kids that age range can be to others. I'm not a parent but I would almost guess thats something worth taking legal actions against the school.

Comment Re:Virtual worlds, yes. Games, not so much. (Score 1) 68

In the end it would have to come down to the company as to what criteria are desirable on a CV, such as expert raid leadership or guild crafting organization along with the other usual points that do relate to the position being offered. I agree that games in the fantasy field like "World of Warcraft" and "Age of Conan" might be too out there in terms relating to real world business activities and concerns. The concepts like leadership and organization though could apply, and these games do give someone a chance to practice these concepts, but those need then to be applied to real world situations, changes and society. Perhaps a game that mimics real world such as Second Life would be a better venue. All companies will be different, some may laugh at the idea, and refuse to implement it, while others may fully embrace it. As long as it does not harm productivity, then maybe it can work.

Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

An anonymous reader writes "WoW.com is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.