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Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 4, Interesting) 341

by Kaenneth (#49471939) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

Promotional machines/settings; they can set individual machine odds.

A new cluster of machines come in they set the game to payout well, to get people addicted, so it becomes some people's favorite machine.

After a couple weeks/months they slowly lower the percentage, while moving the machine out of the prime spot, with the addicts following it, and they set up the next new game...

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (Score 1) 144

by Kaenneth (#49308925) Attached to: Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates


"Between 1990 and 1995 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children handled only 515 stranger abductions"

100 stranger abductions a year vs. 166,000 non abused kids taken by CPS.

literally more than 1000 times as likely your kids will be kidnapped by the government than a 'stranger'.

Comment: Re:"Standing" (Score 1) 149

Does she use G-mail?

When my brother in law got a private e-mail from a realtor with an attachment that suggested we get our basement lined with plastic; suddenly the ads on Slashdot were for local basement lining service companies, even before my brother-in law read the e-mail.

Google not only read the e-mail attachment before it entered our home network, it automatically matched his e-mail account to our houses IP address (we don't share computers, so not cookie based), and started serving advertisements to other people based upon that potentially private information.

If you have medical conditions, and you talk about them in 'private' g-mails... (or just google search them...) it's not longer private.

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