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Comment Re: Because real life == breaking bad (Score 1) 21

Exactly....like he said....why?

This is exactly the response I would expect.... ridiculous fear. This is a movie plot risk. It is a risk so rare and so ridiculous that the detector has no value at all.

Maybe something useful will come out of the research, but the stated goal is clear: To use bullshit excuses to get money to fund the lab.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

Yup, and in another way...cheating itself seems like it could become a game.

This, I definitely experienced first hand. I used to hate a "game" called the "lighter game". It plays out amongst pot smokers where, people smoke tohether, and try to keep the other person's lighter. Many people who do this develop rules over time and it ends up becoming a game...a game of actual theft.

I hated it, then one day my cousin bragged about how he steals lighters, so I resolved to go home at the end of the weekend with as many of his lighters as I could....I left with 6 of them....then I was hooked. Pretty soon, I was good. I still have a box with maybe 50 or more lighters in it, every single one of them I stole from someone.

Eventually, another friend came along and broke me of the habbit, but once you start and begin to enjoy the game, it just becomes automatic.

Comment This again.... (Score 2) 152

See I remember this shit. My very first exposure to any kind of encryption at all involved finding out about PGP and wanting to try to port it to my system.

Multiple versions of the same library? why? They didn't DO anything different at all, just one was produced in the US and one outside so nobody had to go to prison for sharing well understood fucking math with people who already knew it.

Politicians are fucking neanderthal pinheads. Let them make their laws, they will do nothing but make laughing stocks of themselves....AGAIN.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

I don't think its about entitlement, but competition and increasing value of loss.

The more you win, the more reputation you feel you have as a winner, the more you stand to lose if you don't win. The only thing that makes you a winner is one thing...that you win. Losing the game is a much greater loss than winning is a win.

I have seen some other studies where it was found you could greatly influence people's answer to a question simply by phrasing the same data either in terms of loss or gain. The constant trend was that people chose to avoid loss.

also, there is another phenomena where people who are expert in a thing know what they don;t know. Sure, I won that magic game, but, I was sitting in my seat...I know I got lucky and top decked that card. You just know I won. So, I now have an image to uphold, and a reason to doubt that image is true.

So really, I don't think its a matter of entitlement but the opposite.... if you don't feel entitled to the reputation you have, and want to live up to it. You have people seeing you as a winner, and you already don't deserve it.... why lose it?

This is also why, I think, you don't see the same in self-challenging games because, you can't actually consciously cheat yourself, you know what you did.

I also think, as a loser, there is less incentive to see the competition angle, and more reason to see it as a matter of self-competition. "I can't beat this guy, so I will try to score better against him than I have before...and that is a private win for me" makes a lot more sense when you are not winning the matches.

Comment Re:Card counting works at the tables (Score 1) 41

No. Casinos are private establishments who reserve and use their right to refuse you service for any reason that they choose, including, being a good player who can do basic arithmetic.

Besides, if you shuffle the deck every round, then card counting is irrelevant. Its more like, casinos broke their own game and didn't want to fix it because they make more money/hr with it broken because it plays faster from a shoe.

Comment Re:How accurate is this? (Score 1) 41

Well stereotyping cheaters is still stereotyping.

Some of them, I am sure, are really good players. I wouldn't assume many are, but I think it depends on the scenario. For example, an MMO player often has plenty of incentive to bot, since it can grind for him while he does something else. He isn't cheating while he is playing, he is cheating in between in order to not spend his time doing less interesting grinding.

He is going to be a very different player from someone who jumps on a quick multi-round FPS game with an aimbot; and even he may have different motivations as some people, will be the delusional "I am actually good" guy, and others, may just be griefers who want to harvest salty tears from other players by ruining their day.

Comment Professional or not? (Score 3, Insightful) 143

A truly professional "IT Pro" will learn to forget the things he has seen about his/her colleagues.
We've all had to do things like: check mail spools, check user directories, enable debug-level logging on various systems, etc. and seen embarrassing or personal things. The question is: are you a professional who learns to forget it and stick to the relevant data or are you a shithead who spreads rumours and makes us all look like privacy-invading assholes?

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