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Comment: Re:This ban on gambling, porn, etc (Score 1) 52

by tgeek (#47235533) Attached to: Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker For $4.9 Billion
With all due respect, I don't think you've known very many gambling addicts. Gambling can be a very real addiction - very similar to alcohol or other chemical dependencies. It's not simply a matter of financial irresponsibility or needing to "learn a lesson". Financial ruin is no more or less likely to help a problem gambler than a DUI conviction or loss of a job will help an alcoholic. Sure, it *might* provide that moment of clarity needed to realize they need help . . . or it may send them deeper into their addiction.

Comment: Re:This is going to be fun to watch... (Score 1) 378

by tgeek (#45595795) Attached to: Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?
What do you mean "exit dense urban spaces"? This sounds like a service designed for the wide open, upper class suburbs where the purchaser wouldn't blink at paying a premium charge for drone delivery - chances of it being practical in an urban setting are virtually nil.

Comment: Re:Mmmm.... Pinball (Score 1) 283

by tgeek (#45434011) Attached to: In an arcade with only the following games ...
Going with pinball for similar reasons . . . and hopefully the choice of machines would be from, what for me, is the Golden Age of pinball: late 70's to mid-80's when the machines were still all mechanical but the scoring was electronic. A few favorites from my rusty ol' memory: Alien (damn it seemed wide!), Six Million Dollar Man, and Playboy. Seems all the "current" -- gotta put that in quotes because I'm honestly not aware of when the last new machines were produced -- are all too gimmicky and convoluted. (If the rules don't fit on that little paper card near one of the flipper buttons, it's too complicated! LOL)

Comment: Re:MythTV Integration anyone? (Score 1) 510

by tgeek (#44926499) Attached to: Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS
That's pretty much going to be my litmus test before considering one. Currently using a myth backend with XBMC for frontends . . . if I could use a SteamOS machine as a frontend for watching recordings, and it has other HTPC capabilities similar to XBMC (I hate the myth frontend for anything except watching TV) then it could be a serious contender to replace my XBMC boxes.

Comment: Re:Young whippersnappers! (Score 1) 279

by tgeek (#44564825) Attached to: When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..
I'm old enough to remember and have used those ASR-33's as well. But my preferred terminal at the time was a DECwriter. Most of them at the uni I was at were only capable of 110 baud (Gandalf modems fault, not the DECwriter). So if I managed to sit down at one setup for 300 baud I was gonna do me some serious computin'!!!!!! There were a few 1200 baud units around, but the handshaking was so fubar'ed on those they were useless . . . Ah, the good ol' days!

Comment: Re:The concept of a geek card (Score 1) 226

by tgeek (#44414045) Attached to: Signs Point To XKCD's Time Ending

I'm not so sure that's a very good analogy.

OHHHH!!! We're doing analogies! Then we need the obligatory Slashdot buffet and car analogies:

XKCD is like an all-you-can-eat buffet . . . where you can pick and choose what pleases you, and you can share with your friends . . . er, wait a minute, sharing is frowned upon at most buffet establishments . . . scratch that analogy . . .

XKCD is like your car . . . er, well, not really . . . no comic strip has ever left me stranded on the side of a highway in West Texas for 4 hours . . .

Come to think of it, I'm liking the tattoo analogy more and more!

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.