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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!

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