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Comment Re:porn? (Score 1) 467

Often times they are people that do it for recreation or fun knowing full well that they're losing money.

Also, you could be lucky. Save some spare money (one maxim of gambling money management: Don't gamble with money you can't afford to lose) each month and in your old age you could have a pile of money. Or play slots/lottery and you could have a pile of money now.

Comment Re:Bad Idea (Score 1) 205

An overseas gambling institution doesn't have a reason to handle problem gamblers, those just mean more money flowing in.

A provision in a regulated environment could be that they (regulated licensed gambling sites) would have to provide handling of that issue.

As we have in Sweden. To play poker on the state-run site (Svenska Spel), you have to enter limits on how much you can lose and how many hours you can play - per day, week and month. Lowering the limits is in effect immediately, raising the limits has a wait period. If you hit those limits, you're blocked from play. Of course you can enter that you may play 24 h/day and lose one million crowns. You can also voluntarily block yourself from playing - weeks, months or indefinitely. You can also block yourself from playing at the four state-run brick&mortar casinos (who are not allowed to promote themselves much, no comps, kickbacks or free drinks). No other online gambling institution is allowed to operate from Swedish soil, but they can operate on Swedish soil, although there has been murmurings of doing something similar to UIGEA. Yeah, that worked flawlessly, dontcherthink?

Comment Re:vrml (Score 1) 191

The out of the box initial configuration of some models of Silicon Graphics workstations could be done in a VRML interface, flying from billboard to billboard.

The big downside of VRML was that it was not tactile and not very interactive. If I recall correctly, you couldn't collide with objects and most interaction was "I click this cube and a URL opens in a web browser". It seemed half-done.

Comment Re:Does taking 15 minutes... (Score 1) 605

I think anyone up for more than 24 hours will have "slept" a little, not knowing it. Microsleep. By catnap, do you mean lying down and shutting your eyes, intending to rest/sleep?

My obligatory sleep deprivation story:

I was in Las Vegas, and it was my last day there after a weeklong stay so I had to make the most of it. I got up hung over early Saturday morning, went to the remaining places and sights I wanted to see and came back to my hotel early evening.

My plane leaves early Sunday morning, so I don't intend to go to bed, risking oversleeping. Instead I play poker all night, seeing staff shift changes and the ebb and flow of players. Dawn breaks and I go to my room and get my luggage. Obligatory cockup: Leaving, I put my keycard on the bed and put my big suitcase by the door in the corridor, intending to make a last sweep of the room. The travel/hotel narrative requires that the door clicks closed and locked behind me... Down to the lobby, get a new card, up and get the luggage.

I make a domestic flight and then a transatlantic flight. I'm back in Sweden Monday morning, I think. I didn't sleep on the plane, per se. Just zoned out sometimes but it was never shuteye time. Let's say approx. 48 hours without lying down.

I stay at my sister's place two nights (severely zonked) and I'm finally home Wednesday.

"I'll just rest on the couch a little and then unpack." I wake up with the TV on - "Oh, hey, CNN. I have that at home too. My bags are there waiting for me but I still have dollars left, let's go down to the tables for one last round. Except... Oh, I'm home?"

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