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Comment Re:Odds are low, but prize is big (Score 1) 301

I may only have a 1 in 28,633,528 chance of having a winning ticket, but really it's the only realistic chance I'll ever have to get $50 million.

Anyway I can afford to occasionally gamble the $5 for the minuscule chance of that $50 million.

If those are the odds, and a game cost $5, and you could win over $500M, then buying a lottery ticket starts to make statistical sense. I don't know anything about the lottery in question though... are those the actual odds or just a number you made up for illustrative purposes?

Those odds are for the Lotto MAX in Canada I believe. Top prize is capped at $50M with any extra being more $1M draws.

Comment Re:Man is an intriguing being... (Score 1) 140

I just wonder why someone would be willing to live in a place that is by all measures a risky place to establish a life. Why? When I think of the polar bear, the weather, the isolation and so on, I fail to see the reason why I would want to live there. Man is surely intriguing.

The same could be said for those living in Tornado Alley. People are weird, and they'll live anywhere on this planet.

Submission + - Chain Store's PIN Keypads Hacked in 20 States (

An anonymous reader writes: The problem of identity theft at the Michael's chain of arts and craft stores is much worse than previously thought. Instead of being confined to greater Chicago, as was reported 8 days ago, crooks have reportedly compromised at least 90 store PIN keypads in 80 stores across 20 states. Customers have 60 days to report fraudulent transactions on their account before their liability jumps from $50 to $500. This is a good reason to use credit rather than debit cards for retail purchases.

Submission + - Laptop rescued by "Twitter posse" and Prey (

An anonymous reader writes: Bad news: a Canadian who visited New York had his laptop stolen. Good news: it was outfitted with Prey, the open-source computer tracking application. Better news: a group in NYC made a "geek squad intervention", faced the culprit and retrieved the laptop safely.

This case naturally raises the usual sorts of questions about the "Twitter posse" culture.


Submission + - U.S. To Issue Terror Alerts On Facebook, Twitter (

CWmike writes: "The U.S. government may start issuing terror alerts using Facebook and Twitter, which were thrust again in the spotlight recently as lifelines in Japan. An AP report Thursday, based on a 19-page draft of the plan that the news service obtained, said DHS is working to overhaul the current color-coded terror alert system. 'The new terror alerts would ... be published online using Facebook and Twitter 'when appropriate,' AP reports, 'but only after federal, state and local government leaders have already been notified.' Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at the Yankee Group, said the government entrusting something as critical as terrorist alerts to Facebook and Twitter shows how important social networking sites have become to people's lives. 'There are hundreds of millions of people using Facebook and Twitter. For many of them, it's their primary communication tool,' Kerravala said. 'That means it's a great way to get information to a massive number of people. Maybe the best.'"

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