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Comment Re:Developers give great advice. (Score 1) 251

The two solutions to this are to have PuTTY shortcuts for all your devices. This eliminates the "need" to open a window to re-type anything. The other easy solution is to SSH from box to box, without closing everything between sessions.

Seems Linux is for the inflexible who want to do something in one and only one way and that one way works on Linux. For those that are more flexible, we don't care.

Comment Re: Fake news != Flawed news (Score 1) 373

Changing the EV isn't illegal. Counting cards has shown us that "recognizing" the odds of a win to beat random chance is legal. So I don't see how this was an illegal act. If anything, the casino using marked cards should be the only ones prosecuted. And the players can't be punished for the casino using marked cards.

Comment Re:Compre to Boston's Big Dig (Score 1) 392

Road projects never improve traffic, because they never consider one until it's too late for it to be useful. The enviro-nuts use this as an example of how roads cause cars, when the truth is that with enough proper transportation, everything, including cars, would move more efficiently. But we are so far out of the middle of the curve that none of the regular rules apply.

Comment Re:Never write a keylogger. (Score 1) 173

It isn't a keylogger? I only ever used it as such, and it made a great one, configured to send every keystroke to a central server in real time, or saving a local log with every keystroke. Used it to catch a person who clocked in for overtime, then went on Yahoo Chat and did things that would have gotten him fired without the outright theft of company time.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 373

Atlantic City was supposed to have the NYC billionaires fly down in their private aircraft for a weekend of losing millions. The problem was that AC never drew the crowds. And the working class loves blowing all their money in Vegas. Losing money in AC, and you are just another loser in NJ.

Without the middle class, the place never took off. And the billionaires didn't gamble in AC. If you gotta get on a plane, 20 minutes to AC or 4 hours to Vegas, what would you choose?

The people that invested in AC were simply idiot failures. Coney Island 2. Sounds like fun, but loses money (hoping New Yorkers will come out to play with them).

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 373

I paid (well, my company) $250 a night for a shithole in Excalibur next door to the Luxor. The conference was in the Excalibur, so we had to stay there, the conference room is free if enough saps stay in the full-rate lowest-quality rooms. Or something like that. For tomorrow night, the best price I could find for a Luxor suite was $443, marked down from $633. Booking site doesn't let me link the price I'm seeing. I'm not sure how you paid $90 in Luxor and 500 in Rome. I paid much less than that in Rome for a nice place. Looking now, the prices are reversed.

Comment Re: He cheated OTHER players (Score 1) 373

The players get to keep items comped by the casino. Bad call. The casino "comp"ensates you for playing a game that they are favored in. They were cheating. The players broke their obligation.

The Casino comps you to keep you playing, assuming you'll eventually lose. That their assumption was wrong doesn't change the offer of free goods. Next you'll tell me that if I take a "Free test drive" I'm obligated to buy the car, or I stole the test drive, because the dealership assumed I'd like their piece of shit. It was "comp"limentary, not "comp"ensation. https://www.merriam-webster.co...

Comment Re: Fake news != Flawed news (Score 3, Interesting) 373

No. The odds never changed. The knowledge of the outcome of the hand changed. When the dealer plays by the standard blackjack rules, if all cards were dealt face-up, the odds don't change, but the knowledge of the cards does.

No different than getting casino to use dice you provide that pass the casino's checks for loaded dice but you otherwise know something special about that increase your odds playing craps.

If one learns that blowing on the dice for luck changes the outcome (say the breath causes that side of the die to be stickier), then the player, without touching the dice asks the dealer to let someone, anyone, blow on them, and you note the side that's blown on, and change your bet accordingly, you've not changed the long-term odds of the game, but have increased your knowledge of the next outcome of the roll.

The problem with these laws is that they confuse the short-term odds, the long-term odds, the odds of winning, and the odds of pulling a random card. Card counting is explicitly legal. Using skill to "change the odds" is explicitly legal. These people used a skill to change the odds. They didn't didn't change any element of chance. They didn't stack the deck. They just used x-ray vision to look at the cards, when the house still thought them unknown. The house played the wrong odds with them, but they did nothing that altered the fundamental element of chance. They could have lost money with this trick. Each hand was random. The house had just mis-calculated the odds with these skilled players. That doesn't sound like cheating to me. It sounds like using skill to gain an advantage in a game of chance, much like counting cards in blackjack.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 371

Yes (to all, though I've never tried to build an entire house). But my father, who grew up on a farm could only fix his own car (back when there were no computers or fuel injectors), and he grew up on a farm. If they needed work done, they'd pay neighbors. Same as most rural places. Someone may get only one of those skills, and the rest they'd trade from neighbors.

Urban folks panic when their iPhone loses signal and whine that government needs to protect them and make sure nobody jams their precious cell signal in a movie theatre.

Just like the government protects the people if someone cuts the phone lines of someone in a rural area. Active jammers are explicitly illegal, and it's insane that you are attacking those who think they should remain so.

The lack of generalization isn't an urban-only problem. It's a side-effect of progress, and why so many Luddites hate progress. It's impossible to be competent in every topic, though 2000 years ago, it would have been possible.

Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 5, Informative) 373

The slots are rigged. They appear "random". They are not. They are programmed to show a near-jackpot for every loss. This tricks the human brain into thinking they are doing better than they are. If they literally displayed a random result, they'd be legit. But the outcome is statistically determined, and the losses are deliberately rigged to show a near-jackpot to trick people into playing more.

If casinos weren't cheating, they'd actually display random results for every win and loss. They don't. They are cheating, and they know it. They cheat as much as allowed by law. That it's legal cheating doesn't make it non-cheating.

Comment Re: Remember kids! (Score 2, Insightful) 373

Nope. It's actually rigged. Watch the slots. They'll almost always "stop" one away from a big win. They are programmed to win a certain amount of the time, but being one away from a big win counts as a 100% loss to the count, while counting as a "win" in the human brain.

They exploit human weakness in a deliberate manner to harm those that play the games. That's "rigged" even if it doesn't explicitly change the payout numbers.

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