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Comment Re:They agreed to the cards (Score 1) 401

The casino didn't provide the cards, he provided the cards and his assistant marked them as they were playing.

RTFA. The casino provided the cards. He requested they use eight decks of purple Gemaco Borgata playing cards shuffled together. They happened to have a defect that they exploited. They also exploited how superstitious baccarat players are. Apparently the casino didn't think it was odd to ask the dealer to rotate all of the 6 through 9 cards 180 degrees in the decks before putting them in an auto-shuffler.

Comment Re:This is one type; others have less decline (Score 1) 130

I get yellow jackets digging holes in my yard. I used to think they were hornets but they are wasps. Anyhow, running over a nest hole with the lawn mower generally unleashes the Horde from Hell and they don't stop stinging until you more or less assicate the area and kill those that came along as you run for your life.

Those yellow jackets are nasty little bastards. I didn't have any luck with the traditional bee sprays. I spoke to a bee keeper and he recommended the pellet type insecticide that you use to kill ants and grubs and such. That was the only way I could get rid of them. I had three nests in my yard last summer. None of them were where I could directly run over them with a lawn mower, but they stung the hell out of me if I got within 20 feet of the nest. I hadn't been stung by a bee in at least thirty years prior to last summer.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

If you used good tape and a quality cassette deck the high frequencies were fabulous. A good type II tape like Maxell UD-XLII or TDK-SA made amazing recordings. I had a Teac C3-RX which was one of their higher end decks. The tapes still sound amazingly good.

I used to be a musician and still have my Dolby S deck. But even the best tape you could buy that I'm aware of cut off at 17kHz. But those were considerably more expensive than TDK-SA-X. The ones you mentioned were really good consumer grade media. I think by the last time they were manufactured they cut off at 16kHz. I recorded hundreds of vinyl albums to TDK SA-X cassettes back in the day though. Granted, those recordings I made sounded better than the prerecorded cassettes of those albums. But the vinyl still sounded better. But my hearing was/is better than most, and I can still hear up to around 22kHz.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

Maybe if you were lucky they used Dolby B noise reduction which helped the sound suck less, but on home cassette recorders you could use the superior Dolby C. And worse, manufacturers didn't always tell if they used Dolby B when they did, so all you could do was play the tape and try to figure out if it sounded better with it on or off.

I actually still have my tape deck. I recently redid my theater room and had room on the AV cart, so I hooked up my VCR and tape deck. I haven't used either, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Anyhow, my tape deck has Dolby B, C, and S. Dolby S was better than B or C. But on my deck you only needed to set those for recording. It auto-selected the appropriate one for all playback.

Comment Re:Can we stop adding GATE to every scandal? (Score 3, Funny) 106

What you gonna do if Bill Gates is ever involved in a scandal? Call it Gatesgate?

No kidding. Why do large scandals get "gate" attached to them anyhow? I understand the Watergate thing as it was the actual name of the complex it happened in. But the hundreds of scandals since, that have used it, just seem silly. "Deflategate", "Donutgate[sic]", "Nannygate(1, 2 &3)", "Antennagate", "Pengate", "Nipplegate", and my current favorite, "Pussygate". "Pussygate" sounds more like a chastity belt than a scandal.

Comment Re:Burn in? (Score 2) 238

That's a link to a discussion board. Current OLED is still much more susceptible to burn in than LCD. Samsung has recently announced 10 yr warranties against burn in, on it's LCD panels, as a shot at LG's OLED TV. I'm sure it's better than the original Plasma's, but it's still an issue. Also, the blue tends to dim faster on OLED. As far as I know, that has also not been addressed.

Comment Burn in? (Score 1) 238

I'm not in the market for a new TV myself. But isn't burn in still a major concern with current OLED? Also, don't the colors wear unevenly with what's being sold at the moment?

I still prefer to watch movies and television on a large display, but it seems to me that a lot of people don't. My wife uses her tablet for almost all of the video she watches. My daughter prefers her phone. It's going to be interesting to see how this affects television in the future as well.

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