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Comment Re:Infrastructure vs Independence (Score 1) 226

A 200km round trip is no problem in current EVs. Even a Leaf will be fine if you just plug it in to your friend's house for a few hours. I suppose to be fair the US is hobbled by 120V outlets but even so, 200km is easily possible in a relatively cheap EV. I do that much quite often with no issues.

Anyway, how many people live in a single car household? How many wouldn't be okay renting an ICE for occasional trips?

Comment Re: Remember kids! (Score 1) 373

Maybe US machines are different to the ones in the UK. In the UK you don't just press a button or pull a lever to spin, you have multiple buttons that allow you to "hold" a wheel and stuff like that.

Say you have fruit-fruit-bar. You spin and get bar-bar-jack. You can roll the emulator back and repeat the spin, you always get bar-bar-jack because the PRNG is deterministic and not based on timing. So it looks like if you hold the original bar that you had, you should get bar-bar-bar and win. If you do hold it, the machine has already decided that you are going to lose this one so produces fruit-bar-bar or something so that you lose.

The display is supposed to make you think that if you had just held that bar you would have won, but it's a lie. You were going to lose no matter what, it's just trying to make you think you have a chance when you don't.

Comment Re:Very true, until everything was on the internet (Score 1) 193

These days, the spreadsheet is probably in the cloud (on the internet), pulling data from some source on the internet. Having people who can almost barely code creating code for your business, including those web-enabled spreadsheets, will very likely end up with one of them making all your data from your spreadsheets available online.

I'd have thought the opposite. Files on Windows rarely make use of permissions and it's really easy to attach one to an email or throw it on a USB drive. Few organisations have much control over all the random files their employees use. On the other hand web services always require a log-in and the better ones enforce per user permissions by default too. They are still vulnerable to copy/paste leaks but at least emailing a link will still require the recipient to have viewing/editing rights.

Comment Re:Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 1) 193

Even the highest quality code will be abandoned if the person commissioning it didn't know what they really wanted, or failed to adequately predict future requirements. A lot of new code is written just because the old code doesn't work quite the way it needs to or there is some new technology that needs to be supported and starting from scratch is easier.

Comment Re: Remember kids! (Score 0) 373

Is it mathematically rigged, no.

People have created emulators that demonstrate that often it doesn't matter which buttons you press, the machine has already decided to are going to lose this one. You can snapshot the system in the emulator, press a button and see that if you had pressed a different button you would have won, so roll back and press the other button and still lose. It's not down to timing or anything like that, the results are consistent.

Maybe the newer machines are fairer, but ones that operate that way certainly are mathematically rigged because the expectation is that the player influences the outcome.

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

The judgement was based on the concept of restorative justice. It sought to put the casino back in the position it would have been if it had not been cheated, hence all moneis won as a result of the cheating had to be returned. The reason the comp stuff wasn't covered is probably because they do it for losers as well.

Comment Re:Who teaches the teachers? (Score 1) 193

All they really need to know is the very basics of how to get started and point people at Google's course material. Most people literally wouldn't know where to start, but given the right IDE and the right beginners' course they can learn by themselves.

That's how most people of my generation learned. Our computers came with some kind of development environment, even if it was just a BASIC prompt, and a manual. Modern computers don't come with either of those things.

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