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Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 1) 405

it's funny to me when people accuse casinos of cheating. why in the world would you cheat, when you have people pouring in to your establishment voluntarily dumping truckloads of money into games whose very premise is that you will probably lose? the casino has every incentive to sit back and play by the rules as written, and no rational incentive to assume any of the risk involved in deceit or misconduct.

Comment Re:Remember kids: Only Losers Quit (Score 1) 405

uhm, yes, they are programmed to give specific outcomes. maybe you should look up how they work. the operator selects a payout percentage, and the machine then doles out wins at a rate that maintains that percentage. the computer in the slot machine determines whether you win or lose long before before the wheels stop turning.

and yes, it does intentionally stop them on a disproportionate number of "near miss" jackpots.

Comment social media / internet might be helping. (Score 1) 105

i wonder if social media and the ubiquity of the internet has anything to do with it. i suspect it's more healthy for the brain to be actively engaged with friends and family, even virtually, and reading about current events (even if it's hateful clickbait) than sitting around having very little mental or emotional engagement knitting doilies or whatever.

Comment this has happened many times at Northrop Grumman (Score 5, Funny) 302

i worked at NG for 7 years, and there were several instances (the last one being in 2010) where email system company-wide was crippled or knocked offline by an email that was sent to the wrong mailing list. apparently, there was one available that included literally every single person in the system (probably about 100,000 people).

i remember one morning in about 2008 or so, getting an email addressed to some team i wasn't a part of, seeing the "CC" list was several miles long, and i knew instantly what was going to happen. i guess the "first post" instinct in me acted up for the first time ever. i knew we were all already doomed, so i hit reply-all and simply posted: "oh no, not again." i did manage to be first, but before i could blink, i had over a thousand new emails all saying some variation of "WHAT IS THIS?" "REMOVE ME FROM THIS LIST" and "STOP REPLYING FOR GODS SAKE". my new emails hit 30,000 in a few minutes.

the entire NG email system was down for more than a day.

two days later i got called into my boss's office and he explained that top-tier management at NG had demanded that i be fired. my "oh no not again" was the last email most people saw before the system exploded. a very heated conversation between my supervisors and NG executives apparently just barely saved my job, but my supervisors were not pleased either and mentioned this would go on my permanent record (i thought that was just a high school thing). it didn't matter that i didn't actually do anything to cause the crash. i had merely made myself visible at the wrong time, and NG wanted someone's head.

so glad i don't work there now.

Comment Re:News reporting creates cognitive biases (Score 1) 243

so few? there's over 100,000 total Teslas out there.

also, no, reporting on every crash is not fair. the claim is that autopilot is better than a human, not that autopilot is infallible. and that Teslas are safer than other cars, not that Teslas are indestructible. fair reporting would be reporting on the statistics, not individual Tesla incidents (while ignoring all other brand of cars' fatal accidents).

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