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by JD
Today, 13:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

The times video poker payout has a positive probabilistic expected value are when jackpot multipliers are involved, which themselves are somewhat arbitrary and also depend on the player betting max money on every round. It’s like how sometimes the state lotto jackpot can theoretically result in pos...
by JD
Today, 10:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Video poker is one of the few casino games where the player can have reasonable odds - in rare cases, the player even has an edge. But playing successfully requires knowing the game and the pay table, knowing the correct play for every possible hand, and executing consistently. Most people don't do ...
by JD
Yesterday, 14:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 4482
Views: 291621

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

I was vaguely aware that there used to be more regulation on trucking, but I'd never really thought much about it until I read this Slate article titled "Will robotic trucks be sweatshops on wheels?" the other day. (First mistake: reading a Slate piece. Also, Betteridge's Law of Headlines.) tl:dr: T...
by JD
Yesterday, 14:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10111
Views: 626315

Re: Petty annoyances

Warren wrote: 24 Oct 2020, 23:40 You've seen this?
That's the article I linked to, yes.
by JD
24 Oct 2020, 22:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 10111
Views: 626315

Re: Petty annoyances

This has started popping up on my Mac. Apparently I am far from the only one to get this. The really annoying thing is that if you click either button the dialog box just comes back five seconds later. So far I am really not loving Catalina.
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by JD
23 Oct 2020, 15:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8150
Views: 427133

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Harakiri , from 1962. I think it may be the best damn samurai movie ever made, but I can only watch it every so often because of the emotional impact. You should watch The Twilight Samurai , it'll give any other Japanese samurai movie a run for its money. Hm. Now I'm torn between watching that and ...
by JD
23 Oct 2020, 11:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread
Replies: 929
Views: 81466

Re: Mo's moderately interesting sci/tech thread

The apparent discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus may have actually been an artifact of the data analysis, unfortunately:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswith ... is-absent/
by JD
23 Oct 2020, 09:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8150
Views: 427133

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Harakiri, from 1962. I think it may be the best damn samurai movie ever made, but I can only watch it every so often because of the emotional impact.
by JD
22 Oct 2020, 21:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you drinking?
Replies: 569
Views: 157104

Re: What are you drinking?

What are you drinking? If you're lucky, a $2000 Mouton Rothschild 1989 instead of the $18 pinot noir you ordered. (And if you're not lucky, an $18 pinot instead of the Mouton Rothschild you ordered, but maybe you wouldn't notice...) https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/new-york-restaurant-mistake-mout...
by JD
22 Oct 2020, 16:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 436
Views: 63489

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

The diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand compression of more than 39,000 times its own weight. As is often the case for flightless beetles, the species’ elytra — a protective case that normally sheaths wings — had strengthened and toughened over time. Up close , scientists realized this cover a...
by JD
22 Oct 2020, 08:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Jennifer Finch, bassist for L7, is "Creative DIrector - Director of Brand Strategy" for the Weekly World News. This amuses me no end.
by JD
21 Oct 2020, 20:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Good Cover Versions
Replies: 209
Views: 41411

Re: Good Cover Versions

Did I post this one before? Leatherface, British punk band, covers "Message In A Bottle, and (IMO) shows how rocking the core of the song really is.
https://www.yo utube.com/watch?v=O_tE2qtsP1I
by JD
21 Oct 2020, 12:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

OxyContin maker to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, pay $8 billion, and will close the company Wow, that sounds really serious! They're just going to directly shut down the maker of OxyContin! They must be really determined to end the opioid crisis... The company will be dissolved as part ...
by JD
20 Oct 2020, 22:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3622
Views: 318136

Re: Twitter!

I'd go with The Warriors. Get the city to pay you to take six blocks of slum off their hands. Get vendors to pay you rent on themed drug stores and newspaper stands. Get nerds to pay you cosplay tournament entrance fees and let them beat each other to death for the entertainment of park goes that p...
by JD
20 Oct 2020, 22:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Painboy wrote: 20 Oct 2020, 20:56 I think I'm more stunned that they talk to each other in that same goofy broadcaster voice even off camera.
Now all I can imagine is "sportscaster pillow talk"...
by JD
20 Oct 2020, 20:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 9164
Views: 463517

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I'm guessing it is unpatriotic not to support wasting taxpayer money for jolly jetmen to show off at a jockfest. In all fairness, pilots do have to keep up a certain number of flight hours, and airshows count towards that like anything else would. They burn the same amount of fuel whether they're f...
by JD
20 Oct 2020, 11:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 1128
Views: 109491

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

I admit I have not read any of the details, but I don't really get what is up with how a Federal policy can have "top tax rates by state".
by JD
19 Oct 2020, 13:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12462
Views: 967889

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

D.A. Ridgely wrote: 19 Oct 2020, 12:59 Did the Times mention anything about revisiting that whole freedom of the press nonsense, too?
The Times is goodspeech, so they will never be affected by restrictions on press freedom. Only badspeech will be affected.
by JD
19 Oct 2020, 11:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12462
Views: 967889

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The NY Times Magazine pretty explicitly sneers at the idea that free speech is good:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/maga ... peech.html
by JD
19 Oct 2020, 10:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8097
Views: 538318

Re: Orange is the new President

thoreau wrote: 19 Oct 2020, 10:51 You have a valid point, but do you really think Trump understands the difference between science and scientism?
I don't think the guy understands much of anything, believe me!
by JD
19 Oct 2020, 10:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 8097
Views: 538318

Re: Orange is the new President

So Trump said that if Biden were elected, he would listen to scientists, like that was a bad thing. He's rightly coming in for a lot of mockery, but I can't help but think this is informed by a lot of leftists' belief, not in science, but in scientism, where any argument is settled by using the (par...
by JD
18 Oct 2020, 15:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2803
Views: 239827

Re: Video Games!

Painboy wrote: 17 Oct 2020, 01:30
JD wrote: 16 Oct 2020, 19:30 Wait until you get the "dictator" event, that one will (often) make you tear your hair out.
The one who snuck into one of the suspension pods? I jettisoned his ass.
If nothing else happened, you got lucky. He sometimes has some very unpleasant tricks up his frozen sleeves.
by JD
16 Oct 2020, 19:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2803
Views: 239827

Re: Video Games!

Well I was able to get an all "green" planet after a few tries although the means may have been questionable. I ran into a Dyson Sphere and contacted the inhabitants. They agreed to construct a world for the colonists. I agreed and they surrounded the ship and disassembled it down to atoms and then...
by JD
16 Oct 2020, 14:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2803
Views: 239827

Re: Video Games!

One of my favorite low-pressure games to spend a few minutes on is Seedship . Capsule version: you play as the AI controlling a colony ship full of humans in suspended animation, and you have to try and find a suitable new homeworld for them; you visit a lot of unacceptable or marginally acceptable ...