* Posts by Martin

7 posts • joined 4 Mar 2008

Net sleuths spot poker site cheat code

Martin
Paris Hilton

Hole

Hole cards are the cards you are dealt face down, they are "in the hole" i.e. not visible to other players unless they are ultimate bet superusers. You know like having an "ace in the hole".

Shaun the most obvious reason for why you loose money playing internet poker is that your not very good at it, I was a losing player until I started studying the game seriously a few months ago. I thought I had incredible skills as well, but the fact of the matter was, I was deluded and so are you and anyone else who posts some crap about losing because the game is full of cheaters. The good news is you can easily turn this around, I am in solid profit over my lifetime poker career now. Buy some books about poker and read them!

GL at the felt.

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Martin
Stop

Rigged

Online poker is for the most part pretty above board, incidents like this are the exception not the norm. Your sarcastic comments and bullshit spouting are unwarranted, the random number generators used are vetted by respected 3rd party software houses and the most (if not all) of them use Intel hardware RNG to seed the shuffle. Those who cry about online poker being rigged are usually those who play poorly and are unable to psychologically deal with the stress of taking a few bad beats. The bad press generated by this sort of thing is not good for business for the site so it's in their interest to keep the games as fair and above board as possible.

You are at risk from players colluding against you, but then their is a risk of this playing live bricks and mortar as well... If you suspect something is not right you can report the incident to customer support though and they will analyze the incident.

You may also be at risk from automated bots depending on what game you play and what your skill level is, the AI is not yet at a stage where it is unbeatable though and the sites actively work to detect these things and deny the bots.

I have been playing for a while now both online and live and I use software to analyze my statistics and play, once you start to get a large enough sample you can start to see the results converging to around where they should be according to the mathematics of statistics/probability - that in itself is enough to prove that the software is in no way rigged.

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Samsung and Sun make 'ultra-endurance' flash chips

Martin

lies, damn lies, marketing and statistics...

The 100x more performance per watt figure is pretty misleading as well since we don't know what the given wattages used are nor do we have any performance numbers to go with them. Still 100x looks pretty impressive on your marketing guff eh?

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Cardiff 'copter coppers give chase to UFO

Martin
Boffin

@Webster Phreaky

Interstellar travel is not a physics based impossibility, we already know that it would be possible to travel at close to the speed of light, but it may even be possible to travel faster than light speed. Their are theoretical particles which would be capable of faster than light travel for instance, not too mention the possibilities of folding space around you etc. I don't think you know enough about physics to attempt to use it as a stick to bash UFO lovers with somehow. Science-fiction has a peculiar predisposition to becoming science-fact.

NB: I don't believe in aliens visiting us regularly, but I believe life may exist out their somewhere in some form.

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Windows XP SP3 leaps into the tubes

Martin
Gates Horns

Bricked...

Installed it on the laptop I use for work stuff to try it out, after a reboot it blackscreened and sat doing nothing. It now does this every boot. When attempting to go into safe mode it bluescreens with a GDI32.dll error.

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Intel wants to own the weather prediction business

Martin
Coat

Supercomputing?

I work for a meteorology company just now and have previously worked for another, I can assure you that we have no supercomputers (though we probably have more servers than the average service business). The last company I worked for had a lot of computing power at their main headquarters, but I'm buggered if I know what they used it for it was probably their to make the place look like NASA mission control.

Conventional climate prediction models are run on nothing fancier than a 4-8 CPU rackmount with about 4-8GB of ram on your favourite linux distro of choice. Their isn't much business here for Intel to "own" really as far as conventional climate prediction goes. Perhaps this will change with the later release of finer grained models which use more complex mathematics, but by the time it does we will probably have servers which are very fast indeed and very cheap.

No need for the coat the weathers fine.

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Apple's Time Capsule: is its HDD really 'server grade'?

Martin
Jobs Horns

Cutting to the real issue...

It's hardly worth quibbling about whether a server drive is more reliable than a desktop drive, did any of you actually read and comprehend the google paper on desktop drive life expectancy and MTBF in an enterprise scenario? If you had, you would've seen that desktop drives are just as reliable as posh server drives as Ian has also testified to a couple of comments above - this makes them ideal for usage in a high density low cost storage array. If you pick the right drives and controller they can also be very fast.

What is worth quibbling over is the fact that the unit is billed and advertised as having an enterprise grade drive and surprise, surprise it doesn't. It would likely be just as reliable whether it did or it didn't, but they have lied to market the thing. In my opinion the issue/news here is not the drive type used (which a lot of you seem to be quibbling over), but the fact that you have been lied to again by a large monopolistic company.

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