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« Reply #315 on: June 16, 2012, 01:50:51 am »
The last problem gambling training I went to basically broke it down like this.  If you are gambling to have fun, y ou are fine.  It's no different than dropping dough on a concert, movies, a fancy restaurant, whatever.


But if you are seriously doing it as a way to generate income, to make money, you most likely have a problem.


And it's like only 8 or 9% of people who gamble that ever develop any level of addiction or dependence.
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« Reply #316 on: June 16, 2012, 02:25:13 am »
The last problem gambling training I went to basically broke it down like this.  If you are gambling to have fun, y ou are fine.  It's no different than dropping dough on a concert, movies, a fancy restaurant, whatever.


But if you are seriously doing it as a way to generate income, to make money, you most likely have a problem.


And it's like only 8 or 9% of people who gamble that ever develop any level of addiction or dependence.

You see it a lot if you're near a bar or a liquor store or a convenience store. Usual suspects though.

I once had a neighbor that would attach significance to license plates and expect the license plate number to win.
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #317 on: June 16, 2012, 02:36:38 am »
I knew a guy in Salem who put in for disability. He said when he got his big retro check he was going to buy 1000 scratch tickets. You couldn't tell him that wouldn't help his shitty odds any.

I think he won back about $200.
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« Reply #318 on: June 16, 2012, 02:39:07 am »
I knew a guy in Salem who put in for disability. He said when he got his big retro check he was going to buy 1000 scratch tickets. You couldn't tell him that wouldn't help his shitty odds any.

I think he won back about $200.

Lotteries couldn't function without this level of po'buckerism.
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« Reply #319 on: June 16, 2012, 02:40:04 am »
The last problem gambling training I went to basically broke it down like this.  If you are gambling to have fun, y ou are fine.  It's no different than dropping dough on a concert, movies, a fancy restaurant, whatever.


But if you are seriously doing it as a way to generate income, to make money, you most likely have a problem.


And it's like only 8 or 9% of people who gamble that ever develop any level of addiction or dependence.

You see it a lot if you're near a bar or a liquor store or a convenience store. Usual suspects though.

I once had a neighbor that would attach significance to license plates and expect the license plate number to win.


Casino's prey on this shit too.  They can dial up and down the percentage of times that slot machines pay out.  They can also dial up and down the "near misses", which will end up fueling and egging on the person prone to having a dependence on gambling. 
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« Reply #320 on: June 16, 2012, 03:19:28 am »
I knew a guy in Salem who put in for disability. He said when he got his big retro check he was going to buy 1000 scratch tickets. You couldn't tell him that wouldn't help his shitty odds any.

I think he won back about $200.

Lotteries couldn't function without this level of po'buckerism.

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« Reply #321 on: June 16, 2012, 03:40:52 am »
My statistics professor imparted a very important lesson on day one.

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I don't usually play the lottery because your chances of winning are slim to nothing. But I do play sometimes. And when I do, I say, "yeah, uh, I'll play zero-zero-zero-zero." and then someone will say, "fucking amateur." Hey. 0-0-0-0 has, statistically, just as much of a chance of winning as any other numeric combination. And because I'm an amateur, if I pick 0-0-0-0, I won't have to split my winnings with anyone, because no one else will have chosen those numbers. So who's the idiot now? They don't understand that every digit has a one in ten chance. The chance that any number will come out for the first digit is 10%. The second digit? 10%. And so on and so forth. Don't play the lottery. You're all too smart for that.
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #322 on: June 16, 2012, 09:55:04 am »
The last problem gambling training I went to basically broke it down like this.  If you are gambling to have fun, y ou are fine.  It's no different than dropping dough on a concert, movies, a fancy restaurant, whatever.


But if you are seriously doing it as a way to generate income, to make money, you most likely have a problem.


And it's like only 8 or 9% of people who gamble that ever develop any level of addiction or dependence.

You see it a lot if you're near a bar or a liquor store or a convenience store. Usual suspects though.

I once had a neighbor that would attach significance to license plates and expect the license plate number to win.


Casino's prey on this shit too.  They can dial up and down the percentage of times that slot machines pay out.  They can also dial up and down the "near misses", which will end up fueling and egging on the person prone to having a dependence on gambling.

I used to have a failsafe system but it was risky. A bit of a gamble if you like :fnord: We got hold of a set of slot machine door keys from an arcade owner who owed us for a couple of nine bars. We'd go into an arcade, find a quiet spot away from the cameras, slip in behind the machine, open the door and empty the overflow bucket. Jackpot, pretty much guaranteed. It was very addictive, tho.
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #323 on: June 16, 2012, 10:02:42 am »
There's this guy, downstairs, and all he does is work out the odds.  It's like he can run all those numbers in his mind and simulate the thing -  he gets it.  He knows how to balance an equation; but what it means beyond that is irrelevant to him.
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #324 on: June 16, 2012, 02:21:56 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #325 on: June 16, 2012, 05:49:26 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:

Jeez. Can you imagine that happening in Boston instead of on an island? There would probably be some pretty harsh containment measures.
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #326 on: June 16, 2012, 06:41:25 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:

Jeez. Can you imagine that happening in Boston instead of on an island? There would probably be some pretty harsh containment measures.

Uhhhhh.......
The Stand:lol:
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #327 on: June 16, 2012, 07:14:49 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:

Jeez. Can you imagine that happening in Boston instead of on an island? There would probably be some pretty harsh containment measures.

Uhhhhh.......
The Stand:lol:

Never watched it...
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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #328 on: June 16, 2012, 07:28:16 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:

Jeez. Can you imagine that happening in Boston instead of on an island? There would probably be some pretty harsh containment measures.

Uhhhhh.......
The Stand:lol:

Never watched it...

M-O-O-N that spells what?
Didn't read it either?

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Re: On the recurrence of discussions
« Reply #329 on: June 16, 2012, 09:08:04 pm »
It also occurs to me that due to my email signature, Nigel also knows what room my desk is in too.  :lulz:

That'll be super-useful if I ever get real observant and also go to Boston again.  :lulz:

Well, you'll run into a few snags if you try to find me there:

It's rather difficult to find the front door. No lie. Everyone always gets lost on their first day.
To get in the front door, you need key card access.
To go anywhere on the elevator except to three floors, you need regular key card access. One is not accessible from the building at all (to keep them out, not us out. We share a structure with another entity), one floor is reception (you won't see much at all on the first floor) and one is special clearance (let's just say that floor does a different sort of research).

Tell me it's not puppies.  :sad:

Virology, in a nutshell.

Animal research is in the basement (big surprise), but that usually involves (redacted. Non-canids and to my knowledge, non-primates).

Still sad.

Working under a virology research place sounds creepy. But fascinating.

And now we'll know who to blame when 28 Days Later happens for real. :lulz:

Jeez. Can you imagine that happening in Boston instead of on an island? There would probably be some pretty harsh containment measures.

Uhhhhh.......
The Stand:lol:

Never watched it...

M-O-O-N that spells what?
Didn't read it either?

DO IT, TWID, DO IT

lol, ok. I did however read Earth Abides, which apparently inspired The Stand.
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