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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

Teppy Re:I have a easier answer... (322 comments)

If elections are publicly financed, then how does a candidate without name recognition bootstrap? And if the answer is "everyone gets equal financial support," then what prevents 1000 candidates from running?

about a year ago

Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink

Teppy I can code that (90 comments)

int NeedsDrink(void) { return(1); }

about a year ago

YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

Teppy Re:Ads (189 comments)

Yeah, how much? I'd bet my time is worth far more than the ad revenue they get from me. For instance, Super Bowl ads this year averaged $4M/minute to reach an audience of 111M viewers. So that's $4.34/hour/viewer. For the Super Bowl. So let's assume the cat-video-watching audience is worth more than the Super Bowl watching audience. For my $2/month subscription I'd be able to skip 25 minutes of solid ads. Again, no-brainer, at least for me.

about a year ago

YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

Teppy Ads (189 comments)

I'd definitely pay $2/month to remove the damn ads. Same goes for Hulu - why don't they have this option?

about a year ago

Bitcoin Hits New All-time High of $32

Teppy Re:Loose change (339 comments)

"That place is so popular that nobody goes there anymore."

about a year and a half ago

Solowheel is for People Who Think a Segway is Boring (Video)

Teppy I love this stuff (94 comments)

I just got a Solo Wheel - it's harder to learn than you'd expect by looking at the videos (way, WAY harder than learning to ride a Segway, which was pretty much instantaneous for me.) But it's an absolute blast once you do learn, and the one nice day that I've ridden around in public, I had dozens of strangers coming up to me and asking all sorts of questions.

I really want one of the RYNO Motors gadgets next - planning to ride one of those all over Burning Man.

And this thing looks like a blast as well, but those treads look dangerous as hell!

about a year and a half ago

Anti-GMO Activist Recants

Teppy Re:This is a rare breed of human. (758 comments)

I would like any food prepared in a plant that is reputed to be haunted (built on a burial ground, or had any particularly gristly deaths on premises,) to be labeled as such. There's no harm in doing so, and that way I can at least make an informed decision whether to put that into my body.

about a year and a half ago

Prediction Market Site InTrade Bans US Customers

Teppy Bitcoin sidesteps another US regulation (260 comments) has no restrictions on location. They're probably totally legal here as well, because except for sports gambling, and futures markets specifically, there are no US federal laws prohibiting gambling. Several laws (The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, The Federal Wire Wager Act, 18 U.S.C. 1084) prohibit the transfer of funds by wire for purposes of gambling, but gambling itself is only regulated at the state level (with the two specific exemptions above.)

about 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

Teppy Re:who cares? (600 comments)

They're being used quite a bit for online gambling because they allow for instant deposits, instant withdrawals, zero risk of charge-back, and for some online casinos, provably fair wagering.

about 2 years ago

Google Glass Could Be the Virtual Dieting Pill of the Future

Teppy Re:AWESOME (159 comments)

Actually, that's more or less true - a number of studies have found that blue (color of food, color of room, etc.) suppresses appetite. Some molds are blue, so it's plausible that there's an evolutionary advantage to being disgusted by blue food.

about a year ago

Legalizing Online Futures Betting

Teppy An Intrade-like site for US Customers (80 comments)

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulates all futures trading in the US, and does so quite aggressively. However, they can't sink their claws into Bitcoin: Try for a US-friendly idea futures site.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

Teppy Re:Not many choices (303 comments)

I don't know if the FBI is interested in scams, but banks are not. This summer I noticed a "too good to be true" Craig's List ad (a pair of brand new jet skis for $3000) and decided to see how the scam worked. I baited the scammer who wrote back with a story about being shipped off to Afghanistan and needed to sell the jet skis right away. He suggested using an "escrow agent" and sent me details for a wire transfer.

The bank for the "escrow agent" was a JP Morgan Chase branch in Petaluma (?) California. I got ahold of the branch and explained what I had done, and said "I know you can't give me details on one of your customers' accounts, but I bet there have been wire transfers into this account, and in-person cash withdrawals for the same amount from it - am I right?" They confirmed (oops!) that that was the case and put me in touch with their fraud division.

After explaining the whole story to the fraud division, I suggested they set up a sting: Make their online banking site report that I had made a $3000 deposit, let me know when that had happened, and I'd tell the scammer that I had made payment. When he shows up at the branch to withdraw the money, nab him.

The bank never called back.

about 2 years ago

PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

Teppy The outrage (418 comments)

If PETA thinks that Pokemon is bad, I would like to direct them to this so-called game that makes a sport out of tipping cows! I would like to encourage PETA to protest my game in the most vocal way possible, because, damn, it's tough getting free press for a gambling game. Get it on Slashdot, on Gamespy, on CNN and on Time Magazine's site. Please? PETA? I'll give you a soy cookie!

about 2 years ago

BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

Teppy Re:Why all the hostility? (467 comments)

Why hasn't the above comment been rated +5 yet? Wish I had mod points now.

about 2 years ago

BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

Teppy Re:Question for economics wonks (467 comments)

Why would you even spend a single Bitcoin?

You know what's identical to this? Land. The reason people sell land is because human lifetimes are finite. For the same reason, never spending a single Bitcoin would be an enormous waste.

about 2 years ago

NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

Teppy Re:Lame (264 comments)

I'm curious what the penalty is for operating totally unlicensed. If accused, can do demand a jury trial? Because if I was a juror on such a case I'd deadlock that trial for a month if it meant fucking up the current system.

about 2 years ago

Mastercard Denies Plans For BitCoin Credit Card

Teppy Re:bitcoin is coming, deal with it financial fags (167 comments)

Well, I'll slashvertize my game: Dragon's Tale is a gambling MMORPG where every physical object in the world is a different sort of novel gambling game. Some are skill based, some pure luck. It's like Disney World for gamblers, and it accepts *only* Bitcoin. I'm also the designer of A Tale in the Desert, a game that's been covered on Slashdot and pretty much every major gaming site (back in the day - it was released in 2003) and is pretty highly regarded.

So now you know of two places that use Bitcoins. Oh, and if you look here you'll find several thousand more. (But I suppose then you could no longer say "I've yet to read about...")

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

Teppy Linear Algebra (1086 comments)

I do most of the design and programming on A Tale in the Desert and Dragon's Tale and I've seldom/never needed to do an integral or solve a system of differential equations. Understanding those concepts does frequently influence game design, however, so having taken those courses was important, at least for the kind of games I do. (Giving specific examples would require that you are familiar with gameplay for each of those games, but feel free to contact me directly if examples would be helpful.)

But on to specific branches of math: You'll certainly use linear algebra doing 3D programming, and IIRC that's considered "beyond" calculus. (If you're using OGRE or Unity 3D, at least at the API level then I'm surprised you haven't run into this.) Applied Math, which is often a college freshman course for a CS decree is crucial to all sorts of programming, especially games. Combinatorics is critical for game design, though if you're just planning to be a programmer, not so much. Numerical Methods will teach you exactly when and why rounding errors to happen, how they can compound each other, and in general help you write squeeky-clean math code. The game I'm working on now is a gambling MMORPG - I probably don't even have to say how important statistics is, if this sort of thing is in your future :)

Notice how different each of the math subjects above is? A lot of this comes down to learning how to learn, and that's the one thing that in my experience differentiated high school academics from college.

more than 2 years ago



Dragon's Tale: A Bitcoin-based Gambling MMORPG

Teppy Teppy writes  |  about a year ago

Teppy (105859) writes "Since founding eGenesis in 1998 I've been the lead designer of A Tale in the Desert. Though ATITD never attracted a huge playerbase, it still has fiercely loyal fans, and proved that MMORPGs could be about things other than combat. About 3 years ago I decided to create another MMORPG, again without combat, and this time focusing on real-money gambling. In Dragon's Tale you level your character by completing gambling quests; as your level increases, new areas of the game can be explored, and new types of wagers become possible.

As you gain levels you can mentor new players, capturing a percentage of their gambling. You can create gambling events for others to play, putting up prizes and even charging entrance fees. You can gamble your way to political office, becoming governor of an island, and exercising the powers that go with the office.

I've made every game in Dragon's Tale unique: There is not a single slot machine or blackjack table to be found. But you can tip cows for money, run monkeys through mazes, feed ducks, go fishing, drink, smoke, 60+ different games in all, and new ones are being added all the time. Sort of a Disneyland for gamblers.

We're going to Beta on Friday, 12:00 Noon EDT with native clients for Linux, Windows and OSX."

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Bitcoin releases Version 0.3

Teppy Teppy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Teppy (105859) writes "How's this for a disruptive technology? Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer network based digital currency with no central bank, and no transaction fees. Using a proof-of-work concept, nodes burn CPU cycles searching for bundles of coins, broadcasting their findings to the network. Analysis of energy usage indicates that the market value of Bitcoins is already above the value of the energy needed to generate them, indicating healthy demand. The community is hopeful the currency will remain outside the reach of any government."

A Tale in the Desert IV launches

Teppy Teppy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Teppy writes "After nearly 3 years, the latest installment of the combat-free, but "hardcore PvP" MMORPG A Tale in the Desert has launched. Among many changes, Tale 4 features a redesigned mining and metals system, improved graphics and user interface, an Achievements system, and seven new Tests designed by Tale 3's Oracles (top players). Native Linux, OSX, and Windows clients are available."
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The Great Tantra Challenge

Teppy Teppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Teppy writes "Nothing tickles my schadenfreude bone more than when a pseudoscience master gets humiliated. When it happens on live TV with an audience in the hundreds of millions, well that just delights me to no end. This is the story of how Sanal Edamaruku challenged India's "most powerful black magician", on live TV, to kill him."
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