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WA Law: 5 Years in Prison for Gambling Online

kryonD Re:and right now .. live from Washington (535 comments)

"Buying a company that generates wealth is different than poker, where no wealth is made."

Day trading a company because you think it will go up based on your market knowledge and trends is ABSOLUTELY no different than putting an opponent on one pair based on betting patterns and physical tells and then shoving your chips in on an open-ended straight flush draw with two over cards (i.e. you hold J-10 and the 9 and 8 is on the board, 71% chance of winning the hand based on 21 out of 47 remaining cards to improve with two cards to draw). You are making an educated guess based on incomplete information and relying and math to back you up. Of course the market tends to go up over time....doesn't mean it will today, or this week for that matter. You may have just tried to day trade on the next ENRON.

Risking something of value to gain something of value is gambling, no matter what you call it. The fact that one is a felony and the other is perfectly OK is what makes this law rediculous.

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Visited SCO's neighbors

kryonD kryonD writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Had to make a quick trip to the Canopy Group to demonstrate how data integration really works. It was kind of interresting driving by the old SCO headquarters, especially knowing what I know now. All I have to say is, never f*%# with an 800 lb gorilla.


Graduating from Geek to Otaku

kryonD kryonD writes  |  about 12 years ago

I just spent 9 days in Tokyo rubbing shoulders with the foreign tech industry as well as some of the most beautiful and intelligent women I've ever met. Needless to say, my next job will be in Tokyo. You can't beat a city the size of New York, extremely polite people, effecient mass transportation, and almost no violent crime. Did I also mention that a UNIX C programmer with a college degree and a small knowledge of the Japanese Language can easily land a job paying 6 figures?



The perfect woman

kryonD kryonD writes  |  more than 12 years ago

A recent change in my life has forced me to ask the question:

If the woman you are with is perfect in every way, and she dumps you, does that make her imperfect, or say something about blind devotion?

Everyone knows that no one is truely perfect, but sometimes you do meet someone who seems perfect for you. Oh well....back to the singles scene.


Learning Japanese

kryonD kryonD writes  |  more than 12 years ago for(time = 0; AmIFluent(); time++)

I love Japan, but learning the Language is a beast!

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