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  #2413259 5-Feb-2020 18:27
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Gurezaemon:

Not sure if it is mariachi, but this one is pretty catchy.



There's a funny story behind this one.

US Customs apparently has this song flagged when they examine electronic devices. You can expect to get questions if you're affiliated with a drug cartel if it's on your phone.

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  #2413275 5-Feb-2020 18:58
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Questions suggested by POTUS ...

 

'Are you affiliated to a drug cartel ?'

 

'No'

 

'Promise ?'

 

'Yep'

 

'Scouts honour ?'

 

'Scouts honour.'

 

'Thank you. Enjoy your stay'





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  #2413282 5-Feb-2020 19:11
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Have a soft spot for this, for no particular reason

 

 

others might go, urggh, of course.





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  #2416753 12-Feb-2020 15:49
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Forces all tech companies to install surveillance backdoors, with no more pesky judicial oversight. As an added bonus 10 year sentences for whisteblowers.

And guess, what kiddies, since Australia a member of "Five eyes" intelligence alliance, it affects New Zealand too!

No say in the law for us, of course.

Anti Encryption Law

Honest Government Ad

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The Australien Government has made an ad about its proposed anti encryption law and it's surprisingly honest and informative.


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  #2429808 1-Mar-2020 21:09
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Hero truck driver has Australian hosts in stitches

Today Show Australia

This New Zealand man became an instant hero after he stopped a robbery while doing a grocery run at his local Coles


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  #2429837 1-Mar-2020 23:04
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kingdragonfly: Hero truck driver has Australian hosts in stitches

Today Show Australia

This New Zealand man became an instant hero after he stopped a robbery while doing a grocery run at his local Coles

 

 

 

Seems like a good bloke, but it was super cringey the way they were making fun of him.


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  #2432026 3-Mar-2020 18:41
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Icelands Eurovision entry:

 





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  #2434355 7-Mar-2020 21:39
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Trip Through New York City in 1911

Denis Shiryaev, 4k, 60 fps

Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America


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  #2434425 8-Mar-2020 10:39
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kingdragonfly: Trip Through New York City in 1911

Denis Shiryaev, 4k, 60 fps

Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America

 

Loved the bit between 3.59 to 4.41 with the car of 7 plus the Negro chauffeur. In the inside lane (no actual marked lanes) are the horse drawn vehicles then the motorised vehicles travelling on the tram tracks. He then puts his right arm straight out to indicate he is going to stop so a horse drawn cart can cross in front of him. Driving on he then swerves left to avoid a horse drawn carriage and then pulls right to avoid the trams. Fun times driving in 1911.

 

Also, we thought we have air pollution problems now. Wow they had it real bad back then.





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  #2434435 8-Mar-2020 11:49
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I must admit, I envisioned the roads covered in horse manure, with ladies skirt hems ruined, but everything seemed somewhat tidy.

Honestly everything is moving at a relaxed pace, from pedestrians to cars, save one hurterling subway train.

I also expected a lot more smoke coming from chimneys.

I was also surprised the bicycles looked modern. I learned that the particular bike they were using had only been invented a few years before, the 1885 Whippet safety bicycle.

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  #2434438 8-Mar-2020 11:54
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Actually, everything looks weirdly modern, somewhat like a movie site where everyone is in period costume. It all seems so tidy and organised and ordinary. Also lots of traffic, even in those days. 

 

 





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  #2434720 8-Mar-2020 20:55
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Can't find a youtube version of this, but it's pretty awesome anyway

https://ifunny.co/video/a6doFlO87




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  #2436568 12-Mar-2020 02:08
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Crazy gamble with entire life savings on one roulette spin. Amazing video.

 

i am not allowed yet to place links i guess.

 

 

 


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  #2436591 12-Mar-2020 07:52
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I used to actually work for a software company, that privately audited New Zealand pokie machines for the owners.

Here something I bet few people know. All the one-armed bandits talk to each other. This makes sense because how else would the large display near the pokie work, plus the government wants to make sure an owner doesn't add/remove a pokie without its knowledge.

But the conversations thy're having are more insidious than a mere counters. The TAB programs all the pokie to pay at the posted odds.

A "we've got a new sucker" one arm bandit, one that hasn't been played in a long time, will increase its payoff odds than a "pathetic losers'" pokie that's being consistently played. This is similar how a drug dealer gives a free sample to new customers.

The "pathetic losers'" pokies decrease their odds to balance the "we've hooked a new fish" pokie.

Again its the same for "free spins." If you get a free spin, odds across all pokies are reduced, not just limited to yours.

The odds of you winning are exactly what is posted on the dusty bulletin board, hanging on an unattractive wall. No more no less.

And here's another bit of nastiness. those near misses are not near misses. Again a CPU has already picked when you win or lose the moment you pull the arm or press a button, even before you let go. The spinning wheels, also knownas "virtual reels" are all show.

The "near miss" is not. Again the pokie has already chosen your fate, and the "near misses" are there to keep you hooked.

...A little digging finds that although neuroscientists may be just figuring out the power of near-misses to keep gamblers playing, slot-machine makers have known about it for decades. In a 2008 study, scientists analyzed how "slot machine manufacturers use virtual reels and a technique called 'award symbol ratio' to create a high number of near misses above and below the payline"—that is, so that the losing icon appears right above or below the winning cherries, lemons, or whatever. Thus we see yet again that when there is money to be made by understanding the brain, business beats science.

Roulette

If he was going to do something this stupid, he should have went to Monte Carlo.

At least he didn't spend it all on Lotto tickets.

On a European roulette wheel, there is red, black, and one zero which is neither red/black. Odds to win 48.6%

In the US version, add a double zero, at even lower odds 47.4%

Naturally the DIA allows New Zealand to choose either the American or European wheels, so they chose (duh) the American version.

The payoff in either is a pathetic 1:1.

Naturally the house wins 53% of the time. It's not a charity.

Still stupid, a better bet is hundreds of "long-shot" bets in one-sided contests. Bookies tend to inflate long-shot odds to encourage betting. So the odds of winning something that's 1:100 is probably more like 1:110. Still a losing bet, but better than even money and if you're lucky potentially a much better payoff.

Still in the end, the house will win.

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  #2437707 13-Mar-2020 20:48
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Yay! Milwaukee. Classy as f___!

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