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NBA Season Preview 2016 – Pretenders

16 October 2015 00:45

. I continue my series of blogs prior to the NBA season with a quick look into those teams, who are labelled “pretenders” overseas or putting it differently, are very likely to disappoint over the upcoming months. The discussions about contenders and pretenders is very heated every year, but as more and more teams improve via trades, free agent signings or draft picks, the line between being a total outsider and an outsider with enough potential to surprise is pretty thin…

What Web Businesses Can Learn From Online Gambling.

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* Low barrier to entry: gambling websites generally either have a free option or require only a small upfront payment.

* Highly optimized designs. Take a lesson from websites that can’t trust their trustworthiness to be taken for granted: make sure visitors to your site feel comfortable opening up their wallets.

* Trust symbols: gambling websites’ businesses, being located outside the US, are not eligible for most US-based business certification programs such as the Better Business Bureau or Square Trade. Would you trust a website with your money if it were located overseas, and you had little legal recourse whatsoever to get your money back if you were dissatisfied-and if the “product” itself were essentially intangible, anyway? To top it off, what if the purchase itself was illegal?

In short, if you take your online business’s trustworthiness for granted, you may be missing out on potential customers who need additional assurances.

* High-quality design: successful gambling websites always look great, no matter how small the business behind them. But gambling online with real money is illegal in the US under federal law, specifically the Federal Wire Wager Act, not to mention a host of state laws. One of the most successful online gambling websites contains this prominent declaration on its homepage: “We are licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, and our games are tested by iTech Labs, an independent tester of gaming and wagering devices to ensure that the games are fair and operate correctly.”

* Transparency: while it is often hard to tell just who is behind most ecommerce sites, successful online gambling sites are models of transparency: the location of the company owning the casino is always prominently displayed, and assurances of honesty are backed up with independent audits of the technology used. Trust has long been an issue in ecommerce, historically plagued by credit card billings and websites that disappear just before the orders were to be shipped-and a constant mainstream media drumbeat of the dangers of online transactions. It’s usually only a single click, if even that, from the homepage to the virtual betting tables.

This is precisely the challenge that online casinos meet every day, with the estimated 60 percent of their industry’s customers who come from the USA. Building trust has long been a chief concern of businesses selling over the web. When you can get straight to doing what you want to do, there is not a lot of time to start nursing doubts. Online gambling sites are also wont to make a prominent display of their secure connection certificates, from organizations such as Thawte. Plain old HTML may be enough to convince people to post their room rentals on Craig list, but it doesn’t seem enough to make web users fork over their credit card digits to an online casino. So, they created their own trust seal: ECOGRA, E-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance.

How Do Online Gambling Websites Gain Visitors’ Trust?

The trust issue is only compounded for the online gambling industry when it comes to serving US customers. Casino websites owned and operated entirely outside the borders of the US are free to accept US customers. Due to their illegal status, gambling sites face high hurdles in the advertising and promotion arena as well, since most US-based online media companies, most notably Google and Yahoo, refuse to advertise them.

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You might think that online gambling websites would face an insurmountable obstacle in gaining users’ trust, as well.

Online gambling is one of the fastest growing segments of ecommerce in the US, an especially impressive feat since it is illegal in the US.

Abstract: learn how to gain visitors’ trust by studying how online casino websites have overcome enormous obstacles to building trust among site visitors.

* Assurances: users’ concerns about reliability are not just answered implicitly with fancy seals or confident language

New Jersey sports betting law struck down by U.S. appeals court | Reuters

government, called the law “yet another attempt” to allow sports betting “only under the conditions of the state’s choosing.”

“We are reviewing the opinion and considering our options,” said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

New Jersey argued that its law amounted to only a “partial repeal” of its prohibitions on sports betting, did not “license or authorize by law” such betting, and could help curb the “thriving” black market in the practice.

The 10-2 decision is a defeat for Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has seen courts void two state laws, including one in 2012, designed to raise revenue through sports betting.

Clement was not immediately available for comment.

It is also a victory for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which opposed New Jersey’s laws.

“We do have two judges dissenting,” Lesniak said, “and we certainly will take a shot at the Supreme Court.” . “It’s just wrong for Congress to deny New Jersey what the state of Nevada has.”

Nevada bookmakers made $231.8 million on sports betting in 2015, the state has said.

New Jersey’s law banned wagers on state college teams and limited bets to people age 21 and older at casinos and racetracks.

The American Gaming Association, an industry trade group, wants PASPA repealed.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Tom Brown)

Reflecting the stakes, two former U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the 2014 law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all states other than Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

One dissenting judge thought the 2014 law permissible despite PASPA.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said New Jersey cannot legalize sports betting, in a big defeat for supporters of the years-long effort to allow such wagers in the state.

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“We were relying on having sports betting to give a big boost to our ailing Atlantic City casinos and our suffering racetracks,” state Senator Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat from Elizabeth who sponsored the 2014 law and a 2011 voter referendum allowing sports betting, said in an interview. Circuit Court of Appeals, Nos. 14-4546, 14-4568, 14-4569.

The sports organizations, backed by the U.S. The other thought PASPA was unconstitutional because it violated state sovereignty.

“Because PASPA, by its terms, prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling, and because the 2014 law does exactly that, the 2014 law violates federal law,” Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell wrote. Governor of the State of New Jersey et al, 3rd U.S. solicitors general were on opposite sides of the case, with Paul Clement arguing for the sports organizations and Theodore Olson representing New Jersey.

Rendell acknowledged the law’s “salutary purpose” in trying to revive those troubled industries, but said PASPA does not unconstitutionally “commandeer” the state.

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Ten Interesting Facts About the Pilgrims

The Mayflower was a cargo ship and not meant to carry the 102 Pilgrims and 30 crew members. There were two ships that were to sail to the New World, The Speedwell and The Mayflower. So the Mayflower sailed alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

6. There were no showers or laundry, so most of the people did not bathe and wore the same clothing for all sixty-six days of the voyage! Can you imagine the bugs, the dirt and the odor on that ship?

The girls and women prepared what the men had hunted: wild turkey, wild geese, wild duck, meat pies, lobsters, eels, clams, oysters, fresh fish of all kinds. The Mayflower was no luxury cruise.

3. A baby boy was born on board the Mayflower.

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Do You Know These 10 Pilgrim Facts?

As you sit down to feast on turkey, sweet potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie this coming Thanksgiving, you can play a little trivia game using these ten interesting facts about the Pilgrims.

This outfit is so cute for baby’s first turkey day. The sailors called them “glib-glabbety puke stockings.”  Conversely, the Pilgrims did not like the sailors’ “salty” language.

The Pilgrims had very little variety in their diet. The Mayflower left Plymouth England on September 6, 1620.

8. The survivors has to bury their dead in the dark.

Another interesting fact is that by the time the journey was over, the sailors were impressed by their fortitude.

9. The Mayflower crew and the Pilgrims did not get along very well.. In order to not let the Native Americans who lived nearby know how much their ranks had shrank, they buried the dead in the dark so no one could see their decreasing numbers.

7. 2. The travelers had to spend most of the sixty-six days of the journey underneath the ship in cramped quarters.

Another interesting fact is that they did not sail to the New World on their first attempt. Native Americans Squanto and Samoset saved the day.

In the fall, when the harvest was great and bountiful, the Pilgrims decided to give thanks to G-d and their Native American friends for helping them through their first year in the New World.

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10. The first Thanksgiving feast was based on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

5. Because of the winds, they were unable to cook their meals and ate everything cold. It comes in several sizes.

4. They ate “hardtack”, a dry biscuit. Insects infested much of the food that was aboard the ship.

A Visual Look at Their Hardships

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This interesting fact about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving tells more than what we are taught in school. The Native American guests brought five deer, popcorn, corn, carrots, cucumbers, turnips, onions, radishes, beets and cabbages.

During their first winter in Plimouth, more than half of the people died from illness. Not all of the Pilgrims left England because they wanted freedom from religious persecution.

The journey from England to the New World was an uncomfortable one. They did not settle in the first place they landed.

What was served at  the first Thanksgiving?

On November 9, 1620, the people spotted land at Cape Cod. There was no midnight buffet on the Mayflower and the food was awful.

So while you gobble up your turkey with family and friends, see if they know any of these ten interesting facts about the Pilgrims.

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest, and being religious people, the Pilgrims based their feast on this holiday found in the Bible.

Despite the horrid conditions on the Mayflower, a baby was born while it was crossing the ocean. There was no bathroom, so they had to use buckets to relieve themselves. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant with fertilizer, such as fish heads, with their seeds.

What makes this an interesting fact is their lack of hygiene. The Speedwell, made two attempts to leave with the Mayflower, but each time it leaked. While several of the Pilgrims (called Separatists) did want to flee England for religious freedom, others went to the New World for business opportunities, some were hired hands and some were servants.

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Their two Native American friends, Squanto and Samoset, spoke perfect English. After a search party of the healthiest men went out to find Plimouth, they again set sail and land on December 21.

The Pilgrims were unaccustomed to the sea, and frequently became sick

​Quidditch, the sport of wizards

J.K. Anna Werner attended last year’s contest, where she saw an author’s imaginary game come to life:. “It’s absolutely amazing!”

And does he enjoy it? “Yeah, you know, it’s therapeutic!” he laughed.

It’s even been the subject of a documentary called “Mudbloods” (a Harry Potter reference, of course).

Then there’s the role of that little golden ball with wings, called the Snitch. It’s really cool!”

What does the future hold for the fastest-growing sport based on a fantasy series filled with wizards and magic wands? With a little help from the Quidditch Referee of the Year, Alex Scheer, Quidditch is going pro.

Even with all these undeniable displays of athleticism, Quidditch still doesn’t get much respect. “Because I’ve seen this in my head for so many years, and actually that’s the one bit I REALLY want to see!”

He also addressed an obvious concern: “I think everyone recommends wearing a cup, and no one does.”

Dignified? Note the ball in a sock hanging off each butt. This is gonna be so dumb!’”

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Thousands are playing an earthbound version of the game introduced by Harry Potter – and broomsticks are still a necessity.

The movie laid out the game, with its wizards on broomsticks (“It had to be on broomsticks, it just had to be,” Rowling reasoned), and giant hoops for goals.

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Chasers try to score in a Quidditch match.

So, is there a personality type for Snitches?

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“Quidditch has exploded into the college scene and the high school scene all over the world,” said one girl. Alex Browne and Missy Sponagle admit the broom thing takes some getting used to.

“My specialty is throwing and tossing [players],” said Nathan.

The documentary introduces Alex Benepe, one of the founders of Quidditch. It’s coming!”

“Usually extroverted,” said Brian. Eleven years later, the game is played by thousands of athletes all over the world, although players are often asked some unusual questions, like “What is the snitch? ” “Do you wear a cape?” “How do you fly?” “Do you really use brooms?”

Yes, real-world Quidditch, complete with players “riding” broomsticks.

So what is the point of having the broom between your legs, if you can’t fly?

“I can give her an assist; she can score a goal off my pass,” said Browne. But it’s one of those things — you can’t fight it. Catch it, and you end the game! But in real-life Quidditch, snitches are yellow people.

“Yeah, that’s actually not too far off. Rowling’s creation became the most popular book series in publishing history, with over 450 million copies sold — and one of the biggest movie franchises in film history, with nearly $8 billion in ticket sales.

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“A little bit like a rodeo clown?”

And yes, there will be Quidditch trading cards!

“You get a lot of people who resist Quidditch,” said Scheer. And I just thought to myself, ‘There’s no way this is gonna work. Dignified rodeo clown!”

“You know, why do you have to dribble a basketball?” replied Browne. Snatching that “Snitch sock” still ends the game, but getting hold of it can be a real challenge.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out and proceeded to cast a spell over fans around the world. “And for whatever reason, Quidditch isn’t socially acceptable yet.”

Who would have thought this sport would catch on? Well, even before any of the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies were made, author J.K. “We were freshman. In the movie “The Internship,” Quidditch is a game that’s played for laughs.

But he and his girlfriend, Missy, claim since it’s co-ed, Quidditch is great for couples.

“People get passionate about it because they grew up with Harry Potter,” said one fan.

And now Potter-mania has spawned another craze, one based on the high-flying fantasy game played by Harry and his friends called Quidditch, which has now jumped from the world of wizards to the playing fields of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“I am working with a group of individuals on starting the first professional Quidditch league,” Scheer said.

Earthbound Quidditch still has hoops and balls. “‘Cause someone invented the sport and said, ‘You’ve gotta dribble a basketball.’ Why do you have to have a broom between your legs for this? Because it’s Quidditch!”

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Quidditch, anyone? No idle question in Columbia, South Carolina, where a big championship match is underway this weekend. He’s been playing since 2005, when a classmate at Middlebury College turned to him with an idea: “‘This weekend, we’re gonna try and play real-life Quidditch,’” Benepe recalled. Rowling was ready to line up. “There are sports that are socially acceptable,” said Browne. “I will be right at the front of the queue wanting to see Quidditch,” she said. Sadly, players can’t fly. “We like to do a lot of fun stuff. And they try to ignore it and block it out. Instead, they simply hold a broomstick between their legs. “They try to fight it. We like to pump up the crowd.”

Not so dumb after all. “It’s awesome

How To Get Rich on Habbo Hotel

It is clear that the richest of the rich on Habbo

did

not attain their wealth from buying coins, considering that spending

$100 on

coins will get you only 10

gold bars. (See

my page for details on dealer advantage.) But, in order to get a

good start on your dealing (as we will discuss later), you will

probably want to start with 50 coins (known as a “gb” for

gold bar).

Realize that the Habbo

economy is dominated by gambling.

Wealth is localized in

Habbo in quite a regular fashion. Thus, it is

important to apportion bets appropriately to allow for

this

long-term growth, as discussed in the next step.

As a dealer, it’s important not to offer deals that are so large they take away your dealers’ advantage. There

will be plenty

of winning/losing streaks along the way, and your

total bankroll over time will be

a rollercoaster. It’s ok to shop around for a

good deal on rights, but don’t suffice for a

middle-of-the-list

casino. As your reputation

grows, it may be tempting to do

super rare bets that you cannot

afford. However, with the birth of the

marketplace, coins are now typically used.)

Step 8

Bet big = FAIL

According

to The Wizard

of Odds, the amount you should optimally be dealing for each hand

is determined by the Kelly criterion. If you can’t, let the Kelly

amount be

your booth’s maximum bet.

With all these techniques, you should

see a steady growth of your purse. I have posted

a Kelly

calculator for Habbo games here.

Dealing over the Kelly bet will make you more likely to lose it all

without any added benefit. The

approximate dealer advantage of each game,

determined

by simulation, is found here, the higher the better. It’s best to expect

that the owner is a scammer, and you can’t get scammed if you don’t

give him or her anything.

Things You Will NeedAll you’ll need is a computer with a working Internet connection. If a player claims to lose all their furni, I recommend giving them one of their bets back. (The Habbo Club sofa used to be the common

unit of exchange in the market. In most cases, the casino wins when gambling. Using Habbo Hotel as a

friend-making service (as it was

intended) is one of the most

profitable moves you can make as a dealer.

DO mooch more furni and

coins and trade up

How I got my starting capital (several

times, mind you) was by making rich friends

and getting gifts from

them. Getting to

know them can lead to them betting you, or at

least filling a casino you deal in

and making you appear friendly

and approachable.

Check bobbavalues.com if you need a

price check on a rare you come across.

These coins will be traded among

various Habbos until one of them ultimately decides to

gamble

them. A

myriad of bling and headdresses is bound to scare

patrons away

from your booth.

Do not wear badges except the one for the

casino’s dealer group.

Doing this will also get you your first

HC gift.

Step 6

Buy rights from a popular

casino

Your money will simply not be well spent unless

you buy rights from a popular

casino. This will give you a positive reputation, and they’ll likely bet it again and lose it anyway.

Tips & Warnings

Step 5

Step 2

Select a good username.

Many

Habbos try to get bets in casinos, but fail to do so and wonder why.

Gamblers

with experience inherently trust more aged users, and an

indicator of age is the

uniqueness of a username. Although dealing under the Kelly bet will

slow your

growth, it is certainly better to deal under than

over.

Thus, you should regularly check

your bankroll and see what the optimal Kelly bet

is,

and try to get bets that are that big.

Grow your friend network

It

is important not to coop yourself up in the casino the whole time as

you are

trying to gain profit. Here

are some tips for Habbo Club members:

Do not overdress. Save up your coins

until you have enough to buy rights PLUS about 50 coins to start

dealing..

Bear

in mind that the dealer advantage is over the long run. To the typical Habbo

player, it can be daunting to see how wealthy

some of the elite

players are. If these coins

are wagered enough times, the casino will eventually own all of them.

Thus, the split between rich and poor grows.

Habbo

Hotel is a massively multiplayer online game where players create

virtual

avatars to visit various hotel rooms, participate in

activities, and personalize

their own page. For example, I

would be more apt to bet someone named

Blue than XxSweetie_012xX.

Whip out a dictionary and look up some words that have

not been

taken yet. As you get

rich enough,

consider the prospect of opening your own casino! You can sell

rights

and establish yourself more formally as a well-known dealer

on Habbo Hotel.

Remember to deal responsibly. Many people

who

attend these have a decent reputation on the hotel and many

friends. In

order to

grow your wealth, you need to play games with a dealer advantage, such as 6, 13, 21, and pick-a-number.

The

dealer advantage is defined as the percent profit the dealer

makes on each bet. Never bet higher than the Kelly criterion

would have you,

and remember to put all that furni you earn to good use!

Step 3

Get your first month of

Habbo Club.

Habbo Hotel is dominated by teenagers, and

teenagers are superficial. Doing so

will grow your

reputation and give you more people to bet. The trick is to open a coin shop and

sell LOW.

You’re not looking to make big money here; just enough

to get started with your

gambling enterprise. Getting to know others on Habbo is

essential

to making coins. There’s bound to be something.

Step 9

Step 4

DO NOT BET YOUR FREE HC

GIFT

Betting in Habbo is typically a no-no. In addition

to most games and their

conditions leading the dealer to an

advantage, you will likely get scammed,

reducing your total

payback even more. It begins with a new

player

deciding to buy coins. If

you’d like to get this right away, simply buy a few coins (you could

get 20 via text message for $4), or, if you’re a die-hard for not

spending any money, play games and make friends, get some normal

furni, and sell them for coins (described in-depth in step 5). You may get discounts

(or

even free) rights other casinos. Sometimes these gifts would be rares (right on!),

but

typically I got various norms. This formula was made to show

gamblers (if the odds are in their favor) how much they should bet

for maximum growth with minimum risk. You need rights in a casino that is regularly on the top

of

the list.

I also recommend playing the many games

that are hosted, but never pay the owner furni. This path is by no

means quick and easy, so do not expect instant results.

Step 7

Deal ONLY games that are, eventually,

guaranteed to make you rich.

Poker and multi have a 0%

dealer advantage, and are thus horrible games to deal. This how-to guide will give you the

tools needed to become rich on Habbo Hotel. I’m guessing you have one of those.Step 1

Conclusion

Good places to find

friends are in various games and reality shows. For

instance, in a game with 10% dealer

advantage, for every 10 coins bet, the dealer

can expect to profit

1 coin. This translates into the pixel world.

You’re going to need Habbo Club to appear presentable and to be taken

seriously by the community (no one likes being called a bacon)

Threshold Preview : Windows 10 for the Not-Very-Techies

Simple slider switches asking you if you want to enable “Do Not Track” as default on Internet Explorer and whether you want Bing as your default search engine were prominent. Task View, which to be honest is similar to using good old ALT+Tab window switch, will allow you to switch through these virtual desktops. I can keep all my games on one virtual desktop (I have an ever-increasing Steam library) while working on web development on another and my InfoBarrel tasks on a third.

The virtual desktops that are created are not permanent. Now the reason I ask this out loud is because I have recently been using a local server stack called XAMPP and the default ports for Apache (I am digressing onto web servers for a moment) is the same as Skype. As you can see to the right, I have started up a few of these virtual desktops but I wonder if there is a bit of work to be done.

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Windows StoreIf you never installed Windows 8 and live by your Android smart phone then you might not have come across the Windows Store before.

Continuum

 Even if you don’t think you will use the new features; you might as well upgrade to restart the technical support clock!

Anyway….

It is worth pointing out that there is a new build which has been released in the last few weeks. It looks awful and Windows clearly needs to avoid a “one OS for all” policy.

InstallationIt was Quick – but don’t read too much into that

Now the most important thing to remember is that the installation process is definitely going to change. When you log off, they are gone. The third party solutions on Windows such as VirtuaWin already offer a vast extension of the new Microsoft “feature” and lets be honest, if you are already a virtual desktop power user then you are probably already using Ubuntu or another Linux distribution.

There is one problem though – and if they don’t change it I probably would not use Task View.

I tried out the new store downloading a few games and I found that for the games I downloaded there was no way to play the game with your keyboard. Continuum, from the demonstrations I have seen, show a Microsoft Surface tablet-hybrid and the basic idea is that when you attach the keyboard then it works like a netbook/laptop, but when you disconnect the keyboard then it will work like a tablet computer.

As you can see left, metro-style tiles will still be size adjustable, allowing a bigger preference to programs you use the most or are more likely to need when you are inebriated and using the touch screen on your laptop or tablet.

This is going to be an article that I consider “living” and I will update it as often as I can so that you can make an informed choice that you want to upgrade to Windows 10.

You can set up a user account that is completely local and I have yet to decide whether my Windows 10 administrator is going to be cut off from the online world. This is probably an edition of Windows that you would be familiar with as Windows 7 (or 8) Pro; there are other editions available for previewing if you are more likely to be heading for use in an enterprise environment.

Windows 10 is expected to be one the biggest overhauls of a Microsoft operating system since they abandoned Windows Millennium Edition. It was clearly optimised for a touchscreen.

In order to tell you about Windows 10, also known by it’s codename of Threshold, I have played with the Windows Technical Preview that has been available to download and install for some time. We are going to look at what is coming to a PC near you and why you should be considering your next OS upgrade.

The first installation of the Windows Technical Preview took less than 15 minutes. That means that some of this information might be slightly out of date while I catch up and see what we have here. 

The Windows Store allows you to install many programs and apps directly from the shop window like you can for your most popular smart cell phones; and for those that are already familiar, most of the apps and games seem to be similar to those found for Windows 8.

Now I should really bring in my good lady wife. She has said she like the ideas of a tiled start menu though, so when the newer updates are ready we should hope for this to stick around.

This great thing is though, this is going to make it so much easier for the likes of you and me to go out and take photographs using the tablet’s camera and then almost immediately publishing them to InfoBarrel and connecting the keyboard to do all the writing!

If you are thinking that you will need different desktops because sometimes you use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Windows 10 tablet then fear not; Microsoft have thought of that too. That is not surprising as most of the final code is being written and only some of the apps and features were included.

During the installation process there were a number of options that are clearly tailored to making it as easy for first time installers as possible. The thing is though that Windows 10 is that it is increasingly tailored to be idiot proof like it’s rival Apple OS’s. She is severely sight impaired and has to use her gadget and devices on low resolutions. Not good when you want to use the same computer and don’t want to go fiddling with ports!

Windows 10, codenamed Threshold, is coming though.

If this is the intended feature then I can not see half of the point of it.

It’s Back!The Start MenuIt’s something I hate with Windows 8 installations. I started at Evaluation Build 9841 which is the first public beta preview. I wonder if this quiet push to re-engaging users with Microsoft products is going to be a long term issue.

As you can see, there is so much going on now with the new Windows 10 previews that I have had to start writing and as I experiment with the new features then I will update this piece as I go along.

If you already use Windows 8 or 8.1 then you will know that Microsoft prefer you to set up a Microsoft Account. There are actually great benefits to doing this such as easily accessing your Skype, e-mail and cloud storage with a single sign-on, as well as of course Microsoft also being able to selectively target you with advertising or storage add-ons.

Now I think that this is a great idea and would certainly appeal to me when I am working away from the office; but there is no mention as to whether this is also going to work with Windows 10 tablets that you then connect a keyboard to using Bluetooth! 

If you are currently using Windows 7 –

you will want to upgrade for free to Windows 10

Multiple Desktops

New in Windows 10 (albeit not to other operating systems) is the virtual desktop. I doubt the Windows Store will ever be as strict as the Apple “iFranchise” but I bet someone somewhere with Windows 10 will eventually prove themselves to be a better idiot.

To Tie or Not To Tie?

If you are currently using Windows 8 (or 8.1) –

they are giving you a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Something I am wondering though, because I have not thought about it while logged onto Windows Technical Preview, is whether the computer ports will work differently. The rumor is that this preview is going to be locked down soon so not everything will be from the horses mouth (or rather my horse sized fingers) and I will also look to what everyone else is saying as well.

For the new Windows 10 desktop though, our Start Menu is making somewhat of a return albeit with subtle changes and incorporating metro style tiles in the new install. . Now that might be because I have opened up a number of virtual units, but then when I want to open a new instance of Internet Explorer the computer insists on going back to my first screens where I have an IE window open.

Task View

The Facebook app I also downloaded from the Windows Store is modified from the common mobile phone apps. The Start Menu was rubbish, otherwise known as non-existent, until the 8.1 update.

You see when I go into “desktop 2″ and open something like the Windows Store then it opens in all the later desktops

All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

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© 2003 The Associated Press. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.. All Rights Reserved. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said

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How to Pick and Bet on a Kentucky Derby Winner

Just like the lottery, big odds draw a lot of excitement and attention.

Although there are people more qualified to give Derby tips, like many financial commentators, I won’t let lack of expertise stop me.

When I go to the track, I don’t look at the racing form, jockeys, past history or pick horses with funny names. You can write to Don at don@donmcnay.com or read his award winning, syndicated column at www.donmcnay.com. I stick to it today.

Don McNay, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, CSSC is the founder of McNay Settlement Group in Richmond, Kentucky.

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In your rose pink Cadillac

Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day

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For whatever reason, my system has failed me at Kentucky Derbies. That is better than any other kind of bet.

I usually win enough money to pay for lunch.

Dad was superstitious and started to believe that my system was jinxing him.

Dad liked the excitement of big odds and big payoffs.

The professors said that betting to show will produce a winner 52% of the time. I can tell you what horses make the biggest mess. Quandi.

It drove him absolutely crazy.

The professors frown on exactas, daily doubles or any bet that exhibits large risk.. Betting to show fits with my overall philosophy about investing.

As the son of a professional gambler, people often ask me for betting advice.

The professors hate jackpots like the Pick-6.

The idea is that the marketplace will move with the crowd towards the best outcome.

I came to the conclusion that by living in Kentucky, I needed to know how to bet on horses.

Like in the investment world, the winner at race track is the person with a conservative style and discipline. He knew everything about the horse’s past performance, their breeding and who was riding them. If dad ever met the professors, he would have punched them in the nose.

It was written by two statistics professors and not the easiest book to read.

The book bases the ability to pick horses on an economic theory known as the wisdom of crowds.

I picked the horse because of an alumni connection to a man I had never met.

Bet on the horse that everyone else is betting on. He and I would go to Keeneland every session and we never picked the same horse.

If a horse moves from 10 to 1 to 2 to 1, it is probably a good horse to bet on.

Although I started going to race tracks before I was able to walk, I don’t know much about the horse industry. The last one I remember winning was Sunday Silence in 1989. I would bet $10 and win. (My mother was a sucker for horses with funny names.) I just follow the odds. I go the track a few times a year and bet small amounts.

Just like the lottery, you don’t see many people winning them.

Most of my equine knowledge was gleamed when I worked on the clean-up crew at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Bet on the horse to show, not to win or place. I can sum up the advice in two statements.

Thus the best advice may be to forget all the high powered systems and experts and give it your best guess.

He is the author of Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You When The Lottery.

I found a book called Racetrack Betting: The Professors’ Guide to Strategies by Peter Asch and Richard E. It is a driving force for web sites like Google. His owner, Arthur Hancock III, had graduated from Vanderbilt and I had received a Masters Degree from Vandy the year before. Slow and steady works in the financial markets and works at the track too. He would bet $100 on a horse and lose.

I stuck to my system. I didn’t pick Sunday Silence because of my system.

Betting to show is a practice that I follow religiously.

The wisdom of crowds concept is really popular now. It was a stupid reason for picking a horse but produced one of my few winners.

My father, a professional gambler, absolutely HATED my betting system