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The Random News Thread

Ornlu

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True dystopian shit; everyone involved could have gone "Well these smart motherfuckers swindled us out of $750K, and the updates to machines will cost about $5mil, but it was our machines that fucked up. Let's eat the cost and move on. We should count our blessings that this was small scale". The gambling addicts make $750K, the US gov takes half of that in taxes, the machine company eats some crow, and the casinos take extremely negligible losses.

Instead you get years long court cases, the feds spend millions while playing with their dicks pursuing a victimless crime, and one of the guys nearly gets killed in a raid, has his winnings seized, and is still being harassed for "owed taxes". Nearly the worst possible outcome.

Thank you for posting that; truly a fascinating story.
 

Bullet Club

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Thank you for posting that; truly a fascinating story.
It was really interesting.

Yes, what they did was kind of dodgy but it's not their fault the machines had a bug. The casinos wouldn't have cared or given money back to the punters if the bug favoured them.
 

Ornlu

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It was really interesting.

Yes, what they did was kind of dodgy but it's not their fault the machines had a bug. The casinos wouldn't have cared or given money back to the punters if the bug favoured them.
100% agree.

Some kid in my high school figured out a bug with the vending machines; apparently the price of the items was input from the actual buttons on the machine. There was a combination you could input that would get you past the user interface, and would let you set the price yourself. That got abused right away and then fixed with a quickness; that is basically the same exact exploit used in the story of the casinos. The idea that someone thought it would be a good idea to prosecute (federally!) is absolute lunacy.
 
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