Nareed
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September 29th, 2010 at 3:18:14 PM permalink
Quote: Calder

I didn't fault Sam for not investing in the telephone, you did. If Bill thought the internet wasn't going anywhere, he'd have sold out in '92, and you wouldn't have that '97 quote.



No. If he had thought the internet would amount to something back in 92, Gates would have launched Windows Internet Explorer then, rather than wait for Netscape to beat him to it. He probably would have been spared a costly anti-trust trial, too.

Instead of focusing ont eh web back then, Gates and other people in the computer industry of the time, were looking for the "killer app" that would launch the home PC market sky-high once and for all. Of course the killer app turned out to be the web, but no one knew it at the time...
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EvenBob
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September 29th, 2010 at 10:29:33 PM permalink
Quote: cclub79

Your last line is the money quote. When I am forced to hear others' conversations at close range, I want to strangle the person. And you know that 99% of the people using their cell phones in their cars illegally are engaged in similar meaningless conversation.



I've read 80% of all cell calls and texts are 'useless' information, things like 'how are you' and what you had for lunch and watched on TV last night.
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EvenBob
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September 29th, 2010 at 10:33:33 PM permalink
Quote: Calder

Bob: I think we're on the same side.

I didn't fault Sam for not investing in the telephone, you did. If Bill thought the internet wasn't going anywhere, he'd have sold out in '92, and you wouldn't have that '97 quote.



Its a well known fact that internet the explosion caught Microsoft completely by surprise, they never saw it coming. Gates freely admits it now, he also admits some of his best people were trying to push him into doing more on on it.
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clarkacal
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September 29th, 2010 at 10:42:27 PM permalink
Most of my pet peeves are at a craps table. People at the other end hanging their hands over the rail, people slowing down the game with $1 bets every roll, and people not paying attention and placing bets when the dice are out.

I'm with the Wizard though, smoking is the worst. One reason I mainly stick to poker now. Oh and the deliberately confusing layouts get old too.
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September 29th, 2010 at 11:03:29 PM permalink
Quote: clarkacal

Most of my pet peeves are at a craps table. People at the other end hanging their hands over the rail, people slowing down the game with $1 bets every roll, and people not paying attention and placing bets when the dice are out.

I'm with the Wizard though, smoking is the worst. One reason I mainly stick to poker now. Oh and the deliberately confusing layouts get old too.



I don't play craps, and I hate to say it, but all the screaming at the craps tables really gets on my nerves. You aren't children, quit acting like it. Its not needed. Once in awhile, OK. But having it go on for 10min is just acting stupid, you aren't the only people in the casino, and no, we aren't happy you won, we could care less.
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rxwine
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September 29th, 2010 at 11:07:01 PM permalink
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Gates freely admits it now, he also admits some of his best people were trying to push him into doing more on on it.



Of course, I wish my mistakes were so great I could give away a billion or so at retirement age and not sweat it.
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rxwine
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September 29th, 2010 at 11:13:31 PM permalink
I generally hate kids in casinos. Not small ones (tots, toddlers, babies, or even 7 year olds I don't mind) Just the teens. Okay, mostly local teens.
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EvenBob
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September 29th, 2010 at 11:17:07 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

I generally hate kids in casinos. Not small ones (tots, toddlers, babies, or even 7 year olds I don't mind) Just the teens. Okay, mostly local teens.



I've never seen a casino that allows kids on the casino floor. Where are you located?
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rxwine
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September 29th, 2010 at 11:52:40 PM permalink
Las Vegas.

But I visit mostly the casinos offstrip, and while they are not at tables, it's sometimes a big teen hangout on the weekends at some of them.
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clarkacal
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October 1st, 2010 at 1:13:37 PM permalink
Yeah, I know I don't usually scream at craps tables either. I think you would find though that your amount of agitation is directly related to whether you are winning or losing. You can try to deny it, but if you are up 5 times your buy in at a table nearby it will bother you a lot less.

I think craps is very unique in that in no other game are so many people in such a small area and betting on the same thing, so the noise and excitement is unavoidable at times.

Also, as far as the smoking issue. Smoking in the presence of others is no different than constantly passing gas. It's something you enjoy and makes you feel good but it pollutes the air for everyone else. One time a guy smoking a cigar at my table was agitated because I was chewing ice. I ignored him and kept chewing ice of course.

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