How Washington State poker laws affect structured games

In Washington State, no limit holdem cash games are illegal. You cannot find it even in Native casinos. In addition, online gambling is illegal here. These limits (pun intended) mean that poker players, even the very best at no limit, must play only structured ring games, and can only get their NLHE fix in tournaments. There are a plethora of…

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Linux, Programming, Scripting

Howto: Fix MySQL Server dependency problems on Ubuntu LTS

Have you encountered this error? An error occurred while setting the password for the MySQL administrative user. This may have happened because the account already has a password, or because of a communication problem with the MySQL server. Or maybe seen this? Errors were encountered while processing: mysql-server-5.5 mysql-server Or this? dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (–configure): dependency problems -…

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Hacks, Hardware

How to set up a TP-LINK router on Apple/Mac

TP-LINK routers are best sellers on Amazon, and I like my new one a LOT. I had a 5-year old Vizio router that did yeoman’s service, but had started to drop connections and in general behave like an amnesiac hash addict. I liked the reviews, which said that TP-LINK routers were dead easy to set up. It was not. I…

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Hacks, Mac

Completely remove CrashPlan from your Mac

Have you tried to delete CrashPlan from your Applications folder and gotten the message that the “CrashPlan app is locked” in a popup? Here’s the solution: Shut down the CrashPlan app in the system tray. You may need to elevate permissions or use ‘sudo’ to perform some of these commands. Open a Terminal window. You can find Terminal under Utilities…

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Current Events, Encouragement, Heroes, Social media, Star Trek, TarahTalks

Benedict Cumberbatch Lied To Me And Broke My Heart

Ever wondered how Frankenstein’s Creature learned to speak? He listened to an impoverished professor reading aloud and explaining one of the greatest books of the Enlightenment. Those of you who recently saw the brilliant Frankenstein/Creature role swap done by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller by the National Theater will remember that De Lacey used Paradise Lost to teach the…

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Hacks, Linux

Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

I rebuilt a box this morning, and when I installed openssh-server, I found a different option set as default in the config file–one that I believe is less secure. Where previously, the default Authentications section looked like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin yes StrictModes yes The default now looks like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin without-password StrictModes yes…

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