Risk

Politicians are like 16 year old boys. Played Risk last night with a four 16 year olds. They made these blatently faux pacts all the while planning how to break the deal. Was actually quite humorous as they perceived me as the threat. Admittedly, I used to play Risk against the computer quite a bit. Even at the highest A.I. level the computer struggled to take me.

True to form, they were intimidated and let me take Australia during the first turn. I just about had Africa when one of them decided to give up South America and Kamakazi me to sufficiently reduce his threat and allow another player to eliminate him get his 4 cards. The irony is the guy that eliminated him already had North America secured. 5 armies for NA… 2 armies for SA… 15 armies in the bag for being forced to turn in cards.

Guess my 9 years advantage and my quick acquisition of Australia made them turn their attention to me. That gambit was only successful because I made good rolls. My luck turned sour. With rarely good rolls nothing can save you.

The irony is the guy that took North America was the one arguing that I was not a real threat. The other 3 spent too much time wheeling and dealing these obviously false pacts: “If you move your armies out of the way and let me take that territory, then I will not attack you here. Also I will attack your enemy to wear him down so you can attack him.” Once the dealer got his territory he would attack the ally.

Defacements

Hmmmmmmmmmm… guess it is time to clean up my space in the office, huh?


It seems that the large amount of hacking and an innability to stop it has resulted in vigilantes attacking perceived threats. See article


Hmmmmmmm… Defacements rise in China/U.S. hacker war. Kind of like gangs tagging streets. You go into the other’s territory and leave a message to your friends that you did this.

Materialism

Americans are so caught up in the idea of materialism through capitalism that they think that a pure capitalist system benefits everyone. The premise of capitalism is that everyone will do what advantages them or they die. Maybe not dead in a coffin and grave, but they would be homeless and incapable of competing in the market. The assumption is that people almost always will do what benefits them. For the most part I think it is a fairly valid assumption.

It lacks error handling. Many Americans care about their fellow human beings. The endeavor to help those who have made mistakes can be considered noble and merciful. Why is it necessary to help these people? Because all of us can and do make mistakes. Who knows when the homeless person is one of us?

Utilities are an essential aspect of life. They provide us those things that are necessary to function in society. Electricity, gas, telephone, cable, internet access. Did internet access surprise you? It shouldn’t… after all, how could you read this unless you or someone else has it?

A popular trend in this country is to deregulate access when large companies have too much control over a utility. We wanted to deregulate the long distance telephone companies to give smaller companies a chance. So these smaller companies can pay rent to the bigger ones? Naturally the bigger companies are at an advantage to limit access to resources as higher demand creates bigger prices.

We the consumers get screwed. The big companies get richer. We can’t go somewhere else because all of the small companies are getting screwed too.

The Computer Plan

Still hashing out the computer plan. Here is what I have so far… The end result is 3 computers (win 2000 x2, linux).

  1. The All-Around: This computer is a basic, normal computer that one could play games on (or with). It would not be the highest power gaming machine, but it would be just above normal. At present I am thinking that it should have at least 1GHz, 256 MB DDR RAM, 40 GB hard drive, great sound system (card and speakers), CD-RW, great video. Will spec this, but expect it to cost less than $2000 bought.
  2. The Graphics Machine: This toy is for doing web design and graphics design. This is the problem… I don’t know if I would want to get into video stuff, so I don’t know about the multimedia aspect to it. Here is what I have so far… best processor, 512 MB DDR RAM (2 256 cards), 80 GB hard drive, CD-RW, great graphics card. I’ve heard that few high powered cards are both great at video and graphics. Think I’d want to stick with graphic design and just take my chances with the video.
  3. The Linux Box: Since I really ought to be learning Linux, I could take my old 166 MHz and drop some cheap RAM and a bigger hard drive into it. This would give me a box to play around with Linux.

For all intents and purposes the All-Around box and the Linux boxes would be for playing (I like to install free & shareware programs). The Graphics box would be my stable box.