Saturday, September 15, 2007

Indi-go byebye

Well I like to play with computers, it's a habit that I cultivate so long as it's not too expensive, and I have to say this SGI Indigo will cost more to operate than it would take to get myself a brand new iPod Touch. Sorry SGI, I like your systems and even though you didn't sell me out like Apple does every day, today I can't afford to do business with your kind. The previous owner lost the root password for this Indigo2, and even cracking it wide open revealed no clues as to how to alter the system details or to set a default IPv4 route and get to the Internet.

It's no good to me without a new set of disks or an appropriate SCSI controller for one of my other computers, so I can set a new root password hash in /etc/passwd, and enable access to the command monitor as a prerequisite to the Debian network installation. If you send me one of these before I sign a contract with another company, I might just get lost in your systems forever! (They're nice machines.)

Still I wonder if this box can prom boot without a disk and bypass the passwords altogether... I might damage something if I start hot-swapping disks, better to throw it in a box and leave it for the spiders, or come back in 10 years when it's really worth something! I still haven't finished my blackjack simulation and determined the proof, that might be more valuable.

I'm interested to see if there's really any substance to this famous MIT blackjack team I've heard so much about; because of minimum and maximum table bets, I speculate that a group could do the most damage to the house bankroll if a player could somehow emit a signal encoding the most extreme counts, like a person at a table who says "it's payday, sit here now and bet big." My simulation will thus model telepathic Player objects who can wander from table to table, and see if this helps to cement the heist.

I think I might simulate a whole casino for that matter, rules like these would make for a much better immersing game than the Genesis Caesar's Palace game that I remember so fondly for the poorly animated horse races! Dubbed Virtual Pit Boss, the casino risk analysis application.

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