You can never bet on everything. If you’re trying to bet on the odds of winning, try to think about the odds of losing and then find out the chances of having any winnings.
One thing you can certainly do is make a simple table and keep track of the odds at the end of every roulette game. That way you can compare your chances with the casino’s odds of winning and the chance of losing.
This post was written by Ashley Ault. Ashley Ault is a partner, financial planner and author of a book called The Financial Planning Companion. To ask about a book or get more information, e-mail: [email protected] or tweet her @AshleyADult.
On Tuesday, we published an article looking at all the various places around the world that the government may come knocking on the doors of and spy on citizens. One of those places is the United Kingdom, in which we noted that the government is likely to monitor a lot of personal activities online. But according to U.K. Guardian columnist Tom King, there’s another place where it may come for the unwashed masses as well: the U.S.
With that in mind, King takes his readers step by step through a possible timeline for the surveillance, and it’s fairly staggering considering how well the FBI has known about the existence of massive-scale online attacks since 2007.
Starting with the first case that King highlights, in 1998, a New Jersey man used an online forum to anonymously hack into his state’s pension and health insurance databases and disclose a variety of information: his Social Security number, his name, his age, the names of relatives, the addresses in both New Jersey and New York, and his bank information. One of the more shocking details, though, in the post on the forum that he wrote for years, was that, during the time that he hacked, he only spent a few minutes in jail.
It’s only a tiny part of a series of events that began with the “Hackers On Planet Earth” in 1994. As King notes, the hack “started with a message that said, ‘We are your friends, we are willing to die for this site. So long as you are alive.'” That message went viral and, eventually, was hacked into over 30 computer networks. It then spread “like wildfire,” according to King.
Later that year, the NSA began to make a connection between the hacking into New Jersey