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## US woman sues casino that 'offered dinner instead of \$43m jackpot'

US woman sues casino that 'offered dinner instead of \$43m jackpot'
US woman sues casino that 'offered dinner instead of \$43m jackpot'

The reported price (\$42,949,672.76) when expressed in cents, is exactly \$0.20 (20 cents) less than 232 - 1, the maximum value of a regular 32-bit integer variable.

It's likely that the software ended up with a value of -\$0.20 (-20 cents), but because it used unsigned integers (= no negative values), it wrapped back around to the maximum value.

edit (16:10 CEST, 10:10 EST): In response to some of the comments this post has been edited somewhat. Some comments state correctly that integers can't be used to hold decimal values. However, the machine likely expresses the amounts in cents in its internal calculations, so it can use integers for all calculations and only convert back to dollars when output is needed. Furthermore, the post originally stated there was a 20 cents difference between the claimed jackpot and MAXINT, which is incorrect since MAXINT is 232 - 1 and not 232. So the difference is only 19 cents. edit2: My math fails, it is 20 cents, not 19. Nevertheless, the conclusion doesn't really depend on whether it's 19 or 20.

I wanted to just believe that the Casino is trying to weasel its way out of a huge payout, but here you are pointing out a very reasonable explanation.

Before filing the lawsuit, Mr Ripka had reportedly been asking the casino to provide the Sphinx slot machine's stated maximum payout of \$6,500.

So even the lawyer recognizes that the machine obviously malfunctioned as the "jackpot" displayed is well beyond the maximum payout.

I mean, I get it - this woman obviously went on an emotional roller coaster thinking she was a millionaire for a bit and then realizing she's not. But the reality is her life didn't change.

## Netflix joins Amazon and Reddit in Day of Action to save net neutrality

Netflix joins Amazon and Reddit in Day of Action to save net neutrality

I'm convinced that the only reason many americans are not outraged about losing net neutrality is because they don't understand it

On the July 12 Day of Action, participating websites are expected to display prominent messages about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut net neutrality rules. Sites are also expected to provide visitors with tools to contact Congress and the FCC.

Glad more companies are participating and hope it can make some real difference.

It would be so much more effective if those websites simply didnt work that day. Imagine no netflix or facebook or pornhub. People would go nuts and attitudes would change in an instant.

Even better, if they had a message that said

"To access this site you must pay \$5.99/month access fee to your internet provider. If you would like to be able to stream without buffering for 10 minutes or more, an additional \$2 fee will be added for each video.

## University of Michigan to offer free tuition to in-state students whose families make under \$65,000 a year

University of Michigan to offer free tuition to in-state students whose families make under \$65,0...

ITT: People that want a sliding scale.

Good news everyone!

There is a sliding scale! edit: Sort of. This does not replace existing financial aid. Here are some existing averages that should still apply:

~\$91% off through \$95k income, 55% off through \$125k income, 33% off through \$150k income, and 27% off through \$180k income. Those are averages. The scale may slide even more gradually than that.

I don't want to read the article, but I do want to be outraged. Could you summarize what points I should be outraged about, and to what extent?

thanks.

You guys are amazing. Michigan comes up with a plan to offer free tuition to an awful lot of people, and everyone here shits on it. Seriously, credit these guys for being in front of a lot of America and doing something. Would you prefer Michigan didn't do anything?

Edit: I've brought out the sovereign citizens, woohoo! If you don't want to pay taxes but still want to live here I'd like you to first send a thank you letter to my parents who helped build this country and fought for the rights that you are now taking advantage of, along with some cash as service fee for all that work they did. It's not a tax, it's a usage fee for their work that you're taking advantage of. Thanks!

Michigan is a way better school

## Canada bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked - CBC News

Canada bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked - CBC News

That is fantastic. I wish the US would do the same.

With this FCC, we're more likely to see a ban on unlocked phones.

The most annoying part was when you bought a phone, outright and still had to pay the \$50 to unlock it. Like, wtf?

I got a notification, yesterday, from Rogers Business, that my bill was going up 20%, so I'll be looking for a new provider before September... thank goodness my phone is already unlocked, though :)

"We think it's a lot more appropriate that people who actually have their device unlocked bear the cost of the unlocking," said Howard Slawner, vice-president of regulatory telecom at Rogers.

Right. Because it costs soooooo much for them to click a button or press a few keys.

## Federal judge rejects Dakota Access Pipeline permits, calls for do-over

Federal judge rejects Dakota Access Pipeline permits, calls for do-over

Not really a do over. They were asked to go into more detail on a small portion.

Not well. It's like Crohn's disease for the pipeline.

Can a pipeline function when a section of it does not exist?

Why is the top comment unintelligible?

## China kindergarten explosion: Children among casualties reported after blast

China kindergarten explosion: Children among casualties reported after blast

Kindergartens in China have been targeted before in apparent revenge attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against their neighbors and society.

Yeah let's get back at society by harming defenseless, innocent kids.

One of the strange things about the last century is that now we can hear about tragedies like this across all of humanity and in some way acknowledge or mourn together. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing.

Still early but it looks like an accident not terrorist attack.

The explosion appeared to have been caused by a bottle of cooking gas, according to local newspaper Xiandaikuaibao on its website.

The explosion appeared to have been caused by a bottle of cooking gas, according to local newspaper Xiandaikuaibao on its website.

Sounds like an accident =/

## Dakota Access pipeline: judge rules environmental survey was inadequate

Dakota Access pipeline: judge rules environmental survey was inadequate

How many innocent people are in jail right now simply for demanding exactly this?

It shouldn't take this much effort to just get them to do what they're already required to do by law.

Decent article, but poorly laid out. Gives too much credit to the pipeline getting "blocked" when it's already in operation and extremely likely to stay that way. If you read the actual memorandum, the judge walks through the tribes' arguments one by one. By and large, the ACoE followed all the proper procedures to justify their decisions and permits. Yes, the Corps has to go back and clarify what analysis they did on fishing and hunting, but from my reading, the chances of vacatur are sub 5%. The tribe chairman calling it "a significant victory" is just posturing.

At their release date or (if they got a long ass sentence for this) when their parole hearings come up. Government doesnt automatically let people go when a law changes or when a ruling says people were right.

Are they going to be released? :(

## They laughed after video of my dying son was shown in court, says dad of Penn State teen

They laughed after video of my dying son was shown in court, says dad of Penn State teen

"Following the hearing, most, but not all, of the fraternity brothers and their families got together, laughed, patted each other on the back and hugged as if this was just another fraternity get-together," James Piazza, father of Timothy Piazza, said on Tuesday.

The guy who tried to call 911 and was called an idiot for doing so stayed at my apartment for a week after the fraternity was shuttered(because of my roommate). I fully commend him for his efforts to seek help, but the guy is honestly an extremely immature and unbearable douche. I can't even imagine what these other "bros" are like if he is the good guy in all this...

I have spent quite a few weekends at Penn state and it is simply a weird cultish school.

It's just a strange group out there surrounded only by themselves.

They all deserve max sentences, and maybe that will cause some changes in frat initiations.

From a different article:

A Penn State University frat brother, who was present when a student took a fatal fall after a booze-fueled pledge ceremony, says other members pushed him against a wall and told him to stay quiet when he pleaded with them to call 911.

## Five officials will face manslaughter charges for Flint water crisis

Five officials will face manslaughter charges for Flint water crisis

I hope there are some repercussions for their actions, if they truly were complicit in putting the public in danger. I wonder if Governor Rick Snyder is truly innocent in all of this. Looks like there was a lot of willful negligence.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a \$7,500 fine.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a \$7,500 fine.

The manslaughter charges are connected to the death of Robert Skidmore, who died Dec. 13, 2015, due to the area's Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

Potentially stiff penalties here.

I'd bet my life savings that the combined sentencing will be less than the maximum.

## Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility

Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility

Having worked as a driver at UPS for 9 years... I can only assume these guys will all have to still complete their routes, and be back to the building by 7:30 pm.

Two shootings today, damn people need to chill out.

If that's true, that's crazy. The crazy part is, if I was expecting a package that day, I'd still want to get it. Humans gonna hume.

God I hate companies like this. My husband was robbed at gunpoint at Advanced Auto. That night his boss called him to ask him to close again the next day.

My husband quit the next day. Fuck that.