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Re: [Bug-gnubg] random dice generator? hahahaaa

From: Thomas Malloy
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] random dice generator? hahahaaa
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:15:27 -0400
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I would be pretty insulted if I was a gnubg developer. I mean really. What kind of a pimple dick would you have to be to put some sort of cheating code into the program?

I can understand people being frustrated when when they get a bad break. But they should really get a grip.

This is mostly people over interpreting their own anecdotal experiences, or relying way to small a sample size to mean anything. But I often wonder if these people know what the GNU in gnubg stands for. If the rolls were not random, or any cheating was taking place, it would be in the code. Someone would find it. Gnubackgammon could have bad code in it. It is certainly possible. But again somebody would find it. Thats the whole idea of the GNU thing.

On 08/23/2017 09:15 PM, tchow wrote:
Thomas Moulton wrote:
If someone "KNOWS" that gnubg (or insert your gaming server here, say
fibs.com) you can NEVER convince them otherwise.

Correct. I'm surprised at how many participants in this thread think that logic has to power to change anyone's mind on this subject.

There is no way to win this, just sit back and laugh...

But "winning" should not be defined in terms of getting people to think logically. Winning either means profiting off people's irrationality, or, since profiteering might go against the GNU philosophy, figuring out how to make illogical people happy. My two suggestions were in that vein.

On a plane trip I took a few years ago, the backgammon program was so easy to beat that I started to suspect that the dice were intentionally biased in the player's favor. I didn't bother to collect data to test this hypothesis, but it got me thinking that such a feature would surely increase the satisfaction of most customers. The last thing an airline wants is a complaint that its recreational software cheats. There's something to be said for trying to please the customer instead of contemptuously berating their illogicality.


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