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Silk Road Subdued But This Ex-Black-Market Employee Believes Feds Only Woke A Monster

So the gig is up, My two favorite Drug dealers have been taken down in the space of a week, Christopher Tarbell is now the mystery agent who infiltrated Silk Road and can add Dread Pirate Roberts to his list of take-downs which include “Sabu” of Anonymous.

While other sites ramp up server capacity to meet demand and I watch the number of listings on alternative marketplaces such as Sheep and Black Market Reloaded increase at an exponential rate, (Sheep has gone from 500 Drug listings to over 1500 as I write) I can’t help but get the feeling DPR would be relatively happy with the results of his self-professed “economic simulation” as his legion of vendors and customers scramble to re-establish contact on other marketplaces.

There’s also a hint of Karma in the air too, had the Admins behind the failed Silk Road alternative “Atlantis” kept the site alive just two more weeks they’d be swimming in a sea of bitcoins Scrooge McDuck style right now but given the allegations of ex black marketplace employees having hits put out on them maybe I’ll tone down on the criticism and just be glad I was never on the inside.

The many faces of “Dread Pirate Roberts”

Like many others I got to know the Dread Pirate Roberts persona quite well but only now am I building a picture of the man behind the mask and must admit I’m confused, shocked and a bit disappointed by how lax Ulbricht was with his security. Nevertheless whether you view the aftermath as an optimist, anarchist, libertarian or authoritarian the level of solidarity being demonstrated among Silk Road users is something to behold and I’m sure as the FBI woke up to their Silk Road wrap party hangover’s yesterday the real scale of the problem they face became more than apparent.

After all it seems Ross Ulbricht’s skills didn’t lie in internet security or assassination’s for that matter but in providing a utopian blueprint of how people should allowed take control of their own lives and be masters of their own destiny. To all accounts it seems to have worked because as we speak scores of white collar, tech savvy developers who up until now watched from afar and thought “Why did I not think of this” now have their chance and if you’re to believe the rally cry on the darknet forums Silk Road 2.0 will be online within a week and there is no shortage of alternative anonymous marketplaces.

To those who are mourning the loss of Silk Road  you have little to fear,  If anything we now know Silk Road wasn’t all that secure and from a quick scout around I’ve counted at least 5 publicly stated projects with the said aim of becoming “Silk Road 2.0″ and many more gathering info and building alliances.
And this is what Law Enforcement is now parading as a victory? Over two years of investigation, millions of dollars spent and for what so a couple of armchair programmers can build it again in a few days while in the meantime vendors simply move to other sites.

Silk Road Forum member “RR” says he has Silk Road 2.0 ready to go (Click to see full image)

Other users give advice on how to make a future silk road safer from law enforcement (Click to see full image)

As if there wasn’t enough suitors ready to rise to the challenge of being the next DPR, to make it easier there is already a functioning open-source project know as BitWasp which can simply be downloaded and installed on an onion web server and the next SilkRoad is (almost) ready to go. Below is a short description of the project from its facebook page where they make no secret of the fact the project aims to aid the development of future anonymous marketplaces flowing in the case of busts like just happened Silk Road.

“BitWasp Marketplace is a light weight, completely open source, anonymous bitcoin marketplace specifically built for use in conjunction with Tor or I2P via the hidden services such as .onion websites and eepsites (for I2P).

The goal of this project is to do the following:

1. Lower the barrier of entry and needed skill-set to operate a website like silkroad. This will increase the number of silkroad styled sites on the internet, and this increase will lead to a stronger pressure on governments to change their draconian drug law policies into something more practical and respecting of individual liberty.

Just like open source forum software revolutionized the ability for individuals to freely share ideas within niche communities, Bitwasp will revolutionize the ability for individuals to sell and buy materials and digital files within online communities.

2. Plans by the many, not by the few. This is essential because, as with nature, competition will select for the best, most secure, and most revolutionary marketplaces. Silkroad is great; but I suspect many minds working on many sites with various add-ons and extensions will lead to many better marketplaces in the long run.”

One thing I can’t figure out is considering he knew and attempted to correct some of his past mistakes, Once busted, did Ulbricht  really not expect things he’s done in his role as DPR to come to come out of the woodwork and his character be called into question or better still was he simply resigned to become a martyr for the cause if needs be?
To me, his last post on the closure of Atlantis now seems almost prophetic as he describes how future marketplaces will meet “unexpected challenges” (Which I assume to now mean extortion and murder) and how he is ready to accept his fate whatever that may be.

One of the “Dread Pirate Roberts” last posts where he describes how future black markets will face “unexpected challenges” (Click to see full image)

Since I’m sure more will come to light in the next few days with a court date scheduled for 4th October (Today) It seems pointless to speculate just yet but It looks like they had him from the very first posts he made announcing the launch of Silk Road under an account registered to rossulbricht@gmail.com. What’s surprising to me and may be encouraging to many others is given his sloppiness, how did it take so long for him to get caught??  While I didn’t have a very long career working with Atlantis the very first thing I did (after learning a bit more about security on the job) was go back and make sure I didn’t make any noob mistakes.
Either DPR assumed mistakes made in the past would have caught up with him already or his plan to allude to the fact ownership of the site has changed hands from the original founder in a Forbes interview last month were too little too late as the investigations into the original creator of the site were already well under-way.  In any case right now we are presented with one Dread Pirate Roberts AKA Ross Ulbricht whose Linkedin/Youtube/Facebook would suggest this is the same guy who founded Silk Road as well as the administrator at the time of closure.
Had Ross Ulbricht practiced what he preached, I believe he would be a free man today but after looking into the technical analysis by forum members on other black markets it’s speculated things were never as secure as Dread Pirate Roberts made them appear. It’s funny how the internet can turn on you, many of DPR’s greatest advocates have now become his greatest critics with some irate vendors having lost six figure sums claiming if he gets out of prison he may be next in line for a hit.

Some users are suggesting DPR might be better off in prison

Other Silk Road forum members are divided on whether his actions are justifiable (Click to see full image)

If you want my take on it, I think the role of DPR consumed Ulbricht to the point it took over his rational senses, Overlooking past mistakes in favour of future glory and viewing himself as the un-replaceable figurehead in the war on drugs who would do everything in is his power including murder to see his utopian dream through after all if one anonyomous identity can successfully extort him for $500,000 what’s to stop that person making up a new pseudonym and trying it again two months down the line.

DPR was an idealist who seen the big picture, To him one life lost was nothing compared to how many he could save by providing this safer route to market for illegal substances but to me murder to protect his business is where DPR took over and Ulbricht no longer had a say, A bit like Jim Carey’s character in “The Mask”

“Being an idealist is not being a simpleton; without idealists there would be no optimism and without optimism there would be no courage to achieve advances that so-called realists would have you believe could never come to fruition.”

What striking to me as an outside observer is there seems to be no shortage of well educated American males in their late 20′s (Manning/Snowden and now Ulbricht) willing to sacrifice bright futures and their own personal liberty to highlight the draconian laws and downright totalitarianism being inflicted by their government on the populace, History will show it’s the will of the people that’ll win in the end and not that of the dictators in power and I thanks to the actions of DPR and others like him I believe I am now witnessing a full revolution in progress and I for one will be sticking around to document it.

Heisenberg 2.0

Finally below is a screenshot of an Independence day post from Ulbricht’s Facebook page entitled “Thoughts on FREEDOM”

Laptops-Notebook With Todays Technology – What All Can It Do?

This hypothetical computer design was devised by the British mathematician Alan Turing in 1935. Looking back, it becomes clear that what drove the computer industry for most of its history was its growth. Today, the process of making a computer has been extensively studied and documented, and most parts of a computer are manufactured and put together by machine, with little need for human operators. Computers have become smaller and more portable. After a simple set up, notebook users can view TV on their laptop computers.

They can hook to the internet from most any location. They can be set up for many devises,such as a PC card or an ExpressCard. The ExpressCard technology is more advanced. Replacing the PC Card as the ‘next generation’ solution for add-in capabilities for computers. This technology is replacing PC Card in most leading notebook computers today.

The new ExpressCard modules are the high-performance, next generation of the familiar PC Card, currently found in 95% of notebook computers today. This gives computer users the ability to add memory, communications, multimedia and security to their desktop and mobile systems using plug-n-play technology or external module. New analog and digital TV tuners use the new ExpressCard modules to deliver the latest in high-performance, add-in technology for notebook computers, replacing the current PC Card standard. If you just want to do email and surf the Net, even today’s inexpensive computer will do the trick. Most computers today come with an Intel Pentium 4 processor. If video is what you are into there are two video components in a computer: the video board and the monitor.

On cheaper computers the video board is integrated with the motherboard. This is not necessarily bad, but if you want to work with videos or high-speed graphics like those found in computer games, you will want to have a separate video board with as much memory as possible. A writable CD drive is a must in today’s computers. If you want to watch videos on your computer or you have a video camera, you will want a DVD drive. There are several components to the audio in a computer: the audio board and the speakers. If you want to use your computer as a stereo you can get more expensive sound boards.

Remember that computer speakers will be shielded. Regular stereo speaker should not be used on a computer. If you connect to the Internet via regular telephone line you will need a modem in your computer. For a wireless network you can get a wireless card. If the computer you are looking at doesn’t have wireless built-in, don’t worry. You can still put the computer on a wireless network with an inexpensive and easy-to-install USB wireless adapter. For the most part the hardware is ahead of the software, so most of today’s computers are adequate for most jobs. Other considerations is if you want to hook up a video camera to your computer, get a Firewire port. Most computers come with a keyboard and mouse external or built in.

New Technology Restores and Preserves Old Recordings

One of the many good things about newer digital media formats and the devices that store them is the fact that they’re easy to back up and therefore preserve. That’s definitely a major strength compared to the older analog format that stored things like old movies, old TV shows, and old audio recordings. In fact there are a lot of the oldest audio recordings on records and magnetic tapes, that have been so tortured by the passage of time that, for the most part, they’re torture to listen to. These are the recordings of someone playing blue grass back in the nineteen twenties or thirties that have a sound of the voice trembling, and you assume that the singer actually sang that way and you wonder why anyone would sing that way on purpose and who would want to listen to it, let alone actually go to the trouble of recording that awful sound. Actually, it’s not any defect or intentional modulation of the singer’s voice. In reality, those trembles in the music are defects that have accumulated on the acetate or vinyl record or on the actual magnetic tape that the recording inhabited all of those years and decades.

There are a number of things that contribute to the degradation of these types of recordings. The first is simply the passage of time. Over the years, the vinyl that records are made out of and the celluloid that the magnetic tapes are made out of both out gas volatile organic compounds. In other words, these materials simply dry out. This causes them to be more brittle and may even contribute to them changing shape enough to distort the recordings that are encoded on them. Moisture can also cause problems and in the case of many of those blue grass recordings that were made and have been stored in the humidity of the southeast, that’s a realistic problem. Of course, protecting the tapes and records from moisture is possible by storing them in a climate controlled environment, or keeping them cool and away from sunlight like in a freezer or a refrigerator would probably do the job, but no one has taken that kind of care to preserve these recordings.

The other kind of degradation that these recordings are subject to come from actually playing them. For example, the needles on record players gradually wear away the vinyl of the records. With magnetic tapes, all of the pulleys that are part of the tape players can pull and stretch the tape. Both of those things can seriously distort the sound quality.

Now there’s special software technology that can allow these recordings to be remastered digitally while eliminating a lot of the distortions that have accumulated from their long storage in analog form and the wear and tear they’ve been subjected to. This technology recreates a virtual version of the original recording device. Then when the beat up old recording is fed through the program, the program can use the virtual model to eliminate the errors. The result is a much improved version of the recording where the music sounds like what someone would actually want to create intentionally.

New Technology Puts Laptops on the Internet Just About Anywhere

Broadband access to the Internet is becoming more and more of a necessity all the time in order to be effective in business and our personal lives. However, getting access- and maintaining that access wherever you go- isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. In some places getting on the Internet at a high speed is easy to do. For example, your office probably has a T1 connection, or if it’s a small business it may have a cable based high speed Internet connection or maybe even some form of DSL. If you take your work on the road with you; bookstores, coffee shops, hotel rooms, airports, libraries, and even some fast food restaurants can all offer wireless hot spots. But sometimes you need to connect to the Internet from other places like your car, a client’s home, or even the beach. There is a solution to this dilemma, and it’s the same solution that most mobile phones use to access the Internet. It’s called a 3G network and Cingular has an array of products that allow you to access what’s essentially a wide area, broadband wireless hot spot.

The most basic way to access the 3G network is to get a special wireless card that fits into an open slot in your lap top computer. With this option you’ll be able to get on the Internet when you have line of sight of a cell phone tower rather than just within the range of a wireless router. This greatly increases the number of areas in which you can get on the Internet. You’ll be able to access files form servers at work, program your DVR to record a great new TV show that you just heard about, check up on your home computer, and possibly even use a VOIP service through this kind of broadband connection in order to save money. (Though Cingular does let you bundle voice services with its 3G Internet access services.

Another way that you can get onto the 3G network is to simply connect your phone to your laptop and use it as a cellular modem. There are several ways to do this, but the major requirement in addition to the phone and the laptop is the service plan, special software- which is free to download- and some way of connecting the phone and the laptop. While you may use a USB cable or a serial cable, in some cases you’ll be able to use an infrared connection or Bluetooth technology for even more convenience!

Perhaps the most convenient way to take advantage of the 3G network is to have the cellular modem hardware built into your laptop itself. Right now you can get Dell and Sony laptops among others with 3G cellular modems built into them. Of course that’s probably the easiest way to get access to the Internet through your laptop no matter where you take it. That’s because anytime you try to install a new device in you’re laptop you can’t be one hundred percent sure that it will work, and even if you know how to coax it into working, there’s no guarantee that it will work smoothly. Having it installed in the factory will eliminate a lot of hassle.

Technology Decisions in Voice and Data Integration

Businesses face many technological challenges in today’s dynamic market place. One challenge is integrating voice and data communications into a cost- effective and workable format for their unique infrastructure. Taking existing equipment resources, remote locations, bandwidth requirements, and maintenance requirements all into account can be intimidating. But there are options so that voice and data convergence can be obtained within your business’ constraints.

One option that provides a cost conscious company an easy setup which preserves and supports legacy equipment is Voice and Data Convergence over IP. This is an easy to manage and low cost solution to integration needs. Unique TDMoIP technology preserves your investment in legacy equipment and maintains voice quality. There is no need for separate leased lines and T1 lines are transparent to protocols or signaling.

Another option is Voice and Data Convergence over Fiber. This option allows connection of four (4) T1 lines and Fast Ethernet that provides an efficient use of expensive infrastructure. You can connect remote locations within distances of 12-24 miles. A major advantage of the Fiber convergence option is an easy plug and play installation and effortless maintenance.

If Voice and Data Convergence over IP or Fiber is not suitable you may want to consider convergence over Fixed Wireless. This versatile plan offers point to point Fast Ethernet and multiple T1 extension over an unlicensed band. A bandwidth of 48mbps and a maximum distance of 50 miles combine voice and data over a single link for reduced access costs. This system makes it easy to switch channels and frequencies to ensure that you will always find clear spectrum. Fiber convergence is the perfect choice for wireless/cellular backhaul and public safety applications.

When considering options for your Voice and Data integration needs it is essential to consider how the system you choose impacts your legacy equipment and remote location requirements. Today’s technology offers a wide variety of solutions and it is best to investigate more than one option before deciding on a plan. Vendors can help you to optimize your resources and still get a system that will meet your needs. Determine your budget, system priorities, and existing equipment flexibility before consulting a vendor and then let your vendor match the Voice and Data Integration option to your requirements. The technological advances in the area have provided many exciting options for you to consider. With the right vendor you can have a system that is both cost-effective and versatile enough to handle existing requirements and all your future needs.

GCC–Gordon Communications Company–was founded by Edward Gordon, a veteran of the telecommunications industry with over 17 years of hands-on experience. GCC has grown into a Chicago area best-in-class provider of telecommunications, data, and internet solutions and products. We are headquartered in Chicago, but have the ability to service and support GCC customers across the nation. Our leadership team is comprised on experts in voice, edata, broadband networks, Internet services, and customer service. This knowledge and depth of experience set GCC apart from our competition. We are proud of our success, and our pride is reflected in what our current customers say about us.

8 Home Improvement Myths You Probably Believed

Not all home remodeling projects will do your house good. Here are some home improvement myths you probably believed until today.

1. Customized Features

Many believe that adding personal touches to their house will help in raising their home’s market value. Unfortunately, this is not the case for any home. Not everyone likes a cowboy-hat shaped pool, but most homeowners would like a pool (if they can afford its maintenance and creation). Before you venture adding personal touches to your home, make sure that there’s a demand for it, as is with selling anything in today’s market.

2. All I Need for a Project is Myself, Some Tools and the Internet

It’s always costly to hire a contractor, you might say. It’s easier and I could add some personal touches to my house if I do it on my own. That’s what most homeowners with DIY projects that ended up in tragedy said the first day. Contractors are paid top dollar because of their experience and knowledge in the field. What do you have against a contractor who had built an entire village in his or her lifetime? None at all.

3. Design Trends Will Sell My Home

Not quite. Chances are your house will receive great attention in the market for at least a year. Once the trend changes, your house will be left to little markets yet again. It is far more important to focus on making timeless home designs that appeal to a broad range of home buyers. Adding a garden or using neutral colors in your home helps it become pleasing to the eye as a canvas for home buyers. However, be aware that some home buyers may not be capable of instantly visualizing their home, so add something that can give them ideas too.

4. Renewable Energy

Renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels, windmills and geothermal plants help your home earn great tax deductibles per state because it reduces pollution. However, not every homeowner is willing to shell out a few more thousand dollars to ensure they have a tax-deductible home that saves them monthly bills. If you really want to sell your house, give them the option to opt out of your renewable energy technologies.

5. Higher Quality Materials Will Guarantee Home buyers

Again, not quite. Home buyers are looking for something worth their money and practical. Focus on practical. Using high quality material will ensure the house is sturdy, but you cannot justify that paying $100 for every board in the house must increase the value of your home. Demand will be the only metric you have to measure home demand, never the material used for home buying.

Home Improvement: The Number One Homeowner Fear Is Hiring The Wrong Home Repair Contractor

Suggestions To Avoid Hiring The Wrong Contractor

1. Perform your due diligence by checking for proper local, state or federal licenses and insurance for your project.. General liability in the $1 to $2 million range are minimums and their crew should be covered by workers comp insurance as may be required in your state. If a homeowner hires unlicensed or uninsured workers to perform work at their home, they may not be covered under their homeowner insurance policy in the event of injury, damage or death. This is an area you dare not eave undetermined.

2. Ask for references from recent customers… then call each reference for their comments and listen carefully to how they answer. If you notice any hesitancy that should be a red flag for you!

3. Require a written, detailed contract specifying the scope of work, the type and quality of materials to be used, the project timeline and plan for payments. Note: Any contractor who just scribbles some unreadable words on a one page bid sheet without specifics may be just as careless in his work. Contractors who want and deserve your business will have no reservations about providing you with a professional, detailed home improvement bid or contract.

4. Set up interviews with three to five contractors to review your project plans and then after the interviews decide who best fits your needs. If you are not comfortable with a particular contractor’s style or attitude. then think twice before hiring that one because you will have to deal several times with the one you choose.

5. In most cases, quality, dependable home repair professionals will not require any down payment or money in advance. If a contractor requires “prefunding” to perform your work, be careful here!

6. Keep in constant contact with your home improvement professional during each phase of the work and make sure they stay on the agreed upon time schedule.

In recent years several services have been founded that provide contractor referrals for a fee… either the homeowner pays a fee to get the “list” or the contractor pays a fee to get listed! Two of the major companies in this niche represent these approaches. These approaches have benefits, but probably the idea of paying for a referral by the homeowner or the contractor seems problematic to many.

A different approach is now available to homeowners in markets such as Atlanta, GA, Long Island, NY and Orange County, CA. The Homeowner Referral Network or HRN does not charge the homeowner a fee to find free contractor referrals AND it does not allow contractors to pay a fee to join the network… the contractors actually have to pass a screening process for insurance, licenses, references, experience, etc., to be considered and after their work is complete they are rated by the customer. In other words, they have to perform at a very high level to remain in the network.

3 Home Improvement Projects That Add Both Beauty and Value to Your Home

Selling your home can be a tough job. In today’s market, it seems like prices and buyer confidence fluctuate daily. Gaining an edge over other homes on the market is key.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could both make your home sell faster and have it look more beautiful while you are still living there?

You can.

How?

It’s actually fairly simple. There are 3 ways to almost instantly increase both the value and beauty of your home. These home improvement projects can can vary in price from moderate to expensive. Luckily, most contractors offer financing on these types of jobs. This will make the investment much easier on your bank account because you can pay it off in time, rather than in one lump sum.

Plus, you’ll typically get your money back plus more – an excellent return on investment.

1. Replace Your Old Windows

Replacing your old, ugly, worn down windows is a great way to boost beauty and value.

Old windows are energy vampires; they literally suck the energy and money right out of your home. They allow cool and warm air in and out of your house. This can make your energy bills go through the roof! By putting in new windows, you are assuring the buyer that they have a good, energy efficient home.

Plus, this improves your curb appeal greatly New, modern looking windows are much more attractive than the older style and tend to look fresh and clean

2. Have Your Yard Professionally Landscaped

This is like a finishing touch on your home. A clean, manicured yard really helps with curb appeal. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable for you while you are in the home.

The prices for this kind of service vary widely, depending on your area and the size of your yard. But, it is a tremendous investment

Imagine pulling up to a home you are thinking of buying. Even if the house is great, are you going to be in a good frame of mind if you pull up and the grass is overgrown and there are no trees, flowers or bushes?

3. Kitchen Remodeling

This is the most expensive of the 3, but well worth the extra investment. The kitchen is often listed as one of the most important rooms to buyers. Upgrade to new counter tops, modern looking cabinets, new fixtures and faucets or a new floor and watch the beauty and value of your home sky rocket.

Home Improvement Guide: Pros And Cons Of Vinyl Windows

When it comes to home improvement or home renovation, most homeowners would focus on the major renovation and would overlook other things that might have a profound effect later on once the project is completed. With that said, one of the most overlooked home improvements is choosing the material for the windows of the house. There are many varieties of materials used for windows such as wood, fiber, aluminium and the popular vinyl. All of the said materials have their benefits as well as disadvantages and today we would be discussing the pros and cons of having vinyl as the main material for the window construction.

During renovation or even before one renovate their home, it is best to check out one’s windows from time to time to decide if it needs replacement. Now, most windows would need to be replaced when the external environment causes one to have a difficulty in closing and opening the window. This happens when frost and condensation freezes the window and in some instances can cause it to break as well. Old homes are also susceptible as the seals become loose and the frame and sash might weaken and the home is losing energy in the process.

Vinyl Benefits

One of the best things about using vinyl is that it is much more affordable than other materials and can be favorable to budget conscious homeowners. The use of vinyl has been around as early as the 70’s and became popular not only because it is cheaper but because it requires less maintenance. It is also a non-conductive material meaning that during summer months, the material deters heat from coming inside the home and the cold during winter months thus making for more energy-efficient homes.

For those who are not handy with interior and exterior painting or want to cut the cost of buying paints, installing vinyl as window frames would not need any painting activities done. Additionally, the material holds for more years than other materials such as wood so longevity is not a problem here.

Vinyl Disadvantages

As with any other materials, vinyl can be a problem for those who want a more aesthetically pleasing look to their home. As the material is not paintable, the white color stands in contrast to the other parts of the room and can be ugly for some. For those who are planning to resell their homes in the foreseeable future, vinyl might lower the real estate value of the property as most buyers would want a cosy home that is, windows with wood frames.

Gambling Industry Expanding And Players Who Use Gambling Strategies

What does the word “Gamble” mean to you?

For the average player the word “gambling” means much more than a risky bet. It can stand for just about anything from vacationing, Las Vegas, and even fun. Devised earlier than 3000 years ago, gambling was well documented to have existed in many civilizations. The games we know today are the incarnations of former ones, with adjusted rules. For the length of time gambling was invented, players have always seemed obsessed with trying to use various gambling strategies for games. However, Casinos have always had the mathematical advantage along with an adamant need for stopping the smart player. It has forever become a vicious cycle of exploitive players vs. casinos catching up.

Today, gambling doesn’t even need to be played at Las Vegas or any other casino chains.

Now for those of you who live under rocks or live in a time warp may say, “Wait….outside of Casinos?”

Well you see…

1. In-flight Gambling: Eflyte has been developing in-flight gaming and continues to spread its influence on many airlines. Currently they have the world’s first Multiplayer Poker Tournament along with over 60 games for airplanes. Ceo of Ryanair will also attempt use in-flight gaming by next year. Now casino gambling may be common on cruises, but it’s a breakthrough for airlines.

2. Mobile phones can also be used to buy lotteries and sports betting nowadays. If certain restrictions are lifted, it could even mean much more growth in its use.

3. Internet Casinos are also another medium in which gambling doesn’t seem to stop growing; despite being forced to open offshore from the US. This isn’t necessarily bad of course.

The gambling industry is on a growing trend and it doesn’t seem to stop anywhere in sight. Of course, this naturally means that more and more people will be hooked and continue losing to the casinos.

Even the strategic players are screwed over at times with certain technologies being developed. Some casinos even started to implement tracking devices in chips to catch card counters. Those days of Ken Uston and counting machines are getting harder to come by since casinos already know about the gambling strategies used. New mediums such as electronic gambling can stop card counting dead in it’s track.

Winning through strategy can still be done, just as internet marketing can still make some rich. Yet being particular savvy to news and gambling strategy alike can immensely help the professional gambler. That is, unless gambling is only treated as a simple recreation. Otherwise, the best a player can do is to read up on forums and reference news sources for any changes in their gambling strategy.

Does Anyone Online Care Anymore About the Real Thing?

Does anyone online care anymore about the real thing? I mean real brick and mortar gambling establishments. Is anyone still fascinated with the glitter and glitz of Las Vegas if they have no impending trip planned? Personally, I think the new online gaming establishments may be affecting that jolt of adrenalin that flows through all souls landing at McCarran International. Well, maybe not the under 21 souls who have now claimed their own spot in Las Vegas Land. Their parents bring them for a grand time after they’ve tired of dragging the tots to Disney. Now they swim in make believe oceans or lazy rivers at places like Mandalay Bay. There are rides, shows, history lessons, architectural wonders and more. This you can’t do online.

But still, for he or she that longs to wager a bet either solo or in a group, the Internet is far cheaper to travel to. The cost of an airplane ride (or even a full tank of gas) is greater than a flight up the stairs. In fact, take away the bills for travel, lodging, food and entertainment for the whole family and you’ve got a nice little kitty to play with. Never mind that the family is whining about their loss of a vacation.

Well, I don’t know. I’m still in favor of the real thing. Yes it is an effort to get to a resort – Nevada or elsewhere. Yes it’s expensive to travel and stay. But this is about memories. Even if you go alone, it’s about your experience of sights, sounds, and touch. Well all the senses. That’s far more potent than a monitor and keyboard. Win or lose, you are bound to have some fun doing it on a vacation. You’ll change the routine. You’ll be a social animal just by virtue of walking through a casino or a racetrack, interacting with cashiers, wait staff, other gamers, etc.

So when the time comes to find that casino, check the web for sites that help you locate one near you. Some of these can help determine where, if any, places of gaming or betting are in relation to your home, motel or hotel while on the road or wherever you find yourself. Put in your location, insert how far (miles) you are willing to travel to find a casino and let the search function help you locate the closest casinos. You’ll have a map of the one(s) you pick too. Now there’s an adventure far better than a trip upstairs. Get out there and do the real thing!

Juliette Carlotta is a prodigious writer who has a knack for understanding human nature. Here she discusses the pros and cons of gaming online vs. going to a real casino to place to wager. Her recommendation? Find a casino. Try visiting [http://www.closestcasino.com] to see what she is talking about.