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Close But, No Cigar

Carnivals Used to Give Out Cigars for Prizes. The Phrase “Close, But No Cigar” Started Here. Attendants Would Say This to People Who Lost a Game.

If you’ve ever come close to accomplishing something but fell short, you’ve probably heard the phrase close, but no cigar. You probably accept defeat and move on. But have you ever given this commonly used phrase any thought? Why the cigar? Who even requested a cigar? Did you know where the saying “Close, but No …

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In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money.

United States v. Kane United States v. Kane, No 11-mj-00001 (D. Nev. filed Jan. 19, 2011), is a court case where a software bug in a video poker machine was exploited to win several hundred thousand dollars. Central to the case was whether a video poker machine constituted a protected computer and whether the exploitation …

In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. Read More »