Gambling: A Threat for US National Security, Not an Option for Mac Users
Article by George Norman
On 13 Apr 2009
According to the most recent book from the United States International Gambling Report series, the increase of legal gambling establishments in the US of A could have a negative impact on national security. According to professor of business and public policy at the University of Illinois, gambling critic, author and editor of the book, John W. Kindt, the United States military strength cannot be upheld if the economy goes down the drain; a strong economy means a properly backed military force, but the money that would have gone to the military sector is diverted to private interests.

“The social costs of gambling are high, but the overriding strategic issue has always been the military and national security implications of economies that get weaker and weaker because of gambling. We're seeing all kinds of really outrageous examples of people averse to our interests who are using gambling to their advantage and our detriment, such as laundering money through casinos around the world. Gambling actually destabilizes and corrupts governmental and financial systems, and legalized gambling poses significant threats to the national security of the United States and its allies,” says John W. Kindt.

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Regardless if that is true or not, one thing remains certain: people that want to gamble their money via online casinos can only do that if they run Windows on their machines, not Mac OS X. Most online casinos develop their software so that it works with the Windows-based operating system, not the Apple developed OS, and things do not seem to be changing in favor of Mac users. Out of all the major online casinos in the US, just one has a posted sign stating that a Mac-compatible gambling software will be made available “in the future” – but no mention when that future will be.

In related casino news, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has earlier this year issued a warning to all casinos, stating that people who enter gambling establishments and use their iPhones could be breaking the law by cheating (details here).



Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Apple, Mac OS X, Online Gambling, Casino
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