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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Chess_the_cat Missing rules (142 comments)

I'd rather see them take out the graphics and add the missing rules instead.

2 hours ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Chess_the_cat Re:Not real chess (142 comments)

You're right if by 100+ you mean 100+(600). Castling was introduced in the 1300s. En Passant in the 1400s.

2 hours ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Chess_the_cat Re:Incredible! (142 comments)

Oh yeah. I play this variant of chess called "One Pawn On One Square." The opening position is a white pawn on a white square. I coded a version of it in 2 bytes. Guess I broke the record for "Smallest Chess Program."

3 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Chess_the_cat Re:The tortoise lays on its back (315 comments)

What do specs matter in the overall experience? An iPhone 6 has only 1GB of RAM but what does that matter to me when iOS runs smoothly and makes TouchWiz running with 3GB look like a pig?

3 hours ago
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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

Chess_the_cat No thanks (134 comments)

I don't need to give Google anymore access to my data thanks. Whoever dreamed up this scheme at Google must've earned a bonus or two. "Hey guys, it won't matter which OS or web mail service or social network users use if *we* own the ISPs!"

yesterday
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Chess_the_cat Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (260 comments)

"How do you get probable cause when everything up to the actual act is planned and discussed over the internet." The same way the cops did it before the Internet existed. Look, the police didn't listen to every single phone call between 1920 and 1995 to try to find crimes that were being planned on the phone. They didn't even listen in to every conversation in every pool hall and dive bar trying to find people planning crimes. What you do is you work off tips from the public, you solve crimes that have already been committed, and you get out on the street and patrol and know your neighborhood and create an environment that isn't conducive to crime. You seem to think that the job of the police is to prevent every crime from ever being committed. This isn't Minority Report son. We can't stop them all before they happen. Personally, I'd rather have a few crimes occur and not live in a surveillance state thanks.

yesterday
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Chess_the_cat Re:Urban legend? (287 comments)

I'm Canadian. I'm not British. And I take offense at the idea that I could be. Fuck the Queen.

yesterday
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

Chess_the_cat Encryption is dead (83 comments)

There isn't an encryption scheme the NSA hasn't already secretly cracked.

5 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Chess_the_cat Truly visionary (228 comments)

"Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room." Interacting with things going on in a room? It's hard to imagine.

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Chess_the_cat Politics (473 comments)

First it was "The Greenhouse Effect" but people love greenhouses because they're full of beautiful plants and flowers so that was out. Then it was "Global Warming." But the globe wasn't warming so that had to go. Then it was "Climate Change." But the climate wasn't actually changing so had to dump that one too. Now it's Climate Justice because who doesn't want justice?

5 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Chess_the_cat Clickbait (121 comments)

"“In real time here means, ‘as soon as the burst radiation arrives on the Earth,’” astronomer Daniele Malesani, co-author of a new paper about the discovery, told me over email. " So, not in real time then. "Astronomers record mystery signals" isn't as exciting though is it?

about a week ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:People already are (909 comments)

Weed by the ounce is actually quite common.

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:What's the point? (909 comments)

So true. Best of both worlds. I tell people how tall I am in feet and inches, express my mass in pounds, measure my bike tires in psi and give photo sizes in inches but I have no problem buy 500mL of chocolate milk or measuring my bike rides in kms. Use whatever. It doesn't matter.

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:What's the point? (909 comments)

That's why no one would build a 4 foot 7 3/16 inch wall.

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:Boggle (909 comments)

Base 12 is actually much easier to "bring calculation...within the arithmetic of every man..." 12 has 6 factors. 10 has 4. Divide 12 into thirds and you get a nice and neat "4" instead of .33333333....

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:The US likes being different (909 comments)

Chinese engineers can't figure out imperial? Cool story bro.

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Chess_the_cat Re:That's nearly one hectoyear! (909 comments)

That's a failure on Lockheed's part to use NASA's measuring system of choice. In other words, Lockheed knew what the customer operated in but for some reason delivered a product using Imperial. It's not like Lockheed couldn't deliver in metric. They just didn't. So the OPs point still stands. Why should the US convert? Does it really matter at this point?

about 2 years ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Chess_the_cat Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

To answer your question: "Who wants to "afford" a Mac?": Some of us actually use computers for working. Besides, I'm on a computer 12 hours a day and I'm quite entertained but I never play a "game" on it.

about 2 years ago
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AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

Chess_the_cat Put your money where your mouth is. (597 comments)

AMD hates them but not as much as Apple it seems. Article mentions that they "millions on the table" by refusing to apply Intel's stickers.

more than 4 years ago

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Question: What makes a gamer "hardcore?"

Chess_the_cat Chess_the_cat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chess_the_cat writes "Who amongst gamers are truly hardcore? The Dew-sipping Halo jockeys or the Gamecube-loving Cooking Mama completers? An interesting essay that attempts to reclaim the hardcore title from the FPS crowd and hand it back to its rightful owners: the gaming geeks."
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Is the 1-10 scale broken? Is 7 the new 5?

Chess_the_cat Chess_the_cat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chess_the_cat writes "An examination of the practice of rating video games between 1-10. Inspired by the recent firing of Gerstmann, the author examined scores rewarded by IGN and find that they don't follow a normal distribution but instead skew towards the number 7."
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