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

Vintermann Re:Buggy and incomplete (192 comments)

This is par for the course for chess programs of that generation, though. I remember an old DOS chess program that would allow "castling" by just switching the king and rook, regardless of whether there were pieces between them. One Win 3.11 chess program I remember, was ridiculously easy to break if you used the take back a move function. Some sort of internal data structure wasn't properly cleaned if you did that, so the computer would start making illegal moves, randomly putting pieces on the board, etc.

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

Vintermann Re:Not real chess (192 comments)

It's chess more or less as it was played 100+ years ago. It's not FIDE chess, that's true.

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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Vintermann Re:World's most useless feature (93 comments)

Who the hell wants to watch other people sing at the opera when you could be singing yourself?

3 days ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Vintermann Re:World's most useless feature (93 comments)

If there's a specific piece of knowledge you want to get, reading the wiki is better. However, if you don't know much about the game and just want to learn as much as possible, watching it being played is far better. Sometimes videos are better even for specific knowledge (think for instance Super Meat Boy levels).

3 days ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Vintermann Re:World's most useless feature (93 comments)

Well, one of the things I like to watch on twitch is Spelunky runs. Every run is different (random levels, don't you know), and the streamer interacts with chat in between levels (sometimes in the middle of levels, if they're reckless). They also have a "death roulette" function, so you can compete in guessing how the streamer will kick it, obviously that's one thing that won't work with prerecorded video.

3 days ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Vintermann Re:World's most useless feature (93 comments)

Same reason people watch other people play sports.

Hell, in most IRC channels, people do exactly what they do in a Twitch chatroom, but they don't even have anything shared to watch!

3 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

Vintermann Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

Achievement unlocked: Batman gambit.

about a week ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

Vintermann Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

Ah, the old "I wouldn't be that stupid, would I? So someone must be framing me" defense.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Vintermann Re:I've had an account on G+ for years. (209 comments)

Ingress is by far the largest use case/best ad for G+ among people I know. The multi-continent operations people pull off are a testament to how useful G+ can be for sharing plans and coordinating with just the right people.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Vintermann Re:poisionous and risky name policy. (209 comments)

I find just as dangerous as their Google Plus real name policy.

Come on, that's not remotely comparable. If you're selling stuff in their store, they have a business relationship with you, of course you can't be entirely anonymous.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Vintermann Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

Google was being pretty hard core about their real name policy on Google+, to the degree that people who Google determined had violated it ended up having their entire Google collection of services canceled.

No, pretty sure that's a myth. The one person I heard about who did get obliterated from all google services, turned out to be an artist who had deliberately tried to push the boundaries for what constitutes child porn or not. That's the sort of thing they do to avoid complicity in crimes, not what they do to push you to use their services.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

Listen, words are just words, they can mean different things to different people.

But there are some people who have an individualist attitude to equality. They will say that if a Roma is disallowed from entering a store, that's wrong because people are entitled to be treated as individuals. Even if it's true that Roma on average shoplift like crazy, that particular Roma has a right to be judged as an individual, and unless you caught that particular person stealing you must treat them just like you would treat anyone. Because people can't help what ethnic group they were born into.

Then there are some people who say, no, the problem is that Roma are a historically disadvantaged group. They have been wronged in the past, they deserve our pity, therefore we should be nice to them. That's why discriminating against them is wrong. Some other groups are privileged, and those are totally OK to prejudge as a group. It is groups who are good or bad, Roma just happen to be a good group on account of their historic discrimination, that's all.

I am one of the first type. It is people thinking like the second that I label SJWs. See the problem with them? Note that I do not dispute that Roma have been wronged in the past, and are still wronged I don't even dispute that they deserve pity. But I insist that whether you pity them or not, you meet each and one of them as individuals.

An advantage of my viewpoint, is that if it turns out Roma do shoplift more than other people, that's not a problem for my conclusions. It does not change anything. Whereas SJWs are forced to strenuously deny or excuse anything that casts their supposedly oppressed group in a bad light, I can just say, "so?".

Actual bigots, like the Pegida folks marching in Europe right now, love the SJW logic. They love that it's groups that are good or bad, not people - because that gives them excuses to feel better than they are, and it gives them plenty of avenues to attack muslims, Roma, or whoever the main outgroup is today. It affirms their us-and-them world view. It leads inescapably to the conclusion that segregation is a good idea! And the racists love that conclusion! (and when SJWs demand that white 14-year olds don't get braids, or complain of appropriating culture, they are of course demanding segregation too).

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

Social justice was originally an ideology from the early 19th century, a competitor to Marxism. Like Marxists, they were biological/social determinists, believing that no one, ever, did anything that wasn't dictated by his circumstances. Like Marxists (and any sane people) they agreed that the living conditions of Britain's urban, working poor were an affront to humanity. Like the Marxists, they were atheists (at least at first, SJ later caught on with Catholics as an alternative to Marxism - and arguably, Quaker and nonconformist religious industrialists were the proto-SJ's until Robert Owen came along).

But where Marxists saw the revolution of the workers as the way out of that mess, SJ people said that's bullshit. The workers are living from hand to mouth, they are slaves of their circumstances, they can't change society, with violence or not. It's up to us, the rich factory owners, to change the social circumstances so that workers can escape poverty, misery and crime. So they built model villages and factory communes. Marx derided that as utopian socialism, which was easy enough as there were plenty of failed efforts to highlight.

Modern "social justice" has almost nothing to do with this. Catholic social justice activists were still primarily fans of paternalistic factories, where the factory owner has a moral responsibility to care for his workers' material and spiritual well-being, but they did do a bit to promote the idea of privilege, i.e. that it can be hard to see things from the disadvantaged's perspective. Modern SJWs, aided by some upper middle-class academics, took that concept and twisted it into unrecognizability, and made it the centerpiece. In their world, privilege means that you're bad and I'm good, and you are totally unable to grasp that with your reason due to your privilege, so you must take it on blind faith and do as I tell you.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

If you aren't, go follow a couple of the high-profile ones on twitter and tumblr for a couple of months. That might adjust your view of the world a little.

A social justice warrior is someone who thinks:

1. Has a very particular and narrow view of "social justice" where groups, not individuals, are the only relevant actors, and where there is a set additive hierarchy of oppressed groups.

2. that "we are at war", in other words, that anything is permissible to win.

They think of themselves as the heirs to the civil rights movement and the anti-slavery movement and every righteous movement ever. But those movements tended to reject both 1 and 2. Note that the historical users of the phrase "social justice", mostly catholic activists and positive to paternalistic industry ("utopian socialism", model villages, worker communes etc. etc.), have especially little in common with modern SJWs

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (687 comments)

Now you're repeating exactly what I replied to with comment #48863757. No, it was not a falsehood, because the media rallied around Quinn largely to protect their own nepotistic behinds. Yes, there were no reviews, but that wasn't the allegation. Yes, the guy wrote many articles giving Zoe and the game publicity.

Do you think you're "drawing fire" by persisting to waste people's time or something? In that case, I'd like to inform you I haven't harassed anyone. So Zoe Quinn is going to get exactly as much (or as little) harassment as she otherwise would, regardless of whether you keep up this nonsense.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (687 comments)

Now you jump from one argument (that the central allegation of "corrupt media" in GG was a falsehood) to an entirely different one, without acknowledging any errors.

I did not even say that gamergate is "truly" about ethics in journalism. Gamergate is about many things, for different people. But the supposed disparity you point out is nothing nefarious about. It's easily explained by the other things people have done - both the things they have done in the past (e.g. having an encyclopedia dramatica track record) and the things they currently are doing.

If you ask me, I think it's far worse for people to have an affair with someone whose career they can make or break (whether they do so or not), than the opposite. But I also think that Zoe is cynical, attention seeking and abusive, from reading the Zoe post and the accounts of people who've worked with her. And it's really alarming that the gaming media circled the wagons to defend someone like that, just because the case made them look bad too.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (687 comments)

You've got a couple of small things wrong. Eron Gjoni never said she slept with a journalist "in order to get a good review". Go and read the post yourself. Even the job Quinn got (from a guy she was having an affair with), Gjoni said she probably would have gotten anyway, and certainly was qualified for.

You're right there's no review involved, but that was never the allegation. You are, however, wrong that there is no article involved. Depression Quest (and Zoe Quinn personally) got lots of positive press from Nathan Grayson.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Vintermann Re:Busted (687 comments)

No, slashdot are fricking amateurs in the clickbait business, and I've seen no evidence it gains them much. Even when they tried to pump unbreakablecoin yesterday (lol!), it barely made a dent in its price.

about a week ago

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