Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player
Wouldn't another robot which knows of all possible decisions of this particular robot be better that this "Perfect Robotic Player"?
Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling
Ten ways you can tell if Russia has invaded Ukraine.
A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
You had it easy. I once worked with a whole team of them.
Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014
You confused Fortran with Cobol. Yes, Cobol would stick around for decades because of legacy code in all the banks, insurance, government and other institutions.
On the other hand, Fortran is also a language of choice for cutting edge research where no legacy code exists and program development is done from scratch.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
That is right. Also do not forget hairdressers and telephone sanitizers.
P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe
From the summary, it is just a circular reasoning. The scientist has a good reason to believe that P=/=NP because other scientists have a good reason to believe that P=/=NP. Therefore there is a connection between P=NP? problem to the quantum theory. One had to understand theory is simply substituted by another hard to understand theory in a hope that since the connection is also hard to understand everyone would believe it is all connected.
That also reminded me of reasoning that how brain functions (or what human's mind is) can be explained by quantum theory. No one fully knows (yet) how brain functions and how the mind manifests in the brain so it must be connected to the [equally hard to explain] quantum theory.
Two theories have open conjectures =/=> these theories are related.
NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis
Time and time again, the USA has taken territory it could have just kept for itself, but we insist on giving it back to the people we took it from.
Well, it is obvious that you are wrong here. US could not have kept Iraq (as in "annexed" Iraq). It did not have to either considering that it usually installs puppet governments around the world. Even though it fails again and again, it is not for the lack of trying. This tactic would surely fail in Ukraine too.
Russia, on the other hand, can and will keep Crimea.
Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'
No, it is rather interesting how this airliner is deflecting discussion from MtGox's $400-450million lost money... Oh wait, the cost of Boeing 777 is surprisingly close to what MtGox "lost" in his snafu...
Coincidence? I think not!
Just giving a hint to the investigators of both cases...
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
I just drop a pile of papers on the staircase, and then repeat if they did not land in the right order.
Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle
Or you could spend three times that on a Bentley and have a reupholstered Volkswagen Phaeton that delivers all the mileage of a 1980s pickup truck (and is also less reliable).
Over priced as the Model S is, that price is going no where but down, and range is going to go up.
So what does it mean for Tesla's resale value? Did Consumer Reports take car's resale value into account?
Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
Apparently you focus on mere feasibility of the simulation project, not its purpose.
Some possible signs to determine if we're living in a simulation created by humans
Is there any sex interaction?
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
Yeah, Excel 2013 and PowerPivot can even create relational data models out of them. That vendor was not aware of that either. To him, any spreadsheet = a table in SQL Server, no difference.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
While SQL query design (with heavy checkpoint/drop down menu/etc UI) is sometimes useful, its ability to build queries with complicated logic is rather limited. It is good to write basic stuff or to learn basics of SQL writing, but people usually quickly move on to text mode in writing their SQLs.
I personally enjoyed solving complicated problems by writing a suitable query to our database. I liked a lot to tune my queries' performance, it felt like creating art.
My joy is about to end as our managers decided to buy a new software package from a vendor who did not see a difference between a relational database and Excel spreadsheets. Their approach to queries? No text mode, drop down menus for everything, logic of them is limited to simple joins and filters. One of that vendor's representatives said that we would not need tables other than to do simple lookups. Granted, their primary audience has never been IT professionals, so I am glad that my contribution to this project will end when the data is migrated to the new "better" system. I pity its future users though.
But... the software cannot be bad if millions are spent on it, right?
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Exactly. The reason no-one RTFA is because it's usually shit, and they probably read it two days ago anyway. The comments are the interesting bit. Slashdot isn't a news site, it's a debate site.
No, it is not "debate" nor "argument" site. It is a "contradiction" site.
Game Review: Path of Exile (Video)
There is nothing in developing your character that could go so wrong that deleting the character and re-creating it would not be able to fix.
Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC
Wars have bigger ROI.
Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
What suicide rate can they have?
Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees
TFA does not discuss/state that IT =/= STEM, but it points out how unexpectedly small intersection of IT and STEM seems to be.
FAA May Let You Use Electronic Devices During Airplane Takeoff and Landing Soon
Why can't you use phones on plans
Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan
Russians might be saying this just to play nice and let Obama with Kerry keep their face.