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

schneidafunk Re:Oh do shut up (202 comments)

Looking back at the comments, someone posted about the 1k limit after I posted my comment. That makes complete sense if they didn't have the space to implement all the rules.

The reason that castling is done with the king is because the king cannot legally move two squares, whereas the rook can. So that way it gives players the option of moving the rook without castling.

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

schneidafunk Re:Oh do shut up (202 comments)

I was unaware of that. If the competition is not implementing the full chess rules, then I'm a bit confused on how they call it chess. Is it that hard to add castling and pawn promotion? More likely they wouldn't own the record if they implemented those additional features.

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

schneidafunk Re:some rules *nearly* never come up (202 comments)

Ah interesting, I found a setting that will make it automatically accept a draw, so there is that option on some websites.

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

schneidafunk Re:some rules *nearly* never come up (202 comments)

I play chess online every day and have never used that site. Ever heard of chess.com or chessfriends.com? OTB stands for over the board, yes in meatspace. What do you mean it does not apply to tournament games? I was distinguishing between OTB games and online games, because in online games the draws are automatic, which is the case on both of the sites mentioned above. From what I can tell from that horrid website is it's a chess server, without a web interface. So did you actually program the chess rules? Do you have a 'claim draw' option or does it automatically draw (genuine question). I'm very tempted to waste time to play on that server and find out for myself. I have also made a chess website, but it does not have the ability to play other people. It's for analyzing your own games and creating chess puzzles. So congrats on doing that website if you are in fact Alexander Maryanovsky, because I know how hard it is. But your site is terribly out of date and you may want to update not just the UI but also the rules since that handbook I'm quoting is the official handbook that professional chess players use.

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

schneidafunk Re:some rules *nearly* never come up (202 comments)

Sorry I didn't have time to research before, because you know this thing called work. But here it is for you, I spent the time to look at the FIDE handbook instead of wikipedia. At 50 moves you can claim a draw, which is automatically implemented online at every chess website I've played on, but it's actually at 75 moves it legally ends as a draw whether or not you claim it in OTB tournaments. So we were both wrong.

Enjoy:

http://www.fide.com/fide/handb...

Section 9.6

'any consecutive series of 75 moves have been completed by each player without the movement of any pawn and without any capture. If the last move resulted in checkmate, that shall take precedence.'

Go fist yourself.

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

schneidafunk Re:Oh do shut up (202 comments)

Counter point - It's not chess if it doesn't implement all the chess rules. What it is, is impressive for being half done.

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

schneidafunk Re:some rules *nearly* never come up (202 comments)

Actually, it does end automatically. I've seen it happen playing chess online. In an OTB (over-the-board) game, I am convinced a draw would be agreed upon well beforehand unless one player was going for a time win.

Regardless, your selective quote left out the end: "In the 20th century it was discovered that some positions of certain endgames can only be won in more than fifty moves (without a capture or a pawn move). The rule was changed to include certain exceptions in which one hundred moves were allowed with particular material combinations. However, more and more exceptions were discovered and in 1992 FIDE abolished all such exceptions and reinstated the strict fifty-move rule."

3 days ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

schneidafunk Re:Odd choices of Heinlein stories to make into mo (254 comments)

I love stranger in a strange land, truly one of my favorite books, but I don't think it would make a good movie. The whole idea of aliens on mars seems played out.

about three weeks ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

schneidafunk harrison bergeron (154 comments)

I hope they didn't get the idea from Vonnegut; I recall it ending badly for those involved.

about three weeks ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

schneidafunk The dissent (105 comments)

A partial quote that summarizes the point clearly:

"The intensely personal and uniquely pervasive sphere of privacy in our personal computers requires protection that is clear, practical and effective. An overly complicated template, such as the one proposed by the majority, does not ensure sufficient protection. Only judicial pre-authorization can provide the effective and impartial balancing of the state’s law enforcement objectives with the privacy interests in our personal computers. Thus, I conclude that the police must obtain a warrant before they can search an arrested person’s phone or other personal digital communications device. "

about 1 month ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

schneidafunk Title (184 comments)

How is a third of the speed of light considered "close to the speed of light"?

about a month ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk Re:The website states exactly what yeast (50 comments)

I had to go back and check because you made me doubt myself. As stated in the article:

“As the yeast becomes more unique over time it contributes those characteristics to the flavour and the character of the beer, so potentially this is different than yeast used anywhere else,” said Wall.

“It’s been pretty much separated from mixing with any other yeast and is kept alive, so each batch you keep a little bit and use it in the next and it grows up more, the same thing can be done traditionally in a bakery.”

David Thiessen, a student from SIAST’s bioscience technology program, is using DNA techniques to characterize the genetic identity of GWBC’s proprietary yeast culture.

“Then they will see how close a match it is to an existing strain at yeast banks,” said Fuller.

about a month ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk Re:The website states exactly what yeast (50 comments)

I am by no means an expert. I have never made beer myself but have friends that take it very seriously. It's possible to start with a commercial strain and have it evolve into something your own.

Maybe this was a better link to post, although I found the first one more interesting:

  http://www.answers.com/Q/What_...

about a month ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

schneidafunk The real trade secret is the yeast (50 comments)

From my understanding, the most successful breweries are not as concerned about their recipes being stolen because they have a proprietary yeast strain that they own and no one else can get.

For example: http://globalnews.ca/news/1542...

about a month ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

schneidafunk FTA (452 comments)

Huh, check out this little tidbit from the charter:

" There is a limit of 100,000 lines of code for all time, not including
applications and demos. Code comments count, however. 3rd party libraries are
banned because they circumvent the intent of this limit. The vision is a
Commodore 64 ROM -- a fixed core API that is the only dependency of
applications. Currently, there are 80,668 lines of code."

about 2 months ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

schneidafunk Also in chess (224 comments)

I don't play video games but I'm an obsessed chess fan. There was recently a scandal with a player being banned for cheating. They never found the device, but it was assumed he was using a computer to help him win tournaments (and money).

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06...

about 2 months ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

schneidafunk Re:RTFA (167 comments)

What awesome thing have you designed which could make the world a better place? What's that? Nothing?

Actually I have invented things more useful than this 8th grade science experiment. But go ahead and assume whatever you want about me, as you did with this article.

about 2 months ago

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New facebook terms starting Jan 1st.

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "I just saw this pop up on facebook: "By using our services after January 1, 2015, you agree to our updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy and to seeing improved ads based on apps and sites you use. Learn more below about these updates and how to control the ads you see. "

and on clicking to read more there's this scary sounding sentence:
" And we're introducing improvements to ads based on the apps and sites you use off Facebook (online behavioral advertising) and giving you control. ""

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Predatory "scientific" journal exposed.

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "As a joke, two scientists that were getting spammed by a predatory scientific journal submitted a paper called "Get me off your f-cking mailing list". Apparently no one bothered to read the submitted research and it was accepted by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology.
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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea.""

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Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices."
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Federal review board says NSA phone data collection program is illegal

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  1 year,8 days

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama."
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NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:
Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.

what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...

Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes."

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Google patents an electronic throat tattoo

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source."

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Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:

Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.

Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.

On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.

The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds."

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Black boxes being installed in 96% of new cars

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge."
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Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said."

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Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?"
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Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 years ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "The most precise measurement of antimatter was published yesterday at the American Physical Society and a summary article written here.

From the article: Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680."

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Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 2 years ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages."
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