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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Learn About Game Theory and AI?

tsvk Yale course "Game Theory" on Youtube (152 comments)

Here is the complete Youtube playlist for the Yale course "Game Theory", lectured by Ben Polak. 24 lectures in total, about 1 h 15 min each.

Course description: This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and elsewhere.

I have had the intention of watching through this, but haven't had the time after the first few lectures. The material is recommended, though.


more than 3 years ago

Egypt Coming Back On the 'net

tsvk Party over... (137 comments)

Well, I guess their LAN party is over now.

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Goes Dark As Last ISP Pulls Plug

tsvk LAN party (323 comments)

It's like the Egyptians -- all 83 million of them -- are having the world's largest LAN party! :)

more than 3 years ago

What Every Programmer Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

tsvk Re:Not sure it belongs in an intro explanation, bu (359 comments)

Nice info, but as I have understood the sun.* package hierarchy is not part of standard Java and thus the FloatingDecimal class might not necessarily exist on a non-Sun JVM.

more than 4 years ago

TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification

tsvk Sequel? (262 comments)

Terminally III?

Is that, like, the sequel to Terminally II?

about 5 years ago

FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors

tsvk Hacked hardware? (329 comments)

Since the origin of the computers is unknown, the hardware cannot be trusted. The computers might be hacked and backdoored on the BIOS level. Modern BIOSes are quite sophisticated with a rich functionality, that can be misused invisibly from the OS' point of view.

more than 5 years ago

Navigating a Geek Marriage?

tsvk Rules of seeking relationship advice (1146 comments)

The first rule of seeking relationship advice on Slashdot:

1. Do not seek relationship advice on Slashdot.

more than 5 years ago

Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China

tsvk Very unfortunate... (426 comments)

"Next-Gen Nuclear Power Plant Breaks Ground In China"

Oh no, that is very unfortunate, I'm sad to hear about the breakage.

Do they yet know how much ground has been broken? Is it severely broken?

I suspect that this has been caused by the atomic radiation from the power plant.

Let's hope that the Chinese can get that ground fixed, they need all the space they need as there are so many of them.

more than 5 years ago

Linked In Or Out?

tsvk Privacy options (474 comments)

You seem to worry much about losing your privacy. Most social networking sites have rather extensive privacy settings, so you get to select in detail what should be revealed and to whom.

The problem of course then is that managing these privacy settings can be quite tricky, if you don't have a clear picture of what knobs you have available to turn.

Here is a rather recent and extensive walk-through of the most central privacy settings Facebook offers:


more than 5 years ago

McColo Takedown, Vigilantes Or Neighborhood Watch?

tsvk Two separate things here... (194 comments)

As I understood, the colo in question was not shut down per se, it was simply severed from its internet connectivity as its upstream/backbone internet providers terminated their contract with them. Nothing special about that; business relationships are initiated and terminated all over the world every day.

Consequently, there was no "vigilanteism" in the strict sense as such, where normals citizens take the law in their own hands and act as if they had higher authority than they really have.

It was simply a case of concerned security researchers going to the upstream providers with evidence and saying "look what scum you do business with by providing connectivity, this is bad for the internet on the whole and it hurts your reputation", and the ISPs in question took action. If innocent customers of the rouge colo got hurt when the lines got cut, then they simply have to suffer the consequences of picking a bad host to buy services from.

Of course, if the proof the security researchers had gathered also proved that the shut-down colo in question had committed crimes, then the appropriate authorities need to be involved. But that is another chain of events, separate from the disconnection of the lines.

more than 6 years ago

Is Windows 7 Faster Or Just Smarter?

tsvk Progress, right? (619 comments)

If the UI is now snappier and more responsive so that the user feels more happy with his user experience, isn't that still good progress even if in reality the speedup is only subjective? Everything that makes the user more content using the product is good, right?

more than 6 years ago


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