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Comment: Re:air doesn't provide feedback (Score 2) 151

by IDK (#40277855) Attached to: Neal Stephenson Reinventing Computer Swordfighting, Via Kickstarter

In Snowcrash Neal Stephenson describes how professional swordfighting works. He explains that it is very important to stop just a few centimeters after you have gone through your opponent so the sword would not get stuck, which is what would happen if you tried to do this in real life.

Comment: Re:Still not a sport, try as you may.. (Score 1) 351

by IDK (#37197758) Attached to: Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers
In a good RTS game the loser loses because he could't foresee an event or he could't figure out fast enough how to stop it. In most sports there may be strategy, but often the better team looses because the other team had one lucky point. How could the losing team foresee that lucky point?

Comment: Re:Still not a sport, try as you may.. (Score 2) 351

by IDK (#37192354) Attached to: Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

I guarantee that if I'm at the bar watching a White Sox game, and somebody turns it off in favor of some video game, there's going to be hell to pay.

If the video game supporters outnumber the 'real sport' supporters, I would think not... Instead of a game of who can be the smartest*, you prefer a sport where the luckiest win first and the best win second. * Where smartest here means the one who can outsmart the opponent, is better at strategy and can think faster.

Comment: Re:More clear (Score 1) 63

by IDK (#36849880) Attached to: Scientists Make Biochem "Brain" From DNA Strands
No built in mechanism no, but that is where genetic algorithms comes in. Say one would build this into a cell, that could multiply, and then you designed a virus that only let those you want to survive which you can kill by another chemical, then you would have a very cheap platform that can learn anything. Just make a tank of food, put a single of these cells in it. Wait a little, put some viruses in, wait a little, put some virus killer in and repeat.

Algol-60 surely must be regarded as the most important programming language yet developed. -- T. Cheatham

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