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Comment: Re:"Lower quality"? (Score 1) 116

by geekoid (#47449583) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

".. inability to pause as needed, .."
not being able to sit still for two hours is an indicator of the patrons inabilities, not the movie experiences.

I love going to the Cinema. Granted, I usually try to go friday early afternoon, and I rarely buy concessions. Sometime nostalgia kick in and i'll indulge a little.

I would go in the evening if there was an usher there to toss people out. I'd pay a couple extra bucks a ticket for that.

Comment: Hey, idiot: (Score 1) 101

by geekoid (#47449199) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

HAHA, hoisted by your own petard.

ProTip: Don't grab a random quote from wikipedia.
I have a copy of it right here, and he says(Sir Friderick) : ..." the mean is more commendable then the excellence."
Meaning one should learn it, but to be the best he views it is the waste of time of the local courtiers. It based on observation of the Sapinish courtiers.
Later he goes on and talking about game besides chess(chestes) are there just for the common person to marvel at.

You really should try to understand what the fuck you are quoting from,, you look like an idiot.

Comment: Re:Not to detract from our roots... (Score 1) 100

by geekoid (#47448779) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

You think teaching chess is punishment?
You are seriously stupid. Kids grab onto chess at a really early age. Not all of them will continue, but they enjoy the basic learning, and it's a cheap, and easy way to each them how to think.

" I can't remember playing a single game of chess. "
You're loss. It teach better long term straevy, tactice then any game you mentioned., and it has a way to progress, should you choose, in a measurable way.
I've play all the game listed. Nothing is as pure for reasoning and strategy then chess.

"highschool geek back when the term meant something."
ah, scotsman fallacy coupled with ignorance, well done. Chess also teaches taking pride in thinking deeply. Based on you post, you could of used a few games of chess.

You are essentially saying "I've never played chess seriously, therefor it's not as good as these other game I played".
Stupid.

Since you seem to value this sort of thing I"m going to say it seen thought its not actually data:
I've been playing strategy games since 1972, and I still do. A few times a year me and about 14 friends rent a house and play games for 4 days.
I played chess in school pretty seriously, for a while. did well, but I never liked competing seriously as a child.

Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 100

by geekoid (#47448687) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Because chess is cheaper? more easily accessible? doesn't encourage bulling? create a civilized event?
Are we seriously at a point where on a nerd site, chess is being compared to hockey?
WTF, has the world gone mad?
Hockey has all the worse elements of society in it, Chess has all the best.

Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 100

by geekoid (#47448627) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

" Why spend time learning to play chess when I can write a program that will beat most humans? "
To develop thinking skills. Planning, changing, thinking many steps ahead.

Everything you learn from chess would make you a better computer programmer.

Also, I doubt you can right an algorithm that will beat most mediocre chess players. Try it some time.

Yes, you said most humans. If you literally meant most humans, well then duh. Most human don't know how to play.
"Even a novice programmer could create a very strong chess AI using information that's publicly available."
ah, you are a C&P programmer. Great. Like we need more of those.

"but it's largely a solved problem now, "
I don't think you know what that means, becasue it is not largely solved. Checkers is largely solved..
Of course what does largely solved mean? When speaking of an algorithm, either it's solved not or it's not.

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