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Comment: Re:a phone (Score 1) 237

by NeoMorphy (#49475733) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

They hired GM Joel Benjamin and other GMs as a consultant. He studied Kasparov's career for Deep Blue. He could play games against it and help tune it against Kasparov.

I'm willing to bet that they took all of his openings and had Deep Blue put some serious time looking for potential novelties(maybe months) and when they were found, a team of GMs would decide if it was good enough to put into Deep Blue's opening database. They basically nullified Kasparov's repertoire. Studying your opponents games before a match is standard OP. Joel and IBM got to prepare against Kasparov, but he did not get to prepare against Deep Blue.

Comment: Re:Who cares about this guy? (Score 1) 237

by NeoMorphy (#49475643) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

There isn't a smartphone that can take on a GM, especially under those conditions. If he used it for every move, he would probably lose on time, you get close to 3 minutes a move(40 moves/90 minutes, 30 seconds added per move, then 30 minutes sudden death). He would probably use most of that time round-trip, his opponent would get serious time odds against a smartphone! It's not going to come up with anything amazing in 30 seconds.

But, you could setup a powerful server at home to run a chess program like Houdini and access it remotely with your smart phone. You would still have to carefully pick when you used it and memorize multiple lines.

Comment: Re:Humanity is lost (Score 3, Informative) 290

With a smart watch you do not have to take your phone out of your pocket every time you want "check the time"/"see who is calling(ignore,answer)"/"check a text, respond to text"/"look at a notification". While raking leaves yesterday, I was able to play music(Google Play radio) from my phone and control it with the watch, if I didn't like the song I used the watch to go to the next song. So much more convenient than pulling the phone out each time. I also use the watch as a trusted device so I don't have to enter a code each time. If I forget the phone, the watch alerts me when I am out of range.

The Apple watch is still stupid. Too expensive and the battery life is short. I get ~7 days out my pebble.

Comment: Re:"Unpowered" Energy ;) (Score 1) 128

Gravitational potential energy converted to elastic potential energy which is then reversed. Heat is generated during the process, but probably not as much heat from the normal walking process.

Your argument about adding weight to a system causing it to use more energy would make sense if you were always going uphill. If you are still at ground level that probably isn't true. The Prius is heavier than a normal car(additional weight of battery and electric motor), but it still ends up being more fuel efficient than any other mid-size car.

My issue with using such a device is that walking is great exercise and making it easier would reduce the benefits. It would also make your ankles weaker. I used to love wearing high-tops sneakers until I noticed this problem.

Comment: It depends, chat, phone, sometimes both. (Score 1) 115

by NeoMorphy (#49216549) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

I can multitask multiple chats, but I can only focus on one phone conversation at a time. If multiple people are involved on a problem then a bridge is used.

Sometimes I will use chat while on the phone to type out the commands they need to use or to communicate a list of servers. I can also share a monitor screen while talking on the phone.

If the problem is non-trivial, then chat by itself is a pain. I can talk and listen while looking at servers, but if I had to communicate via chat only, it would be a continuous interruption.

The problem with meeting rooms is that it is rare that full attention is needed and I can't do real work at the same time in the meeting room.

If it's social and not work related, I prefer in person.

Comment: Re:Science... Yah! (Score 4, Insightful) 958

by NeoMorphy (#48968031) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Even without the added sugar, fruit juice is not good for you. It would be better to eat the original fruit than to take a bunch of them and run them through a juicer so you can get an instant sugar high. When you eat the original fruit it takes your body longer to extract and use the sugar.

Comment: Use reading glasses (Score 1) 464

by NeoMorphy (#48718597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

You can get reading glasses for less than twenty dollars that will work much better for computer work. I tried progressive glasses and had the same problems, after I lost the progressive glasses I grabbed a pair of reading glasses and it was so much better that I couldn't bring myself to replace the progressive glasses. When they start to show wear I replace them with another pair of reading glasses.

Comment: Re:freedom 2 b a moron (Score 1) 1051

by NeoMorphy (#48585307) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Some people can't get vaccinated because of medical reasons. Also vaccinations do not have a 100% effectiveness. If too many people decide to not get vaccinated then an outbreak could spread through all of those people and the ones where the vaccination didn't take as well as the people who could not get a vaccination. If the percentage of people who were successfully vaccinated is high enough then you will have individual cases here and there.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 1051

by NeoMorphy (#48583613) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

If your body is part of a society that is using vaccines to reduce or even eradicate a harmful disease then you need to realize that your "natural right" is violating the rights and safety of that society. Even if you become a hermit, unless you can guarantee that you will never physically interact with other humans, you are a risk.

If someone is against being vaccinated are they thinking "You will not expose me to weakened or dead microorganisms, and in return I will become a potential host for potent versions of those same microorganisms that I can then expose others to against their will". It seems hypocritical to be against the first but okay with the second. Or are they thinking nobody will get infected? We see outbreaks happening now, and you know it's not the vaccinated ones causing it.

I feel sorry for the children, they don't know any better. It reminds me of the children of "Christian Scientists" who die needlessly because their parents used prayer instead of modern medicine.

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1128

by NeoMorphy (#48457479) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I wouldn't call "Burning and looting stores" taking direct action against a failed system.

That type of behavior is like a child smashing things during a temper tantrum. It only causes them more problems and reinforces a negative image. Peaceful protests and programs that improve the neighborhood and youth programs would have been more beneficial.

A failed system isn't going to get fixed if they wage a violent war against it. They will only force it to use more resources against them. A lot of money and resources are wasted that could have been used to fund positive programs. I'm not saying that the wasted resources would have been used to fund positive programs, but there's not much chance now.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson