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Comment: a phone (Score 2) 237

by Paradise Pete (#49472401) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament
When I was actively playing tournament chess the computer world champion program was about as good as a mid-level club player. It ran on a big mainframe at Northwestern University. Most strong players were sure that a computer would never be able to beat a human grandmaster. And now a damn phone wrapped in toilet paper can do it.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 2) 342

by Paradise Pete (#49471999) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

No but he was a dipshit that bought the ticket. 100% rookie move.

A partner would be both expensive and risky. So far, the only evidence they seem to have is that somebody messed with the camera, and that he had "an interest in root kits". Well he's the security director. Not exactly a shocking revelation. Would you convict on those two facts? I don't think you can. If forensics on the computer don't reveal anything I'd say he walks. All the way to the bank.

Comment: Re:I do (Score 1) 290

especially since they don't make a left-handed one

I'm left-handed and wear my watch on the right. As a result I've always had the crown on the wrong side. But if you flip around the Apple watch it handles it properly. So if I get one it will be the first watch I've owned with the crown on the proper side.

Comment: Re:Never (Score 1) 181

by Paradise Pete (#49456909) Attached to: Autonomous Cars and the Centralization of Driving

Especially in the future when we can sell cars that are fully automated and do not need any of the controls that humans use to drive a car -- the steering wheel, pedals, switches, etc. -- I expect they will actually be cheaper than non-autonomous cars.

At that point you don't need the front seats, so they can be made smaller. You don't need glass everywhere, so they can be made stronger and safer. And the back seat cabin could be made extremely protective of its passengers.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.