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Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games 148

Posted by samzenpus
from the king-of-combat! dept.
sciencehabit writes The dream of an artificially intelligent computer that can study a problem and gain expertise all on its own is now reality. A system debuted today by a team of Google researchers is not clever enough to perform surgery or drive a car safely, but it did master several dozen classic arcade games, including Space Invaders and Breakout. In many cases, it surpassed the best human players without ever observing how they play.

Comment: Re:ut bright lights keep me awake. (Score 1) 253

by Trogre (#49124649) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

On desktops and laptops I use redshift-gtk. It sits in the background and gradually adjusts the gamma of your screen based on your longitude/latitude and the time of day. There is an icon in the system tray that you can click to manually turn it off to see the difference or if you briefly have a need to see colour-accurate content.

I don't recall what one I have used for Android, though I have used Nightfilter in the past that works well (though manual).

Comment: Re:ut bright lights keep me awake. (Score 4, Informative) 253

by Trogre (#49123535) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

Anyone reading screens at night should already have an automatic redshifter installed, unless you explicitly need to stay awake for some reason. I use them for all my desktops, laptops and tablets.

The difference on your eyes is, pun intended, night and day.

Comment: Re:Last week ... (Score 1) 290

by Trogre (#49108285) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

I have seen far too much of that sentiment. That someone with right-of-way is entitled to plough through whatever hazards may be present and consequences be damned. I have sat in a car and actually hear the driver, after taking part in a near-miss event at an intersection, say that it's okay because they would win if it ever went to court.

Little consolation indeed, if you have to go carless for four weeks while it's being panelbeaten back into shape, or six months in hospital.

If this sort of mentality ever finds you, a good counter-principle is this:
You never have the right of way until everyone else gives it to you.

Comment: Here's a few (Score 2) 353

by Trogre (#49082831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Here's what I use at present. I consider all of the highly useful.

Status-4-evar because no desktop browser should be without a status bar
Tab Mix Plus for its excellent session handling and handling of unread tabs.
Tree Style Tab for its correct placement of tabs on widescreen monitors (on the left, not at the top) and its absolutely wonderful hierarchical tree of tabs.
One of the many YouTube video downloaders
Flashblock for obvious reasons
Adblock, for when ads get to invasive.
Disable CTRL-Q Shortcut because 'q' is too close to 'w' on my keyboard.

Comment: Re:Your rights versus my rights (Score 1) 580

by Trogre (#49062955) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I'm just going to paste someone else's comment here to address this good question:

  by radarskiy (2874255) on 04:56 PM February 13th, 2015 (#49044679)

a) Vaccines make the chance of contracting the disease very low, but not exactly zero.
b) Carries of the diseases increase the opportunity of the disease to mutate into a form that the vaccine doesn't protect.
c) Some people are allergic to the vaccine and must depend on everyone around them being vaccinated.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas