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Comment: Yes and No (Score 1) 309

by Wargames (#49018479) Attached to: Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

Back in the olde days of IBM PCs and telephones, when Interactive Voice Recognition was in its wee infancy, I had to train our Scott Intruments voice recognizers to hear the difference between 'yes', 'no', and 'garbage'. We recorded all the utterances and when it was time to train, a human, namely me, would listen to them and tell the software what it was supposed to have heard. It was occaisonally amusing what people would say in a two second recording in response to the question: "Press 1 or say yes to accept this collect call."

Comment: Re:I am cynical (Score 1) 589

by Wargames (#48626529) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Totally in agreement. I would go further and say that it is not only in bad taste, it is probably illegal. I mean, the plot of the movie seems to be the killing a living person, whether he is a leader or not is irrelevant. How could this be funny? They could have chosen someone fictitious or historical as the arch-villain but they didn't. I can't believe how many people on slash.dot seem unaware of how blatantly evil this is. Mod parent up.

I would hack your ass into global thermonuclear war if you did this movie about me.

Comment: Re:As an actual, full-time chess coach... (Score 1) 128

by Wargames (#47449889) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Agreed. RFID'ing chess pieces, brain implants, insane! Why can't they simply learn the rules? It's not that complicated.

I taught after school chess for several years after I was laid off after 9/11 and ensuing telecom crisis-debacle. Parents and teachers believed chess was good for the children and gave me the opportunity to share my expert knowledge. The per-hour pay was not half bad, based on number, but the number of hours per week was small. You never know who is going to be the next Magnus Carlsen or Susan Polgar and make a life of it. There was an equal mix of girls and boys in my classes which ranged from 8 to 42 kids, aged 6 to 16. One school I taught at most kids had ADD and/or Aspberger's who particularly loved chess and teachers said chess was measurably beneficial for their performance in other classes.

Chess teaches kids valuable life skills such as the ability to analyze, have patience and consideration, develop strategies and tactics and understand the difference, make decisions under pressure given time and resource constraints, take calculated risks, and of course sportsmanship and a good bit of psychology, etc. while still being a safe activity. I suppose tennis teaches many of the same things too, while giving good exercise to the body, however, tennis courts take up a lot more space and tennis probably has more injuries. GO too is a great game, I look forward to the time it reaches the international standing of chess. GO is an even simpler game from a rules point of view but a more complex, in terms of combinations and strategy. Perhaps we are not ready for it.. it boggles my mind. Philosophically, it is difficult to say whether one pastime is better than another, but kids do love chess!

To sum it up, If you want more people teaching or playing chess, you have to value it more. Despite the $1,000,000 tournament in Vegas putting down $1000 for the entry fee is taking a gamble even if you are a sandbagger. There is little money in chess playing unless you are at the top, writing books, or organizing $1,000,000 chess tournaments. Alas, there are benefits from chess that you can't buy with money. I personally got a lot out of teaching chess, but I have to pay a mortgage and support a family, so I am a much better valued programmer. It's good to see that there are chess scholarships now and chess popularity is exploding. I can only imagine a day when a chess coach gets paid like an NBA coach, football coach, or soccer coach...., not.

Comment: KEDIT and Rexx (Score 1) 359

I use Kedit www.kedit.com for everything text based. In my hands, it is the best... a veritable Swiss Army knife. I mostly code in text based languages ABAP, C, C#, Python, Javascript, Java, Natural, and COBOL. My favorite all-time language is Rexx which it's varient Kexx is the macro language for Kedit.

Comment: Re:danger will robinson (Score 1) 688

by Wargames (#47067101) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

The objectives of core standards are admirable and the approach makes sense to me. Teach everyone core concepts in a simple way and make it so they actually understand what they are doing.


It needs to be tempered with everyone learns at their own pace so that people like me, who were able to solve problems like 2 to the 5th power in first grade, aren't held back by other people who are still trying to understand that 32 - 12 is the same as concat(3-2, 2-2).

I think maths should be rolled up into programming. Math notation as I see it is atrocious. Kenneth Iverson comes to mind.

Comment: Re:What was the "huge mistake" by Anand? (Score 2) 131

by Wargames (#45495717) Attached to: 22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion

The players were interviewed after the game. The "blunder" was discussed. My impression was (from what both Anand and Carlsen said in the interview) was that the natural move Bf1 was insufficient, so without much consideration Anand chose the alternative Nf1. Since he did analyze Bf1 as insufficient, and Nf1 was the only alternative, and time on his clock is a factor this IMHO is not a blunder. There were only two moves in the position, Nf1 and Bf1. After Nf1, the game is lost for white, even against a fairly weak player (computer put it at around -7 pawns). After Bf1 it was probably still lost against Carlsen (computer put it at nearly -1 pawn). I think his error was allowing the protected passer at b3. In one of the interviews, Anand said it right, "in a bad position, all moves are bad".

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