You doubt that Apple would sue the pants off you if you did the same thing in your basement and posted instructions on a website regarding how you did it? Go ahead, try... see what happens.
Yeah. Like this? http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
And I do know that words have more than one meaning. That's what I was trying to clarify in the first place in this thread. That when someone says "well it's not technically solved" they are not necessarily just being a dink about it, but there is a well-accepted sense in which random sampling is not enough.
Like how they Jonathan's team solved checkers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solved_game#Solved_games It took 18 years of computation. It was a pretty big deal when it finally finished.
You cannot test every possible variation in chess, I agree. It would be neat if someone could come up with some sort of proof that certain classes of positions end a certain way under perfect play, that would save you a lot of searching. I believe they actually have done that, it's called an endgame tablebase http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endgame_tablebase
Just because something is hard or even impossible doesn't mean the burden of proof should be lowered. We use precise terms for a reason, so that they can continue to mean something precise.
Chess is a deterministic, full information game. There is nothing that is random, unlike a game like Backgammon and there is nothing that is unknown, unlike a game like Poker. You may not care about proving things in this domain, but some people do. To them it is warranted to ask a perfectly well formulated logical question like "Does there exist an opening move for player A for which player A is guaranteed to win if he plays perfectly." And by play perfectly, I mean "Whatever B does, there exists a response (that A can find) leads A to win." This would mean that from the initial state, player B cannot win. This is interesting (to some people).
There exist a large (but finite) number of board positions that can be reached from the given starting point. You can say "I checked billions of the sequences of moves, and in all of them A could win with perfect play, so my analysis of the chess opening is that A wins. I'm super confident." However, without a proof, you cannot say "I solved the problem and have determined A wins."
Note: I'm not saying this work is uninteresting, just that those pointing out that solve is being used incorrectly are justified.
It is my understanding that experts and scientists opinions are not respected when making policy decisions. Our scientists are frequently muzzled. The long form census was recently changed. We have new crime policy that is unsupported by experts. Environment Canada has been cut drastically. I believe that our science minister does not believe in evolution. Experts, statisticians, and scientists have spoken out, have resigned, and have protested. Nevertheless, the majority of Canadians do not seem to care.
Kyoto is only the most recent item. Whether the decision was right or wrong for the environment, the fact is that the decision was political. Canada, today, is anti-science.
Now I don't know the OP's situation, but I'm in a small business. I only have a handful of employees and each one requires months of training before they are effective in their roles in our workflow. In the time that they are not effective, I have to pull 80 hour weeks to do their job and mine. Further, it costs me thousands (a real percentage of our yearly revenue) to advertise, interview, hire, and retrain someone else. I don't have the resources or space to have multiple staff for each role, so if someone just quits on me, it's a disaster. Again, maybe not the OP's situation, but I'm surprised how many posts here think their employer is a faceless entity that would fire them in a second. NOT ALL BUSINESSES ARE LIKE THAT.
Us bosses are not all unreasonable. Many of us have had to make tough decisions leaving one place for a better opportunity. I've actually had this conversation with each of my employees. I tell them: "if you are ever unhappy or you start feeling like the grass is greener somewhere else, let's talk about it. If the difference between keeping you and losing you is a few dollars or benefits, I want to work with you to find something that works for both of us."