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42 Artificial Intelligences Are Going Head To Head In "Civilization V" 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the race-to-build-Himeji-Castle dept.
rossgneumann writes The r/Civ subreddit is currently hosting a fascinating "Battle Royale" in the strategy game Civilization V, pitting 42 of the game's built-in, computer-controlled players against each other for world domination. The match is being played on the largest Earth-shaped map the game is capable of, with both civilizations that were included in the retail version of the game and custom, player-created civilizations that were modded into it after release.

Comment: Physically disable the microphone (Score 3, Interesting) 309

by kolbe (#49018449) Attached to: Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

If it bugs you enough, like it did with me and my H7150 Smart 60", you can open casing and disconnect the microphone. Took about an hour due to all the screws and the button panel, but the silly microphone can just be unplugged from its source board once you get to it. Smart View Voice Control just complains "it can't hear" now.

Problem solved.

+ - Bill Nye Botches Deflate-Gate Science 1

Submitted by spiedrazer
spiedrazer (555388) writes "It looks like America's favorite non-scientist science authority has weighed in on the physics of the NE Patriots Deflate-Gate "scandal", saying that to change the pressure in a football, you need to have a needle to either let air in our out. This, of course, completely ignores the Ideal Gas Law and the effect that changing temperature would have on the pressure of the gas within the ball. MIT did a "slightly" more scientific look at the physics here and found a pretty significant effect.

I didn't realize that Bill Nye had so little science background, but from his wikipedia page: "Nye began his professional entertainment career as a writer/actor on a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington, called Almost Live!. The host of the show, Ross Shafer, suggested he do some scientific demonstrations in a six-minute segment, and take on the nickname "The Science Guy".[14] His other main recurring role on Almost Live! was as Speedwalker, a speedwalking Seattle superhero.""

Comment: Re:How does Microsoft test with USERS? (Score 4, Interesting) 378

by kolbe (#48906357) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Just PM'ed a buddy of mine in Cloud and Enterprise Engineering @ Redmond, WA. about this. He says he uses Windows 2012 Server as his desktop and VMWare Workstation running Slackware Linux on it. Yeah, seems weird, but he says he is more efficient that way.

Comment: Re: noooo (Score 1) 560

by kolbe (#48723281) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record

Is it too difficult to use google? The top hit goes to wattsupwiththat:

Or even look at John Coleman's points? Wattsupwiththat even pops in the top 3 of that even:

Objectively, unbiasedly and openly stated: We do not have all the answers and it's bullshit to assume we know we do.

Comment: Re: noooo (Score 1) 560

by kolbe (#48721321) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record

I take it you were not even alive in the 1960's and 1970's, but that's okay as you can google it and find plenty of media articles on the subject. The particular portion of science I am referring to is the lack thereof in the entire GM agenda as none of it is peer reviewed nor capable of being proven due to lack of evidence. The Earth works in different ways at different times; Ways we only started discovery of when official record keeping began in 1914. Sure, tree rings, ice packs and geological layers give us some insight into the past, but it is far from "proven" by any means and no "climate model" to date can even predict the weather for TOMORROW, let alone the past or future.

You are on /., I urge you to look at this from an unbiased and logical perspective: We don't have all the answers, so why assume someone does when no evidence can prove it?

Comment: Re: noooo (Score 1) 560

by kolbe (#48718939) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record

One of the best skeptical views originates from the founder of "The Weather Channel" and highly published personality: John Coleman.

If you read what he says and notice just how much of what he says is flat out ignored by mainstream media, it makes you really question the whole global warming myth. I still call bullshit on global warming... it is as misdirected as the 1970's global iceage scare was.

Comment: TOR (Score 2) 145

by kolbe (#48681249) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

After Edward Snowden and others came out showing that neither Apple nor Google give 2 shits about their customer's privacy, I've switched to using TOR. Not only that, I limit what my Android phone can see on my PC by ONLY allowing it to connect to a VM running from VirtualBox and of course using a custom Android build.

It's time people give these fuckers the middle finger... They make enough off of us already.

Comment: Re:For friends and family, I want to be there. (Score 2) 70

by kolbe (#48609255) Attached to: Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

How is this any different than saying goodbye when they are alive?

My uncle recently passed from Parkinson's and he had his death on Skype...

Yes, that is correct, his last few hours on this earth were streamed over a Skype call. I thought it was a good way for family to say goodbye to him though and he said mumblingly that it felt like most of the family was there in his final hours, which was his final request. The Skype thing really helped get more people "there", particularly the ones unable to fly to him due to monetary or personal requirements.

Eureka! -- Archimedes