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+ - Researchers 'Solve' Limit Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The best limit Texas Hold'Em poker player in the world is a robot. Given enough hands, it will never, ever lose, regardless of what its opponent does or which cards it is dealt.
Researchers at the University of Alberta essentially "brute forced" the game of limit poker, in which there are roughly 3 x 10^14 possible decisions. Cepheus runs through a massive table of all of these possible permutations of the game—the table itself is 11 terabytes of data—and decides what the best move is, regardless of opponent."

Comment: Re:In My Experience... (Score 1) 31

by moehoward (#46515333) Attached to: Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

Yes. Quite a bit. Diet and exercise for one in a major way, but really slowly over time. Screening programs for pancreatic, prostate, colon, and other cancers. Involvement in long-term studies. Chose not to have any more kids after I found out. How I will approach reproduction/adoption discussion with my own kids in case they are carriers. Makes ya think...

Comment: In My Experience... (Score 2) 31

by moehoward (#46515121) Attached to: Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

I have one of the BRCA1 mutations (there are several known varieties) that causes a greatly heightened risk of some cancers. Not just breast cancer in women, but a very high risk of ovarian cancer as well. For both women and men, the risks of pancreatic, colon, and others are raised. For men, the risk of prostate cancer is greatly increased. The pancreatic and ovarian cancers are especially nasty, but all risk factors here require heightened vigilance for continual screening throughout life.

I have quite a few family members with the mutation and many without it. There are just as many idiotic, brain defective family members both with it and without. I am not one of them.

So, that pretty much solves the science on that one. Next?

Comment: Parking Preference Anger? (Score 1) 11

Too many places allow "eco-friendly" cars better parking spaces, much like disabled. So, I could see anger directed due to that reason.

I disagree strongly with the parking space preferential treatment.Why should a business/municipality want gas guzzling cars to drive even further up the parking garage or parking lot burning all that fuel and warming globes even more? Shouldn't we want gas guzzlers to park ASAP so that they get turned off quicker? The electric cars should be parked furthest away. Besides, they are such a joy to drive as they result in the driver's farts not smelling.

Comment: Where was the Press? (Score 5, Insightful) 494

by moehoward (#45514341) Attached to: and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

While there is plenty of blame to go around, I am still left wondering where the investigative journalism was regarding the true progress of ACA implementation as the 3 years progressed up to this point.

So, while the press is justifiably having a field day with the sheer incompetence displayed here, where were they while all this was developing?

Comment: Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 3) 1232

by moehoward (#42387759) Attached to: New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

I have a FOID card, but do not own a gun. Sorry that so many here do not understand the difference. There is no gun in my home, but I would appear on such a map. Is that really right? I think not. Why not an "armed robbery" registry? Murderer registry? Speeding ticket registry? Drunk driver registry? Car accident-causer registry? Etc., etc. ...

At least the fact that I have a FOID card indicates that I have been vetted by the state police. To me, that makes me a safer neighbor than one who has not been vetted by the government. Right?

Comment: Re:Good and all but... (Score 2) 193

by moehoward (#40069327) Attached to: Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair

You would follow up with an ERCP, which is expensive.

The current CA19-9 blood test is not reliable in many individuals, but is a relatively inexpensive blood test to check for pancreatic cancer. If you baseline with CA19-9 and use the test on a regular basis, it seems pretty good right now. I guess I can't see this kid's test being 28 times cheaper than a CA19-9 test, but I could see it being 28 times cheaper than an ERCP.


Comment: Hansen Must Go (Score 0, Flamebait) 1181

by moehoward (#39685731) Attached to: Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

Hansen needs to resign. He is abusing his post at NASA and tainting the agency with his political activism. His problem is that NASA gives him a platform, and he feels that he can't give it up because he will lose his voice with the press. He is exactly the type of scientist that the public despises. Scientists that I know obsess with finding out why their theory/science/findings are wrong. They want to be proven wrong. Hansen comes off as a nut job and does not possess the skepticism that makes a good scientist. Almost everyone sees right through his charade.

The fact that most climate science is not peer-reviewed causes folks like me to just toss it all to the side. Back in the Kyoto talks, we were TOLD that if no action was taken, then the point of no return was something like 2007. Well? Based on that "science", nothing we do can help anyway. Your Prius just makes your farts smell like roses, according to "science".

Comment: Duh. Liars Lie. (Score 1) 220

by moehoward (#39412615) Attached to: Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

I worked for these folks many years ago. The "entitlement" culture bordered on paranoia. If a corporation could be labeled with DSM criteria, then the upper echelon certainly made sure the company met such a diagnosis. E-mails were repeatedly sent to all employees regarding how to vote and how to petition your government representatives. Walking in the door at 7 in the morning often meant mandatory (or seemingly) signing of petitions for government action. Don't sign? Well, an after coffee 9am phone call from HR was in works for you. Or better yet, a sit down with the local HR droid.

I did quit, but not before actually being promoted twice for speaking my mind both publicly and privately, in an anon coward sort of way.

This sort of pressure will bring this company down. They thrive on crap. Their shareholders are tossing money in to the legal game. They knew 15 years ago that the day of reckoning was closing in. The business model is unsustainable, but it is a freaking huge business.

F them and the horse they rode into town on.


Comment: Re:And the Point is What? Testing Illegal Stuff? (Score 1) 81

by moehoward (#37740684) Attached to: Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

Well, nobody uses their Bluetooth headsets or hands-free mode. So, your point is moot.

But, it is a fact that you can be ticketed for using your phone in hands-free mode. You also can be held responsible for using your phone in hands-free mode if you are in an accident. Distracted driving is an offense in many/most places in the US/world. Even in Chicago, IL, US, it is illegal to use your phone while biking. There is a proposal in Chicago to ban using your phone while walking.

FYI - My car has been hit twice (each over $5,000 in damage) by people who were distracted. One on a cell phone and the other reading his day planner. Both were ticketed for the same offense... distracted driving or whatever it is officially called. Even though the cell phone law was in place, the police/troopers did not/would not issue a citation for that offense because the distracted driving law had a lot of history and was more enforceable. I 100% agreed with them on that. The cell phone laws are duplicate laws made for political points.

Comment: And the Point is What? Testing Illegal Stuff? (Score 1) 81

by moehoward (#37740198) Attached to: Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

So, what is the point of this???? It is illegal to use cell phones while driving in a whole bunch of places, and the list is growing all the time. I need coverage in my home, client's offices, tall buildings with offices not near windows, airports, city parks, restaurants, etc. Not my car. So what is the big deal with focusing so much testing doing something that is both dangerous and potentially illegal???

Comment: Can We Have a Story from 2011? (Score 1) 66

by moehoward (#37052360) Attached to: Researcher Predicts Your Next Facebook Friend

I quit Facebook all three times. Can this guy predict my first friend on Google+? It has been a lonely, lonely 6 weeks.

I don't want to pay the research cash for a Stanford guy to make this prediction for me. So, maybe I can get a discount and have some MIT geeks figure it out for free?

And yeah, you don't have to mention the MIT grads I know who won't accept my G+ invites. We don't need to discuss that. I just want to know who and when!!!!!!

So, so lonely here online. So lonely....


Comment: File Cabinet and Electronic (Score 5, Informative) 371

by moehoward (#35991380) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

I follow IRS rules and keep 7 years of documents. When possible, I have bills electronically sent to me and I simply file them in folders in G-mail.

Each January, I create a new set of file folders (physical) that mirror the previous year's folder structure. Then, I shred the files from 8 years ago. Takes an entire hour. My files for current year and past year are in the top drawer of a 4-drawer file cabinet. The other 5 years' stuff is stored 2 drawers down. The 2nd drawer holds things like insurance info and instructions/directions (indirections??) for house-hold "stuff". The bottom drawer is for home-owners stuff, personal stuff. etc.

My work files are stored under my desk in a double-drawer horizontal filing cabinet. It holds all things work-related. But, the top drawer closest to me holds anything that is currently going on in my life, so that I have instant access when I get phone calls, e-mails, etc. On top of that, I have an organizer on my desk that holds really, really current stuff that would include stuff that I will be working with on any given day.

I have been doing this for years, and it works, as long as you keep a maintenance routine. Easy habits to get into and I am never searching through piles like I see others doing. My desk stays neat and organized and I always have what I need for any day right in front of me.

Being organized like this is essential to increasing personal productivity and producing quality work.

It is stupidly easy, but I would say that maybe less than 5% of people can achieve a high-level of organization.

Your question might come across as dumb to other slashdotters, but I find it incredibly relevant.

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