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Comment Re:First Ammendment (Score 4, Informative) 70

How can the State of California breach the 1st Ammendment. I was under the belief that the US Constitution said what the Federal government could do, and had no effect on the States themselves, which would each have their own constitution.

It used to be the case until the 14th amendment extended constitutional protection to all levels of government.

Comment Open your eyes and look around you (Score 2) 159

The wealth distribution gap between the rich and the poor is continuously widening. What makes you think that these scientific advancements will be equally available to all members of society?

This will lead to the inequality between the classes to become entrenched on the genetic level.

Comment Brave new world (Score 5, Insightful) 159

Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta.

Comment Re:Being a member of a union (Score 1) 594

It is all about balance. When the balance swings too far in the employers' favour, unions are needed to bring it back; but when the unions get out of hand, their power needs to be curtailed.

There was a teacher in my kids' school who actively sabotaged the children's education. She taught practically nothing and in the middle of the year got up and left for Mexico to live with her boyfriend or something like that. The teacher that replaced her had to cover a whole year's worth of material in less than half the time.

The next year, our heroine returned (maybe she had a falling out with her boyfriend) and got a class to teach. The parents were livid, but the school administration admitted that the teachers' union forced them to take her back, and there was no way they could get rid of her unless she started killing or raping students.

I am not against unions per se, but some of the aspects of unionization are harmful.
 

Comment Re:Did it 'cheat'? (Score 1) 191

I don't remember screaming anything, I tried to keep this conversation polite.
My fraud remark was about running undisclosed bots, which was what the original poster I replied to insinuated.

As for newcomer companies, I can see how having AI for players to play with will alleviate the problem of empty tables, but I also see how it would cause other problems. In no particular order:

Even assuming that everything is straight, level and upfront, it still creates the perception of a conflict of interests. After all, poker is played for money and now the house is perceived to have a stake in the game.

This will likely be disallowed by regulatory bodies, as it blurs the line between player vs player games and casino-style games. Regulators are a pain to deal with.

As I said, poker is played for money (I will address the play money case later), and arguably one of top (if not the top) players' goal is to win money. If the bots play too well, nobody would want to play them; if they play too badly, people will always try to play only against them.

In the case of play-money games, the reasons outlined above may not hold, but I fail to see the incentive of using such AIs in this case. Even the educational value is low since such AIs play very differently from humans (as per the article).

Now, there may be something I am missing in the picture, and you are more than welcome to point out any errors in my reasoning, but I suspect that without any hard data this will remain an academic argument.

Comment Re:Did it 'cheat'? (Score 1) 191

The original claim was that "online poker companies around the would would love to get their hands on the software and plug it into their system" and I do not think that we strayed that far from it.
My point is that (at least for the dominant player in the business) the drawbacks and risks outweigh any potential benefits to the point that it will not even be considered.
If failing to bring convincing arguments to the opposite makes me "contrarian", so be it.

Comment Re:Did it 'cheat'? (Score 1) 191

The problem with this approach is that it changes the role of the house in the game. In poker, as opposed to casino games, you can argue that the house is an impartial party, that has no stake in the outcome of the game. Should it change, it will open a big Pandora's box of complications that would keep many lawyers gainfully employed for a long time.

Comment Re:Did it 'cheat'? (Score 2) 191

#3 is not funny, it is a pain in the ass due to the number of hoops one needs to jump through and having the software flexible enough to support all the different requirements the regulators come up with.

I don't have publicly-accessible links to give you, but if you are interested to learn more about the subject, I suggest researching the French regulations from ARJEL and the Italian ones from AAMS.

Comment Re:Did it 'cheat'? (Score 2) 191

Running an undeclared bot that takes players' money is worse than cheating, it is criminal fraud (or possibly worse, I am not a law expert). The premise of poker is that you do not play against the house, you play against other players and pay the house for providing the venue. Given that the Libratus' play style measurably differs from a human's, it will be easily detected by analysis.

You might have as well suggested that the poker company fudge the amount of money in players' accounts and hope nobody notices.

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