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Comment Online Poker Turing test? (Score 4, Insightful) 164

I've never used an online gambling site, but doesn't the existence of this AI kill off the fairness of these sites?

If a user is running this in his or her basement, wouldn't it pay more to just babysit the AI, acting on all the human-check capchas the sites deploy, and just doing what the AI decides?

This makes online poker effectively gold farming?

Comment Lets turn the dial to zero then (Score 5, Insightful) 158

How about we give him exactly what he wants.

And remove the regulations that forbid or make difficult municipal internet & Wifi?

And remove the regulations that make it harder for groups to even attempt to enter the last mile to compete?

I mean, if we're gonna roll back regulations, lets roll them back!

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Comment This needs to go live. (Score 1) 11

More so than slashdot beta, crud like this is going to sink these once famous brands.

SlashdotMedia needs to post this, include a link to their lame-duck response if need be, and let the discussion go where it may.

It's one thing to keep these brands and sites going past their prime, it's another to *actively* tarnish the brands to extract what ad dollars they have left.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Comment How do buy it now? (Score 1) 63

It seems that LORD is in a weird copyright state.


Original developer sold the rights, but the company that holds those rights seems to have gone MIA. It seems he's tried reaching out to them, but they're not responding to him or anyone else, or even new sales. He still has the sources, but legally cannot release them.

All it would take is these guys:


to grant permission, and LORD *COULD* be ported to more modern systems, rather than trying to figure out bizzare ways to emulate a 16bit systems and expose them to the public internet.

(or waiting 70+ years)

Comment Re:Replaceable computer (Score 1) 317

This is not an insurmountable problem -- so long as the 'head' is user-upgradeable, and offers all and any 'modern' connections.

The Interface to the car's electronics has largely been stable. IIRC the CAN/ODB/ODB2 bus are extensible. RS232 has been around since 1962. It would not take much effort to define a simple, *OPEN*, and extensible monitoring + control protocol over any of these connectors, but they seem to not want to.

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