By Soulskill from Slashdot's i'm-sorry-dave,-i-can't-let-you-take-that-pot department
writes: Stephen Jordan reports at the National Monitor that four of the world's greatest poker players are going into battle against a computer program that researchers are calling Claudico in the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Claudico, the first machine program to play heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em against top human players, will play nearly 20,000 hands with each human poker player over the next two weeks. "Poker is now a benchmark for artificial intelligence research, just as chess once was. It's a game of exceeding complexity that requires a machine to make decisions based on incomplete and often misleading information, thanks to bluffing, slow play and other decoys," says Tuomas Sandholm, developer of the program. "And to win, the machine has to out-smart its human opponents." In total, that will be 1,500 hands played per day until May 8, with just one day off to allow the real-life players to rest.
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By Soulskill from Slashdot's daily-dose-of-cynicism department
writes: The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears mentioning that Microsoft's 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy (PDF) to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas — which is on the verge of being codified into laws — was hatched at an influential Microsoft and Gates Foundation-backed think tank mentioned in Lipton's reporting, the Brookings Institution. In 2012, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a forum on STEM education and immigration reforms, where fabricating a crisis was discussed as a strategy to succeed with Microsoft's agenda after earlier lobbying attempts by Bill Gates and Microsoft had failed. "So, Brad [Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith]," asked the Brookings Institution's Darrell West at the event, "you're the only [one] who mentioned this topic of making the problem bigger. So, we galvanize action by really producing a crisis, I take it?" "Yeah," Smith replied (video). And, with the help of nonprofit organizations like Code.org and FWD.us that were founded shortly thereafter, a national K-12 CS and tech immigration crisis was indeed created.Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
Thanks to a blog post on lmb3.net
we have new in-hand images of wave 3 of the Tiny Titans line. This line features miniature plastic figures from all eras of Transformers.
We've included the full set of images which show off the following characters:
- Autobot Drift
- Decepticon Fracture
- Megatron (Beast Wars)
- Optimus Prime (G1)
- Shockwave (G1)
- Autobot Twinferno (AKA Doublecross)
- Wheeljack (G1)
- Wreck-Gar (G1)
Are these Tiny Titans making it into your collection? Check it all out after the break!Read Replies (0)
By Sentinel from TFW2005
Following up on the initial prototype images we saw a few days ago, DX9 has provided more information on their Facebook
page about their latest project, War In Pocket Hulkie, a Legends-sized Devastator.
Included this go around are bot and alt mode pics as well as names for each of the first four figures.
X07 - Hoister (Hook)
X08 - Carrier (Long Haul)
X09 - Crusher (Bonecrusher)
X10 - Digger (Scavenger)
So far there is no release or pre-order information for these figures, but you can be sure we will provide that info as soon as it's announced. In the meantime, head over to the boards to give us your thoughts on this fun little project.Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's best-defense-is-a-strong-offense department
An anonymous reader writes: We read about a lot of patent troll cases. Some are successful and some are not, but many such cases are decided before ever going to court. It's how the patent troll operates — they know exactly how high litigation costs are. Even without a legal leg to stand on, they can ask for settlements that make better financial sense for the target to accept, rather than dumping just as much money into attorney's fees for an uncertain outcome. Fortunately, some companies fight back. TV-maker Vizio is one of these, and they've successfully defended against 16 different patent trolls, some with multiple claims. In addition, they're going on the offensive, trying to wrest legal fees from the plaintiffs for their spurious claims. "For the first time, it stands a real chance, in a case where it spent more than $1 million to win. Two recent Supreme Court decisions make it easier for victorious defendants to collect fees in patent cases. The TV maker is up against a storied patent plaintiffs' firm, Chicago-based Niro, Haller & Niro, that has fought for Oplus tooth and nail. ... For Vizio, the company feels that it's on the verge of getting vindication for a long-standing policy of not backing down to patent trolls."Read Replies (0)