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Computers and Technology / Re: AI playing Go
It's been a while since I played with computer Go programs. For PC, you could try Fuego and see what you think. There is also GNU Go, which has been around for a long time, but you need to hook it up to a GUI like MultiGo to use it. All those are free, but if you're willing to spend some money, Many Faces of Go is very good (I have an older version of that which isn't too bad for a kyu level player like myself). I expect that unless you've been playing Go for a while, either Fuego or GNU Go would be satisfactory.

For mobile, Google Play has three free programs. I use a dumbfone, so can't tell you whether any of these are good.

You can also play the 'bots' on IGS or KGS (uses a Java client). Those are 'live' servers, but you can also play 'turn-based' correspondence style Go on Dragon Go Server, while OGS offers both turn-based and live games. All of these servers are mostly for playing with other Go players, but offer Go playing programs (the 'bots' I mentioned above) as well.

You can take a look around Sensei's Library, which has a lot of information about Go programs, though you'll find that some of the links are out of date.
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Computers and Technology / Re: AI playing Go
DeepMind has built a new version of AlphaGo--AlphaGo Zero. It was able to learn to play Go on its own from being given the rules, and went on to beat the original AlphaGo in every game it played.

"'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own" | The Guardian

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Google's artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo - an AI so powerful that it derived thousands of years of human knowledge of the game before inventing better moves of its own, all in the space of three days.

Named AlphaGo Zero, the AI program has been hailed as a major advance because it mastered the ancient Chinese board game from scratch, and with no human help beyond being told the rules. In games against the 2015 version, which famously beat Lee Sedol, the South Korean grandmaster, in the following year, AlphaGo Zero won 100 to 0.

The feat marks a milestone on the road to general-purpose AIs that can do more than thrash humans at board games. Because AlphaGo Zero learns on its own from a blank slate, its talents can now be turned to a host of real-world problems.

At DeepMind, which is based in London, AlphaGo Zero is working out how proteins fold, a massive scientific challenge that could give drug discovery a sorely needed shot in the arm.

"For us, AlphaGo wasn't just about winning the game of Go," said Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind and a researcher on the team. "It was also a big step for us towards building these general-purpose algorithms." Most AIs are described as "narrow" because they perform only a single task, such as translating languages or recognising faces, but general-purpose AIs could potentially outperform humans at many different tasks. In the next decade, Hassabis believes that AlphaGo's descendants will work alongside humans as scientific and medical experts.

Previous versions of AlphaGo learned their moves by training on thousands of games played by strong human amateurs and professionals. AlphaGo Zero had no such help. Instead, it learned purely by playing itself millions of times over. It began by placing stones on the Go board at random but swiftly improved as it discovered winning strategies.

[Continues . . .]
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Ken Starr (the special prosecutor who hounded bill clinton for years) weighs in on the mueller investigation

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/354379-ken-starr-predicts-indictments-in-trump-russia-probe

he shares the opinion of many expert observers that indictments are coming.  interestingly, he also weighs in on the hotly debated question of whether a sitting president can be indicted: he thinks yes.

He put forward that idea in a memo issued a few months before the final report on his investigation of Bill Clinton. If he reversed his position now he'd look ridiculous, and he knows it.
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Now I'm wondering why they are so desperate to hide it. And where you get this mysterious unlock code from. It's almost like they are doing a Scientology trip and making stromatolites their Xenu. :grin:

You have to have a subscription to their magazine "Answers." That includes an "access code."
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Certainly not the first time that this precise situation has come to light. Nor do I expect that it will be the last.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Fuck all white people
I read the article. It's a ham-handed attempt at satire, presenting a cardboard caricature of anti-racist zealotry.  A waste of three minutes.
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A shadow of lurkers.
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btw...
Does anyone have a reference to an obit, or other confirmation of the passing of R.H. Brown?
Too bad the whole "meeting one's maker", "judgment day" and being held responsible for the unatoned sins of one's life thing is all bullshit.
The fate of R.H. Brown is the same as that of John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus of Nazereth: re-entering the carbon cycle.

He died in 2013. See "Former Union president Robert Brown dies" | Union College
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'Hardcore Prophecy: The Trump of Doom'

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This album tells the story of the 2020 presidential election.  The voice you hear is Dan Carlin, but he didn't say any of this stuff; the story was built from thousands of short audio clips from his podcasts (Common Sense and Hardcore History).  Dan Carlin is not responsible for any of the content.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGYeTmHHZQM
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Science / Re: weird deep space radio bursts
Too bad there is no technical description of the signals, what part of the spectrum they encompass, burst durations, repetition rate, etc.  Not so interesting with no detail.

Ah, well if you go to an earlier National Geographic article about this phenomenon, you'll find a link included in the text that will take you to a page that will (if you wait a few seconds) open an in-depth letter in Nature that has plenty of technical details.

Look for the paragraph beginning "It's the first time astronomers have caught a fast radio burst in the act of repeating" and click on the link to the Nature article you see there. Can't link it from here because it opens with a National Geographic token.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
The president has a great plan to bring back coal jobs. "Trump Wants to Steer UN Climate Cash to Building Coal Plants" | Bloomberg

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The U.S. will seek to use a United Nations fund designed to aid nations hard hit by climate change to promote the construction of coal-fired power plants around the world.

The U.S. already donated $1 billion to the so-called Green Climate Fund, and it can now use its seat on that board to advance American-energy interests globally, a White House official said.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe climate negotiations at the just-concluded summit of Group of 20 leaders in Germany. A U.S. commitment to "work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently" was highlighted in a statement issued by the group last week.
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The OP reminds me of something. What was it? Markup? Markovsky? Mabinogion? Antabuse? Hmm, this is going to bother me unless I get to the bottom of it.  The letters D and M come to mind, and something about a court case and psychiatric treatment. Probably nothing. Never mind.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Call out: Gunner

. . . a good article about this is "History in the Time of Crisis"

Is this the one you mean? "History in a Time of Crisis" | Chronicle of Higher Education [PDF]
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The flag image is a link, if you don't get the reference.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
gah...triggered...

Its testis in the singular, testes is plural...teste isn't a goddamned word at all

I had to explain this to a doctor last week when she asked me which one was correct for indicating the singular. She's a native French speaker so idk whether to be confused that she wouldn't have studied Latin at all in school or to be like "of course she wouldn't know" because they just say testicule in French instead of this goofy multiple sets of terms of different etymology that we do in goddamn English.
Well for one, its Greek not Latin
Are you sure? Everything I'm seeing says Latin, with some possible basis in Greek (but the relevant Greek word is parastatai, approximately meaning third-party, with no apparent anatomical reference)

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the following etymology: "An assumed identity with [Latin] testis witness (quasi 'the witness or evidence of virility') is rejected by Walde, who suggests connection with testa, pot, shell, etc. In 16th cent. French, however, tesmoing 'witness' appears in this sense: see Godefroy s.v."
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Since it's possible that not every member of this site has Dave's mastery of Google-Fu (I leave the question of which Dave as an exercise for the reader): "Challenges for taxonomy" | Nature (PDF)
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Just for fun I Googled "nested hierarchy" ... sure didn't get much ...

Not much out of the "About 501,000 results" (including this and this and this) that you thought would enable you to continue your asinine flailing, you mean.
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Where does one go for the RWNJ take on this? Free Republic seems to be down.

The Tree of Liberty Committees of Correspondence is usually good for a few laughs.
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And also a "phobia", by definition, is the "irrational fear" of something.

As a stand-alone word, yes. However, as a noun-combining suffix, it can also mean "intolerance or aversion for." The argument made by so-called Islamophobes that "I ain't afraid of Islam/Muslims so I'm certainly not an Islamophobe" is inaccurate and/or disingenuous.

As for Greatest Iam, he's demonstrated repeatedly and unequivocally that he's simply a  turd. All else follows from that.
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. . . I would have been more precise in my wording

All that would have accomplished is you being more precisely wrong.
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Apparently altrightdotcom looks askance at Chapman/stickman for his wavering (and "worse") on the white supremacist front, but aren't willing to disavow him entirely. "Is Based Stick Man Not So Based?"

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So why would the "based" stick man cuck on race, making an empirically false claim and alienating a significant proportion of his supporters? Much has recently been revealed about Chapman's personal life after he was doxxed by antifa in an article by the anarchist website It's Going Down. Though allegedly having read Arthur Kemp's fashy two-volume history of the White race, March of the Titans, Chapman has a child with a woman of Asian descent, and it would make sense that advocating civic nationalism is about as far as he can go without alienating her or his progeny.

This poses a strange scenario for those in the Alt-Right, who just several days ago stood toe-to-toe against antifa at Trump rallies across the country. While I agree that it is disheartening to hear the man who ascended to a meme call for the rejection of White interests, we must nevertheless continue to move forward with our uneasy alliance in order to make progress on altering social policy. Ending sanctuary cities, birthright citizenship, and installing a national E-Verify system are just a handful of policies that we can work together with civic nationalists on, and if successful, would put us closer to securing a future for our people.
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Computers and Technology / Re: AI playing Go
There are video game records of at least three of the informal online games between Ke Jie and AlphaGo available. Out of the three, Ke Jie won two (though more were played, and I'm not sure what the final overall score was). If there are any Go players here who might be interested, below is the first, which was won by AlphaGo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrFUTqFGUk
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You just made my point for me, dumbass.  You just admitted that you assumed it became gaseous.

Would you like to make a retraction?

For the third time, do you have an explanation for sublimation that fits the observed phenomenon better than the standard explanation? It certainly looks like you don't.