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Thursday, July 19, 2021

It took nearly two decades, but finally, computers are now wholly unbeatable when facing humans in checkers matches.

Don’t believe it? Take on Chinook and just try to win a game. The running play-by-play indicates you simply can’t win.

The computer science professor who perfected Chinook is moving on to Polaris, another program that will perfect artificial-intelligence poker-playing. Nice idea, except that poker bots are already raking in big-money pots online.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/19/2007 10:53:57 PM
Category: Tech, Videogames
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I’m not in the market for a new wireless access point for my home. But if I were, I’d probably have to go for Belkin’s N1 Vision wireless router.

Why? Because it does something that shouldn’t be remarkable, but — thanks to inexplicable design short-sightedness in the computer hardware industry — is: It actually tells you who’s tapping into your wireless network.

With an interactive L.C.D. panel on the front, the router shows the number of connected users and devices, the speed of your uploads and downloads and even how much network bandwidth is being used.

I’m sure there’s other wireless equipment that gives you this valuable metric. But most of the stuff out there doesn’t. In this day of mobile Web devices that sniff out any and all hotspots, I don’t know why manufacturers don’t put this functionality front and center. Why not make it easy for the user to know if someone’s tapping into the house wi-fi?

Easy-to-set-up encryption should, of course, prevent Web leeching. But what if someone cracks it? Again, it’s nice to have a quick way to check.

Come to think of it, my current wireless access point is probably about seven years old, at least. It works fairly flawlessly, but it’s bound to fail sooner rather than later. So I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind for an upgraded replacement.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/19/2007 10:30:17 PM
Category: Wi-Fi
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