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    Computer Science, 1990 - 1998
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Dad. Software Geek. Xoogler. Reformed Game Programmer. Drummer.
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    Founder, 2012 - present
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    2005 - 2012
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    Intern, 1991 - 1992
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    1992 - 1994
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    1995 - 1997
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    1997 - 2000
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I'm sorry, but this simply wins the Internet tonight: https://twitter.com/SarowidPalinUSA
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It's almost perfect, same nonsensical content - too bad the Markov system's grammar is much better.
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Wow, sign of a misspent youth (and, well, post-youth). I believe I've played, at least briefly, every game on this list up until the early 2000s, after which it gets a bit patchy (I'm generally bored by modern shooters, and never really got into the likes of Dota).

In full disclosure, I didn't actually play the original Wizardry, though I did play Wiz 8 a bit, and I actually used to work for D.W. Bradley on Wizards and Warriors in the 90s.

I do feel that some of their honorable mentions deserved to be on the list. Certainly M.U.L.E, and possible Prince of Persia. But that's a tough call, so I can't blame the author.
 
I've actually played 17 of these 50 games, though there's probably only 10 or so I just haven't really heard of. Part of my issue is that during the 80's I owned an Amiga, and during the 90's I owned a Mac. Which kind of slanted what I got to see.

My list, by era:

1: Colossal Cave Adventure, Oregon Trail, Zork, Rogue. (And not a retrospective version, but at the time! I am old.)
2. SimCity
3. Civilization
4. Myst, Doom
5. Diablo
6. Starcraft: Brood War, Baldur's Gate
7. Everquest, The Sims (but only for about 10 mins).
8. (none, too busy playing EQ, I guess)
9. Eve Online, World of Warcraft, Dwarf Fortress
10. Minecraft

I'm guessing many of you do a lot better.
They changed how we make games, how we play games, and they changed us.
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Never really played games on a pc, apart from the pre-installed ones. I did play some on ZX Spectrum though: Jet Set Willy, Centipede, Manic Miner and Deus ex Machina. Latter had an accompanying soundtrack on tape, if I recall correctly. 
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This is a big loss, though no one can claim Minsky didn't live a full life, with great and varied contributions to several fields -- I had no idea that he'd designed and built the first confocal scanning microscope!
 
Professor Minsky laid the foundation for the field by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.
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This is my secret fantasy about the truth underlying the Trump campaign (I'd add the idea that it's also a false flag operation in support of Democrats): http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/18/we-have-a-serious-problem

Too bad it's almost certainly not the case, but hope springs eternal...
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Holy shit. I went prospecting for witty commentary on a satirical article, and accidentally struck a vein of pure, unadulterated crazy. I hate when that happens.

Let's just end this right here and go back to our regularly scheduled Saturday. Oh, and for the several commenters who can be reliably depended upon to not get the damned joke, IT'S SATIRE. There, clear enough for you? :)

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Bloody hell. This is quite possibly the most damning information I've seen about a single piece of software since someone tried to sell a memory compressor product that was little more than the Microsoft example driver (ftp://ftp.oreilly.de/pub/ora/nutshell/windows/win95.update/softram.html -- a fascinating store in its own right).

Follow the security issue linked from this tweet for an absolutely stunning cascade of security issues (but hey, at least it's only a "secure password manager" from a large company): https://twitter.com/patio11/status/686634965992214528

Quoth the tweeter: "It's like an onion made out of clown shoes where you peel back a clown shoe and find another clown shoe."

Speechless.
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Perhaps I'm inappropriately mixing the idea of medieval conceptions of women as temptresses and the "origin of sin", and Victorian prudishness.
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I want to do this in a basement renovation SO BADLY.

http://imgur.com/a/vOnt5
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This is pretty damned impressive. People have been trying to beat humans at Go for ages, with extremely limited success. I've always suspected that doing so would require a deep neural network to crack, because of the difficult pattern recognition problems involved, and that does indeed seem to be the case.

One more "only humans need apply" task falls to learning systems...
 
For years I've been following the various efforts to develop a system that could master Go. This is a big step for AI and a great reminder that technology often improves far faster than even those who are developing it realize. 
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...is it just me or is it very weird to see the first Go professional lose to a neural network right after Prof Minsky passed?
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I had no idea that they were using a pneumatic system of clock synchronization in 19th century Paris. It's like ntp v0.001 :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ByR05hGJE

[h/t +Emanuele Ziglioli]
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Thanks for sharing this very interesting video.  If you have other similar links please do no hesitate and share them :)
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Cool stuff that +Jaime Yap​ and +Stephanie Brubaker​ have been working on.

Oh, and look -- we made our first video. The only irritating part is that I turn my head every damned time it plays and I hear "hey, Joel" at the beginning...
 
What would life look like with our new #Searchies? You'd get answers, before you ask.
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LOL!
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Headline: You Should Really Buy a Powerball Ticket Today

Bullshit

The New York Powerball lottery is now up to $1.3B. The odds of winning the whole thing are 1 in 292,201,338, or 0.0000000034. With a payout of $1.3B, and an immediate payout of $804M, this makes the E(cost-winnings)=$0.74 ($2.74 for each $2 ticket).

If you can guarantee a single winner, which you can’t. We can't know precisely how many tickets will be sold for this round, but it's a pretty safe bet that it'll be a significant percentage of the ~292M possible values, so the probability of having multiple winners is non-trivial, almost certainly wiping out that $0.74 expectation.

But wait, don't forget about taxes. If you take a conservative estimate of 40% taxes, that also wipes out your expected earnings.

There's more analysis of the previous round here: http://www.businessinsider.com/powerball-lottery-expected-value-2016-1 -- I've skipped some details, such as the smaller payouts and annuity vs. lump sum payments. But it should be clear from the rough numbers above that there's not a snowball's chance in hell that you'll make money from the lottery, on average, even at a $1.3B payout.

The only way to win is not to play.
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Absolutely, and for soda, pizza and fried chicken, too. People would be healthier and wealthier if KFC and Pizza Hut cut us off at 1000kcal.
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Size chart from a sweater I got for Christmas. Perhaps this has something to say about relative obesity rates? :)
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in korea would be XXL
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Great selection, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and storytime is a godsend for those of us with little ones. They're also great about bringing authors in for book signings and to meet the kids.
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We've been going to carpe diem since it opened, and have always loved it. I don't know where reviewers who didn't like the food went, but it must not have been the same restaurant. We've never had a problem with the service, either.
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