* Posts by Maximus Decimus Meridius

4 posts • joined 28 Apr 2020

Chinese Go Association suspends player 'for using AI'

Maximus Decimus Meridius

The AI's play differently enough that an experienced player can tell. There is a documentary on Netflix called AlphaGo about the AI/Human tournament. The human players were surprised about the strategies the AI used - certainly nothing like a human player.

The engineer lurking behind the curtain: Musical monitors on a meagre IT budget

Maximus Decimus Meridius

Server Screensavers

Does removing the OpenGL screensavers from servers count? I have done that a few times.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

Maximus Decimus Meridius

Maybe not such a daft idea

Anyone remember the BBC Domesday project? Less than 20 years after it was published it was already becoming a fossil.


Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain's Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time

Maximus Decimus Meridius

Douglas Adams saw the future

"Incidentally, the first ARM1 chips required so little power, when the first one from the factory was plugged into the development system to test it, the microprocessor immediately sprung to life by drawing current from the IO interface – before its own power supply could be properly connected."


"And to this end they built themselves a stupendous super-computer which was so amazingly intelligent that even before its data banks had been connected up it had started from I think therefore I am and got as far as deducing the existence of rice pudding and income tax before anyone managed to turn it off."


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