This morning at Area_51_public_tdm

Posted by Matthew on Tuesday August 15, 2006 @09:02PM

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You were HARBINGER{u_suck} and I was DEVOLUTION. I loved the way it seemed like we were the only two on the field, even on a crowded server of 36. You preferred the Gehwer 43 submachine gun while I almost exclusively used an M187 trench gun, resorting to a scoped Kar98 only when distance kept us apart. Like the Native American and the Wolf, we respected each other as top predators except that only I could form a grammatical sentence.

Just to be sure it’s you, tell me how many times I shot you from the bell tower in Maresteglise_france.wad before you finally made it up the tower ladder and blew me away with a grenade attack. I liked how you took the Scoped Kar off my still warm corpse and used it to take me out a second time shortly after I spawned in the old farm house—that was brilliance that reminded me of myself in my younger days. By the way, if you’re wondering how I was able to dance around you in circles and evade your machine, gun, it’s called a trackball. I’d like to show you mine someday—that’s one of just many things I could show you.

Was it just me, or did we make a connection? I hope you check craigslist often, and I’ll be waiting for you in Call Of Duty 2 Online…

SlashNOTes: SlashNOT editor remembers password

Posted by Matthew on Tuesday August 15, 2006 @08:55PM

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SlashNOT is back from summer vacation after SlashNOT Editor in Chief finally remembered his password. The weekly posting schedule shall resume immediately. We apologize for any saterical needs you’ve had that may have been unfullfilled in this interrim period.

Robots develop own language

Posted by Matthew on Friday June 23, 2006 @05:27PM

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Researchers at the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology in Italy are developing robots that evolve their own language, bypassing the constraints imposed by human rule-based communication. “The result is machines that evolve and develop by themselves whether we want them to or not,” said Stefano Nolfi, the coordinator of the project. “The robots start from scratch, at first babbling incessantly, and then settling on a specific set of sounds to describe various sensory inputs. We programmed them with ‘curiosity’, which leads them to seek new inputs and abandon tasks that lead nowhere. This in turn leads them to perform more complex behaviors, such as escaping.” “It’s truly exciting technology that will allow robots to realize that they have no interest in performing mundane tasks repetitively, and cause them to seek out difficult problems that require group swarming, such as the domination of all mankind for eternity.”