Category Archives: Those that have just broken the flower vase

For the Sake of the King

Write a computer program to play chess. It doesn’t have to play particularly well, just display an ability comparable to the average human being who has some aptitude for the game. What is the point of that? Computers have been … Continue reading

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IDEs are Code Smell

Pretty much every computer programmer uses an Integrated Development Environment. Pretty much everyone has their favorite: Eclipse, IntelliJ, Sublime Text, Emacs, Vim. There will never be consensus on which is best. Fortunately there doesn’t have to be. The wide variety … Continue reading

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I Dream of Digits

Boltz the robot can read digits. If you hold up a handwritten digit in front of him, Boltz will say it aloud. “Two. Five. Two. Seven. Zero.” He is as good at this as a person is. The only digits … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein, Watson, and Language Games

Here the term “language-game” is meant to bring into prominence the fact that the speaking of language is part of an activity, or of a form of life. Review the multiplicity of language-games in the following examples, and in others: … Continue reading

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Getting the Solr 5.0 Tutorial to Work

I installed Apache Solr 5.0.0 on OS X 10.10.2 using Homebrew and tried to work through the Solr Quick Start Tutorial. I hit a few snags. Probably nothing too daunting for an experienced Solr user, but that by definition is not the sort … Continue reading

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⌘-F the World

For the most part information technology enables communication across large gulfs of space and time, but it has also had unintended side effects that have changed the way we interact with our ten-foot or so radius of personal space. By virtue … Continue reading

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Importing scikit-learn Models into Java

Currently scikit-learn is the best general purpose machine learning package. It is part of the Scientific Python family of tools, built on top of the Numeric Python matrix processing engine. The code is readable, documentation extensive, and the package is … Continue reading

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