" the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials"

"he and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals."

read more: FBI chief given dossier by John McCain alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts | US news | The Guardian

Tue Jan 10 2017 22:32:32 GMT-0600 (CST)

DeepStack becomes the first computer program to beat professional poker players in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em

"Artificial intelligence has seen a number of breakthroughs in recent years, with games often serving as significant milestones. A common feature of games with these successes is that they involve information symmetry among the players, where all players have identical information. This property of perfect information, though, is far more common in games than in real-world problems. Poker is the quintessential game of imperfect information, and it has been a longstanding challenge problem in artificial intelligence. In this paper we introduce DeepStack, a new algorithm for imperfect information settings such as poker. It combines recursive reasoning to handle information asymmetry, decomposition to focus computation on the relevant decision, and a form of intuition about arbitrary poker situations that is automatically learned from self-play games using deep learning. In a study involving dozens of participants and 44,000 hands of poker, DeepStack becomes the first computer program to beat professional poker players in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em. Furthermore, we show this approach dramatically reduces worst-case exploitability compared to the abstraction paradigm that has been favored for over a decade."

read more: [1701.01724] DeepStack: Expert-Level Artificial Intelligence in No-Limit Poker

Mon Jan 09 2017 13:33:02 GMT-0600 (CST)

Good news: A potentially fatal blow against patent trolls | Computerworld

"art of the patent-troll economic model is based on lawyers taking a contingency fee, meaning that they take a percentage of whatever money is extracted from victims rather than being paid an hourly fee. This makes the lawyers more of a partner than a traditional contractor, which factored into the judge’s decision. "

read more: A potentially fatal blow against patent trolls | Computerworld

Mon Jan 09 2017 09:13:42 GMT-0600 (CST)

Putin's President knows this is false, aka, a lie, just as we all do: "there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election"

They come out of a meeting with experts and then "insisted" something that is false. (As if there was a difference between harming Hillary and help Donny Sniff and Snort.)

"the official insisted that it's the transition's view that the hacking was intended to harm Hillary Clinton more than to help Trump"

The officials said, 

"We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump," the intelligence report said."

read more: Trump downplays Russian meddling in election despite intel report

Sat Jan 07 2017 13:39:49 GMT-0600 (CST)