I was asked in a thread below why I hadn’t commented on Dikeman finding a job, and the “official police report” regarding the Burgess killing.

The EPD, which is facing a lawsuit from the kid’s family, has proclaimed the killing justified. Gosh. How surprising. I guess that settles that then, right? I’m sure Cunningham will run to the Courthouse to file a dismissal.

And Dikeman got a job in El Dorado County. Good for him. Hope he’s happy there.

Am I caught up now?

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Meanwhile, I saw the Documentary Game Over last night, wherein Gary Kasparov (and others) have accused IBM of cheating in the Deep Blue match back in 1997. I didn’t really follow the story as it was happening though I have been at times an avid chess fan. Basically, Kasparov saw a dramatic shift in the play from game 1 (which he won handily) and game two, in which Deep Blue all of the sudden made moves of a “human” nature that no computer had ever made up to that point – including a human-like error made, on which Kasparov couldn’t capitalize because he was so frazzled. It’s one thing to make moves like a human, but mistakes like a human? The theory is that Deep Blue’s play was supplemented by the intervention of another grandmaster – the moves Deep Blue started making being called in the film “Karpovesqe” (a reference to the former world champion who lost his title to Kasparov). However, according to Wikipedia similar subsequent programs have made the same mistake, as well as the same “Karpovesque” moves.

But it is fishy that IBM refused to release the program log after the game, refused a rematch (though Kasparov had granted one not long after Deep Blue’s first loss to him in 96), tried to bury the story during the match, and dismantled the machine (though it is allegedly outdated). And some in the film questioned whether such a steep upgrading of the programming could have taken place in 24 hours. And IBM’s stock went up 15% the day after the match and never looked back.

On the other hand, Kasparov has a history of extreme visceral reactions to losses, not unlike other world class players including Bobby Fisher who walked out of the 1975 championship never to play again because he didn’t like the lighting of the hall and the shapes of the pieces.

In 2003 Kasparov played the computer world champion of that year to a draw – the same year he lost a rematch with Anatoly Karpov. He retired from chess in 2005.

Does anybody have any information, links, sources on the controversy? Wikipedia is uncharacteristicly scant.

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