Archive for February, 2011

Online Computer Poker

February 26, 2011

The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: COMPUTER ONLINE POKER. All the king’s men cannot put it back together again.

It is very likely that soon, my guess is within the next 10 years, the best poker players will be computers. The big poker sites do not allow poker bots, but this does not stop people from employing them anyway. But of course this is unfair to people who still think they are playing PEOPLE online.

So what is more obvious than creating an online poker site where ANYONE and ANYTHING can compete in poker? Men and machines will be treated equally. Security would be tight, meaning that you would only be allowed to “watch” the games you play in. There probably should also be open arena games where everyone may “watch” who wants to. There would be interfaces for humans to interact with the site, and there would be an API for machines to interact with the site. In this way you could obviously also build a client for humans that are supported by AI poker tools. In the beginning, the focus would be exclusively on Texas Holdem No Limit. Generally, the game speed would be high. There would be different speed levels, ranging from maximum response times between 30 seconds and down to fractions of  a second. To make the ultra fast response times feasible, the poker site should offer the possibility to host the poker bot (preferably hosted bots are coded in Babel-17 :-))

The tricky part is certainly to make it possible to actually play for real money at this site. But if Wall Street and Pokerstars are able to do it, then so should this site. In the beginning, the site would probably run with some sort of play money.

Shuffle up and deal!

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Moran Atias

February 15, 2011

I just watched “The Next Three Days”, and I really did enjoy it. The best part of the movie though was when Moran Atias appeared. I already knew her from the TV show “Crash”, also featuring a brilliant Dennis Hopper. In my opinion she is the most gorgeous actress Hollywood currently has, and I hope to see her in major roles in the future. So, I am going to look out for anything Moran did, and so should you 🙂

Babel-17 now featured at netbeans.org !!

February 8, 2011

The Babel-17 plugin is now featured at netbeans.org! For this occasion I’ve updated the documentation of the Babel-17 plugin to contain the most recent changes in Babel-17 (which is actually just the try-catch control statement for version 0.21.1).

The development of Babel-17 is currently on hold for two more weeks or so as I am in the process of finishing up an iOS project of mine (polishing an otherwise feature-complete app so that it pleases the eye is harder and takes more time than one would expect …). After that it is on to Android 2.3 and Android Honeycomb, and there we will see what Babel-17 is really made of. More importantly, what Babel-17 should be made of :-). Yes, expect Babel-17 soon to provide an abstraction layer on top of Android (and, in the future, other mobile operating systems, most notably iOS and maybe also Windows Phone (if Microsoft buys Nokia, that is …)).