The Oracle has gone silent Dots and Boxes

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The Oracle has gone silent
  • The_Shark_c at 2015-05-05

    Somehow, while trying to make a backup of my beloved Shark, I reformatted the wrong drive.

    I’ve started rebuilding.  

    It will be a close thing as to whether I can get a reasonable level of play by the time of the World Computer Olympiad.

    And it will be a year or so before I expect to be able to guarantee a win as player one.

  • purgency at 2015-05-05

    Hm, I think the 2 months should suffice to build up enough strength for the Computer Olympiad, unless there’s someone else with a gigantic database. I doubt there’s any “smart” AI though. How long does it take to solve the position with four corner moves played?
    Also, now that The_Shark isn’t brokenly overpowered anymore: Is it going to re-enter tournaments?

  • William Fraser at 2015-05-05

    Right now, it needs to play randomly for the first 12 moves or so.  No point entering it in tournaments.
    I’m estimating about 2 weeks of full time running (which is not possible, unfortunately) to get it back to the position with 4 corner moves played.  That’s my goal for the Olympiad.

  • ypercube at 2015-05-05

    No backups?

  • William Fraser at 2015-05-05

    Well, my raid array failed a while back and I was using the backup.  I finally got a spare weekend to try to reformat the broken array so I could copy the original and have a backup again.  And all buffalo raid arrays look the same.... and....
    It’s not like I can keep a bunch of backups — it’s a 10TB dataset....

  • Christian K at 2015-05-05

    shit. sorry to hear it.

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