July 2007
Beer and Privacy (3 July 2007
Belgian Court Rules ISPs Must Stop File-Sharing (5 July 2007
The Greek Cellphone Tapping Scandal (6 July 2007
Pen Registers and the Internet (7 July 2007
Security and Usability: Windows Vista (13 July 2007
Fidget Toys (13 July 2007
Checkers: Solved (19 July 2007
Secondary Uses and Privacy (20 July 2007
Security Flaw in the iPhone (23 July 2007
Hacking Forensic Software (26 July 2007
Insider Attacks (28 July 2007

Checkers: Solved

19 July 2007

Some researchers have "solved" checkers. That is, they have a program and database that will win or draw any game, playing either color.

They worked by building an end-game database of all positions with 10 or fewer pieces. It doesn't matter how you get to that level; once you're there, the database can guarantee a favorable result.

The project's home page is here; there's a New York Times story here.

Update: see the excellent IEEE Spectrum article on the program.