Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cheating at solitaire

Computer solitaire cheats. The program does not want me to win. The program changes card alignment and even sometimes changes suits when I catch a mistake and click undo and fix my mistake. Sometimes when I fix an oversight and flip the cards again, what was a spade has become a diamond.

My wife says solitaire does not cheat in her games. She agrees, though, that the three computerized hearts players pass cards (electronically) under the (electronic) table and talk to each other in a language we cannot monitor.

I think so, too.

The electronic players have three times as many cards to play, plus they know the cards in my hand, including the ones passed to me. Also, I always win the first two or three hands, but none after. And I have never successfully played the Queen of Spades, but have received it a number of times.

I do not know if the chess program cheats. I lost all six games I played. One time I played moves from 1930s championships, and the computer followed the encyclopedic chart. I gave up, though, because I did not know why I made the historical moves. The book said do this, so I did. That is not the way to play chess.

In solitaire, too, the computer erased my large wins. Saving the last game played for a couple of weeks, I had more than 25,000 points. And then one day I accessed the game and was told the computer for some reason had been unable to save my last game. As with Lois Lerner's emails, there was no explanation. Sorry. We lost it.

Maybe an electronic dog ate the saved game total.

Bark. Woof.

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