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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: Dear Boffins.....stop.

An ISIS Quantum Computer? Not likely.

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Re: At

It then vanished through a wormhole.

Its last mysterious message, garbled and extremely redshifted was "Oh my [unintelligible], it's full of arseholes!!"

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Re: Emulation

Technically, they can be emulated but with an exponential slowdown.

An representation of n qubits for example demands that you store the complex probability amplitude of each of the 2^n possible classical states (this is the "state of the n-qubit quantum system"). There is a differential equation involving a 2^n * 2^n matrix that you have to integrate over time to find that state at time T. Finally you have to make the solution classical (this is easily done though, it consists in projecting the 2^n vector onto various axes to get the classical probabilities, then select a classical solution according to these probabilities). Overall intense on the CPU and memory though.

For infinite-dimensional states (e.g. position of a particle in space where each position is one dimension) things are even nastier.

All in all, a good reason to good back to the good old principles of analog computation.

If you think about it, classical computers are basically just NAND gates glued together, it's not surprising that they fundamentally can't do everything...

Please read up on the Theory of Computation, especially the Church-Turing thesis and on Complexity Theory, especially the classes P and NP and BQP. The latter can be gainfully learned about here.

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It seems to me that quantum machine learning could build a system like Gordon Way's Reason. Ie. you feed in all the relevant data, and you train the quantum computer with the answer you want, and it generates the simplest way to get from the data to the answer...

There are at least three places in that funding proposal where magic is supposed to happen.

But please do go on.... but insist more on how exactly the magic quantum sauce will be better than bog-standard classical physics at empowerating the computing process (which is just in the BQP complexity class, remember?).

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: hansel sprockets

get an "expert" to fix it for you

For some reason, no-one expects the car fix to happen in the next 10 minutes ("that's all the time I have") and to be thrown in for free ("make a commercial gesture, here"). This is followed by "what is antivirus"?

Fuck all those people.

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Nothing about the NSA?

Some guy said something bad about your telecommunications. Who was it?

1) Bush

2) Croyden

3) Shut up and vote

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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depending on the wording of the original request made by the police vodafone may have given them exactly what they asked for

And if not, a little retconning of one actually wanted to do will take care of ... discrepancies.

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Dress appropriately!

I am sure the order for a large batch of leather rainjackets and boots has already been issued to the finest London tailors.

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

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“Presumably they were previously able to consent to Facebook’s terms and privacy policy. So the users must have lost their legal competence after they joined Facebook”

Aristotelean Syllogisms are still are useful in 2014.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: In all seriousness....

Suitably updated for 21st century mindsets:

An invisible charge

Building in your hair

Who you gonna call?

ELF SAFETY!

If there's something weird

Happening in your street.

Who you gonna call?

ELF SAFETY!

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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It's "Foie Gras" and it comes from cruelly stuffed duck.

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Re: French.

Absolutely gallic!

The comic "Astérix, Obélix et Netflix" is already in preparation.

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T'ouvres ton brouteur et tu cliques sur courriel, t'attrape un bon, gros maliciel

The entourloupettes of the Académie Française are a major source of mirth even among french-speaking people.

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Re: Technicality vs Common Sense

to use the local language

Netflix doesn't come in Arabic either.

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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Re: All bull.. naive people will believe this crap.

> ancient algorithms

But are they justified?

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: Oh wah.

No.

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Logic fail

The spine is not designed for upright posture to start with.

Especially if it is not upright in the first place, hmmmm?

In martial arts, you get constantly reminded to keep your STUPID SPINE UPRIGHT. There must be some kind of reason to that.

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Cow-orkers have been a known staple of Usenet since the early 90s.

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WOAH those cancer rates are skyrocketing!

There have been a lot of studies and presentations by private and state groups which have not been published in the mainstream media, where it is the microwave pulses which damage cells, not heating, including cancer by where a mobile was held for long periods.

[citation needed] and meetings by state-funded idiots and neurotic get-togethers don't count.

Also:

microwave pulses which damage cells

Not understanding anything about carrier frequencies and mistaking "pulses" for some force-applying magic stuff FAIL.

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Re: funny....

Smartphones are now being used for several hours per day by people who haven't picked up a book in 20-30 years.

"It's too late, iPhone hipster! It was always too late!"

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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A land of honey and rainbow-colored quadrants.

Gartner analyst Avivah Litan

Attachement to base reality would have lifted off the page at this point.

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Re: Why was Ireland 3rd most heavily targeted?

More seriously, possibly the shadowy "they" are watching all this corporate revenue being moved through Ireland for tax purposes.

Just phone up the big four.

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Re: They are us from the future!

Please tell us more.

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Re: I was just about to post the same thing.

Holy shit, this country is fucked up!

At least one commentard disagreed. Having visited the reeducation facilities which are in impeccable condition and maintained to the highest sanitary standards, a consequential downvote was just the right action to perform.

"I also have a problem. I'm not sure which side runs this Village."

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How secure is Docker? If you're not running version 1.3.2, NOT VERY

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I've looked at the Docker image repos, and I don't see any mention of image signatures. If they aren't signing images, they should be, like Linux repos do.

I hope so, otherwise COMDEDY GOLD events are sure to happen.

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I am old enough to have seen a Unicos Cray and what is this

> Weinberg's Law

Someone spouts a bizarre meme (Since when is this being attributed to Weinberg btw, a person very much unconnected to computers?), this is then uplifted to "law" and is then repeated by windbags regularly. Meanwhile A380s that have been software-designed and are flying heaps of computers ACTUALLY FLY.

> He stated this way back in 1971, and nothing in programming, save the names of the languages used, has changed much since.

More sophomoric shit. If that were true, we would still be discussing whether structured programming were a good idea.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Evil toys

natural fluorescence means that blue-blocking goggles aren't effective for protecting your eyes

Why?

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Re: I like toys but...

So how many drive-through beer & bang shops lead to death by lead slugs accelerated to several hundred meter per second?

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

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Re: The Cloud is just somebody else's computers

The cleaning lady has the front door keys and the bank (an by extension, the state, which can "seize" the goods at the drop of a writ) has my wallet.

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Re: I've been sayin' it!

Oh, no, Trevor, you're mad! The cloud doesn't need backups! The cloud doesn't need DR to another cloud or locally! The cloud provides! The cloud is immeasurably cheaper! The cloud, the cloud, the cloud!

I can't remember anyone vaingloriously hyping cloudy services to such an extend in the forum?

This is not the marketing department after all.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Upgrades

Keeping your /home on a separate partition helps.

Yes, especially if that partition is encrypted.

Plus, a little git-managed directory with all those nasty configfiles (generally somewhere in /etc) and little compare-and-plonk scripts on the side.

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: Yahoo Messenger vulnerability

Since 9/11, I have died many times over and I am now only an illusionless husk ripe for ISIS pickings....

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Re: Strange PDF ...

A secondary payload to infect your visual cortex, dear. The fact that you noticed it is bad prognosis...

Snowcrash soon.

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Re: Who dunnit?

And everyone not of the sheeple knows that Belgium doesn't actually exist!

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I find your profferring of innuendo disturbing

I woke up at 06:30 in the morning, what are you implying?

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SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP

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Polish the turd, yo!

So there are likely still more surprises that will need amazingly similar patches in the future?

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The Genome: Loose morals ... and even looser plotlines

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Re: replicants Racheal

Phallic girls make me misspell and stutter!

tl;dr of the above book: Freudian edgy, must make sense to someone.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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What is this list?

Moon: "Gerty"

And those Gynoids from Ghost in the Shell.

And the military Boomers from Bubblegum Crisis.

Plus all those insectoid robots maintaining the Matrix. These were great (plus the fact they were probably agents who didn't get a job inside the Matrix because of a lack of human-oriented soft skills)

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Re: why all the dreary cars ?

Spacko, is that you?

I would think that IT people of the non-managerial sort are naturally attracted to miracles of miniaturization and energy-efficiency. Possible exception for people who have the bubble-fuelled jobs in "financial software" (principally, drawing beautiful interactive graphs based on pseudo-science and mumbo-jumbo, should actually be in the domain of artistry), of course.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

>why did she have to be naked?

Static electricity.

See also: Lain

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Re: I don't think this is sexist.

I feel this is basically having fun with the moral outragists, running with the wolves, all while the world burns etc...

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'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT

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Seriously KKK?

1) Be forewarned

2) "Come at me bro"

3) ???

4) HACKED!

Has Anonymous hired Dr. King Schultz for optimal penetration?

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Terrorists?

Amazingly, we already have a word to describe your rioting terrorists, coined some time before the 9/11 brainrot set in and transformed about 60% of the populace into gibbering idiots: It's "rioters".

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

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Re: did anybody get their tiny antenna back before bankruptcy?

I am not even sure that those antenna things actually worked or were just a smokescreen to justify the "one antenna per childcustomer" rule mandated by The Man.

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TV even more irrelevant than somewhat earlier

Meanwhile "Team Reg" toasts the demise of another pirate creative content stealer in the pub, listening to Taylor Swift.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Hairshirt, Sackcloth and Ashes

Ahhhh.... Economics. As hard ad no-go theorems but always conveniently brushed aside by the people in charge who demand to have innovation on tap and expect that payment in fresh paper money will be sufficient to get the process going-

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Re: heat ?

Relatively minimal to what is being dumped onto us by the big Sun.

This falls into a subclass of "greenhouse effect mitigation". Solvable with some slight planetary engineering while other people resolutly try to get out of the medieval age.

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Re: economic growth would cease

Just being diverted and destroyed wholesale by Keynesian chimps.

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Mutations not included

> 56 dead from the Chernobyl pratfall

I see where you want to go with this article but I still take issue with that kind of statement. Even the rose-colored and scented WHO stats are above this number. Good thing is, one gets a natural park with open-air experiment in genetic changes of unforseen size in the middle of Europe.

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