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Google backs gallery of computer-crazed female boffinry at Bletchley Park

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Apparently in Fallujah.

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"This new Women in Computing gallery at TNMOC will promote positive role models for women and so encourage girls and women in critical thinking and engineering. It shows the heroines of computing as historic facts to inspire the upcoming generation."

It is my sad understanding that these days, the above is already tl;dr for "girls".

I wish it were otherwise.

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CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

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The century of farce

About as farcical as "The Administration" pushing its Nextest War. Are there only a handful of "CEOs" in the whole world? No Are we making a Hollywood shite movie which needs Big Names of Tired Talent to pull in punters? Well.....

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: No surprise there.

I have to say I cannot adapt myself to the New Times and cannot feel shock about NSA shenanigans either. It's like it was somehow still okay.

Oldthinkers unbellyfeel the Listening, reckon.

With all the snooping one would think the War on Terror would be "won" in a jiffy. But now, it's getting worse by the hour, soon with Pakistan on the Rio Grande. What gives? What are they doing?? Aren't they keeping us safe?

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Literary reference FAIL

SInce when are there "brainwashed zombies" in 1984?

Maybe there are in the Americanized Version? With a good-looking Winston Smith cleaning up the Inner Circle?

"You killed my girfriend Brother - Big Mistake!"

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: Rotting at the head

> Kallasvuo was the guy who happened to bye electronics in Switzerland and happened to forget to pay customer duties when returning to Finland.

I seriously fail to see how this is a problem.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

This does not imply all that much.

Ultimately, all these "things" we label are just macroscopic ideas applied to "the layer below". You need to use the mathematical idea to be "closer to the thing in itself".

Consider the position vector of a bullet in a first-person-shooter. There is no bullet. There is a position vector of three IEEE floating point numbers (which exhibit interesting logarithmic granularity). Where is that vector? Not at the bullet's position.

Anyway.

This gave me the thought there are probably plugins for well-known math packages like Matlab which do all this, so:

http://www.quantiki.org/wiki/List_of_QC_simulators

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

The fun thing about photons is that you are never sure about how many there are. Accelerate your reference frame and voilà - instantly more of them.

Back to the article

The Bristol chip generates a photon using a blue laser that is split into two red daughter photons. These photons are prepared as qubits – the quantum equivalent of a digital bit, except these can exist in superposition of states which can be manipulated using electrodes acting as phase shifters that change the speed of the photons via wave guides, which "behave like optical fibres and channel the photons around the chip," the researchers write.

That should probably read

The Bristol chip generates a photon using a blue laser that is split into two red daughter photons. These photons represent a 2-qubit entangled state (and thus you can make the paths of the photons interfere with each other, which would not be possible if the photons were not entangled).

It's not very well explained at all on the Bristol pages ... >:-(

Did I mention you can get Scoot Aaronson's "Quantum Computing since Democritus" in fine bookstores? BUY IT NOW.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: OMG, the laziness!

Son.

I am disappoint.

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Re: I hope so

Weak trolling on weak encryption?

Supersized Weak!

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Re: ipsec6

No it has to do with massive inertia and the fact some committee made the mistake of thinking that hassle-free backwards compatibility could be left out.

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Plus a lot of the Great Minds are jewish.

We need to recruit them back!

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Re: re: Why would we have known about it?

@Anonymous Blowhard

I don't know about any of this but the idea that managing "in partnership with unions" is a good idea is readily disproven, at least for some kinds of "partnership". One just has to check what happened to the north american auto industry where the UAW reigns supreme. It's dead. It only exists because the Obama government pumps tax money into it (and then you have the "cash for clunkers" hidden subsidy, which is another effort at splaying Attila of economics). Southern automotive factories are doing well though. Well, at least they did until "Government Motors" came unto the scene. It's hard to fight your own government.

The moment a violent strike occurs, in which "scabs" are being turned away, the hiring of replacement workers is being "discouraged", and the company's capital is held hostage if not degraded, you are in mobster territory.

"Today the UK makes great cars, and in large numbers too, but the companies are all foreign owned"

That is NOT a problem. Ultimately, the ownership must be measured at shareholder level. I guess quite a few investment pools from the UK are holding shares.

Sherlock icon in replacement of a nonagressive shrug.

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Hmmm... Hacks

Israel or Turkey:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/the-athens-affair

On 9 March 2005, a 38-year-old Greek electrical engineer named Costas Tsalikidis was found hanged in his Athens loft apartment, an apparent suicide. It would prove to be merely the first public news of a scandal that would roil Greece for months.

The next day, the prime minister of Greece was told that his cellphone was being bugged, as were those of the mayor of Athens and at least 100 other high-ranking dignitaries, including an employee of the U.S. embassy

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: Show MS how you feel....

Except that you can install a nice Fedora 19 on Amazon EC2.

So what are you on about?

And please stop the retarded Linux baiting.

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Re: TIFKAM?

But "Metro or not as they feel like it" does not really roll as easily off the tongue as TIFKAM.

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> Who really uses a custom programmed APP?

How was life in the Bundeswehr, mmeier from mmicrosoft?

Welcome to the messy area of civilian apps.

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

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Re: Any doubts?

You forget to mention "HITLER" and "WORSE THAN SADDAM" and "THE WORLD AGREES THAT" and also "WORSE THAN HITLER".

OTOH, pluspoints on the "CHILDREN" and the single "WOMAN".

Did I mention "HITLER"?

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"He did his job and all he got was pneumonia on a watchtower at Auschwitz"

"Our intelligence community would not be doing its job if we did not try to counter that"

Who gave you that job?

Who defined that job? Did you define that job yourself?

What is it for?

Where is the job description?

Does your paymaster know about you doing this job for him?

Does he approve of being the object of this job?

Is the job worth anything or is it just an ego trip and funride that yields nothing? Evidence says so.

Do you think your job is ethically a bit problematic? If not, why not?

Who pays for your job? Is it future generations? If so, are they okay with that?

Do you truthfully report to your supervisor (not the coloured decider cretin , i mean the "representatives")? If not, why not?

Is your supervisor in full control of his mental faculties? If not, why do you assume you are doing your job correctly?

Do you think your job is putting the nation on a path of hegemonistic ideological control? If not, why not?

Does your head rest uneasily?

What is conscience?

etc. etc.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: So how come...

So this Volcano should be called "The Economy"

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Re: A-ha!

> Second Impact was supposed to be in Antarctica!

Anno just adapted that for more dramatic effect.

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A-ha!

Either the lair of Godzilla or the position of Second Impact.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: excluded

> For example: My wife is a chemist, I'm an engineer, it drives her up the wall when I walk about entropy in communication channels.

Then she needs some training because it's exactly the same thing.

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Re: Truth or consequences

> luckily for him, after his school career had finished

I don't see that. He would have been luckier to be thrown out BEFORE his school "career" had finished (the retardation trip is actually called "career"? who knew...)

> If I'd behaved like this towards my previous employer I'd expect them to tell any future employer.

The uni is not his "employer": He is the "customer", you know.

Fracking authoritarians are everywhere.

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Re: Anarchist?

I'm okay with that!

F.U., bricks in the walls.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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The rentseeking of King Ball

> And more logic in the fact that CPUs are getting far more powerful over time...

1) I have already paid for the CPU

2) Why should I pay Microsoft anything for work done by others

3) You could also price-hike because airtravel is getting easier etc.

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Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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Dat Citation!

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

"Knowledge that GCHQ exploits these products and the scale of our capability would raise public awareness generating unwelcome publicity for us and our political masters."

Yesss, master....

Oh well, time to short cloud providers, then.

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Re: Such a surprise?

> but I could surely devise one better than our current sorry system.

Please feel free.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

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Re: Eagle IPA?

But San Miguel ain't the worst by far.

Also:

"The last improvement is partly due a different finish than the typical Samsung hyperglaze."

I suddenly thought I was reading Neuromancer again. WTF.

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Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS

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Re: This is a very serious issue

You forgot to mention HITLER and GASSING HIS OWN PEOPLE.

Just like in MUNICH.

And don't HITLER forget the CHILDREN being menaced by GASSING by HITLER!

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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

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But people like to play the victim. If it's not radioactivity or genetically engineered food or the Koch Brothers, it's the expensive fondleslab.

They then proceed to vote the bandits into office. Go figure.

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Re: Why bother?

> And we wonder why people say this country is going to pot.

If you want Pol Pot and socialism, you know where you can find it.

Regulate away. Can't find a job?Get in the dole. Because getting a job is also a matter of regulation.

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> it is very annoying, and a waste of your time.

So you lose a few minutes during which you can't watch Desperate Chickens or Games of Thrones.

Big deal.

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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Re: So what can we do to attract more comets?

You have to put cunningly made comet fodder imitations into low-earth orbit. That should make them notice.

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Why should several impacts hit the North American landmass at the same time?

Ancient astronauts?

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Engineers might be save, but will they stay?

> Stack Ranking

Some new debugging methodology?

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Re: Myst great. Riven, not so much. But all must bow to the Neverhood

Oh hop someone remembers the Neverhood.!

That was good stuff indeed.

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Hell yeah. Pretty sure the designers visited the Canaries.

Anyway, who in the world downvotes this? Hyperactive Apple addicts?

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

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Re: Protesting AmEx?

No frequent flyer miles?

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Re: Oh for a steam roller..

> Oh for a steam roller..

John Kerry is that you? Shouldn't you be working your your dodgy Syria Dossier?

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Boffins confirm quantum crypto can keep a secret

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Re: Dave - Aka - Tremendous Knowlege

No

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Re: Great Idea...

But Charlie may just be a device in Bob's phone....

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

Pretty sure that no, but for that you have to go over the math. Unfortunatley I am currently busy shifting decidedly classical bits from the database to user program and back.

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

You are not supposing for a second these guys haven't thought about this, do you?

We are not in classical space here.

I will have to read the paper later but I suppose that in this case you "measure" whether two qubits are equal or not without measuring the qbits...

So, your original state is one of |00>, |01>, |10>, |11>

Then you ask the question: is the state one of (|01>, |10>) or one of (|11>, |00>)

This gives you the classical Yes/No bit, at which point your photon pair is still either

(|01>, |10>)

or

(|11>, |00>)

But you don't know which, and A and B will still have to measure to see whether the 0 or the 1 is on their end. Charlie doesn't know anything helpful about that.

We need the "are you serious, commenter" icon ASAP-

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

You are reading it wrong.

"the Charlie detector doesn't report on Alice's / Bob's polarisation – only the difference between their polarisations"

So no-one knows the polarisation yet (in fact, it hasn't even been "set" at all). Only their difference!

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Someone has been duped

I say, my good fellow.

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Re: Honestly? How hard is this?

> 5. Carry the thumb drive back to Brazil.

"You may want to take one of those modern train coaches, my good friend. I heard the horse-drawn carriages are increasingly being controlled by political police."

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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Re: I honestly do not care who does it...

> Would the ISS or the LHC be a good model for joint projects of this nature?

The ISS certainly not. An open-ended money sucker and political golfball, yield tincans in orbit for 23 billion freshly printed money. Okay.jpg.

The LHC is better. Yields amazing results and research for < 5 billion (even with major delays and max energy lowered from 14 TeV to 12 TeV or so, which is still in the future)

But the LHC has a clear goal and committed people - the ISS does not. Getting some stuff into orbit is vague. So is getting some stuff on the moon. Politicians will enter the fray. Then it goes downhill.

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