April 2008

The debate about Shor’s Algorithm (which I blogged about a couple days ago) continues. Rod Van Meter has a good blog post about it here. While there are plenty of people who have just wholesale dismissed the Hill/Viamontes paper outright, apparently because they know Shor’s algorithm works and that building a working quantum computer is…

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Technology Review has a pair of articles on D-Wave‘s adiabatic quantum computer. Quantum pioneer Seth Lloyd writes in “Riding D-Wave” about quantum computing in general, adiabatic quantum computing, and D-Wave’s efforts to show that they’ve actually built a quantum computer. Linked to that is Scott Aaronson’s article, “Desultory D-Wave,” in which Lloyd’s nail-biting is made…

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The idea of “watchlists” has proliferated as part of the War on Terror. There are now more than 63 of them: As part of its regular “risk management” service, which provides screening, tracing, and identity and background checks on potential clients or trading partners, MicroBilt will now offer a “watch list” service that checks these…

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The ACM has a list of classic computer science works put together based on responses to a survey of the membership. I’m no computer scientist (though I’ve lived with my share…) but I’m shocked that none of Knuth’s works is on this list, even if it is basically a beauty contest.

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Ross Anderson has made PDF versions of several chapters of his Security Engineering (second edition) available on-line. The entire first edition has been available for some time. I am sure this second edition will be outstanding. I would rank the first edition as one of the top three technical books I’ve read. It would likely…

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You don’t have much credibility looking for a publisher for a book on rum when you’re sailing in the Caribbean drinking the best rums you can find in the name of research. Most people just didn’t take me seriously that there was even a need for a book on rum. It took quite a while…

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The University of Miami has chosen to notify 41,000 out of 2.1 million patients whose personal information was exposed when thieves stole backup tapes. The other 2.1 million people, apparently, should be reassured, that their personal medical data was stolen, but the University feels it would be hard to read, and well, there’s no financial…

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