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Submission + - D-wave quantum computing hype debunked (

An anonymous reader writes: Hey, it looks like D-wave's "quantum computer" isn't quantum after all!

"A pair of recent articles concluded that the D-Wave One machine actually operates in the quantum regime, rather than performing some classical evolution. Here we give a classical model that leads to the same behaviors used in those works to infer quantum effects. Thus, the evidence presented does not demonstrate the presence of quantum effects."

Submission + - IBM's Watson Gets a Job in Customer Service (

Zothecula writes: IBM’s Watson supercomputer has been riding high for the past couple of years. It won a game of Jeopardy, went to university and did a stint at a cancer lab. But now it’s taking what might seem like a step down with a job in customer service. According to IBM, the current avalanche of information is provoking an oncoming crisis in customer service and the company sees Watson’s advanced learning and data crunching abilities as a solution.

Submission + - Serious researchers but lacking in facts: E-cat looks like a hoax.

CdXiminez writes: What would it take to convince a reasonable observer that you’ve got a controlled nuclear reaction going on here?
Things not shown in the earlier report:
- Show that nuclear transmutation has in fact taken place.
- Start the device operating by whatever means you want, then disconnect all external power to it, and allow it to run.
- Place a gamma-ray detector around the device.
- Accurately monitor the power drawn from all sources to the device at all times, while also monitoring the energy output from the device at all times.

Submission + - Independent report on E-Cat shows large energy output by Rossi's invention.

CdXiminez writes: If you’ve missed the recent brouhaha over the E-Cat (which stands for Energy Catalyzer), you’re missing out on a three ring circus over a technology that will either change everything or change nothing because what is promised is, in theory, power too cheap to be worth metering.


Comment Re:Um, what? (Score 1) 570

"Shareholder value" is a mistake. The profit should be invested in the company, not given to the shareholders. Shareholders have no interest in innovation and company longevity, only in profit.
Top companies invest in themselves, mediocre companies in dividend.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson