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Comment: Re:As Doomed as the Kellog-Briand Pact (Score 1) 318

Russia or China maybe, but no way ISIS can pull this off because they'll never have the massive industrial infrastructure needed for such development and deployment. Only slight chance for them is to buy the robots from Russia and/or China.

Comment: Successful Risk Taker (Score 4, Insightful) 131

NO, he had the insight, and much more importantly, he took the risk and made things happen. It's the right time and the right place only in hindsight.

Keep bitching and moaning about others' success from the comfort of your couch, while the risk takers out there continue to do big and great things.

Comment: Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 126

by InfiniteZero (#47957369) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

> a complex fabric of personal, corporate and government organization relationships

Are we talking about China, or America? At that high level, the line between corporations and the government becomes blurry, no matter which country you live in. Just look at Standard Oil, Boeing, Halliburton... The list goes on.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 2) 79

by InfiniteZero (#47801237) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

Liability not in the sense of suing someone, but in the sense that you won't be liable and your ass is safe.

Say you are the CIO of a company. If you pick MS and something goes wrong, you can shift the blame onto MS. If you pick OSS and something goes wrong, well, the blame will be on you.

Hence the old adage: nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.

Comment: It Changes with Age (Score 3, Insightful) 346

by InfiniteZero (#44920353) Attached to: My favorite season:

When I was a restless kid with unlimited energy, it was summer hands down. The seemingly endless summer break, the adventures, the DIY projects...

Now it's autumn. As an adult you appreciate the subtlety and richness under the unassuming quietness of the falling leaves.

I suppose in a few decades when the prospect of graveyard starts to manifest over the horizon, I will find the allure of winter.

Interestingly enough, there is a parallel in my favorite color over the years.

Comment: All Science is Computer Science (Score 1) 237

by InfiniteZero (#44307263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions For Programmers?

All Science is computer science nowadays, and I'm not even a computer scientist. So yes, there are many fields that are in great need of computer scientists and/or programmers. For example this guy, who popularized the term "connectome":


And BTW, his excellent TED talk:


Comment: Liability (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by InfiniteZero (#44266997) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

When you work for a big corp. and have the money to burn, it's all about shifting liability to a 3rd party -- the bigger, the better, hence the saying, nobody ever gets fired for buying IBM.

In turn, with the money you pay them, a big 3rd party will more than likely throw all the man power at your problem until it gets fixed.

+ - Physicists show self-correcting quantum computers are theoretically possible->

Submitted by InfiniteZero
InfiniteZero (587028) writes "From the article at phys.org:

Using exotic components such as color codes, new phases of quantum matter, and extra dimensions, a team of physicists has shown that it's theoretically possible to construct a quantum computer that has the ability to correct itself whenever an error occurs.

"The greatest significance of our work is showing that self-correcting quantum computing at a finite temperature is not impossible as a matter of principle," physicist Héctor Bombin told Phys.org. Bombin was at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while performing the study and is currently at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. "In fact, the original motivation came from claims to the contrary by other authors. We provide explicit constructions that can be checked directly, without numerical simulations.""

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