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Comment The McEliece Cryptosystem (Score 1) 262 262

is a public key system that is resistant to quantum fourier sampling attacks (ie. attacks of the type Shor discovered). That's not to say it's resistant to quantum mechanical attacks, but that if it is, nobody knows what the attack looks like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McEliece_cryptosystem http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.2390

Comment Size of Amazon's Book Catalog (Score 3, Interesting) 190 190

> 27 million. Just go to amazon.com, choose the books department to the left of the search bar, don't enter anything in the search field, and press go. So that reduces the significance by a factor of 10. That said, it's still 0.2%, which is quite high considering they're not a traditional publisher.

Comment Re:BS... (Score 1) 530 530

http://mit.edu/urop/ The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. MIT will pay you or give you credit to do research, for professors. If you have good ideas for research that nobody is currently doing, the office or a professor can sponsor you, and you can get money to travel to facilities, run experiments, etc. The program not only makes doing research fantastically accessible to undergrads, but also maintains programs like MIT's FormulaSAE and SolarCar teams.

Buzzing speakers happen. I'm sure they happen at CalTech too. The claim that a buzzing speaker implies professors do not care about their students is outrageous.

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