Smart computer scientists do not think that. In fact they thought it would take very long and may well be infeasible decades ago. There are just a lot of stupid CS types around.
It has been known for decades that completely new theories will be needed. Anybody that has missed that has not bothered to find out what the state-of-the art is.
Some smaller publishers may start to care, but the larger ones want at least one order of magnitude more. But it shows that you can get the finding even for an advanced project without a publisher. Good. This is what the Internet is for: Connecting people globally and cutting out the intermediaries that make out expensive.
Nonsense. Even though "greed" is an US mainstream way-of-life, not everybody is scum, and competent craftsmen usually a lot less so than others.
Well, it seems quite a few people actually do not want "new", but good. Just look at what games get financed on Kickstarter. These people are not the majority, but it does not matter. What matters is that enough people are willing to pay (and paying a reduced fee in advance with a higher risk is entirely fine by me) to keep good game developers able to practice their craft. What has been forgotten by many with the whole "publisher" mess, is that in order for a good game to be created, providing a reasonable salary and reasonable infrastructure funding for a relatively small team for a few years is quite enough. That is why 3 Million provided by 60'000 people gets us Wasteland 2, while no publisher would touch it at these numbers. This new model cuts out the greed. Don't forget that game designers _want_ to create games. Getting rich is not on their agenda. It is very much for publishers that today add nothing of value, but huge overhead.
Capitalism can actually work if greed is kept under control and monopolies are prevented.
I don't think it is a problem. What I see actually happening is that the dross of the developers creates free stuff of low quality for the huge masses that do not want to pay. The good developers still charge a fair price and get revenue and/or move to alternate financing models like crowd-sourcing. I think we have one instance of capitalism actually working for a change here: Games are priced in relation to value provided.
All too true from what I hear.
As with all such schemes, this only does the key exchange. You still have conventional crypto in use for the data transfer. And quantum crypto implementations have been broken before, so even if the quantum-mechanic assumptions hold up (and that is a big "if"), this is likely far from "unbreakable". It has a number of severe limitations though, like needing its own network (in addition) and inability to route or switch traffic.
Here's another statement taken from the company's website: "QuintessenceLabs is the first in the world to exploit a new generation of quantum cryptographic technology which enables unbreakable, secure storage and communication of sensitive information through the generation of an ultra-secure cryptographic key." Unbreakable? That's a strong boast. Is it true? And even if it's only partly true, your upper management may call on you to explain (and possibly implement) laser-based quantum security, so you need to know what it is and how it works -- and whether it's something your company (or your client companies) need.
Are you serious? The US has really gone down the drain to that degree?
In that case, I apologize and restate as "In the second world country 'USA', $80k is a lot of money".
Actually, US society holds children responsible at an arbitrary low age, or die you forget the 6 year old that made it on the sex-offenders list? Or all those children that are judged "as adults" for crimes they clearly did not comprehend?
Sane society starts to put some accountability on children at 14 or so, a bit more at 16 and full at 18, with the possibility to judge them as children if they have a developmental issue until, say 22 or so. Not US society. There children have full responsibility, just not the rights that should go with it. A sick society.
I agree. Something went pretty seriously wrong here.
On the plus side, this will be a lesson that she and her parents will not forget. Expensive, but cheaper than P: "honey, be careful with the car" T:"whatever", and the next time she drives it is a wheelchair or never again. (No, I do not blame her. I do not know enough to blame anybody. But lets keep this in perspective, 80k is not that much.)
That is a good question. But the problem here is the screwed up US legal system.
Not news at all. However the penalty for this stupid thing is a bit harsh compared to the infraction. Maybe the parents should have explained a bit more to her what this entails and what the effects of telling anybody could be...
It is not a surprise. You can only find this technique if you understand what bacteria and viruses are. Unfortunately, much of the poverty of people without clean water comes in combination with lack of education and beliefs in "evil spirits" and such that cause sickness. That is not a basis you can make such discoveries on. Sure, individuals can and likely will have made that discovery, but it will not spread as people stick to their superstitions quite strongly. Just look at Europe before it had a somewhat accurate theory of what causes infections. Same nonsense.