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Comment: Re:But Amazon only ships it to 3 states (Score 1) 118

by oh-dark-thirty (#41993027) Attached to: Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Wine Cellar?

I live in RI, where the law is so vaguely written that most online liquor sellers won't ship there, but I managed to find a couple that will...my wine shipments from wtso.com are always sent FedEx, and I always have to sign for them. Since I'm never home to sign, I have them held for pickup at a Kinkos that's on the way home from work. Works great for me; I get wines I can't get locally, and feel like a boss for subverting the dumbass law.

Comment: Re:Fuck (Score 1) 376

by oh-dark-thirty (#41669389) Attached to: FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

Pay for it, sure....through the nose, not so much. Cable bills are increasing at a rate far higher than inflation (yes we can blame the content providers to some degree), the cablecos do not offer consumer-friendly packages beyond the tantalizing "intro deals", their DVR's are pure crap, their customer service is fair at best, and they offer a poor value.

Comment: Re:My guess (Score 1) 376

by oh-dark-thirty (#41669255) Attached to: FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

They can already do de-installs remotely in my area with addressable switchable filters. I cut the cord a couple months ago, (keeping the internet of course), and there was a slight delay of a week or so before they terminated the signal...nobody had to come out, it was all done from the CO.

Math

Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time 262

Posted by timothy
from the please-show-your-work dept.
mikejuk writes "The Shor quantum factoring algorithm has been run for the first time on a solid state device and it successfully factored a composite number. A team from UCSB has managed to build and operate a quantum circuit composed of four superconducting phase qubits. The design creates entangled bits faster than before and the team verified that entanglement was happening using quantum tomography. The final part of the experiment implemented the Shor factoring algorithm using 15 as the value to be factored. In 150,000 runs of the calculation, the chip gave the correct result 48% of the time. As Shor's algorithm is only supposed to give the correct answer 50% of the time, this is a good result but not of practical use."

Comment: Re:Canada will keep the USPS alive (Score 1) 131

>>And it looks to be an ICAO rule, which means every country is affected (but only internationally - local laws can override ICAO if it stays in-

I wonder what this will mean for things like Li-poly batteries used in R/C vehicles, etc that are often airmailed from China. Now they will have to go by boat?

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