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Comment: The convoluted concept doesn't help (Score 2) 99

by quax (#48944797) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

Watson was impressive on Jeopardy, but a TV show is a very different venue than business data analytics.

For the latter you really need a statistically sound approach in order to reach the right conclusion.

(DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Bayesia, but actually a competitor, yet any person or company that understand Bayesianism as a sound foundation for knowledge inference knows this dirty little secret about Watson)

Comment: Good for Quantum Cryptography not Computing (Score 1) 58

by quax (#48930147) Attached to: New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

A better source for entangled photon pairs will come in handy for Quantum Cryptography, but Quantum Computing requires many entangled qubits.

There is no indication how these resonators could produce more than pair-wise entanglement, after all this is very different from the Josephson junction loops that D-Wave and the future Google chip are build on. These allow an arbitrary coupling via the magnetic flux (only restricted by the chip's geometry).

Regrettably, this just yet another poorly written pop-science article not informed by any actual knowledge of quantum information science. If I had a cent for each of them I'd be rich by now.

Comment: Re:quirky wacky name syndrome (Score 1) 158

by quax (#48917545) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

What's in a name? I also thought Bluetooth was idiotic when it came out, but there are only so many short and descriptive names. Getting a trademark is actually not that easy, and in the end the only thing that matters is that it is unique, and that your competition can't take it away from you.

Firefox, Chrome etc. aren't particular descriptive names but everybody now knows what they stand for.

Comment: Had a pleasure to see early self-driving footage (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by quax (#48749419) Attached to: Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

That was in 1997 when I worked at what later became the KIT.

Back then they tested an early artificial neural net controller under real life conditions on the Autobahn A8. The driver just sat with his arms folded behind the wheel.

This technology has been a long time coming and still lawmakers haven't caught on to it.