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Comment Re:Or the Interstate Commerce Clause? (Score 1) 470


This isn't a law against Tesla, electric cars, or anything else. It's a law about how a car manufacturer is supposed to work with the public, eg through independently owned dealerships.

Nobody (except the dealers) in the car industry likes these laws, but they're not discriminatory per se. They just suck.

Comment Re:Red state (Score 4, Interesting) 470

I'd love to see the Tesla sales numbers from Austin vs the rest of the state. Austin residents have long been at odds w/the rest of the state and their politics and as such I have a feeling we'd see a pretty high correlation with Austin vs Tesla ownership when compared w/the rest of the state.

Comment Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (Score 4, Interesting) 273

FWIW there's also the whole "Technically superior for you doesn't mean technically superior for me" stuff.

- VHS vs Beta - Ability to record an entire movie (or two!) on one tape vs marginally (and questionable) better image quality.
- Storage system (the Sony and IOMega formats you mention) - works anywhere devices vs good but not compelling advantages hampered by unavailability of readers. (And in Sony's case, often proprietary, crippled, software that damaged the utility of the supposed advantages in the first place.)
- DVD/Netflix vs Blu-ray - wide range of low cost movies that work reliably on supported hardware vs marginally higher quality (in most cases) in exchange for unreliability, higher cost, and limited selection.

I can probably go on with the other technologies. The one that I'm noticing going the same route as "VHS vs Beta" (ie insistent fanbois insisting the failed system is technically superior but ignoring reality) is LCD vs Plasma. The latter is a system of fragile televisions that have problems showing anything other than native aspect ratio content without risking problems for hours later. The former is a system of rock solid TVs where owners don't have to worry about the type of content they're viewing (4:3, 16:9, 21:9, paused video games, etc) whose color range was once poor but these days is about equal except in exceptional conditions. By any reasonable count, LCD is now a technically superior option for most people. But the videophile community doesn't want to hear that, and I guarantee you that in twenty years, LCD "winning" over Plasma despite "poorer quality" will continue to be pushed just as the VHS vs Beta thing is today.

Comment Re:Government Thinking (Score 1) 429

If you understood the concept of "Insurance", you'd understand it is all about the majority having a small inconvienience in exchange for protection from something that'll happen to a small, unknown, minority..

Leaving that aside however, the big changes that effect the 270 Million are there to benefit the 270 Million - that is, the reform of how your insurance company deals with you. It'll be harder for you to lose insurance once something happens to you that was the specific reason you got insurance in the first place. You're not going to find the money suddenly runs out because you've expended some lifetime benefits limit.

I agree it sucks, and we should replace it with a single payer system like Medicare for all, but it's simply ridiculous to argue that the changes that affect 300 million people are there solely for the sake of 30 million who aren't insured today. They're not. That's almost completely seperate.

Comment Re:Used to think it was a scam, not so sure now (Score 1) 143

Maybe you should spend some more time on the D-Wave site and actually read it?

On the page you link to under the "What you will learn" section:

How to use the D-Wave OneTM System as a co-processor to a conventional computer in a scalable way.

The D-Wave chip is a special purpose solver, it relies on a classical processor for loading and pre-processing, that is where this python code gets executed.

Anyhow, if you want to learn what's on the chip check out this section.

Programming the D-Wave chip is nothing but initialising the spin states of the qubits, it has nothing to do with classical transistor logic. And no, it is not alien technology, although apparently pretty foreign to you.

Yet, you write like somebody who already made up his mind, and I doubt you're willing to learn anything that contradicts your preconceived notion.

Comment Re:Sounds like a scam, quite frankly (Score 1) 143

I've been following the Rossi story as well and agree that it is a fraud, but the comparisons to the ecat are only superficial.

The contraptions Rossi builds are cheap and look like a plumber put them together. On the other hand D-Wave has chips samples on display that are produced by a special purpose foundry that can produce Niobium SC circuitry. That took some serious investments.

Rossi supposedly sold his house to finance his venture, D-Wave is backed by the likes of Steve Jurvetson and Jeff Bezos. Rossi has phantom customers who don't talk to the public, D-Wave has Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin.

Frankly, after they started publishing in Nature it's ludicrous to hang on to the idea that this is just an elaborate fraud. Then again conspiracy theories are a dim dozen on the Internet, and you are free to believe whatever you want.

Comment Re:When I recently sat down with D-Wave's CTO ... (Score 1) 143

Yes, the quantum bitcoin miner thought occurred to me too :-)

There are good reasons people were suspicious of D-Wave, the way they first made a splash and overpromised delivery pushed all the right buttons.

But to hang on to this stance after the amount of scrutiny that the D-Wave machine received is about as rational a climate change denial.

It's one thing to argue that they have not proven a quantum speed-up, but they clearly build an quantum annealing device that you can use to perform calculations.

Comment Re:Hasn't the benchmarks put it above anything? (Score 1) 143

I was referring to the paper by Mathias Troyer et. al. that is yet to be published not the effort that Alex Selby writes about (thanks for the link).

Will have to read the latter in more detail to get a good grasp of how much effort is required to beat the benchmark with Alex's approach. Two caveats: On first glance I am not sure if he has the same training data (he mentions he communicated with Cathy McGeoch) - if he does it'll be interesting to see how stable his generic approach is when the problem domain is slightly altered.

Do you know if he plans to publish any of this?

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