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Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment Re:About Nexuiz (Score 1) 75

Nexuiz has had CTF for ever, as well as Key Hunt (my personal favourite) and lots of other game types. The only new game type added since 2.4.2 is Onslaught. Blub's new scoreboard is very good, the developers have added a team score element to CTF.

Nexuiz 2.5 is about to be released, although the developers keep on adding new features (shakes head). You can download the code and compile it yourself, it's very easy.

Music

Submission + - OiNK Raided by Pigs!

t-bone writes: Dutch and British police have shut down OiNK and raided the home and workplace of its founder as well as the hosting center. There is an ominous warning at the OiNK.cd site now as well. More info at Reuters
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft loses EU appeal

rcasha2 writes: Microsoft has lost its appeal against the EU fine of almost 500m / $700m. Microsoft could still appeal again at the European Court of Justice. More important than the fine, however, is the confirmation of the ruling that Microsoft must share with competitors information needed for interoperability. This ruling could have an effect on such products as Samba, email clients etc.
Robotics

Submission + - Donald Michie killed in car crash 2

Silver Sloth writes: The British Observer newspaper — dead tree version so no URL — reports that Donald_Michie died yesterday in a car accident.

Whilst not a name that all will know, especially on a US centred site like /., Donald Michie was a major force in British computing working at Bletchley Park and founding the Department of Machine Intelligence and Perception at Edinburgh University.

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