It means that collisions are now possible, and are within reach of moderate sized organizations.
This is the key. 6500 CPU years or 110 GPU years of computational power is not that difficult to achieve. When this news broke last week a few of us at my work had a discussion about it and while those number sound impressive we then realized that at work we have access to probably 2x that processing power in our building.
The simple act of counting that high on an ideal classical CPU would probably kill all surface life on Earth.
Nope. The energy requirement while substantial is not insurmountable. I believe that the amount of energy to cycle a 128 bit counter through all states on an ideal classical computer is around 10% of the total annual US energy consumption. This assumes an ideal machine which happens to be many orders of magnitude more efficient than even our best computers so using conventional technology it would be ocean boiling energy consumption.
Not only that but sales people use uber religiously as they don't even need to expense their uber travel, they just charge it to the company card, that's a massive, massive boost.
I've expensed lyft rides too before pretty sure.
My thinking has been too Earth-bound to consider the Sol - Jupiter relationship. But I see others are thinking about it; there are several lay articles and apparently some more serious articles on the web. But I haven't done any critical reading on the subject.
There does seem to be a correlation between Jupiter's orbital period and the sunspot cycle as both are roughly 11 years. But if there is an underlying mechanism (not conveniently dismissible as "coincidence"), it seems more likely that the mechanisms are electromagnetic rather than gravitational. Which would suggest a 3 body problem, with Saturn's impact on the electrodynamics modifying any solar - jovian model.
This is not some resurrection of an "electric universe" theory. Jupiter, Saturn, and even Earth all create distortions in the solar wind, and it should hardly be surprising if these large scale distortions did not feedback in some way to the coronal events. Whether this feedback is a significant moderator of coronal activity should be the question; that there is some feedback can be stipulated.
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