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Comment Always happy to hear about hardware progress (Score 3, Informative) 42

But nothing report here is particularly new. It has been known for quite some time now that breaking encryption takes a lot of qubits, whereas quantum chemistry can be accelerated with relative modest qubits amounts, assuming they can implement universal QC gate model operations.

Comment Re: FRost (Score 1) 624

Germany has much less workers with academic degrees, but there's a highly developed apprenticeship structure in place.

As to the currency, inflation has been very low, and the other countries in the Euro zone obviously cannot suffer from a currency disadvantage if they use the same one. Unless the Chinese currency the Euro is freely traded, so to argue its value is pointless, it is worth what the market determines it to be by the free flow of ask and bid trades. If you know a better way to determine the fair value of a currency I'd be interested to learn it.

Comment MS plays the software patents game now (Score 4, Informative) 224

Microsoft makes money of Open Source software by shaking down companies that deploy it. I.e. they weaponize their software patent portfolio.

That's how they make money from Android.

Recently, they received good press for their Azure patents protection offer, but it is not what it seems at first glance, their is nothing benign about it. It's just a dressed up protection racket.

And while moving their Quantum Computing software to github, gave them press that they "Open Sourced" it, nothing could be further from the truth.

They will try to get a stranglehold on the future of computing, just as they had it in the PC market. They just switched strategy, but this tiger won't change its stripes.

Comment Re:America! (Score 1) 726

The money you have to pay for the license is an investment, and only pays off if the framework stays in place.

So yes, the point is to protect the incumbents from more competition without eliminating it altogether. Cap drivers still compete for business. The cities wanted to curtail the number of cabs on the road and ensure that the business model works for the drivers. That it also puts money into he citie's treasuries is a nice side-effect.

The regulatory framework accomplishes exactly what it was designed for.

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