Who Needs Pricey Quantum Computers When You Can Have p-bits?

Researchers claim they have built the first hardware for a ‘probabilistic computer’ that uses ‘p-bits’ to do what some quantum computers can do, but more cheaply and at room temperature. Quick but necessary backgrounder: normal computers run on bits that are expressed in 1s or 0s. The reason quantum computers are considered the next big advance in computing power is because they use ‘qubits’, which sport two key properties: (1) superpositioning (i.e. they can potentially represent a 1 or a 0 at the same time) and (2) entanglement (meaning two…

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How to upload files to Google Drive using computer: A complete guide

Here’s how to upload files to Google Drive on computer | Representative image Google Drive is one of the safest places to store your files. It not only keeps your file but also lets you access them from anywhere at any time on multiple platforms like computers, Smartphone or your tablet. You can upload a variety of files on Google Drive, like: Documents Images Audio Video There are different ways to upload content to Google Drive. Which one is right for you depends on where you store your information and…

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Microsoft has a new way to keep your computer’s firmware from being hacked

In the constant cat and mouse game that is PC security, hackers have increasingly turned to firmware exploits to carry out their attacks. There are a couple of reasons for the uptick. One obvious one is that firmware, as the code that defines the relationship between hardware and software, is vitally important to any computer. Another major issue is that firmware is often written by hardware manufacturers instead of operating system developers like Microsoft. This means there are countless different varieties of firmware, each with their own particular set of…

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Why it’s dangerous to liken DNA to computer code

Watson and Crick with a model of DNA, the code of biological life, in 1953. Photograph: A Barrington Brown/Science Photo Library Afew days ago, on my way to a discussion in the exquisite little McCrum theatre, which is hidden away in the centre of Cambridge, I had to pass through the courtyard of the Eagle pub in Bene’t Street. As I did so, I suddenly remembered that this is the hostelry where, on 28 February 1953, Francis Crick, rushing in from the nearby Cavendish Lab, announced to astonished lunchers that he and James Watson…

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FLORIDA PAYS $600,000 RANSOM TO HACKERS WHO PARALYSED THE CITY’S COMPUTER SYSTEMS

A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its records, which the hackers encrypted. The council already voted to spend almost $1 million on new computers and hardware after hackers captured the city’s system three weeks ago. The hackers…

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Computer Science’s Gender Gap Will Take More Than A Century To Fix

The gender gap in computer science research won’t reach equality for more than a century, according to new research released Friday that showed computer science isn’t just lagging behind, it’s also going in the wrong direction. An analysis of 2.87 million computer science research papers between 1970 and 2018 shows that “under our most optimistic projection models, gender parity is forecast to be reached by 2100, and significantly later under more realistic assumptions,” researchers wrote. “In contrast, parity is projected to be reached within two to three decades in the…

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Scott Hiett: The Next Generation Of Computer Science

Scott Hiett is one to watch. I spoke to the 15-year-old Marling School student soon after his victory at Finastra’s FusionONE Hackathon, beating other developers double (or even triple) his age with his team’s winning product HYBER, an AI-based foreign exchange app that allows users to grow holiday money ahead of their trip. When Hiett was seven, he bought himself a ‘Teach Yourself Visual Basic’ book with a gift voucher he got for his birthday and “read it backwards, forwards, upside down, left to right, and spent a lot of…

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Rare Apple-1 computer to go under the hammer at Christie’s, may fetch Rs 4.56 cr

Related Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe fetches $1.02 million at Christie’s auction Travelling frames: George Michael’s personal art collection to go on tour before Christie’s auction Jeff Koons’ sculpture named ‘Rabbit’ goes under the hammer, fetches $91 mn at auction Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe fetches $1.02 million at Christie’s auction Travelling frames: George Michael’s personal art collection to go on tour before Christie’s auction NEW DELHI: In 1976, Apple Inc made and sold the first ever Apple computer. Fewer than half of the 200 Apple-1 computers, ever…

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