All quantum supremacy is fleeting Scott Fulton explains how Google astonished the world by claiming its prototype quantum processor has achieved “supremacy” -- the ability to process a task in seconds that would take a classical supercomputer more than a lifetime. But how long can Google reign supreme before IBM mounts a challenge to its legitimacy? Months? Days? Read more: https://zd.net/2K5bKiK If quantum computing is ever to transcend the realm of experiment and become a legitimate industry, it will need to sustain a legitimate business model. Businesses invest in machines and technologies — or, in the case of the cloud, in the services that provide them — when they have become reliable. They function as their users and operators expect them to. If any one machine is declared supreme above all others in its class, businesses expect this supremacy to be sustained, and as a result, for their investment decisions to be subject to immediate change. In this … [Read more...] about The quantum supremacy enigma: Can Google’s claim withstand scrutiny?
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Bone-crunching hits and flying tackles are part of what makes football fun to watch, but they are also part of the reason the sport is now facing scrutiny over the serious head injuries that it can bring. Now, in response to concerns from the public and players about injuries, research into making football safer has become a leading topic of discussion for the NFL and many sports medicine organizations, experts say.An investigation published last week by The New York Times revealed that concussion research from the National Football League (NFL) was incomplete to the point of being misleading. According to the Times, data that the NFL used in 13 peer-reviewed articles, which supported the NFL's claims that brain injuries from football cause no extended harm to players, left out over 100 diagnosed concussions, including the injury that ended the career of Steve Young.The Times concluded that the league's database was compiled to make concussions seem less frequent than they … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Science Could Make Football Safer
CNET Decade in Review: 2010-2019 From the iPad to selfies to fake meat, we look back at an action-packed decade Read More Over the past decade, the information security (infosec) field has seen a near-constant rise in malware activity.Without a doubt, the 2010s was the decade when malware exploded from a casual semi-ammateriush landscape into a full-blown criminal operation, capable of generating hundreds of millions of US dollars per year for the actors involved.While there were thousands of malware strains that have been active in the 2010s, a few malware botnets have risen above the rest in terms of spread and size, ammounting to what some security researchers would call "super botnets."Malware strains like Necurs, Andromeda, Kelihos, Mirai, or ZeroAccess have made a name for themselves after they've infected millions of devices across the globe.This article aims to summarize the biggest malware botnets that we've seen over the past ten years. Since tracking botnets is never … [Read more...] about A decade of malware: Top botnets of the 2010s