Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

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Illustration: iStockphoto In November, IEEE Spectrum published an expert-written feature titled, “The Case Against Quantum Computing.” In it, the author, Mikhail Dyakonov, defended his view that practical general-purpose quantum computers would not be built anytime in the foreseeable future. As you might expect at this time of great enthusiasm for quantum computing, the article ruffled…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The FBI of the National Park Service

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The FBI of the National Park Service

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The 33 special agents assigned to the Investigative Services Branch handle the most complex crimes committed on NPS land. When a day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park ended in a grisly death, ISB veteran Beth Shott hit the trail, where she began unraveling a harrowing case. The 911 call came in at 5:55 p.m.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Brazil’s National Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Backup

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Brazil’s National Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Backup

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Fire doesn’t heed history. It doesn’t care about posterity or culture or memory. Fire consumes everything and anything, even if that thing is the last of its kind. On Sunday night, it came for the National Museum of Brazil, burning for six hours and leaving behind ashes where there had been dinosaur fossils, the oldest…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The National Risk Management Center Will Combat Critical Infrastructure Hacks

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The National Risk Management Center Will Combat Critical Infrastructure Hacks

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Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses the DHS Cybersecurity Summit in New York City.Kevin Hagen/Getty ImagesDepartment of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses the DHS Cybersecurity Summit in New York City.Kevin Hagen/Getty ImagesAs the threat of cyberattacks on the United States launched by foreign adversaries grows, the federal government has been slow to…