Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

“A Lithuanian Phisher Tricked Two Big US Tech Companies Into Wiring Him $100 Million”

March 23, 2017

https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/03/22/2038204/a-lithuanian-phisher-tricked-two-big-us-tech-companies-into-wiring-him-100-million

My favorite sharing economy business: homedine.com

March 22, 2017

https://techcrunch.com/2013/07/12/homedine-iphone-app/

“HomeDine is for regular people who want to throw lavish dinner parties on their own and invite friends and strangers to join.”

“The Last Mile [is] a charity that teaches San Quentin inmates how to start businesses and code websites, for which they can earn up to $17 an hour.”

March 18, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21718897-idaho-prisoners-roast-potatoes-kentucky-they-sell-cattle-prison-labour

From time to time a colleague of mine would suggest that inmates could participate in programming projects . . .

“Companies will face a shortage of 1.8 million information security personnel by 2022, up 20% from 1.5 million in 2015.”

March 16, 2017

http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2017/03/16/the-morning-download-oracles-cloud-revenue-shows-strong-growth/

“[A] 100-logical-qubit quantum computer [could do a certain analysis in hours or days,] a conventional supercomputer [in] billions of years.”

March 16, 2017

http://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2017-03-09/quantum-devices#s-5

Excerpt:

Dr Svore and her colleagues are also making estimates of how many qubits, and minutes, would be needed to crack specific problems. She says the numbers are “down dramatically”, thanks to recent improvements in keeping qubits under tighter control. For example, she reckons that a thorough analysis of the energy-intensive nitrogenase reaction to make fertiliser would take a 100-logical-qubit quantum computer hours or perhaps days, whereas a conventional supercomputer would need billions of years. The prize might be a cut of 1-2% in global natural-gas consumption.