By samzenpus from Slashdot's best-of-days department
writes: Last month, an elite team at IBM Research team announced an advance in quantum computing: it had built a four-qubit square lattice of superconducting qubits, roughly one-quarter-inch square, that was capable of detecting and measuring the two types of quantum computing errors (bit-flip and phase-flip). Previously, it was only possible to address one type of quantum error or the other. The next step is to correct quantum errors.
In a blog post, Mark Ritter, who oversees scientists and engineers at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Laboratory, wrote: "I believe we're entering what will come to be seen as the golden age of quantum computing research." His team, he said, is "on the forefront of efforts to create the first true quantum computer." But what would that mean, and what other big next steps are there?Read Replies (0)
By Roblimo from Slashdot's watch-the-spinning-light-and-feel-your-eyelids-growing-heavier-every-second department
Yesterday, in the intro to video number one of this two part extravaganza
we wrote, "The effects of light and dark on adults' Circadian rythym
has been studied over and over, but there hasn't been much research done on how light at night affects young children's sleep patterns."
Then we said, "This is the topic of Lameese Akacem's doctoral dissertation, and is a study being carried out under the aegis of the Sleep and Development Laboratory
at the University of Colorado, Boulder," and we mentioned that this research is (at least in part) crowdfunded
, and that the deadline for donating to this project is early next week, so if you feel this project is worth supporting you need to act within the next few days.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's folding-up-money department
Actor Harry Shearer, perhaps best known as the voice of several characters on The Simpsons
, including that of Montgomery Burns, will be leaving the show's cast
, according to CNN.
Showrunner Al Jean said Shearer was "offered the same deal as the rest of the cast, but turned it down." ... Shearer is not just walking away from Springfield, but also a large sum of money. The actor was offered a guaranteed $14 million for two years of work, according to someone with direct knowledge of the matter. The proposed deal also allowed for him to do other projects if he wished."
That last part, though, seems to be in dispute, and central to Shearer's decision to leave; Shearer tweeted that it's because he "wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work
."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's low-budget-high-value department
writes: Youtube now offers Black Angel, a short film shown in UK theaters before ESB. What was once thought lost is now found; enjoy.
This may be the best half-hour you spend today, even if you must "set your clocks back 34 years," as writer and director Roger Christian
advises. (Christian is also known for directing 2000's Battlefield Earth
.)Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's surely-you're-not-all-out-of-buzzwords department
writes: Many development teams have embraced Agile as the ideal method for software development, relying on cross-functional teams and adaptive planning to see their product through to the finish line. Agile has its roots in the Agile Manifesto, the product of 17 software developers coming together in 2001 to talk over development methods. And now one of those developers, Andy Hunt, has taken to his blog to argue that Agile has some serious issues. Specifically, Hunt thinks a lot of developers out there simply aren't adaptable and curious enough to enact Agile in its ideal form. 'Agile methods ask practitioners to think, and frankly, that's a hard sell,' Hunt wrote. 'It is far more comfortable to simply follow what rules are given and claim you're 'doing it by the book.'' The blog posting offers a way to power out of the rut, however, and it centers on a method that Hunt refers to as GROWS, or Growing Real-World Oriented Working Systems. In broad strokes, GROWS sounds a lot like Agile in its most fundamental form; presumably Hunt's future postings, which promise to go into more detail, will show how it differs. If Hunt wants the new model to catch on, he may face something of an uphill battle, given Agile's popularity.Read Replies (0)