Posted: 2011-09-07 06:03
By looking at the history of quantum computing experiments, one finds
an exponential increase in the number of qubits, similar to Moore's
law for classical computers. Quantum computing power doubles about
every six years, with quantum computers for real applications arriving
in between nine and twelve years if this trend continues.
Posted: 2011-09-01 03:17
I thought I let you know here that I've recently joined
Diaspora, the privacy-enabled open source social network. I'll
continue using this blog for longer posts, but short notices will
rather go there. My Diaspora handle is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: 2010-05-05 19:41
Google's Chrome browser has been accepted in
under the unbranded Chromium name. Currently, it's in the experimental
distribution, but as it does not depend on other stuff from
experimental, installation is not a big problem. Now I can finally get
serious with Web
Posted: 2010-04-19 19:30
The ongoing closure of European airspace due to volcanic ash after the
Eyjafjallajökull eruption may already have claimed the lives of
dozens of travelers without a single plane being crashed. The problem
is that travelers are forced to seek alternative transportation,
which typically are less safe than flying.
Posted: 2010-04-13 18:55
I spent some time playing around with
libquantum, the free quantum
simulation library, and created two musical compositions that
represent the inner workings of a quantum computer. So if you'd like
to know what a quantum computer sounds like, here's your chance!
Posted: 2010-03-15 16:20
A universal quantum
would be something quite useful to have, as it allows to simulate the
behavior of any quantum-mechanical system efficiently. We have been
able to show that one can build such a device with strongly
reported in our paper having just appeared in Nature
Posted: 2010-02-08 20:40
In recent days, you might have seen web adverts for investing into
Brazilian eucalyptus plantations, even on technically oriented
sites. While the investment may sound financially attractive it
presumably involves several ethical hazards.
Posted: 2010-02-02 06:33
The guys at Webmasterpro have published a
that analyzes the install base of various office packages among German
users. While Microsoft Office comes out top (72%), open source rival
OpenOffice is already installed on 21.5% of all PCs and growing.
Posted: 2009-12-08 19:18
With the economic crisis still being in full effect, Germany wants to
throw government money at another industry giant. However, this time
it is not an ailing car manufacturer, but the software producer
Microsoft. The German Federal Office for Information
(BSI) plans to team up with internet service providers (ISPs) to
establish a call center helping malware-troubled Windows users.
Posted: 2009-08-13 06:35
When preparing figures for papers or other scientific content I
routinely use PSfrag for
inserting LaTeX commands. Sometimes I would like to edit the result
with Inkscape to add
some fancy stuff, but unfortunately most of the time Inkscape cannot
open the created EPS file. I have written a short guide describing how
to finally get it to work.
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