• COMPUTERS
    Computers and authority: Defeatism, enemy of freedom

    Fighting a battle when the odds are against you requires a lot of courage and a strong moral conviction. These attributes perhaps best describe Dr Richard M. Stallman (RMS to fellow programmers) for whom computing freedom is non-negotiable. A pioneer in the field of computing, Stallman could see how computing would be used to control […]

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    Computers and authority

    Computational sovereignty is a concept that applies to governments, especially to countries. A country’s government should be sovereign. It should make decisions about that country in accord with the people that it serves. A legitimate government has to be democratic. If it is not democratic it shouldn’t continue to be the government. But if the […]

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    Photographing computers to show the art inside the black box

    What computers mean to us depends largely on what we bring to them. Our expectations, our past experience, the dreams and myths that surround them, their physical characteristics—all these aspects resonate on multiple, often overlapping levels. One level is aesthetic. Many nonspecialists in the computer arts enjoy these machines for their visual appeal and curiosity. […]

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    Rush to fix computers in England’s courts

    The Ministry of Justice is rushing to fix IT issues affecting courts across England. Lawyers say trials have been delayed, jurors are unable to enrol and witness statements are inaccessible. Twitter user @BarristerSecret said the “entire digital infrastructure” of courts had been “broken for days”. The Common Platform, a system shared between the police, the […]

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    New partnership teaches community how to use computers

    A new partnership has been announced to teach folks how to use a computer! About 11% of Americans do not have access to the internet according to a study conducted in 2018 by Pew research. This is particularly problematic here in the County, as it causes folks to fall behind in our digital age. To […]

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    Government’s new snoop order on computers: SC issues notice

    New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Union Government among others on a petition that challenged the decision authorising 10 agencies to monitor, decrypt any computer. The petition filed by advocate, M L Sharma challenged the validity of the order was passed by the Ministry for Home Affairs last week. The […]

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    Snapdragon 8cx Is Qualcomm’s Latest Chip for Always-On, Always-Connected Windows 10 Machines

    Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, on Thursday pushed further into the PC market with a line of chips designed to power business machines. Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon” processor chips historically have been at the heart of mobile phones like Alphabet’s Google Pixel phone and many Samsung Electronics Co devices. Over the past year, though, Qualcomm […]

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    US Senate computers will use disk encryption

    The US Senate will enable disk encryption on all Senate computers as a basic security measure that will make it harder for spies or criminals to extract sensitive data from stolen Senate staff PCs or hard drives. The decision was taken last month by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which instructed the Senate […]

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    Indian Police Break Up International Computer Virus Scam

    Police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. UP police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested Tuesday and Wednesday […]

  • Machine Learning and Big Data in the Quantum Computing Age

    In the information technology age, on an average 2.5 exabytes of data is produced every day, which is equivalent to the content of 5 million laptops. Humongous isn’t it? Here is more, on a daily basis, every minute 3.2 billion global internet users add massive data to the data banks with 347,222 Tweets, 4.2 million Facebook likes, 9,722 […]

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    Understanding quantum computers: The noise problem

    Quantum computers are fragile miracles of physics that are unreliable, cost-prohibitive, and more error-prone than a shortstop with no depth perception. But, if we ever want to get to Star Trek levels of technology, we probably need them. To make them useful we have to make them reliable. And that’s a pretty tall order. The […]