Building quantum registers from imperfect crystals

Chris Lee at Ars explains some new research that could fill in a critical piece needed for a practical quantum computer, a way of storing multiple qubits similar to a register in a classical computer so more sophisticated computation and communication can be realized. Lee does his usual excellent job of making what can be a pretty opaque topic very readable, especially how this likely informs future applications.
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Code cartoon on memory management, concurrent programming in the browser

I love Lin Clark’s code cartoons, as much for her incredibly clear explanations as for her fearless choice of advanced and in-the-weeds topics. Her latest, a three part series delving into some new low level capabilities that will make concurrent and high performance programming more possible in the browser is no exception.

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GnuPG project holding a fund raising rally

Gnu Privacy Guard, an open source crypto tool compatible with OpenPGP and laterally supporting dozens of different uses is trying to raise funds for a few months of some additional developers time. I use GPG daily, including signing and encrypting my mail, securing online chats, keeping my password store safe, and so much more. Please check it out and help if you can. If you want to know more ways to use GPG, find me on Freenode at #cmdln or keybase.
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Breakthrough at IBM will continue to fuel Moore’s Law

Brian Barrett at Wired has a good explainer on the challenges of scaling as the backbone of Moore’s Law. He goes over the transistor design that has helped keep the trend of price to performance going in the last few years as well as a new approach IBM is optimistic will keep the trend going for several more years. No mention in the article of where miniaturization reaches physical limits but that threshold is still out. Unlike this particular development, at a certain point the realities of physics at ridiculously small scales will required shifts away from transistors and silicon.

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Diversity in open source is worse than tech in general

Klint Finley at Wired shares a good summary of the findings an some research Github conducted to understand the diversity of open source contributors. The results aren’t surprising and Finley highlights one of the most important consequence, how the low level of contribution from non-white, non-male people could make their ability to enter the profession that much more difficult. The article includes some good, broad advice for both companies supporting open source and community leaders.
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