Congress invites key players to net neutrality hearing

Far too early to guess how this may play out. Should it lead to new legislation, for good or for ill, the back and forth at the FCC will effectively be ended. That means the stakes are pretty high. No idea if the fact it is a Republican calling for this discussion means their agenda would more likely inform any outcome, plus there are some very strong neutrality supporters among them, in particular Wyden and Issa.

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MIT working to make custom chips for AI more attractive for mobile

This reminds me of other research I’ve read about over the years to add other kinds of custom processors into the many core mix that is now prevalent even on mobile devices. This story isn’t even about creating a custom chip for neural networks but improving their power efficiency to make them more adoptable on phones.
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Copyright Office recommends permanently legalizing right to repair

Jason Koebler’s write up at Motherboard explains that the Copyright Office is essentially tired of granting the same exemption to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause for the right to repair locked down devices. If adopted, this would be a substantial win for copyright reform and suggests that the increasing activity in petitions for exemptions every three years could lead to further permanent reforms. Here’s to hoping.
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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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