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Google’s Quantum Computer Proven To Be Real Thing Almost | Enterprise | WIRED May 29, 2014

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No doubt, the argument will continue. But today, researchers at the University of Southern California published a paper that comes that much closer to showing the D-Wave is indeed a quantum computer. USC houses and operates the D-Wave system owned by Lockheed, and the researchers — led by Daniel Lidar, a professor of electrical engineering, chemistry, and physics — say they have at least shown the machine is not using a computing model known as “simulated annealing,” which obeys the laws of classical physics the physics of everyday life rather than the more elusive properties of quantum physics.

via Google’s Quantum Computer Proven To Be Real Thing Almost | Enterprise | WIRED.

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The errors of Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald May 21, 2014

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Edward Snowden is a child of the internet and at the same time an old American type—the solitary individual whose religion is conscience, and who follows his own regardless of where it takes him. The type goes back to the English Protestant dissenters who settled the New World in the 17th century. Its most eloquent exemplar was Henry David Thoreau, who wrote in “Civil Disobedience” (1849): “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.” Thoreau withdrew to a cabin on Walden Pond, and he refused to pay taxes in protest against the Mexican War and slavery. Snowden lives in the hyperconnected isolation of the internet, and in June 2013 he committed what might have been the largest breach of state secrecy in American history, exposing the extent of internet and phone surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

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The odds you’ll join the ranks of the long-term unemployed May 18, 2014

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In the late 1990s, when, believe it or not, unemployment dipped below 4 percent, there was a less than a 5 percent chance that an unemployed person would still be six months later. Those odds shot up to 15 percent after the tech bubble burst, and more or less stayed there during the jobless recovery into 2003. The housing bubble finally pushed unemployment, and with it the probability of becoming long-term unemployed, down—but neither got as low as they had been when we were partying like it was 1999.

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The odds you’ll join the ranks of the long-term unemployed May 18, 2014

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Employers preferred people without any relevant experience but who’d been unemployed less than six months to people with experience who’d been unemployed longer than that. In other words, how long you’d been out of work trumped all else.

via The odds you’ll join the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

Humanist Foundation Reaches Out to Religious Groups, Testing a Divide – NYTimes.com May 18, 2014

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Six months after starting a humanist charity in 2010, Dale McGowan unveiled a philanthropist’s version of a beta test. He already offered donors to his organization, the Foundation Beyond Belief, the opportunity to designate their gifts for groups that worked in fields like refugee aid and environmentalism. Then, in an contrarian brainstorm, he decided to try adding a category for progressive religious bodies.

He thought he had found the perfect test case with Quaker Peace and Social Witness, part of the British branch of the Society of Friends. Here was a nondogmatic denomination with a longstanding commitment to pacifism, racial equality and economic fairness. What, even for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, was there not to like?

via Humanist Foundation Reaches Out to Religious Groups, Testing a Divide – NYTimes.com.

Immigration helps American workers: The definitive argument May 7, 2014

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Despite manifold evidence to the contrary, the trope that immigrants steal Americans’ jobs and depress their wages comes up again and again when Congress toys with passing immigration reform (which, hey, might happen this year, you never know). It’s simple economics, the opponents insist: Increase the labor supply, and the price of work declines. There are only so many job openings in the world, and immigrants will fill them more cheaply if you let more of them in.

via Immigration helps American workers: The definitive argument.

Penny Floor By Ryan Lange And Emily Belden Uses 59,670 Coins (PHOTOS, VIDEO) May 2, 2014

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A penny saved is a penny earned, as the saying goes. And there’s no way to make sure you’re not spending those coins quite like… gluing them to your floor.

Chicago couple Ryan Lange and Emily Belden have created a penny floor by fastening 59,670 pennies to their 234-square-foot bedroom floor, creating a space that not only looks cool but we imagine also feels nice on bare feet.

via Penny Floor By Ryan Lange And Emily Belden Uses 59,670 Coins (PHOTOS, VIDEO).