The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

Like the title says: Happy New Year! Looking back at the list of top scited papers on scirate.com, shows some good fun indeed: 23 SciTes – 0811.3171 Title: Quantum algorithm for solving linear systems of equations Authors: Aram W. Harrow, Avinatan Hassidim, Seth Lloyd 23 SciTes – 0809.3972 Title: A Counterexample to Additivity of Minimum…

Moving on to Chapter 1 in my ongoing pedantic plodding through Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. See here for what this is all about. Note that I really am doing this as I read the book (I’m reading it really really slowly), so what I say here may be outdated by the time…

So I picked up Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book Outliers: The Story of Success the other day, as I’m sure many of you will be doing on your next trip to the airport (where stands of Gladwell’s hardcover book, marked down thirty percent, block your every exit through the already cramped airport bookstores.) Gladwell’s books are…

Deleting arXiv References?

A while back, Aram commented on how he had trouble trying to get arXiv links into a paper he had written (read the further comments for a comment indicating that it was not the policy of the journal to do this.) Which reminded me: I believe I’ve submitted papers with arXiv references to Physical Review…

Villa Sophia Skiing

Skiing past our home in Seattle: Later a group of local kids made a snowboard jump…I would have used it but it didn’t look all that sturdy, and I probably would have ended up with an action shot of “Dave destroying local kids joy.”

Bouncing Back From Droping Off The Edge

Whew. That was quite a quarter! Talk about drinking straight from a firehose. Okay, okay, I still have a long list of missed deadlines that I need to get to ASAP, but at last it feels like maybe I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (don’t tell me its the next…

Conference Spam

Amusing, in a twisted an irritating sort of way. Who’s on first: Dear scholars: Here is an invitation letter from 6th International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management(ICSSSM’09) which will be held in Xiamen in June next year. We hope you can submit your new papers and exchange new ideas with us. There is…

Large Earth Collider

Oh noes: Scientists Warn Large Earth Collider May Destroy Earth: BATAVIA, IL–In October, Fermilab scientists joined a growing number of physicists around the world in warning that the Very Large Earth Collider–a $117 billion electromagnetic particle accelerator built to study astronomical phenomena by colliding Earth into various heavenly bodies–could potentially destroy Earth when it sends…

A Race

Who can find what is wrong the quickest in arXiv:0812.1385 (or verify that it is correct!)? 1,2,3,….go!

Ponzi Of a Billion Dollar Kind

Holy mole: a $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme run by Bernard L. Madoff. That’s an astounding amount of money if true. Update: This is now big news, of course. For an interesting read of someone who has been pursuing this fraud since 1999 see The World’s Largest Hedge Fund is a Fraud by Harry Markopolos.…