The Quantum Pontiff

Category archives for Computers

Today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at the University of Washington in the Microsoft Atrium of the Computer Science & Engineering department’s Paul Allen Center. As you can tell from that first sentence UW and Microsoft have long had very tight connections. Indeed, perhaps the smartest thing the UW has ever done was, when they…

Help Rod With His Summer Reading

Rod Van Meter is in search of some summer reading: I’m feeling the need to recharge my store of ideas, and I have the nagging feeling that my lack of currency in a bunch of fields is causing me to miss some connections I could use in my own research. So, I’m looking for a…

Original McEliece Cracked

Shor’s algorithm is an algorithm for quantum computers which allows for efficiently factoring of numbers. This in turn allows Shor’s algorithm to break the RSA public key cryptosystem. Further variations on Shor’s algorithm break a plethora of other public key cryptosystems, including those based on elliptic curves. The McEliece cryptosystem is one of the few…

Graceful Error Handling?

Running a process to fix the utf-8 support on using the unix “screen” command I got the following crash: Suddenly the Dungeon collapses!! – You die… Doh!