DTNS 2141: Quanto smash!

DTNS logo by Sam SmithDarren Kitchen of Hak5 joins me to talk about Quantum Computers and free Harvard coding classes, while Len Peralta illustrates the show and introduces us to Quanto!

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Show Notes

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption:  The Washington Post reports the NSA is building a “crypto logically useful computer” according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The $79.7 million research program is named “Penetrating Hard Targets”. Quantum Computers have been demonstrated by labs in the EU and Switzerland and a company called D-Wave. Quantum computers are actually slower than classical computers at most tasks but can perform certain functions like factoring prime numbers more efficiently.

Further reading on Quantum Computing (from Darren)

https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-for-quantum-computing/quantum-computing-101

http://www.pro-technix.com/information/crypto/pages/vernam_base.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venona_project

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-quantum_cryptography

CES: Wearables, 4k video & tablets: A quick search on Google News for the terms ‘CES expect’ reveals 13,000 results that indicate wearable, 4k video & tablets will be the big trend. Now you don’t have to go.

News From You: 

Engadget reports that Fox will continue the tradition of streaming the US Super Bowl football game for free online. Fox will also stream its playoff coverage but that will only be available to certain cable subscribers. CBS, the network that streamed the Super Bowl for free last year, will be streaming all of its playoff coverage online for free. (Submitted by flyingspatula)

EDX, a Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC provider, will offer Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science course online absolutely free with no prerequisites. Languages covered include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML.  (Submitted by Skyjedi)

According to GigaOm, YouTube will not only show off 4K Streaming at CES but will do it with their own royalty-free VP9 codec. Google’s been trying to push the codec since it acquired it back in the VP8 days. This time they have 19 hardware partners on board to help the push, including big companies like Sony, Intel, Samsung, Broadcom and Marvell among others.  (Submitted by spsheridan) 

More links from the show:  

BlackBerry wants Seacrest OUT — of the physical keyboard business:

http://gigaom.com/2014/01/03/blackberry-files-lawsuit-against-typo-ryan-seacrests-keyboard-startup/

T-Mobile CEO calls AT&T’s latest promotion a “desperate move”:

http://recode.net/2014/01/03/t-mobile-ceo-calls-atts-bid-to-poach-his-customers-a-desperate-move/

CES: What Acer is bringing to Las Vegas:

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/01/03/acer-unveils-two-new-sub-200-android-tablets-1099-desktop-updated-c720-chromebook/#!rgamg

Twitter launches Vine for the Web:

http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/01/03/twitter-launches-vine-web/#!rfUCF

Snapchat will let users opt out of its Find Friends feature: 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/02/snapchat-security/4295789/

DTNS 2141: Quanto smash!

DTNS logo by Sam SmithDarren Kitchen of Hak5 joins me to talk about Quantum Computers and free Harvard coding classes, while Len Peralta illustrates the show and introduces us to Quanto!

Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org.

MP3

Please SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Big thanks to Dan Lueders for the music!

Big thanks to Sam Smith for the logo!

Show Notes

Further reading on Quantum Computing (from Darren)

DTNS 2140: My car has lasers

DTNSTim Stevens joins me to talk about the tech news of the day, Ford’s solar car, and auto expectations at CES.

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Show Notes:

Laser Solar Car of the Future? BBC News reports that at CES, Ford will show off a new concept version of it’s C-Max hybrid that uses solar panels on the roof to supplement charging. A lens on the roof tracks the sun and concentrates rays on the solar cells to maximize collection.

Plea Bargain: The New York Times editorial board has asked the US government to consider a plea bargain for leaker Edward Snowden.

News From You:

According to Business Insider, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is now taking Bitcoins for his campaign fund against Texas Senator John Cornyn. (Submitted by jjd241)

BBC News reports that the YS FAA has announced six states will host sites for testing commercial drones. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the tests for developing safety regulations. (Submitted by KAPT_Kipper)

More links from the show: 

Skype hacked:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-skypes-twitter-to-warn-of-ongoing-surveillance/

Snapchat, too:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/31/hackers-claim-to-publish-list-of-4-6m-snapchat-usernames-and-numbers/

Nest Labs valued at 2 billion after $150 million funding round:

http://recode.net/2014/01/02/nest-raising-huge-new-round-from-dst-valuing-smart-home-startup-at-upwards-of-2-billion/

CES: LG to unveil smart TV powered by WebOS:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/12/lgs-webos-powered-smart-tv-set-to-debut-at-ces-2014/

Dark Wallet, brought to you by the creator of the 3D gun:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/31/5051116/3d-printed-gun-maker-cody-wilson-crowdfunding-dark-wallet

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi doubled smartphone sales in 2013

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57616450-94/xiaomi-well-double-our-smartphone-sales-in-2014/

S&L Podcast – #157 – Marie Brennan’s Fantasy Brings the Science to Fiction

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We chat with Marie Brennan about her historical fiction her fictionalized history and all kinds of matters relating to anthropology, ethnography, archaeology and natural history. And dragons. Plus get a peek at how much glee she takes in chopping off hands. That and more insights coming your way in this interview with Marie Brennan.

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Wikipedia article on Marie Brennan

Swan Tower (Marie Brennan’s site)

 

S&L Podcast – #156 – Wrapping Up Dragons!

It’s a no-holds barred episode where Tom and Veronica reveal their most horrible secrets.  Happy Christmas! Also good news from Scott Lynch, slightly bad news from Charles Stross, and the book character you want on your side in a bar fight.    

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Talisker 18    
Veronica: 2010 Pali Wine Co. Tower 15 The Jetty    
    
QUICK BURNS    
    
New writer hired to continue ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ book series    
PSA: Why there won’t be a third book in the Halting State trilogy    
Scott Lynch on THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN    
New Yorker on Kim Stanley Robinson: “Our Greatest Political Novelist”    
    

CALENDAR
   
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES    
    
First Tantalizing Footage from Game of Thrones Season 4!    

BOOK WRAP-UP   
    
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (but actually by Marie Brennan)    
    
Alt: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik    
    
Next Book: Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delany (Damon Knight Grand Master Recipient)    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD    
Reading Goals for 2014    
Improved version of Reading Goals thread    
Favorite Series?    
When in trouble, who’d you want watching your back?    
    
EMAIL    
    
I just wanted to send along a thank you to you guys and the whole sword and laser community. Thanks to the sword and laser hive-mind I was able to pull together the resources I needed to complete my Masters Thesis in History. I defended my thesis today and passed! Sword and laser’s book club also provided a much needed respite from the demands of grad school. If anyone’s interested I wrote my thesis on the perception of the atomic bomb in American media in the postwar period. And so many people from this group helped me find the works I needed to bolster my research. Thanks again! 

-Bethany 
    
ADDENDUMS    
Borderlands Meetup Jan. 20     

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