The new Apple Mac Pro hit the tech news headlines this week for two reasons: undisputed levels of power and an eye-wateringly overwhelming price tag.The computer, which became available to buy Tuesday, is advertised with a base price of $5,999, but as commentators note, the top configuration will actually set you back over $52,000. And that's before you add the "Pro" monitor or "Pro" stand, which will cost an additional $6,000. With a top price greater than the base version of the Tesla Cybertruck, which costs $39,900, is the Mac Pro worth it? For its audience, the answer may be yes.For its part, Apple has been clear about who the device is for. Spoiler: Netflix gazers, casual shoppers and Facebook addicts may not need the one of the world's most powerful graphics cards and 28 CPU cores.As marketing executive Phil Schiller noted in the June media release debuting the return of the cheese grater-style aesthetic, the powerhouse is designed for those who require "extreme performance, … [Read more...] about The New Apple Mac Pro Computer Can Cost More than a Tesla Cybertruck—Is It Worth It?
It's a joint research project with Microsoft. Stephen Shankland December 10, 2019 3:12 PM PST Listen - 02:57 Quantum computers are highly experimental today, but Ford says it's got evidence the radical new technology already shows promise for improving transportation. Through a partnership with Microsoft, it used "quantum-inspired" technology -- though not an actual quantum computer -- to test a traffic-routing algorithm that cut Seattle traffic by 73% and shortened commuting times by 8% in a simulation of 5,000 cars.It's a promising data point, but a lot of questions remain about quantum computers. The technology is extremely expensive and finicky today, requiring teams of experts to program and operate. Mainstream use of quantum computers is still likely years away, with several breakthroughs required to unlock the promise of this radically different way of processing data. And there's debate about when quantum computers will … [Read more...] about Ford quantum computing experiment cuts traffic, commute times
This spring, a mysterious figure calling themselves the Quantum Bullshit Detector strolled onto the Twitter scene. Posting anonymously, they began to comment on purported breakthroughs in quantum computing—claims that the technology will speed up artificial intelligence algorithms, manage financial risk in banks, and break all encryption. The account preferred to express its opinions in a single word: “Bullshit.” The provocations perplexed experts in the field. Because of the detector’s familiarity with jargon and the online personalities it chose to follow, the person or persons behind the account seemed to belong to the quantum community. Researchers were unaccustomed to such brazen trolling from someone in their own ranks. “So far it looks pretty well-calibrated, but [...] vigilante justice is a high-risk affair,” wrote physicist Scott Aaronson on his blog a month after the detector’s debut. People discussed online whether to take the … [Read more...] about Revolt! Scientists Say They’re Sick of Quantum Computing’s Hype
A furious computer geek bitter about getting sacked became a hacker and wiped out servers belonging to the online giant Amazon, a court heard today. Steffan Needham, 35, is accused of targeting Amazon's cloud-based computers which stored his former employer's technical data. His trial heard he caused thousands of pounds worth of harm in around one week in May 2016. The jury at Reading Crown Court was today told Needham was released from his contract with digital marketing and software company Voova after a month's trial when the firm became concerned by his below-par performance,. Richard Moss, prosecuting, said Needham hacked into his colleague Andy Gonzalez's computer account, used the login "Speedy" and began altering the account settings in the days after his dismissal. And he then allegedly began deleting Voova online servers, hosted by online giants Amazon Web Services. Mark Bond, Voova CEO, told the court the company provided services to transport companies, the biggest of which … [Read more...] about Computer geek nicknamed ‘Speedy’ accused of hacking Amazon servers after being fired
A tiny Raspberry Pi computer has been used to steal sensitive data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), it has emerged. The credit card-sized computer costs around £30, and has been promoted as a way to teach basic computer science in schools. However, one of the devices found its way onto the JPL network and has been used to steal 23 files containing approximately 500 MB of data. NASA said two of the files that were taken contained International Traffic in Arms Regulations information related to the Mars Science Laboratory mission. These files are particularly sensitive because they deal with the international transfer of restricted military and space technology. The hacker reportedly gained access to the JPL internal network via the Raspberry Pi by hijacking its user account. Once inside, he or she was able to exploit weaknesses in JPL's system of security controls to move around undetected, gaining access to two of the three primary JPL networks. The attacker … [Read more...] about NASA Jet Propulsion Lab computer network HACKED using £30 Raspberry Pi computer
Advertisement In the simplest of terms, computer science is the study of information (“data”) and how it can be manipulated (“algorithms”) to solve problems, mostly in theory but also in practice.Computer science is not the study of computers, nor does it strictly require the use of computers. Data and algorithms are possible to compute using pen and paper, which makes “computer science” a misnomer. Computer science is more akin to mathematics, which is why some now prefer to use the term “informatics” instead.Computer science often gets conflated with three other fields, which are related but not exactly the same: Computer engineering — Involves the study of data and algorithms, but in the context of computer hardware. How do electronic components communicate? How to design microprocessors? How to improve chipset efficiency? Software Engineering — You can think of this as “applied computer science,” in that … [Read more...] about What Is Computer Science?