Bookmarks for June 28th through June 29th

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for June 28th from 23:20 to 20:56:

  • The director of Netflix’s Ibiza has never even been to Ibiza – Comment – Mixmag – “But none of the film was actually shot in Ibiza was it? Like none at all? *long silence* Yeah that’s correct.”
  • Extreme heat can be dangerous for people taking psychiatric medication | MetaFilter – “Psychiatric medications can interfere with the body's ability to regulate temperature, and most patients don't know, experts say.”
  • Using the Office 365 Activities API to Investigate Business Email Compromises – “Within the Outlook REST API, there is an undocumented API subset known as Activities. This API subset is included in all three versions (v1.0, v2.0, and beta) of the Outlook REST API. This article focuses primarily on the v2.0 implementation.”
  • Unlimited data plans are a mess: here’s how to pick the best one – The Verge – “By name alone, it’s incredibly difficult to parse what you’re getting from each and what the downsides might be.

    Would you be able to tell whether Verizon’s Above Unlimited or Beyond Unlimited is the more premium plan? No. How could anyone? Doesn’t it sound like Beyond Unlimited should be better than Above Unlimited? It’s actually the opposite, by Verizon’s logic.”

  • Quantum Computing Promises New Insights, Not Just Supermachines – “Thus, the sole reason to prefer a quantum computer is that the subatomic world obeys different laws of probability than the ones we are used to. In everyday life, it would be silly to speak of a “minus 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow,” much less a “square root of minus 1 percent chance.” However, quantum mechanics is based on numbers called amplitudes, which are closely related to probabilities but can also be negative (in fact, they are complex numbers). Crucially, if an event (say, a photon hitting a screen) can happen one way with positive amplitude, and a different way with negative amplitude, then the two amplitudes can “interfere destructively” and cancel each other out, so that the event never happens at all. The goal in quantum computing is to choreograph a computation so that the amplitudes leading to wrong answers cancel each other out, while the amplitudes leading to right answers reinforce.”
  • I’m Scott Aaronson, quantum computing/computational complexity researcher. AMA | Hacker News – “The difference between QC and all those other examples of interference is that, in the case of QC, the interference happens in configuration space rather than ordinary 3-dimensional space. And configuration space is enormous; it has a dimension that grows exponentially with the number of particles. The number of paths that could interfere with each other to produce a given amplitude is likewise exponential (in that case, in the number of computational steps).”
  • Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email – The Verge – “Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a dual-display design. According to a Microsoft internal document obtained by The Verge, it’s also going to be a pocketable Surface device.” Courier won’t go away, and the book is a pretty well tested form factor.
  • Trump is trying to destabilize the European Union – During a private meeting at the White House in late April, Trump was discussing trade with French President Emmanuel Macron. At one point, he asked Macron, “Why don’t you leave the E.U.?” and said that if France exited the union, Trump would offer it a bilateral trade deal with better terms than the E.U. as a whole gets from the United States, according to two European officials. The White House did not dispute the officials’ account, but declined to comment.