IT/Web: November 2018 Archives

Keith's note: If you go to this NASA CIO page "Security Requirements & Policies" you will see that they list all of their directives and memos but you cannot download any of them since there are no links. Lets focus on the first one on the list: "NPR 1382.1A, NASA Privacy Procedural Requirements, July 10, 2013". If you go to NASA NODIS (NASA Online Directive Information System) and enter the document number the search engine cannot find the document. But if you go to the link 1000-1999 Organization and Administration and search for it manually you can find it. But if you use Google and just cut and paste the title in the search box a link to the document magically appears. So please tell me how much credence you can put on a IT management system or a CIO organization where you cannot even use an official policy policy document search engine to find the documents that governs their own core responsibilities?

Google has enlisted NASA to help it prove quantum supremacy within months, Technology Review

"Quantum supremacy is the idea, so far undemonstrated, that a sufficiently powerful quantum computer will be able to complete certain mathematical calculations that classical supercomputers cannot. Proving it would be a big deal because it could kick-start a market for devices that might one day crack previously unbreakable codes, boost AI, improve weather forecasts, or model molecular interactions and financial systems in exquisite detail. The agreement, signed in July, calls on NASA to "analyze results from quantum circuits run on Google quantum processors, and ... provide comparisons with classical simulation to both support Google in validating its hardware and establish a baseline for quantum supremacy."

NASA/Google Space Act Agreement


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