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Speakeasy forum: Canada and Computers. During the roll out of Obamacare

by: Rob_Boyter February 10, 2014 4:59 PM PST

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Canada and Computers. During the roll out of Obamacare

by Rob_Boyter - 2/10/14 4:59 PM

I watched a Main Stream Medium Anchor say "Canada isn't exactly known for computing", simply displaying what Canadians would call typical American ignorance and arrogance nicely wrapped up in a single statement. But I'm not here to talk about that. That CGI are well known for promising more than they can deliver, they're a real programmer with a bit of a scam operation layered on top. Canadian business and government don't use them without airtight contracts, but they have some times done reasonably good work.

The RIM Insitute in Waterloo is a major computer/smart phone development centre and had this been 3 or 4 or 5 years ago I could have pointed to the successes of Blackberry, but as with so many leading cell innovators they have been supplanted by others. The US Military think highly enough of Blackberry and Research in Motion to have bought into the company.

2 of the best makers of Graphics Cards, ATI and NVidia are Canadian companies and numberous gaming companies like Electronic Arts and UbiSoft and many others are based here.

The latest issue of Time Magazine notes that there is only one producer of a "Quantum" computer, D-Wave located in Burnaby BC. Now from what I can judge, The D-Wave $10 million computer which has been bought by Google and an unnamed Intelligence Agency (either NSA or CIA) and a couple of other purchasers, isn't actually a Quantum computer in the true meaning of the term. In fact so far as I can tell it won't outperform similar bleeding edge technology, but D-Wave think it will.

It functions at roughly 1 degree Fahrenheit above Absolute Zero, making use of superconduction.

I'm not nailing my credibility to D-Wave, or any other manufacturer, but the US and the Far East aren't the only places where significant innovation and design leaps are being made.


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