February 24, 2006

42 This is the answer to all our power problems: a quantum computer that processes data before it is even switched on.
  • *brain overheats, stalls, shuts down*
  • I have found my new office strategy - working while not working. Woo! *Takes long lunch*
  • Provided I'm not completely misunderstanding the entire subject due to profound ignorance and a tragically mistaken faith in my feeble ability to understand the universe, this just might be the Coolest Thing Ever!
  • Zen computing. Should this be under petebest's post?
  • Does this mean it'll run a Playstation 3 emulator and have some fun game for me to play before it's released. Bah... what good is it then?
  • If a computer runs (either in the forest or out)and there's no program there to see it, does it make an answer?
  • "A non-running computer produces fewer errors," Best excuse ever.
  • I call bullshit. If it affects a change then my definition says it's running. Granted, I ain't no brainy science guy, but I does know one thing what is about words. Well, not all the time! Just most of it
  • Justify your semantical dogma how ever you like petebest!
  • Happy Birthday Medusa! Oh..wait, I'm early...it's just that I've got pete's pants on my head and got confused...
  • Wtf? oO
  • Does this mean I'm right in commenting without RTFP?
  • or is it RTFL....
  • wait i just knew the answer without even thinking of the question
  • yes but were you running?
  • Just oozing slightly.
  • When this idea of a quantum computer first emerged several years ago, it was thought/hypothesized that such an approach would only work half the time. But now some of the physicists think there's a chance of getting it to be right all the time. Most of us haven't really got our minds wrapped firmly yet around the idea that objects may simultaneously exist and not exist. (I can't claim to, certainly.) But this seems to be the heart of the matter insofar as the rational part of my mind is grasping it here. Reminds me of Lewis Carroll's queen telling Alice she made it a daily practice to believe 'six impossible things before breakfast'. Interesting times. Considering events unfolding on the very small and quirky-quarky scale seems to indicate things exist exist/don't exist in potential, as opposed to absolutely existing or not existing. Which seems the stuff, to me, of thought itself. With poetry -- and indeed, with language -- one is always being confronted with ambiguity, which now seems to be an intrinsic facet of the physical nature.
  • I always like to start the show with something impossible - so I will now suck this piano into my lungs with a straw. /Steve_Martin