The Quantum Pontiff

The ads on scienceblogs today lead me to find out that, apparently, I can buy a quantum computer right here from Seattle based REI:
And only $70 bucks! Jeez, those D-wave investors overpaid. I wonder how you use it to factor? But the number in the bag and wait?


  1. #1 Greg Laden
    April 9, 2008

    No, no, no. This is a Quantum Computer BRIEF. … Like underwear, but for your computer. … Quantumly.

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    April 9, 2008

    I thought it meant that it only worked briefly. And then turned back into a piece of luggage.

  3. #3 HennepinCountyLawyer
    April 9, 2008

    No, that’s a legal brief in a computer case. “Quantum” means it’s the shortest brief a lawyer is capable of writing. Probably the number of pages equals the reciprocal of Planck’s Constant.

  4. #4 Dave Bacon
    April 9, 2008

    Ah, so number of pages is measured in inverse action units!

  5. #5 Ian Durham
    April 9, 2008

    By that argument quantum field theorists would make excellent lawyers since they usually work in natural units such that h = 1. Can you imagine if quantum field theorists had written the tax code? Would have saved a lot of trees…

  6. #6 SavageHenry
    April 10, 2008

    Oh. I thought it was a vintage thing. Schroedinger’s briefcase. You could put the numbers in, at which point they’ll be both factored and not factored. I think it may explain why he always had a slightly disappointed look on his face when rooting around inside it.

  7. #7 Jason Failes
    April 10, 2008

    Wow, no one saw Moore’s law working out like That….

    (well maybe Ray Kurzweil)

  8. #8 Dave Bacon
    April 10, 2008

    Ian: I immediately think of “axiomatic tax code”

  9. #9 Ian Durham
    April 10, 2008

    …and my very strange mind immediately wonders if attempts to axiomatize the tax code would be foiled by Gödel’s theorem.

    Strange unrelated fact: Gödel apparently found a logical flaw in the constitution that would supposedly lead to an autocratic government but Einstein talked him out of mentioning it to the judge at his citizenship hearing. The idea was written down in German and is supposedly in the Gödel archives awaiting re-discovery…

  10. #10 Dave Bacon
    April 10, 2008
  11. #11 mrG
    April 13, 2008

    It is clearly a brief (case) wherein you may (or may not) find your (or someone else’s) quantum computer. For $70, how could you not buy one?

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