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markie
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Posted - 09/07/2005 :  19:05:10  Show Profile Send markie a Private Message

Here is something that computer techies would just luvvvv to be true, but it seems to me to be *too* good to be true. At least not for another 20 years. Or is it?


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/07/atom_chip_miracle_machine/

Here's an article from eight years ago regarding the same Dr. Shimon Gendlin:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EKF/is_n2191_v43/ai_19951759

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Posted - 09/08/2005 :  08:10:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
Mm.
I don't think it's happened already (though it just might), but large IT companies are working on it for sure (Hewlett-Packard, for instance). I had some articles about how HP was progressing on that, but I'll have to hunt them again. I wouldn't say twenty, but I think it'll take awhile.

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woolytoad
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Posted - 09/08/2005 :  08:34:05   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send woolytoad a Private Message
Definitely too good to be true.
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Ricky
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Posted - 09/08/2005 :  16:39:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by woolytoad

Definitely too good to be true.



Yes, but one can still dream.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 09/08/2005 :  16:44:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
The very instant someone is trying to peddle Quantum-something, it's time to raise the skeptical warning-flag.

Except Quantum storage media of course. I haven't had Quantum harddrives myself, but mom and dad had two of them in their old HP 486sx33, and a friend had one too. They aren't as reliable as Seagate drives, but better than IBM's Deskstar series.

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Dude
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Posted - 09/08/2005 :  23:09:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
Except Quantum storage media of course. I haven't had Quantum harddrives myself, but mom and dad had two of them in their old HP 486sx33, and a friend had one too. They aren't as reliable as Seagate drives, but better than IBM's Deskstar series.


Actually, the very high storage capacity of our current harddrives are a result of exploiting some quantum mechanical properties.


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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 09/09/2005 :  04:23:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dude
Actually, the very high storage capacity of our current harddrives are a result of exploiting some quantum mechanical properties.

That fact have escaped me, as I've not paid much attention to it (just used some very foul language every now and again as HDD failures made me loose GB of data). Could you offer examples?

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Cuneiformist
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Posted - 09/09/2005 :  06:25:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message
Here's something that may or not be related. I've read some on this in various popular science mags over the last few years, so I know that people are at least thinking about such things...
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Posted - 09/09/2005 :  18:52:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
Could you offer examples?


Sure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spintronics


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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 09/10/2005 :  15:02:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
This is very cool!
I didn't know about that... Thanks Dude!
(And here I thought I was a computer wiz)

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Dude
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Posted - 09/10/2005 :  20:24:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
This is very cool!



Yeah. I want them to hurry up and make a 1TB ipod!

Once TB level storage becomes commonplace.... you could, literally, hook up a small video cam to your person and videotape your every waking moment... if you felt like it.


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Dude
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Posted - 09/30/2005 :  21:24:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
Hey Dr Mab,

Was just reading the latest edition of Science, thought you might find this interesting:

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/309/5744/2173

Can only link to the abstract... but the paper suggests that a computer that exploits quantum principles such as these may indeed be possible.


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
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