Steve-- I agree, computing (in the next 5 to 10 years) is going to explode. They're trying to capture higgs bosons-- and making huge advances in optical/quantum calculating- that sounds like jargon, but it is BIG news.
I read that they've successfully frozen a photon in a distinct temporal state (with a unique temporal signature) inside a cloud of charged gas. They keep that photon frozen (actually frozen in time!!) in the cloud until the scientists choose to release it (by the means of a 2nd laser with a different wavelength than the laser which keeping the gas cloud charged up)
What does it really mean? It means they are using a cloud of gas and lasers to do a series of "off" "on" statements. That's basically a quantum computer, doing the kinds of calculations they did with rooms full of vacuume tubes.
To paraphrase: The scientists are using a quantum computer to do basic binary calculation. That's a whole different ballgame than actual "quantum" computing, but it is a huge step.
And I think I speak for all the regulars when I say that the only thing "off topic" is a shitty attitude. We talk about good times, bad times, mopeds, and lots of other things. The Moped Army BBQ's are an example--- it's about mopeds, but a whole lot more.
We talk about where we work, who we are, and a lot about fixing and buying and modifying mopeds. Mopeds are the best-- and this is a Moped forum. I enjoy and appreciate the advice and experience I gain, vicariously, through this forum.
Anyway, I think even Simon must enjoy the wide variety of information, No matter what we post here, it somehow links back to Mopeds--As long as it's sincere.
Except for the "vandals" we had here several months ago, I think this forum is always "On-Topic"!
I use the extra RAM to store MP3's to make better tapes to play in the stereo I connect to my amp on my moped! So, you see, the moped is right there in the mix!
(get it?? Mix? )
Anyway-- post your computer info-- . I married a girl who knows more about computers than I do, so we really do some cool stuff. I posted a few pics of our setup a while ago, if you want to check em out. Someone even posted some pics of their booming speakers they bought for their entertainment center!