Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:41 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Editorial The more I look at what HP has had to say about webOS; the more I think the project's as dead as a doornail.
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RE[3]: On the flip side...
by sithlord2 on Tue 13th Dec 2011 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: On the flip side..."
sithlord2
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2009-04-02

Quantum Mechanics allows this sort of thing all the time. Google Schrodingers Cat. Basically, all particles exist in a mix of all possible states until somebody measures it, then the different states collapse, and leave you with the most likely state.


Not exactly. If I remember correctly, the purpose of the story of Schrödinger's cat was actually a form of criticism against this interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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RE[4]: On the flip side...
by BluenoseJake on Tue 13th Dec 2011 23:03 in reply to "RE[3]: On the flip side..."
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2005-08-11

you don't remember correctly...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger%27s_cat

also, you see this effect in real life if you use a diffraction grating with an electron, it causes a pattern of diffraction to be formed by the single electron moving through the grating. This is caused by the electron taking all possible paths to it's destination.

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RE[5]: On the flip side...
by _txf_ on Wed 14th Dec 2011 08:41 in reply to "RE[4]: On the flip side..."
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

also, you see this effect in real life if you use a diffraction grating with an electron, it causes a pattern of diffraction to be formed by the single electron moving through the grating. This is caused by the electron taking all possible paths to it's destination.


erm... photon?

(would work on an electron too, but then you wouldn't really be seeing it)

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RE[5]: On the flip side...
by sithlord2 on Wed 14th Dec 2011 09:28 in reply to "RE[4]: On the flip side..."
sithlord2 Member since:
2009-04-02

you don't remember correctly...


Yes, I do. From the article:

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Schrödinger did not wish to promote the idea of dead-and-alive cats as a serious possibility
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