Kome: I laughed perhaps a bit too much at the headline.
Shan: One thing that I've struggled to understand is *why* quantum computing is supposed to be such a great thing.I understand,at least vaguely enough to not go all glassy eyed, the concept behind it (that is, a 1 can be a 1, a 0, or anything else it wants all at the same time) but couldn't the same basicthing be represented by adding a "MAYBE" flag to the standard "TRUE" and "FALSE"?Or is it more like that you run a computation, and you get all possible results at once without taking any extra time? That is to say, for a "traditional" computer to run a computerized version of the cat in a box, and each run of the program took 60 seconds, you'd have to run it (for example) 4 times to get "alive", "dead", "neither" and "both" as your results taking you (again for example) 4 minutes to run, but with a quantum computer you would get all 4 answers in just 1 minute.
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