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+ - Quantum PC to run 18 billion, billion times faster

Submitted by NoGuffCheck
NoGuffCheck (746638) writes "ARNnet has the story, Get your PC to run 18 billion, billion times faster. From the article "According to a University of Utah physicist, he has taken the first step toward creating a quantum computer that would make that possible. The increase relies on a quantum bit (qubit) being both a binary one and a binary zero at the same time but in different places. In quantum (sub-atomic) physics the smallest particles of light and matter can be in different places at the same time."...."Theoretically, a 3-qubit quantum computer could calculate eight times faster than a 3-bit PC. Following the maths, a 64-qubit quantum computer could therefore make calculations 2 to the power 64 times faster than a 64-bit PC — meaning 18 billion, billion times quicker.""
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+ - RFID in DVD's to kill Piracy

Submitted by NoGuffCheck
NoGuffCheck (746638) writes "ITNews.com.au is reporting that DVD's, including HD-DVD and Blu-Ray from Warner, Disney, Fox and other major studios will soon contain RFID chips in an attempt to "kill" piracy completely. Not only will they track each disc from the disc manufacturer to your home, but new home DVD players "will eventually be able to check on the chip embedded in a disc, and refuse to play discs which are copied or played in the 'wrong' geographical region"."

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