They also raised the issue that, if that were actually the case, you would end up with a dangerous level of positive charge. Without being able to neutralize the charge, this would not make for a good propulsion system.
From what you described, it seems you/they allocate about a day to upgrade each station (16 units at 0.5 hour each.) Beats driving around in traffic to 16 different stations a day, too.
Now send the bag with the other marble inside somewhere. Across the country, to the ISS, to Mars, next star system, where ever.
Now pull out the marble in your pocket. If it's red, the other one must be black, and vise versa. However far they are apart.
Replace marbles with particles, and colors with spins.
You have been able to determine the other particle's properties instantly over vast distance, yet you have not transfer any information.
Wouldn't a total re-write be the right thing to do instead?
Yes, if you can get the proper requirements. (This does not apply to the current article, since I assume that the requirements for these syscalls, etc. are well described.)
On most business systems, especially one that us written over the course of a few months, the requirements are just as spaghetti as the code, so rewriting the system from scratch might also rewriting the requirements from scratch, which is a monumental task if it already have customers with different configurations.
On a more humorous note, I find it funny that this is today's article on The Daily WTF: Seven Minutes In Heaven
don't allow your users to be admins on their local machines,
Ding ding ding ding ding... whenever anyone came to me for malware-related help with Windows, I make sure that they no longer have admin privileges before I let them back in. Create a separated local admin account for them if necessary, but their everyday web-surfing and mail-reading account should not need admin privileges.
Ghost universes kill Schrödinger's quantum cat
"THE wave function has collapsed – permanently. A new approach to quantum mechanics eliminates some of its most famous oddities, including the concept of quantum objects being both a wave and a particle, and existing in multiple states at once."