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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the well-its-worth-a-try dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW (South-by-SouthWest Interactive), known as orbital computing. From the article:

A physicist from SLAC who spoke at SXSW interactive has proposed using the state changes in the orbits of electrons as a way to build faster computers. The demand for computing power is constantly rising, but we're heading to the edge of the cliff in terms of increasing performance - both in terms of the physics of cramming more transistors on a chip and in terms of the power consumption. We've covered plenty of different ways that researchers are trying to continue advancing Moore's Law - this idea that the number of transistors (and thus the performance) on a chip doubles every 18 months - especially the far out there efforts that take traditional computer science and electronics and dump them in favor of using magnetic spin, quantum states or probabilistic logic.

A new impossible that might become possible thanks to Joshua Turner, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, who has proposed using the orbits of electrons around the nucleus of an atom as a new means to generate the binary states (the charge or lack of a charge that transistors use today to generate zeros and ones) we use in computing."

 
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:01PM (#14857)

    He just posted an article on the other site with a longwinded explanation of how he discovered some negative DNS entry caching on Comcast's DNS, didn't understand what they were, and went to great lengths to declare them signs of incompetence.

    The part where he bitched about the fact that the support line wouldn't let him talk to Comcast higher ups was rich too. He's basically some caricature of an old person, given just enough knowledge to be dangerous, and dead set on the idea that he's right.

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