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Researchers at Microsoft's quantum computing division have published a paper claiming that a new approach could bring about practical working systems within a decade. "We show that by using a hybrid quantum-classical algorithm that incorporates the power of a small quantum computer into a framework of classical embedding …

  1. Rafael 1

    But wait a minute; don't we already have quantum computers?

    We do, until someone try to observe them, then we don't.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But wait a minute; don't we already have quantum computers?

      The generic "We" always does, but once the wave function collapses down to "You" or "Me," well...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe it will be so powerful

    They can run the Windows source code through it and fix all the security failures.

    1. FozzyBear
      Alert

      Re: Maybe it will be so powerful

      Possibly, but it would take seven and half million years of processing. After which you would get the BSOD, with a faint outline of the number 42 burnt into the display screen.

    2. s5PGmU

      Re: Read the subtitle...

      If M$ cuts as many corners with their approach to quantum computers as they did with Vista and Win10, then I'm not sure even quantum computers could fix all the problems they have.

    3. Asterix the Gaul

      Re: Maybe it will be so powerful

      Anonymous Coward

      "Maybe it will be so powerful

      They can run the Windows source code through it and fix all the security failures".

      Running Windows on it is what causes the security failures,LOL.

      I can see the combination of Windows with quantum processors generating 'quantum instabilities' that will leave Malwarebytes scratching it's quantum balls when it comes across the above configuration.

  3. Bladeforce

    To be honest...

    ..and it is a bit of a rant but after this Windows Bob 2 fiasco i really dont give a fuckng shit what Microsoft are designing anymore

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: To be honest...

      Then why did you waste your time reading and commenting on an article discussing something you don't care about?

    2. Dick Palmer
      Windows

      Re: To be honest...

      ..and it is a bit of a rant but after this Windows Bob 2 fiasco i really dont give a fuckng shit what Microsoft are lying about anymore

      FTFY

  4. frank ly

    The good news is .....

    ..... it will automatically and fully update itself to Windows 10 within seconds.

  5. hplasm
    Devil

    But

    MS can't even produce a normal computer properly.

  6. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Devil

    We already have MS quantum computers

    They're in a state of quantum flux between Windows 7 and 10, especially around the first Tuesday of every month.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Microsoft has already encapsulated chaos, uncertainty and randomness with Windows 10

    And if you want observations then mean everything and nothing simultaneously, then Cortana is your friend. What else is there for Microsoft to accomplish?

  8. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
    Joke

    9 of 7

    So perhaps we now know what happened to the mysterious Windows 9?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Windows

    Brilliant!

    And it'll still run Windows 10, the last-ever OS from MSFT. Build 19239452345

  10. PNGuinn
    Trollface

    More's Law

    So - is this some indication of the speed of the hardware needed to run windows nine?

    I was wondering about the reason for the out of order execution of version numbers.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE. QC hardware

    There was something about qubits in silicon, using lasers for cooling the other day.

    Essentially by using clever optics a chip otherwise running at room temperature can have very small areas of it running at millikelvins thus in the quantum regime.

    Also see http://www.gizmag.com/silicon-quantum-computer/39711/ a slightly different approach but otherwise (otherworldly?) promising.

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