back to article Not Azure thing: Using MS's Quantum to schedule chats with spacecraft on the DSN

While Microsoft's Azure Quantum continues to hover between vapourware and hardware – a state of quantum if you will – NASA boffins have been putting tech inspired by the research to work in spacecraft communications. As for those that think the Moon landings never happened, just wait until you hear about scalable quantum …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge
    Trollface

    Both states are true and false, the quantum system exists and is non-existent at the same time. That is,... as long as you do not look.

    It is therefore advised to close your eyes, cross your fingers and open your wallets. In other words, you'll never see it coming who's long fingers are adding or subtracting substantial value from your personal wallet. That may be a good thing for sanity.

  2. druck Silver badge

    Microsoft can't even get conventional computing to work deterministically, never mind magic quantum fairy dust.

  3. BobC

    I'm just here for the wordplay.

    Great headline on this one!

    I've been meaning to set myself the task of collecting "the best of" El Reg headline wordplay, but the deep history here is daunting.

    El Reg and I go way, way back. To the prior millennium. I'm certainly not an IT guy. I am here for the wit, and on rare occasions for the reportage.

    And the space projects. Aren't we overdue for another of those?

    1. Sandtitz Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: I'm just here for the wordplay.

      "I've been meaning to set myself the task of collecting "the best of" El Reg headline wordplay, but the deep history here is daunting."

      So true. Here's a couple good ones to start your collection:

      Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho, and Struggling Acer pulls out Wang too late, then calls Wong number

      I'm sure there are headlines that eclipse these so: comrades, chip in!

    2. Sixtiesplastictrektableware

      Re: I'm just here for the wordplay.

      Here hear here for the non-tech fanbase! Ditto on the space projects.

      Also, this article starts on a lie:

      That's no moon...

  4. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Deep Space Network (DSN)

    Ah. I'm glad that was spelled out. I thought if it is connected with MS then it was something to do with ODBC.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    After their previous quantum idea was shown to be "not physics"

    They obviously want to generate some buzz around their new one. Seems a bit vague and premature, so job well done by marketing.

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