peetm writes: "Computing company D-Wave has announced that they’re selling a quantum computing system commerically, which they’re calling the D-Wave One. The D-Wave system comes equipped with a 128-qubit processor that’s designed to perform discrete optimization operations. A qubit is the basic unit of quantum information – analogous to a bit in conventional computing. For a broader understanding of how qubits work, check out Ars Technica‘s excellent guide."
Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers
something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.