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<   No. 3794   2018-01-05   >

Comic #3794

1 Serron: Wait a minute. By moving into cyberspace we now experience more subjective time, right?
1 Spanners: Right.
2 Serron: But the computer is still working at the same speed. How does this speed up installing new software?
3 Spanners: We interact with a virtual copy of the computer, which runs in the same subjective timeframe as us.
4 Serron: And this virtual copy is running on...
4 Spanners: The ship's computer.

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So you know all about quantum computers, right? Quantum computers can solve problems that normal computers can't[1]. Okay, cool. But did you know you can simulate a quantum computer on a normal computer?!

That's right, your iPhone is capable of running a virtual quantum computer! That can solve any problem, instantly! Whoa!![2]

[1] Not strictly true - quantum computers can merely solve problems that would take normal computers multiple times the lifetime of the universe to solve.

[2] Also not strictly true - in the sense that it's a slight exaggeration.

Would you believe, excessive hyperbole?

How about an outright lie?

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