Some thoughts about anti-virus software for Linux

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Sat Jan 24 21:12:13 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> Tony Arnold wrote:
>>> Mario Vukelic wrote:
>>>> Yeah. "in theory" just as in theory if I knew the precise location and
>>>> momentum of every atom in the universe then I could use Newton's laws to
>>>> reveal the entire course of cosmic events, past and future ;)
>>> Sorry this is OT, but I got to thinking about this! I don't think your
>>> theory is possible.
>> Yes...using the laws of physics, this is supposed to be possible, just
>> that we don't have the computing power to do so.
> Er, no...
>> And the introduction of quantum mechanics kinda snagged things a bit.
> Exactly - because Heisenberg's principle says that it _cannot_ be possible 
> to know both the precise location and momentum at the same time.

Correct, but I thought we were referring to Newtonian physics? The wacky 
  world of Quantum Mechanics didn't come into play until later :-)

Under Newtonian rules, it is possible. Quantum mechanics said no.

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