Some thoughts about anti-virus software for Linux

Chris Rees utisoft at
Sat Jan 24 21:16:20 UTC 2009

2009/1/24 Bart Silverstrim <bsilver at>:
> 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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Newtonian physics doesn't come into play in quantum mechanics.
Electrons behave more as waves, so they have things like de Broglie
wavelengths and frequencies etc.

So no, it wasn't possible under Newtonian physics either :P


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