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Recently Zurek, a well know physicist, famous about his out of the box approaches, published a paper on natural selection based on quantum computation principles. It’s main claim is that it explains the quantum-classical transition: why macroscopic physics obeys classical rules while the quantum world obeys the seemingly weird laws of quantum mechanics. That makes it a Big Idea.

So how does it work? Zurek’s way into this problem is to think about
the role of the environment in quantum mechanics. For other quantum
physicists, the environment has never been anything more than a
nuisance. Consider a quantum object in isolation and the quantum
information it contains can survive forever. But place it in the real
world and this quantum information leaks into the environment,
destroying the system under study.

Zurek takes different view. He thinks of the environment as an
information channel and the properties of this channel are the key to
understanding quantum Darwinism.

All macroscopic measuring machines get their information through
this channel. For example, at this very moment you are intercepting a
fraction of the photons emitted by a screen. But we can never observe
all of the environment, only a small fraction of it which reveal
systems of interest.

This is the essence of quantum Darwinism, says Zurek. Only quantum
states that can be transmitted through the environment in the right
kind of way and with multiple copies, can be observed on the
macroscopic scale. That rules out various kinds of quantum information.
What’s left are what Zurek calls “pointer states”. These are what we
observe classically.

This complies with Campbell’s approach on non linear natural selection. All these quantum computational aspects will proportionally start to affect many areas of your modern understanding of nature. Do not forget that nature’s game of play is laws of physics and in the microscopic world or in thermal noise free environments nature is actually a quantum computer and state superposition can easily result to exponential large calculation with just a single gate level step!! Other studies about quantum brain and neuron microtubes, are rather bulk approaches since they do not take into account the brains thermal background. Environment is a noisy quantum channel with infinite degrees of freedom and strongly non diagonal density matrix, so often destroys quantum nature by simulating measurement operators and collapsing the wave-function! Nevertheless though, we are just now starting to understand how quantum information can be preserved even in noisy channels, knowledge that can dramatically change the way we understand both nature and ourselves.
[via and the arxiv paper]

Posted on: December 5, 2009

Apple Desktop iMac MB952GR/AI see that the new iMac is available in Plaisio. So just 5 or 6 clicks away. I will thing it over the weekend and order it at Monday 😉

A very interesting implementation (unfortunately in flash ;-)) that uses gecoding for the postal code address lookup and street view API for home front reading. Lets you decorate with Christmas ornaments your house exterior, a very common habit in the United States and Northern Europe. This is my attempt, not so successful I have to admit.

Some ie6 bug prevent from properly clearing the options of a select html element. This is an issue the actual length that myselect.options.length statement returns. The smart way to do this is with a while loop.

            function removeSelects(elementId){
                var myselect = document.getElementById(elementId);
                for(var i=0; i<myselect.options.length; i++){
                    myselect.options[i] = null;
                }
                while (myselect.options.length > 0) {
                    myselect.options[0] = null;
                }
            }

multi-tasking

Multitasking was warhiped in the

Multitaskers are suckers for irrelevancy. Everything distracts them.

The irony is that even this partivcualr blog post is a product of multitasking in the irrelevancy playground.
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Configure your Drupal blog to use blogging firefox pluggin Scribefile.

  1. You need administrator priviledges since you have to activate Blog and Blog API if you have not done so.
  2. Go to Administration Site building Modules
  3. Enable the Blog API module and if you like writing composing Blog posts also from your Drupal web pages enable also BLog module.
  4. Go to Administration Site configuration Blog APIs
  5. Check at least one content type that is considered a blog entry (typically story, blog entry) and press save.
  6. User management Permissions blogapi module
  7. Ensure the user group (authenticated user or the group user belongs) is checked for “administer content with blog api”. save.
  8. UPDATE: If you like to post videos and images directly from your Scribefire account using the blog API, you shoulb make Full HTML input the default input setting for your site. To do so go to Site  configuration › Input Format tab and choose Full HTML as the default input type.
  9. Open  ScribeFire and click on the add account wizard in the right side of the ScribeFire window.
  10. In the Wizard: click “Manually Configure”, select “Custom Blog”,click “Next”, select “Drupal” blog system type, type in your domain. Enter domain name as(http://mysite.com/xmlrpc.php), click “Next”, enter your username, password, click “Next”, click “Done”.
  11. That’s it you now can write post using your firefox pluggin and integrate them seamlessly to your blog.

In future article we will also cover the procedure on how to automatically blog on Google Readerliked or shared items using grasemonkey scripts.

References

1. Drupal Blog API

2. . Scribe Fire supporting Services


I discovered a service in Capirtal.gr, one of the most emerging Greek information portals, that provides real time stock prices in smart mobile html area. The page is plain html/js so viewable by most browsers. The only pitfall is that to refresh your results you need to do it manually clicking on the refresh button.  Check it your here.

One cool and one line js modification would be when all result table finishes to issue an automatic page refresh.

Since you have the data you people there in Capital.gr it will only take use a weekend here in Niobium Labs to make a cool Android and iPhone client you could distribute, with adds on top. This is actually a screen shot from my android browser.


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