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quantum tracking [Sep. 29th, 2006|01:12 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
If I look at that tab, does it change where my package is?

Or does it just give me the probability that my package is in a given location?



I'm too afraid to look.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2006-09-29 08:17 pm (UTC)
No. It means its momentum is unknown.

One cannot know the speed a quantum is traveling and its location at the same time. heh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mechanics

Though hopefully your package doesn't have a wavefunction to it. :)
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-09-30 04:40 am (UTC)
right- you can know the arrival time, but not the current location- or vice versa-
hahah
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[User Picture]From: jproulx
2006-09-29 08:38 pm (UTC)
Al pops up and asks Ziggy in which period of time your package is in.
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[User Picture]From: feren
2006-09-29 10:03 pm (UTC)
If I learned one thing after watching just three episodes of that show, it was that I shouldn't even bother with what Ziggy had to say.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2006-09-30 12:40 am (UTC)
It's because Ziggy had bad breath.
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[User Picture]From: biok5
2006-10-02 04:07 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA that's great.
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[User Picture]From: dossy
2006-09-29 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's the first-person shooter view of your package through Scott Bakula's eyes (not to be confused with Bacula nor Brackup).

Ziggy does the package tracking and Al shows up to tell you that the fart you just made now means there's only a 43% chance of your package arriving intact.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2006-09-30 12:40 am (UTC)
Damnit! Why cant I leap!
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-09-30 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh boy!
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2006-09-30 03:34 am (UTC)
... but doesn't the act of observation actually collapse the wavefunction to one definitive state?
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2006-09-29 09:45 pm (UTC)
youre looking at the future
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From: islandboy70
2006-09-29 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's too weird. :)
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[User Picture]From: valiskeogh
2006-09-29 10:20 pm (UTC)
LOL, how freaky. i bought a few things from thinkgeek.com and was checking on progress and noticed that tab. i clicked, i got nothing, i think it's more for corporate customers or something with an actual ups account n'stuff.

either that or it shows everything really really realllllyyyy tiny.
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[User Picture]From: livejamie
2006-09-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
i'd tell you what i think, but this isn't the place for quantum theory
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[User Picture]From: j_rod
2006-09-29 10:41 pm (UTC)
Depends if there's an Infinite Probability Drive involved.

Either way, it's 42.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2006-09-30 12:00 am (UTC)
It's all marketing. We've been trying to figure out what the hell the difference is between QV and plain old package tracking and keep coming up empty. ("We" being the order fulfillment arm of my work.) Supposedly, you can have more detailed tracking information. But it just ain't there I tells ya. And the UPS guys just don't get my jokes about how by using QV to track packages changes the results. Har Har Har.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-30 12:57 am (UTC)

Save the cat

Click that button and you'll probably kill Heisenberg's cat. Don't do it!
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[User Picture]From: holyloki
2006-10-03 08:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Save the cat

Has Schrodinger filed a report with his local law enforcement? Perhaps he's too concerned that Heisenberg might kill his cat should anyone find out it's missing...
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