You need to know about this. D-Wave is a quantum computer. Its owners (perhaps 'trustees' is a better word?) have released an open-source software package so you can programme it yourself. It's called QBSOLV (so it must be serious). No more coding in raw quantum physics. Meh, you say? Although mainstream computers of this kind are more than 10 years away (according to the Davos crowd), when they finally arrive they'll be bigger than bubble gum.
Whereas your common-garden PC or Mac can only store data in 'bits' of one and zero, D-Wave and its hellspawn store it in qubits, which can be either one or zero or both simultaneously. Let me say that again in slow motion: qubits can be either one or zero or both simultaneously. It's a state called 'superposition' and it's as solid and real as it is bizarre. Why does this matter? For one thing, a genuine quantum computer (and there's some argument over whether D-Wave counts) would be able to able to break any conventional encryption instantly. Everybody's passwords would become useless overnight. All those commercial and personal secrets would come flooding out into the public domain. And credit card numbers could be cracked just as fast. That's exactly the kind of thing quantum computers are best at.
In the meantime, don't google either of the terms 'D-Wave' or 'QBSOLV' -- you'll just encourage them. And don't say I used the word 'hellspawn' above. Gotta stay on the right side of these guys. God, it's just a figure of speech.