They are quite expensive, it would be good to be able to land them too.
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Dont forget "Erlang Programming" http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596518189/. Its been out for a while
The plumbing is not the problem here. It is the Quant models that _are_ the market in many cases (certainly where ever hedge funds are significant players).
What is tightly regulated? Half the Quant algo trading models get thought up in the evening, coded overnight and activated in the market the next morning.
If you try and slow them down they just run to the head of the desk bleating that the "nasty IT man stopped me making $1000,000,000 for the bank with his silly QA nonsense" and whoosh, its in production. It is prop trading so its their risk.
David Patterson of the Par Lab (Parallel Computing Laboratory) thinks that Moore's Law no longer applies (and he has the numbers to proove it) if you want to do more in future you have to go concurrent, and the future starts right now.
So, what to do? brush up your Erlang? Occam anyone? Or are AI optimisers going to eat our lunch?"
analytic and associative thinking and problem solving are not skills you can learn.
And your evidence for this statement is?
Among claims of VR environments running on "100 of millions of servers" Jaron Lanier made the prediction that: "In 25 years, robotics will be so good, we'll have no more manufacturing jobs. Software will be so good, there will be no more consulting jobs. But we will all get rich buying and selling virtual goods."
He had me going for a moment, but then "no more consulting jobs"? Yeah, right."