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Comment Re:some of the challenges (Score 1) 140 140

Admittedly not as large but I worked on 2000+ node clusters in the early oughts. They way they got "efficiently used" was they were broken up and jobs generally only used a small subset of relatively adjacent nodes. One scientist would use 40 cores on 10 servers sharing a switch, another 100 copies of a serial app on 100 cores etc. Every once and a while, and it was rare, an astrophysicist or whatever would actually use hundreds of cores concurrently for a parallel algorithm. It was by far the minority case though. That said it is ~13 years later and more tools to use parallel exist, and DOE, defense etc have more budget to pay for massive parallel code to be written and even if it is relatively junk if it runs faster in parallel throw 1B of computer at it and say "well our budget is +- 1 steath fighter anyways so ....".

Comment caps lock should be on the function row (Score 1) 555 555

right next to the calculator button. The 1 time a year you wish you had it you can hunt for it and push it. Maybe instead it could be a page down and with shift a page up button Rather than when navigating having to go way the hell off the home row to hit the tiny buttons.

Comment Re:I Call B.S. (Score 1) 394 394

Or alternatively assumes that you are widest at the ass and then taper down at the legs. It could just be an optical illusion but I don't think so: the seats look narrower at the front than the back. They are making them irregular quadralaterals and then overlapping them as far as I can tell. Essentially assuming everyone is going to be cool having their feet and knees touching for the whole flight. Nutcracker ballet.

Comment Re:Three thoughts... (Score 1) 394 394

Because generally the stewards are only seated for takeoff and landing. Planes tilt towards the nose you'd have an uncomfortable flight in a backwards facing set you couldn't just lean back on your seat and sleep for example. You'll be ever so slightly leaning forward ... for the whole flight. Which also means people's annoying kids will sleep even less during long haul flights, fun times had by all.

Comment yeah "space savings" (Score 1) 394 394

It looks like from the picture that the extra compacity comes from having the seats taper Ie the seats next to you "overlap" what would normally be your leg room. This isn't using geometry to save space, well it is but in the weakest sense. It is assuming people will be okay having their legs together for an entire flight. They do realize guys have balls that need some space right?

Comment Re:how does Apple do it? (Score 1) 368 368

I'd have to see the artist's contracts but it is pretty scary if the label has all the power to negotiate something like that. The songwriters, artists etc are supposed to get royalties having the label decide to give away free samples is insane. I want the movie industry to do the same thing: I'll pay them the second time I watch their movie.

Comment Re:how does Apple do it? (Score 1) 368 368

Oh also: one thing once this thing is out in the wild for a while I guess then the number of new subscribers tapers off. But it would suck to be a new artist that just happens to have their album coming out the week that this goes live. All your prime time on the chart gets sucked up by Apple and not paid for. Probably screws your billboard list too since you aren't selling copies.

Comment Re:Who cares about faster speeds? (Score 1) 81 81

I don't. Because our bandwidth caps are so low on our phones netflix dossn't make a lot of sense (also a much smaller selection than in the US, talking maybe 10 new movies a month, most 6mths-years old). So you "acquire" things in different ways.

Comment Re:Why the huge jumps? (Score 1) 81 81

I suspect there is the huge jump because they need to stay on a standard for a few years to get back the cost of the infrastructure. If we got a 2x bump every 18mths or whatever they'd be constantly having to replace all their equipment so they could market themselves as capable of the new hotness that the next iDevice supports. Similarly you have most people on 2-3 year terms for their devices so even if you updated your network every year it would be 1.5yeas or so on average before your users saw the improvement.

I think if they actually delivered 4G ie 1Gbps that would be more than enough fo rmost people. That is after all what pretty much every office network is using. If the internet is as fast as your office's fileserver that is "good enough" IMO. That is about 2X the speed of USB 2 which is itself more than fast enough to push 4k content.

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