The article demonstrates scaling from 1 VM to more than a dozen (across multiple physical hosts on a network) in just a few seconds... putting the scaling performance of existing cloud architectures to shame."
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I'm no China apologist, but I wonder if people are dismissing the long-lasting impacts of these efforts. Big political events such as the Olympics are great motivators for change and innovation in the same way as wars; and in much more agreeable conditions. A significant amount of spending and change that Bejing is instituting here is indeed short term; but not without some residual long-lasting impacts for Bejing and other cities. Even if the enviro-friendly spending is cut to a fraction of what it is now, the experience and momentum gained is non-trivial, IMHO. 10 years from now while the developed Western world is still holding each others' dicks and talking about policy change, we may wake up to find China as the underdog that beat everyone to the punch. I have no doubt that the central political forces in China would love to deal such a large international political blow.
There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.
-- President James Madison. 1751-1836
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they hide is vital."
So I was just surfing around Google news, and stumbled into the Taipei Times website for some news stories.
But the pleasantly surprising thing I find at the bottom of the page: "Best view in Mozilla". Nice! Anyone else have any links to mainstream media sites that actively recognize and advertise Mozilla?
I saw this link somewhere in Slashdot, and added it to my "to read" list. But I have unfortnately forgotten which post (or the poster) that I got this from.
Anyways, here's an interesting and well written article regarding the educational and performance gap between boys and girls. Though not a peer-reviewed publication itself, it's still an interesting read.
oh man... for shits and giggles, here's the poem he wrote:
... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"