And people wonder why Apple is raking in money hand over fist.
Yeah, it's because of their simple computer line-up that was on the brink of bankruptcy just a few years ago - nothing to do with practically inventing 3 product categories: mp3 players, smartphones, smarttablets - and riding that wave back to the shore of their computer lineup.
Countries with legal prostitution and drugs have lower use rates of both.
Interesting, citation pls.
using them singles you out as someone with something to hide.
You're 100% right - luckily it's anonymous...
Usually, the cost of more computer resource is vastly lower than the cost of a programmer doing optimisation. Jeff Atwood has written frequently on the subject.
That's not necessarily true in the cloud. Consider a site that processes 100 requests per second, and on every request the site needs the same 100 row recordset. If you had a traditional, fixed-cost, non-cloud environment, and the site was performing nicely, it wouldn't matter whether that recordset was being pulled from the db on every request or from cache or wherever.
In a cloud environment like Amazon's, however, you are charged for all transfer and requests in and out of the db. So even if your site is fast, there may be a very compelling monetary argument to optimize that process by having it come from ram rather than hit the database.
At 100 requests/second and if the data were only updated monthly, you could be paying many orders of magnitude more money by not spending that tiny bit of developer time.
The cloud is nothing more than a datacenter, only as much as twitter is nothing more than updating your finger file