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Comment Re: Yeah, that's just what the world needs (Score 1) 625

I don't think we need to be able to better treat diseases to counteract aging. Aging happens to us from the day we're born for 90-100 years max. Slowing down that process so that it takes 300 years to do the same thing, seems achievable without messing with heart disease or cancer. It's no guarantee anyone will live that long, and in fact, the further out we extend it the more likely accidents, or heart disease, or cancer will pay a role, and less likely anyone will be able to achieve max lifespan - but at least it's a possibility.

Comment Re:simplify? (Score 1) 473

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.

Comment Re:that's the essence of copyright (Score 1) 560

I'm an openly rabid pirater and I still go to the movies for the social experience, the quality and mainly the popcorn :) Studios are realizing this, and innovating accordingly with more movies in 3D, more movies in imax, and theaters that actually serve dinner during the movie (great experience by the way). Movies routinely make hundreds of millions of dollars more than their cost in boxoffice dollars alone. The incentive to make big budget movies will be there for a long time to come.

Comment Re:Optimization (Score 1) 173

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.

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The cloud is nothing more than a datacenter, only as much as twitter is nothing more than updating your finger file

Comment Theoretically Achievable, Practically Impossible (Score 1) 1

If you are talking pure theory, and have infinite resources, I believe it is technically possible to perfectly duplicate the windows API (not sure about legal challenges). But if you had anything less than infinite resources, there will always be at least one obscure incompatibility because of the infinite ways all the pieces can interconnect. Just my opinion, no sources.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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