It's also not very demanding. 16GB of RAM is all of $90 these days. I have 16GB in my laptop just because why not? It bumped the cost hardly at all over 8GB.
On the other hand, I don't have 16GB of RAM because with 4GB of RAM I almost never hit swap space. Hell, my netbook has 2GB of RAM, and I still hit swap space very infrequently. (And I run KDE! No lightweight WM trickery here.)
I've been wondering for a while now what it is people do that they need so much RAM. And don't say gaming. I play loads of games on my 4GB box.
Why would anyone consider it responsible to have children when they don't have a year's expenses in savings?
Well, you see, when a man loves a woman, sometimes children just happen. So, what, people shouldn't have sex without a year's expenses in savings?
How does that work?
It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".