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Comment There is no language superiority (Score 2) 232

This is a myth. There is only suitability to solve a problem within a given context. At first, it's "how fast can I bring this to market", then "how does this scale" (in terms of execution efficiency). Finally, "can I hire people to do this?"

The starting point is inevitably what the initial implementer is most familiar with (or infatuated with) at the moment.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how asinine this technology argument is.

Comment Re:A good start (Score 1) 385

You're right! Which is why I downloaded a really cool Chrome extension which does neat things like locate numbers in text and provide reference points. To whit:

Most people don't have an immediate idea of what 5000km [~ typical distance covered by the winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans automobile endurance race] or .001 mm [~ also called one micron] mean. Giving them a point of reference gives them a way of wrapping their heads around it.

Comment Caching? (Score 4, Insightful) 292

I suppose that local caching of something as relatively static as a textbook is out of the question? My dead-tree edition books were often cached for 5-20 years. Really, how frequently does arithmetic change from year to year? Literature? Science and "Social Studies" I buy as being a little more dynamic, but still within a year?


Submission + - Why Intel leads the world in semiconductor manufacturing (

MrSeb writes: "When Intel launched Ivy Bridge last week, it didn’t just release a new CPU — it set a new record. By launching 22nm parts at a time when its competitors (TSMC and GlobalFoundries) are still ramping their own 32/28nm designs, Intel gave notice that it’s now running a full process node ahead of the rest of the semiconductor industry. That’s an unprecedented gap and a fairly recent development; the company only began pulling away from the rest of the industry in 2006, when it launched 65nm. But how has Intel managed to pull so far ahead? Joel Hruska of ExtremeTech talks to Mark Bohr, Senior Intel Fellow and the Director of Process Architecture and Integration to find out some of Chipzilla's tips and tricks."

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