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Comment Re:Bleep this (Score 2) 32

(Fucking salt lamps, really? I knew people were stupid, but come on)

One of my neighbors got a salt lamp for Christmas and put it on the curb for garbage pickup by New Year's Eve. I saw it when I was walking the dog and snatched it up. I was hoping to wrap it again and re-gift it to someone as a gag, but my wife saw it and plugged it in. Now it sits as a night light on the counter in the hallway going to the bathroom. True story.

I don't know about any health benefits, but it is strangely attractive. A light bulb inside a lump of salt. Who would've thunk it?

Comment Re:High-brow fails [Re:It depends on the use] (Score 1) 416

But the bottleneck is not CPU itself for a good many applications.

That's true, but it's also not relevant. For most "apps", the main issues are battery life and responsiveness. Multi-core is increasingly being seen as a tool to increase responsiveness rather than throughput, because the app looks like it hasn't fallen asleep even if it hasn't done the thing that the user asked yet.

If I ask a database to do a sort, it may use parallelism under the hood, [...]

Interesting example. I wrote the sort subsystem for a (non-SQL) DBMS in one of my previous jobs, so... I guess this illustrates that we come from different perspectives on this point. In case you are curious, it was single-threaded, although it was designed to work on a clustered database, so it was parallel in the sense that it did parallel sorting across multiple machines in a cluster (which is what we called it before we called it a "cloud").

That "root engine" may indeed use FP, but the model maker doesn't have to know or care.

Right, and that's the advantage: Pure functional programming ensures that the client doesn't have to care, because workers are guaranteed not to modify anything that they are not supposed to because they are pure functions.

Map/reduce was all the rage a couple of years ago. I think the main advantage was not the map/reduce model, but the realisation that when you have "big data", you take the code to the data rather than taking the data to the code. But on top of that, forcing yourself into a pure functional style means that your code can run anywhere because it doesn't care about the context in which it runs.

Comment That's easy... (Score 0) 85

Freakonomics by Dubner and Levitt. Assuming you already know the mechanics of being in business, the most important lesson you need to know is that people respond to incentives, but they rarely respond in the way you anticipated.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to emulate Steve Jobs. He died because he believed in woo-woo quack cures. I realise that denying reality is valued in the entrepreneur business, but surely that's why you should stand out.

Comment Re:The Widow (Score 1) 197

I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't know about it until just recently.

Oh, I'll tell you why. Because season one only recently came to Netflix. It's the same as with Preacher, and Hap & Leonard and other cool shows. The target demographic (idiots like me) don't watch cable TV, but when it comes to Netflix, we're all over it.

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