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Physicists reveal the scaling behaviour of exotic giant molecules.
- 5 billion: Transistors Intel manufactures each second; 396M: WeChat active users
- Quotable Quotes:
- @BenedictEvans: Every hour or so, Apple ships phones with something around 2x more transistors than were in all the PCs on earth in 1995.
- @robgomes: New client. Had one of their employees tune an ORM-generated query. Reduced CPU by 99.999%, IO by 99.996%. Server now idle.
- @pbailis: As a hardware-oriented systems builder, I'd pay attention to, say, ~100 ns RTTs via on-chip photonic interconnects
- @CompSciFact: "Fancy algorithms are buggier than simple ones, and they're much harder to implement." -- Rob Pike's rule No. 4
- @LusciousPear: I'm probably doing in Google what would have taken 5-8 engineers on AWS.
- C. Michael Holloway, NASA: To a first approximation, we can say that accidents are almost always the result of incorrect estimates of the likelihood of one or more things.
- Stephen O'Grady: More specific to containers specifically, however, is the steady erosion in the importance of the operating system.
- Wait, I thought mobile meant making single purpose apps? Mobile meant tearing down the portal cathedrals built by giants of the past. Then Why aren’t App Constellations working?: The App Constellation strategy works when you have a core resource which can be shared across multiple apps.
- Decentralization: I Want to Believe. The irony is mobile loves centralization, not p2p. Mobile IP addresses change all the time and you can't run a server on a phone. The assumption that people want decentralization has been disproven. Centralized services have won. People just want a service that works. The implementation doesn't matter that much. Good discussion on HackerNews and on Reddit.
Myth: It takes less money to start a startup these days. Sort of. Why the Structural Changes to the VC Industry Matter: It turns out that, while it is in fact cheaper to get started and enter the market, it also requires more money for the breakout companies to win the market. Ultimately, today’s winners have a chance to be a lot bigger. But winning requires more money for geographic expansion, full-stack support of multiple new disciplines, and product expansion. And these companies have to do all of this while staying private for a much longer period of time; the median for money raised by companies prior to IPO has doubled in the past five years.
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