Hey, it's HighScalability time (with so much cool info this week it will blow your mind):
- How many drones would it take to replace Santa? With a fleet of some 80 million or so F-16 drones the entire worldwide delivery could be completed in just over eight hours. Impressive, but a world without Rudolf is not a world I wish to contemplate.
- Quotable Quotes:
- @Loh: Always wanted to travel back in time to try fighting a younger version of yourself? Software development is the career for you!
- @mraleph: often devs still approach performance of JS code as if they are riding a horse cart but the horse had long been replaced with fusion reactor
- @peakscale: "The c3.large is 40% faster and has more than double the memory than the c1.medium but costs about the same"
- @techmilind: Conversation with an ex-Yahoo, now at a Telecom company. Replaced $22M of Teradata by $450K of Hadoop in AWS. It's the economics, stupid!
- Brett Slatkin: But Doom was a huge success anyways. Those things didn't matter. Carmack's team made the right vastly simplifying assumptions. It was worth it. This is how you apply the ethos of "worse is better" and not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
- OK, I understand why Gregor Rothfuss doesn't like how PHP chose function names to minimize hash collisions. It makes for strange names. But come on, isn't it sort of geeky cool too? Why should we let some arbitrary aesthetic sense create a world of baseless conformity? I love that this choice comes from such a pure technical ontology that it has transformed into artistic expression.
- Et tu, Brute? NASA Drops OpenStack For Amazon Cloud. Ouch, that has to hurt. When a major contributor to an alliance defects it's not a good sign for the strength of the alliance. Of course paying off key players is a time honored way of crushing alliances.
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