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Hey, it's HighScalability time:

Robot elephant from 1950, which consisted of 9000 parts and could walk 27 mp/h
  • Quotable Quotes:
    • Brandon Downey: F*ck these guys. 
    • @IEEEorg: Every second 21.6 people get their first mobile device. Mobile is growing 5 times faster than the human population. 
    • @littleidea: a distributed system to deploy a distributed systems to deploy a distributed system, bring your own turtles
    • @BenedictEvans: Photos shared/day: Facebook - 350m Snapchat - 350m Whatsapp - 400m Instagram: 55m.
    • @SciencePorn: Price of 1gb of storage over time: 1981 $300000, 1987 $50000, 1990 $10000, 1994 $1000, 1997 $100, 2000 $10, 2004 $1, 2012 $0.10
    • @kellabyte: If I hear “network partitions are rare on even hundred(s) of node clusters” again I’m going to lose my shit. This fallacy needs to die.
    • @danielbilling: PT had some great lines. "Logic merely enables one to be wrong with authority" is a particular favourite.
    • @aphyr: "Making things implicit in distributed systems is a good way to f*ck yourself"
    • @solarce: "Backpressure should be required" #riconwest
    • @mrb_bk: "Unbounded queues are AWFUL! They will F*CK YOU UP!!" - @jmhodges

  • Growth Hacking sounds a bit like cancer, but it's subtly different. In this case it helps explain the bewildering idea that Snapchat has a valuation of $3.5 Billion. The insight behind an ephemeral service is cool. When Facebook is building entire dead cities for pictures nobody will ever see again, the pure honesty of saying those pictures aren't really worth saving is refreshing. It rooted in the high schools, grew by word of mouth, allowed the free expression and creativity, easy to use, mobile first, group oriented, thrill of random rewards, etc. But I think it goes deeper. Kids are by their nature ahistoric and Snapshat is a perfect match for that nature. Adults are all about memory and Facebook perfectly reflects that ethos.

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