Wednesday, August 26


Damn You, Speed Of Light

I'm testing a new application I've developed at my day job, which takes key parts of the load off our old application.  ("Old" in social network / Web 2.x terms, i.e. more than three months.) 

I've optimised the hell out of the new system, and it's really efficient, on both the small and large scale of things.  It can handle 100,000 simultaneous users, and it responds to user requests in under 100 microseconds.

But the development server is in Dallas, and I'm in Sydney, so it still feels slow.

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When I was young, I thought that the speed of light was unfathomably fast. As I began to work in electrical engineering, I became impressed by just how slow it was. At the kinds of speeds we were working at, it was a major impediment.

Of course, if we were to figure out how to make it faster -- all the stars would explode into supernovae...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, August 27 2009 04:10 AM (+rSRq)

2 Depends on if you can make it a local change, ala Poul Anderson.  *wink*

Posted by: metaphysician at Friday, August 28 2009 05:05 AM (M5Kik)


Damn young whiper-snappers and their modern geekery!  Why I remember the old days when black rotary-dial telephones were state of the art; uphill; both ways, in the snow, blah, blah, blah.


Posted by: ubu at Friday, August 28 2009 07:32 AM (i7ZAU)

4 Hey!  Both 'Brainwave' and 'A Fire on the Deep' are from the 50s!


Posted by: metaphysician at Saturday, August 29 2009 12:53 AM (M5Kik)

5 live in Houston.

It doesn't snow.

...and its flat.

You're probably misremembering Castle Wolfenstien.

Posted by: Brickmuppet at Sunday, August 30 2009 08:45 PM (9ha+4)

6 Metaphysician, if you mean A Fire Upon the Deep, that was the joint Hugo winner for best novel in 1993.  Which was not, to my recollection, in the 50's. wink

Brain Wave was indeed from 1954.  I'll have to find a copy; I didn't know Anderson had preceded Vinge by 40 years with that idea.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, August 31 2009 09:02 PM (PiXy!)

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