Wednesday, August 26
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.
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)
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)
Posted by: metaphysician at Saturday, August 29 2009 12:53 AM (M5Kik)
Ubu...you 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)
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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