4 posts • joined 3 Dec 2009
Nice tip of the hat on Tommy Flowers. Many of the people who did real work stay in the shadow of the few big figures that fit in the media's scratchpad.
You might be amused to know that there is a street in Portugal (sort of) bearing his name. If you look up "Rua do Flower, Vila Nova de Gaia", you'll find it. No, it's not him specifically, maybe it was named for a relative who lived there a long time ago.
> Itsa me... Mona Lisa
Your joke is more accurate than you know.
Some forty years ago, the Louvre used to have these large phone-like contraptions, which I guess contained a cassette tape (though it may also have been a radio receiver). You'd put one to your ear, and be informed about the art piece nearby. Multiple languages, too, but at the time I don't think it included Chinese.
> He was not a genius, he was a very good marketeer and that is all.
Perhaps a bit more. I'm no admirer, but I can't help remembering an old SF novel by Poul Anderson, titled The Man Who Counts.
In that book, travelers are stranded in a far place, with not quite helpful natives. Their leader is a merchant who does none of the actual work, but it's his scheming and chivying that actually saves them. And the soldiers and engineers he led do realize it.
Cache missing ...
I believe we're forgetting how many of those millions of transistors are used for L1 cache in the top-of-the-line quad core CPUs. For example, 8 MiB of cache using 6-transistor 1-bit static RAM cells comes in at 402+ million transistors, just for the cells, never mind surrounding decoders, buffers, TLBs, etc.