Re: computing the value of computing
Another way of looking at it.
When HPC was dependant on government you simply wrote a bigger check to Cray each year and 5years later got a new Cray twice as powerfull as the old one.
When the DoE/DoD stopped writing blank checks to Cray we got a massive increase in innovation in clusters/GPU/FPGA etc
So we should thank Holywood and players of GTA for any new improvements.