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Re: The historical accident of little-endian
Historically, numerals in almost all languages are little-endians from "thirteen" (3+10) to "five and twenty". Operations, like addition, are performed from least to most significant digits and the new digits are added at the most-significant side. It is unnatural to do this right-to-left in the otherwise left-to-write oriented writing system. Because of this, *one* often finds oneself in a pain of printing a column of numbers right-adjusted (the only reasonable way to do this, so that scale is immediately visible).
Compare this with another ridiculous right-to-left vestige: the mathematical notation for function composition: f(g(x)), so cumbersome that mathematicians composing functions a lot (e.g., in category theory) adopt notation from programmers and write "g;f". But that at least we can blame on bad vodka Euler had. Fibonacci and his ilk who gave us big-endian numBerals have no excuse.
PS: the argument about "starting with the biggest quantity" makes no sense, because Arabs, who invented the thing, read from right to left and hence start with the least significant digit. Which put no hindrance on Arabian mathematics.
Re: WotW a Western
Not to say that the War of the Worlds (1898) predates any Western by a comfortable margin and features no good guys.
"I" seems to stay
for "Intel" in "ISC13".
Nokia^WWodka --- connecting people
So it's "England" and "duty of an Englishman". Good that rumours about so-called "[Kingdom of] Great Britain" are only rumours.
Re: Mixed lessons from history?
> and maybe some Soviets
And a lot of British---Mig's were equipped with Rolls-Royce Nenes at the time (which Sir Stafford Cripps was all too happy to provide together with licences).
There can be no "divine anything font" in a society happily free from the bourgeois capitalist-imperialist state ideology of worshipping imaginary dead. Back to a drawing board, comrade!
Re: This doesn't make sense
Let's try a very rough back of the envelope estimation. Assuming that the network is fully utilised during compute phase, the IO phase would be at least as long as compute phase, because the total state of computation must be dumped at it is more data than exchanged during compute phase. Worse yet, IO phase cannot be overlapped with compute phase of another task, because they compete for the fully utilised network. Which means that even in the ideal state, when the storage system is so blazingly fast that it is the network which is the bottleneck of IO phase, the duty cycle of the system is less than 50%. A reason for a big lab administrator to have a heart attack. The system seems to be misconfigured.
This doesn't make sense
I am sorry. Peak "flops" are achieved during compute phase of cluster jobs, when the interconnect is mostly idle. The network is used during IO phase, e.g., to dump checkpoints. Having a larger flops capacity does not imply a faster network. More details about benchmarks are needed.
> What does it mean to “own” something when it’s stored on someone else’s cloud server and
> can be wiped, possibly erroneously, with the flip of a switch? This is not ownership in any
> traditional sense of the word.
You mean, like money in a bank?
Re: "But I still submit it's force majeur."
Your contracts must be quite old if they were agreed before War did exist.
Re: Edsger Dijkstra
Dijkstra participated in design and implementation of some of the most influential languages, including Algol-60, Algol-68 and Ada. He and Hoare made fundamental work in language semantics, typing, formal correctness and concurrency. To think that EWD reduced computer science to algorithms is... unbelievable. (Yes, I subscribe to his view about Basic and yes, I programmed in it. It was difficult to unlearn, but worth it, all happy memories notwithstanding.)
Passive stupidity is even more of a problem.
Isn't it a bit odd that,
> as president of a country, Medvedev is writing that the police ought to investigate the
> attack rather than phoning them up and insisting they look into it.
Right, a bit of friendly support from Albion is exactly what notorious Russian "telephone law" (http://www.law.wisc.edu/m/nmytc/telephone_law_and_rol.pdf) needs.
No, this is an "art"
group "Voina" ("War"). Incidentally, they also ended up in a jail (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12645902).
In a frame of reference
attached to the centre of the Earth, the Sun does revolve around the latter. The real blow to the Russian education system is that shaken Olga still believes that there is _the_ frame of reference.
after he complained to the Kremlin
those are the key words, believe me. Nobody loves trouble-makers complaining over one's head.
Pictures on the Met site
Oh, I have seen this site, in fact, there seem to be an awful lot of them, with phones and prices too.
the last minute rule
With all the due respect to (presumably) late Mr. Gray, that rule only worked in a rather narrow set of configurations. Realistically, servers, especially high end ones, are stuffed with as much memory as fits in them.
HP noting that VTB Bank in Russia ... to get a mix of Superdomes and Integrity blades running HP-UX
And now HP is under a bribery investigation in Russia (http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/russia/article7098065.ece). A coincidence of course.
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