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He's not naive; you're being overly cynical. This is like pointing out that an SSD could technically be programmed to work much more slowly than a 5200 RPM drive and thus be a worse value than Linode's spinning platters — unless you have a reasonable belief that somebody is actually doing that, it's just FUD.

Based on the benchmarks I've seen, it appears that Linode really does give the kind of concurrency you'd expect from four cores (i.e. if your problem is parallelizable, you can scale up on Linode better than Digital Ocean, whereas Digital Ocean will work much better if your program is serial and needs to hit the disk a lot).

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