Yup. Seems like pointless, instant-gratification consumerism when server boxes are far faster, cheaper and greener. Worse, it's an un-upgradable device to buy and throw away. Anyone that needs more horsepower, it's far simpler to either trade up, use a real server or just use a cloud/VPS similar to AWS.
"server boxes are far faster, cheaper and greener. Worse, it's an un-upgradable device to buy and throw away."
How many of these devices would you have to buy and throw away to match the environmental material footprint of even one 1U rack-mount server? They're tiny. Orders of magnitude matter.
(Similar effect: However "disposable" USB flash drives may superficially seem, compared to the floppies they replaced they are nothing. And I do not just mean that the USB sticks can hold lots of stuff... I mean that if you pile a normal computer user of the 2015 era's USB sticks in one pile, and a normal computer user of the 1990 era's floppy disks into another pile, the floppies would tower over the entire pile of USB drives and almost certainly have a much larger environmental footprint. I hedge only for the possibility that the nasty flash memory might dominate the floppies manufacturing, but the floppies do irreducibly have an awful lot more plastic in them, so I'm still guessing the floppy pile comfortably "wins".)
How many of these sticks, powered hubs and controlling computers would you have to buy to equal one green 1U server? On the order of 64 USB sticks, 15 powered hubs AND one computer... That's 15 cheap bricks and a computer's power supply that have to be made and suck down power versus a quality, high-efficiency switching PSU that is about ~98% efficient. Doing the math on the supply chain sourcing of each component is pointless, because it wouldn't be practical, and at present, it's impossible to source all materials from goods to actual, verified origin (not shady middlemen).
Also, how much power would be lost by all those cheap bricks compared to a single, efficient switching power supply?
It also would be 65 systems to maintain.
Renting a fraction (via cloud/VPS) of a green server (good PUE DCs and LP gear) is far cheaper and greener. But more importantly, waste fewer computing resources.
>Can you really build a server box that uses less power than a 1-2A USB device?
Not sure, but I think the point was that its "greener" because you can swap out individual parts over time using the same case and ultimately producing less waste. You may also argue that individual components are easier to recycle.
At scale, compute boxes are rarely upgraded because it's TCO cheaper to invest in newer systems (or CPU, mb, RAM). IOW, it's cheaper to wait and refresh everything, that is unless you're adding RAM, CPUs or disks.
If form factors don't change, reusing the mounting hw, PSUs and enclosures can be doable. Some web shops wait until boxes die entirely before replacement while IT shops lifecycle out all gear (usually everything but racks) in 4-6 years.
These hotdog USB sticks aren't upgradable at all and they're limited to the processing power of 5-10W.
Windows will run amazing on these and all things considered storage isn't an issue. They have really optimized for ultra small devices and id be willing to bet windows 8.1 on these would be super awesome actually. My daughters tablet with similar specs but only 1gb of ram is smooth as can be.
Apple works hard on power efficiency. You don't get high battery life for free. Memory usage may get less attention, but, for example, they do 'swap' to memory by compressing pages (does it help? I wouldn't know. Read http://dfrws.org/2014/proceedings/DFRWS2014-1.pdf)
Edit: oops. That paper isn't evaluating performance, as I thought it would.
With all likelyhood it comes with "Windows 8.1 with Bing", which means Intel will have paid 0$ to put it on there. There is no refund to get, and the extra cost is supposed to be justified by the extra ram and storage space.
Sure, we seem to be popular on forums with people sharing "wtf is up with these shirts" or "would you wear these"? The first comment always seems to be "no." then the rest are positive. Also, a few of those shutupandtakemymoney type places have done posts on us and those have really high conversion rates. Lastly, I use places like FunnyJunk and 9GAG as a place to repost twitter pics. It's my first time on those, so I'm still trying to learn their communities.
Our Kim Jong Il shirt is crushing it, which I didn't expect, and people are sharing it / finding up on Instagram and twitter. I am going to expand and utilize those social media platforms more such as a "4chan designs shirts" board on pinterest. We have virality on our side with this, but I think most B2C companies need something others want to talk about.
We have high conversion off facebook but I don't do anything on it. So, it most be others sharing links and pictures that I can't see. We also have a large "direct" group of sales that I have no information on how they found us.
EDIT: I can't reply as fast as I'd like to due to spam restrictions in place. I didn't use my main account for this post.
1. Work for a US company in the Middle East and transfer over on an L1
2. Apply to US companies and play the H1B lottery
3. Immigrate to or work for a Canadian company (work visa's are easier)
4. Get your Master's
Since you specifically asked about #4, I'll address that. You could see your MS as a glorified work visa but if you go to a top school (Stanford, Caltech, Berkely, CMU, etc.) you're getting a lot more intangible benefits as your career progresses. The network you build and the fact that your degree is from a top school are going to look fantastic on your resume and will qualify you for much better jobs. The credential still makes a difference for certain kinds of gigs.
Of course, if you start your own startup that credential is kinda useless but the network will still help.
So, my advice would be to get into a top school, if you're going to go the #4 route (especially if you can pay your way through, it's much easier) and if not, it's still not a bad way to come work in the US. There are 20k extra H1B visa's for MS degree holders which helps with the lottery as well.
Disclaimer: I came to the US to get my Master's 10 years ago and stayed.
I work at Kiva Systems as a software engineer, located north of Boston. We do a lot of work with robotics and Amazon scale web service development and we are hiring. Check it out at: http://www.kivasystems.com/careers-at-kiva/
Happy to talk about it further. Email me at pestrada AT kivasystems.com
I'd be surprised if these aren't already deployed. I visited a logistics trade fair in Stuttgart and was impressed with the concept. That said, it will work for things in the "library" aka small goods, but let's see how they scale these up to deal with pallet sized goods. I've got no doubt they will, though developing these machines will not be cheap.