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Theoretically, if your bandwidth is high enough, you can transfer the entire computational state of the distant resource to a local substrate, and then run the computation locally for a low-latency conversation.

So, if you are annoyed by the slow comms of our alpha centauri - earth channel, just transfer _your entire brain_ to a local avatar and I'll converse with that. Then run "git merge" to bring the remote history back to the master repo.

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"Tell me the 99th percentile latency. Track it. Improve it. When needed, throughput comes easy."

Actually, if you're worried about tail latency, it can be improved via throughput. Expensively:

Double your entire infrastructure. Send each request twice, once to each half. Take the results of the faster one.

I assume that Google does something like this for fast search results.

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packetslave 33 days ago | link

Yep, and you don't even (necessarily) need to double your infrastructure to do it. Jeff Dean talks about some strategies in "The Tail at Scale"

http://research.google.com/pubs/pub40801.html (paper)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_PxVdQmfpk (talk)

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finnh 44 days ago | link | parent | on: WebFlow

I read the pricing FAQ but I'm still a bit confused.

Here's my use case:

I host my own web apps & sites.

I would like to use WebFlow to redesign one of them. Should take me about a month.

Do I only pay for a month, and then export, and then quit paying?

What happens when, 1 year from now, I want to tweak the site? Can WebFlow import old webflow projects? Or do I need to pay for every intervening month to preserve the ability to use WebFlow on that site in the future?

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brryant 44 days ago | link

Hi there, Webflow founder here! We actually have a free trial, which lets you design and export as many sites as you'd like in a 2 week period. If you're still working on your site after your trial is over you have the option of upgrading to the Personal plan which gives you the ability to export your sites. You can cancel at any time and we never delete your work, so you can come back a year later and redesign your site again.

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jobnobber 44 days ago | link

I don't find the pricing confusing at all. Why would they allow users to build a complete website for $14? They make the money on the hosting.

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alonso12 44 days ago | link

yep, also disappointed/confused by their pricing model.

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subpixel 44 days ago | link

Yes it's small beer, but I'm baffled that something they give you for free on the cheapest plan (custom domain), they want to charge you for on more expensive plans.

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Ratio of "acquihire haters" to "haters who would turn down a well-priced acquisition offer on that basis" = ERROR DIV0

Funnily enough, I've actually walked from an acquisition before. But for a very different reason: BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T OFFER ENOUGH MONEY. That's it. Full stop. I am running a business, after all.

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jtfrench 46 days ago | link

>> "Ratio of "acquihire haters" to "haters who would turn down a well-priced acquisition offer on that basis" = ERROR DIV0"

You sir/ma'am, are hilarious.

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Do you own curtains?

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TeMPOraL 46 days ago | link

Yes, I do, but I don't find them relevant here. Suing you for breaching my privacy is completely independent from the fact that if you caught me lying to you by peeking through the curtains, I'd only have myself to blame.

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Crito 46 days ago | link

Spoken like somebody in a privileged position of not having anything that they believe must remain hidden.

Me spying on you while you are in your home would be illegal, because you deserve some baseline privacy. Me tracking you around town should similarly be illegal.

You "blaming yourself" if I illegally violate your privacy is nothing but senseless and shameless victim blaming.

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TeMPOraL 46 days ago | link

As I said, if I had something that I believed must remain hidden, then it would be my fault if it somehow became known, regardless of who and how made it happen.

And as I said, it wouldn't stop me from suing you from here to kingdom come for breaking my privacy.

I don't think that mixing those two concepts (having something to hide and a right to privacy) is a good OPSEC.

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Crito 46 days ago | link

"it would be my fault if it somehow became known, regardless of who and how made it happen."

Shear lunacy. If I break into your home and steal financial documents from you, is that your fault? If I install a camera in your bathroom, would that be your fault?

Break free of the mindframe that those with secrets are keeping something wrong secret.

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TeMPOraL 46 days ago | link

Break free of the mindframe that those with secrets are keeping something wrong secret.

I'm not having that mindset. I actually see three kinds of secrets people might have:

- things they shouldn't be doing in the first place (like tax fraud),

- things that are dangerous should evil people know about them (by government mass surveilence, you installing a camera in my bathroom, etc.),

- things that are inconvenient should morons know about them (like religious/sexual orientation, etc.)

Most of the privacy-related discussions here focus on the second and third kind. I argue that we shouldn't keep only blaming particular technologies (cameras, satellites, big data), but instead we should focus on dealing with evil people and morons. Fighting technology is pointless (sans starting Third World War) and potentially hurtful (all that surveillance tech we're so afraid of can and already does wonders in areas like agriculture, medicine, public safety and social studies).

How about we make sure that social and legal structure deters people from acting on collected data in a malicious way, that makes it easier to get rid of morons in your collective social network, instead of blaming mapping technologies for breaking marriages, or Twitter for government shooting their citizens in a more efficient manner, or Facebook for that boss not hiring you because you're an atheist?

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Crito 46 days ago | link

"- things that are inconvenient should morons know about them (like religious/sexual orientation, etc.)"

These can be flat out dangerous for many people. It isn't your place to make that call for other people.

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I just went shopping for vendors at my San Francisco datacenter and had no problem replicating my current /26 + /27. Some vendors offered a /24, even.

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finnh 68 days ago | link | parent | on: Toward Go 1.3

I measure my productivity in a language by how little code I can write to accomplish my goal. You seem to be saying the opposite?

EDIT: I guess you are saying something slightly different: that you can produce reams of C# code that works out of the box without many iterations. "reams" to me implies boilerplate & excessive ceremony, but I shouldn't assume that about your work =)

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usea 68 days ago | link

Shouldn't productivity be measured in how much time it takes to solve problems? The amount of code produced at the end is only relevant if typing is a significant portion of your time spent. Typing is rarely my bottleneck.

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markkanof 68 days ago | link

Agree that typing speed is not the bottleneck when writing code, but there is something to be said for writing fewer lines of code that are also easy to understand (ie. overly clever code that is concise is often a negative). That should make maintenance and debugging easier as there is less code in which to introduce bugs and less code to load into your brain when returning to it later.

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michaelwww 68 days ago | link

No I wouldn't be saying I produce reams of boilerplate like it's a good thing ;) I meant, and I'm sure you've experience this, that the language doesn't get in the way of realizing the program that's still in my head. Every interruption spent tracking down some language quirk is probably double the time or more to get back into the flow of it. It's really a shame Microsoft doesn't do more to make C# more portable.

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codygman 68 days ago | link

The reason you write less code in Go is because there is less complexity. Similar to F# vs C#:

http://fpbridge.co.uk/why-fsharp.html (checkout the call graph comparisons. I believe a Haskell call graph would be similar, but I could be very wrong.

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bad_user 68 days ago | link

Kind of ironic that for making a point on C#, you're using F#, an FP language.

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codygman 68 days ago | link

I don't see the irony. It's a contrast of a class based and object oriented language vs a functional language. The functional language leads to a much simpler call graph than the OOP language.

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bad_user 68 days ago | link

The irony is that Go is not a functional programming language.

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codygman 68 days ago | link

You're right. One of the reason it has simpler call graphs and less complexity is because it is composition based and struct rather than class based.

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Counting sheep is easy: just count the legs and divide by four.

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Posted this b/c I'm surprised to learn that the much-ballyhooed $699 Dell 4K monitor maxes out at 30Hz refresh rates when running at full resolution (3840x2160), even if you have a DisplayPort 1.2 card capable of pushing that many pixels at 60Hz.

... just cancelled my order.

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bavcyc 83 days ago | link

I was thinking about ordering and I need accurate color.

Now I'll wait until the color is accurate before ordering the 4k monitor.

Thanks for posting this article.

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I am the only one who reads "Doge" as its pre-meme value: the ruler of an italian city state like Venice back in the day?

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pcrh 88 days ago | link

I guess Doge as in Dogecoin was meant to be pronounced "doggie", deliberately misspelt, whereas the Venetian Doge is pronounced /ˈdoʊdʒ/ (~doj).

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klez 87 days ago | link

The E at the end of doge (Venetian ruler) is not mute.

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pcrh 87 days ago | link

Wikipedia has the e as mute in Venetian but not in Italian...?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doge_of_Venice

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klez 85 days ago | link

I'm Venetian, so I'm probably biased, but I never heard the word 'doge' without the 'e' even outside Venice.

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pcrh 83 days ago | link

Maybe Wikipedia needs correcting...

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dllthomas 88 days ago | link

That's how I read it before I learned of the meme. I preferred it that way.

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bdr 88 days ago | link

https://twitter.com/brendanaanes/status/413775573958156290 :)

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dragonwriter 88 days ago | link

No.

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