you could allow free use of patents under a license that requires the entity doing so to also allow free use of their patents. If you believed the patent system is largely counter productive (as I do), this would be an awesome way of trying to address this a constructive way.
what YC could get out of it ( besides making the world a better place ) is very good knowledge of the capabilities of potential entrepreneurs. Imagine one of these researchers then founding a startup. Funding that would be a lot less risky, so that's quite a bit of edge
Say I wanted to do something similar, but move data around locally between two NAS appliances, but not incur a double disk charge - (i've got a pack of ~ 20 disks in NAS brand a, but i want to move to NAS brand b. The disks work in both, but need reformatting).
Does anyone know of a service where I could rent a 20TB device like snowball but not push it to S3?
I know Dell has glorified portable harddrive arrays in pelican styles cases for moving data between their SAN systems. Unfortunately I don't recall the name and I don't know if they are available for rental. If you have a Dell VAR, have them ask the Dell storage group.
Edit: Correction, it doesn't appear to be an array, just single device so 1.5-2TB max. Also basically targeted at this SAN solution only.
He wants to rent something temporarily, so that he can copy stuff off the drives, take them out of the nas, format them in the new nas so it's compatible, copy stuff off the rented appliance to the new nas, ship the rented thing back off.
He wants to avoid having to have to buy enough drives, etc, to hold all of the data at once
Re the environmental impact: A large contingent of internet networked servers are webservers, transacting with the HTTP protocol (be it spiders or producers or whatever). If it takes more computing resources to provide HTTP/2.0, then it would in fact require more servers, and thus increase the energy consumption.
But given how large datacenter consumers are considering how to build greener/smarter operations to reduce their impact (and costs) then clearly it's something to be mindful of.
The point is that it's not sufficient to run the current 20k tests against head daily; there are so many unplanned variations and 'emergent' design that there's a full time job just in keeping up with the changes to MRI ruby.
And even if there wasn't, @brixen has repeatedly pointed out how the MRI authors have chosen to ignore the RubySpec project entirely. That's really sad.
You're assuming they a: notice and pay attention to the road, and b: they're familiar with how to drive, so know that is a trickier maneuver, and c: that they know how well you drive, so can contextualize a pause based on your ability.
Not if you want approval from the payment card industry you can't.
They'll want proof that no other app can access the screen, that screen presses can't be recorded and lots of other stuff.
I'm going through this with a hardware pinpad at the moment, the list of requirements is very long and quite stringent.
--edit-- I'm not saying this is impossible, but I find it very unlikely. All the other EMV devices I know of that are designed for use with iOS and Android devices have built-in hardware pinpads because it's just easier... the PCI is very precious about PIN data. For good reason.
Agreed, they own some of the most well known typefaces in the world. Sadly, their pricing is absurd.
For example, I run a forum with a million daily page views. If I wanted to use Gotham, I need to pay $150 for the font, and then subscribe to their cloud service and pay $450 per month for that amount of page views.
I might be willing to pay a one-time $100 fee to use one of their fonts, or a $100 per year subscription to use any of their fonts. However, $5,500 a year for my site? That's almost as much as my servers. It's a laugh, I'll stick with the well respected free web fonts.
might be kind of interesting to do an IamA on reddit. I'd like to hear more about what it's like to work in HPCs -- even simply considering how to build that kind of processing and how to think in terms of jobs that take real time to complete.