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> If there is a 2x difference .. I only have to run half the machines

No, it doesn't work that way. CPU is almost never an issue, it's all about startup time, network latency -- that kind of stuff. So, unless you're mining bitcoins, 2x difference is negligible.

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I guess I don't understand where Erlang would fit in your (my) stack.

If you want to handle millions->billions of external client connections, you may want to be able to pack as many on to a machine as possible to reduce costs (the difference between paying for 5,000 machines vs 10,000 machines). If you want these to be secure connections (which I do), there is significant CPU overhead in encrypting and decrypting all network traffic. Even if you aren't doing encryption work, there is still significant CPU work in managing large numbers of sockets. Implementations may also vary significantly in the amount of memory required to support the connection, affecting costs and machine count.

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Nothing is new. http://www.exilpen.net/neuigkeiten/texte/vampire.html

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Dear Techcrunch, could you kindly clarify in what sense data is related to sex? Is it like some people get a boner when they see data or what?

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I'm wondering what LispWorks guys would say about it.

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It would be nice to rename the 'de' form to 'le'. Imagine: (le delay () ...), etc.

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Well, there is a Le Lisp.

http://christian.jullien.free.fr/lelisp/

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...but we are le tired.

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you have all to do this yourself.

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I once got asked to spin off an ec2 instance from an image provided by the company I applied to, and then answer certain questions about the dataset on that thing. I had to write actual code to obtain the answers. All that had to happen within 24 hours. Then there was an on-site interview where they asked questions about stuff like JVM garbage collector fine-tuning and such. That was the best interview I had, ever.

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And, of course, you can provide links to credible studies supporting such extraordinary claims, right?

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Petty much every documentary I have seen the last 5 years claims humans are increasingly ruining the planet at a non-sustainable rate. I expected this to be common knowledge by now.

If you prefer reading about it, Collapse by Jared Diamond[1] is an exceptional book on the subject, with facts and references for every claim and anecdote.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143117009/ref=as_li_tl?ie=...

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I assume that the commenter specifically meant this part:

> Currently it takes 1.2 earths' worth of resources to support the earth's population

... which obviously isn't true since the earth's worth of resources currently supports its population.

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"to install extensions". This is satire, right?

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Just have tried to register, got this:

Server Error in '/' Application. The resource cannot be found.

Firefox/Mac.

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our tech team will look into this.

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Perfect. Now please come to Canada.

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