> I'm especially looking forward to events such as WWDC, Google I/O, CES, etc: will be fascinating to get realtime access
Holding your phone up and recording a livestream of pay-for-access events will not only likely get you kicked out (I believe Coachella cracked down on it), but it is very disrespectful toward the other attendees. That's one of the many reasons why personal livestreaming doesn't work.
This is an interesting point because the typical amount of RAM in a modern computer is 8GB, with 16GB being a rare upgrade.
For data analyses which I've done, my 8GB computers will complain when analyzing 2-3GB datasets because when processing the data, the computers needs to make a copy in memory, since the analysis isn't in-place, and there are memory leaks (stupid R). So 4GB-6GB of memory usage causes hangs (since the OS is using a lot of memory too) and is why I've had to resort to SQL for data sets that hit that size. (which is perfectly fine)