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the steel core made it possible to made full glass facades, but it didn't make it necessary

it was even more so of a conscious decision not to use any ornamentation that they weren't limited to stone facades (btw many steel core buildings had stone facades until recently, among other materials like precast concrete - in the financial district of London most buildings pre 2010 are not glass, and most post 2010 are)

it just seems to be the case that the ruling elites like those buildings, and that's the main reason they are pervasive across skylines

even if the tech didn't improve one iota in the next 10 years, the low hanging fruit that remains for the taking in application is just staggering right now

expanding to a high revenue but small niche is very challenging, and most importantly it's slow

if some company is going to use a GPT version to do critical work, they'd be insane to jump on it before testing the solution and gaining confidence for a long time, while also evaluating how to exactly incorporate in their workflow without creating total dependency and other such ancillary issues

you would pay 1000x more for the certainty, which you can never have right away - together with the legal liability of the service provider

that would explain the focus on services like the VNC replacement they've released

those won't be free for long

it's going to be awkward in consumer hardware either way

if you segregate AI units from the GPU, the thing is both AI and GPUs will continue to need massive amounts of matrix multiplication and as little memory latency as possible

the move to have more of it wrapped in the GPU makes sense but at least in the short and medium term, most devices won't be able to justify the gargantuan silicon wafer space/die growth that this would entail - also currently Nvidia's tech is ahead and they don't make state of the art x86 or ARM CPUs

for the time being I think the current paradigm makes the most sense, with small compute devices making inroads in the consumer markets as non-generalist computers - note that more AI-oriented pseudo-GPUs already exist and are successful since the earlier Nvidia Tesla lineup and then the so-called "Nvidia Data Center GPUs"

> as little memory latency as possible

Should be "as much memory bandwidth as possible". GPUs are designed to be (relatively) more insensitive to memory latency than CPU.

yep that's true, although AI compute modules do get significant benefit from low latency cache as well

the main reason the masses don't have privacy and security-centred systems is that they don't demand them and they will trade it away for a twopence or for the slightest increment in convenience

a maxim that seems to hold true at every level of computing is that users will not care about security unless forced into caring

with privacy they may care more, but they are easily conditioned to assume it's there or that nothing can be realistically be done about losing it

I assume Red Lobster preemptively lowered the food grade and the service labour costs to avoid raising the prices in their menu drastically. We've had a wave of very strong inflation pretty much worldwide - or at least wherever there have been covid lock-downs and huge government payment schemes - and for many businesses, especially those that already operated at the margin of profitability, this has been their death knell.

I'm not so sure that Red Lobster would have survived if instead of lowering the quality of the product they'd have just raised the prices by say 80% overnight. I mention 80% because that's how much many hospitality businesses have raised prices in my area in London since the pandemic.

I've seen businesses go bust here that have tried both things:

- lowering quality and raising the prices by less than the average

- maintaining roughly the same quality and service but raising prices drastically

Plenty of examples in my area of businesses just collapsing with either strategy. People simply would not accept the new prices in many cases.

A business that is sort-of a luxury business like those specialised in oysters, shellfish in general, high-end cuisine etc only a very select few have survived. Those that are large chains have suffered the most, because they are not seen as so much of a special expenditure and people would just stop going.

Red Lobster perhaps would have fared better by not reacting and simply raising prices. Who knows, it's easy to make the counterfactual scenario in the abstract.

wouldn't it be easier to download whatever your kids like to listen to and have them listen to it offline?

i know i'm not the target for those services that i wouldn't use in a million years, but i just wonder sometimes if Spotify or Apple Music actually provide any convenience or value at all

it's odd to me that you'd expect a large stock of English books in any regular Thai library

even in Japan, with perhaps the very strongest reading culture in the world, you're going to find a relatively limited selection of books in library outside of their own language

you'll likely have less success finding a varied stock of Thai books in Oregon, to the surprise of nobody

What are the 3 best Japanese books to read in your opinion?

Like for English a good 3 would be Infinite Jest (trendy, pretentious), Moby Dick (classic), and Lord of The Rings (meme worthy).

There are hundreds of great ones, but Tale of Genji (classic), The Master of Go (amazing if you like the board game Go), Coin Locker Babies (Ryu Murkami > Haruki Murkami), Out by Natsuo Kirino.

human factors like drive are more important than most project managers would like to believe

if you have people who are effective, allow them some space for fun and intellectual challenge even if it takes a bit away from the workload - if you disregard those human factors something will give up at the end, perhaps catastrophically as efforts are made to add "sexiness" to the core of the mission critical workload

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