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  • Commented on On hold
    No... just when I finally get to Edinburgh and want to buy you my favorite author a pint you run off to the mainland... Guess I will wait till you come to Germany again and stalk you there :). At...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    I strongly believe that by the end of this century a positive-growth learning pattern AI with supercomputing resource access would have the capability to make humans extinct if it could conceive it. Due to the inherent issues in understanding/trying to...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I must say, I am getting a similar increasing world-building pleasure out of the Laundry series I got from a certain world with a particular geometric shape. I can only hope my enjoyment of the series will follow the same...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Don't underestimate the development part. I think that the combined idea of one face to face for the deciders and a big face-to-face meeting with all rungs of the ladder followed by VR-supported productivity could work for a lot of...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I agree it is a solution towards sustainability, but I think the breakdown in necessary working people and the breakdown of most consumer goods production chains could lead to a potentially unrecoverable failure mode for our civilisation. Depending on autonomous...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    On a more dystopian front however, could this be a singularity point for the breads and circuses and population control ideas? Could the minimum guaranteed income plus VR++ (maybe with tactile, maybe not) be a way to keep all unnecessary...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I absolutely agree with the collaboration point. Admittedly, I work in research related to computation/simulation/science so our standards are lower than in let us say banking, but for collaboration the goal is to move forward, solve a problem, brainstorm and...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I will probably get myself one as soon as I can motivate the expense, and maybe save a bit as it is more than a nerd can justify as an impulse buy. Regarding corporate travel and telcos, I think the...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Regarding scientific research and european/ national projects, I may have some balkan insights. A couple of years back, some blokes running the government in Romania realized that many research projects have been granted according to E.U. regulations (to have access...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I am confused about difficulties involving travel within the EU... as a former eastern block immigrant comfortably researching things in Germany, I seem to only have bureaucracy when crossing the ocean, or going east (outside the EU). Going home or...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    For scientific computing, algorithmic improvements are definitely "the holy grail" of performance, but that kind of progress is almost always revolutionary and requires some genius to pull of. Tuning algorithms to perform on specific architectures is do-able by a larger...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I have been hearing similar songs regarding Sufficiently Smart Compilers and shared memory parallelizable code. Given the amount of papers on the topic it is a bit disappointing to discover that for most non-trivial cases humans are still so superior...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    A good understanding of parallel programming paradigms be they distributed or shared is vital to efficiently using modern architectures. Could you elaborate why you consider functional programming a better approach then imperative programming for understanding these concepts? In the HPC...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Models which simplify complex systems so we can grasp their functions are absolutely useful, and I am not trying to suggest otherwise. However, the jump from using the knowledge from the models to actually understanding the real systems has grown...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I strongly believe it has a lot to do with the complexity of all components involved. Compared to even the '90s and early '00s it is significantly harder even as a professional in the field to keep up to date...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I really depends on the application, as the interconnects, power requirements and so on are significant unavoidable overheads. Often clusters of commodity/cheap machines are the best/most efficient option unless the budget is big enough for true supercomputers to be considered...
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