Interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower

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Interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower

Post#1 by fulalas » 28 Nov 2018, 01:00

Really interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower just because. Some highlights (I recommend reading the whole article):

every other webpage struggles to maintain a smooth 60fps scroll on the latest top-of-the-line MacBook Pro. I can comfortably play games, watch 4K videos but not scroll web pages? How is it ok?
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I’m dying to see web community answer when 120Hz displays become mainstream. Shit barely hits 60Hz already.
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Modern text editors have higher latency than 42-year-old Emacs. Text editors! What can be simpler?
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As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features.
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Android system with no apps takes almost 6 Gb. Just think for a second how obscenely HUGE that number is. What’s in there, HD movies? I guess it’s basically code: kernel, drivers. Some string and resources too, sure, but those can’t be big. So, how many drivers do you need for a phone?
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Google keyboard app routinely eats 150 Mb. Is an app that draws 30 keys on a screen really five times more complex than the whole Windows 95?
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Bluetooth? Spec is so complex that devices won’t talk to each other and periodic resets are the best way to go.
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We put virtual machines inside Linux, and then we put Docker inside virtual machines, simply because nobody was able to clean up the mess that most programs, languages and their environment produce.


http://tonsky.me/blog/disenchantment/

P.S.: I tried to post just the link on the MCHAT, but it's not working for me. :(

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Interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower

Post#2 by AcnapyxoB » 28 Nov 2018, 17:48

Porteus is exception :celebrate3:

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Post#3 by fulalas » 28 Nov 2018, 22:40

@AcnapyxoB, definitely! A full modern system with UI that takes only 275 MB is quite amazing! That's one of the main reasons I'm here :)

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Interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower

Post#4 by n0ctilucient » 29 Nov 2018, 14:34

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I just love this illustration from the article :buhehe:

Porteus is small and fast. However... I can't resist the pie-in the-sky promise of "embedded" (Porteus?)...
https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1206533

Yes I know it's unrealistic. But... one can dream can't they?
:hmmm: I do NOT have the "right" to tell anyone what they should do...
but I reserve the "right" to tell them what they should "consider".

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Interesting article about how technology is getting messier and slower

Post#5 by francois » 30 Nov 2018, 00:39

fulalas wrote:
28 Nov 2018, 01:00
As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features.
This has always been the rule since day one, except for porteus. Or rather, less with porteus for sure or linux in general as a rule.
Prendre son temps, profiter de celui qui passe.

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