Is day of the architect over? – Is day of the architect over?: “The notion of simply increasing the number of execution pipelines to increase instructions executed per clock cycle has hit the wall, as computer scientists warned it would, somewhere between three and five. Only very unusual hand-optimized loops appear to benefit from more instruction-level parallelism than this. Similarly, the value of supporting multiple threads in hardware appears to roll off after about three to five.”

We feel so ashamed

The folks at Scientific American wrote a hilarious April Fool’s editorial responding to the rising tide of religious pseudo-science:
Okay, We Give Up — We feel so ashamed

In retrospect, this magazine’s coverage of so-called evolution has been hideously one-sided. For decades, we published articles in every issue that endorsed the ideas of Charles Darwin and his cronies. True, the theory of common descent through natural selection has been called the unifying concept for all of biology and one of the greatest scientific ideas of all time, but that was no excuse to be fanatics about it.
Moreover, we shamefully mistreated the Intelligent Design (ID) theorists by lumping them in with creationists. Creationists believe that God designed all life, and that’s a somewhat religious idea. But ID theorists think that at unspecified times some unnamed superpowerful entity designed life, or maybe just some species, or maybe just some of the stuff in cells. That’s what makes ID a superior scientific theory: it doesn’t get bogged down in details.
Nor should we succumb to the easy mistake of thinking that scientists understand their fields better than, say, U.S. senators or best-selling novelists do. Indeed, if politicians or special-interest groups say things that seem untrue or misleading, our duty as journalists is to quote them without comment or contradiction. To do otherwise would be elitist and therefore wrong.

Will housing bubble burst?

Will housing bubble burst?: “The PMI Risk Index, which weighs incomes, mortgage payments and changes in employment, rates Santa Clara County’s chance of price depreciation in the next two years at 48.1 percent — the fourth highest in the nation.”

[Some economists are] concerned that the combination of low interest rates and easy loans has artificially pushed up prices, and lulled consumers into a false belief that home values only go up.
That is reflected in the dramatic increase in interest-only loans, which usually become adjustable after five years. Their popularity jumped in California from 1.43 percent of all new mortgage loans in 2001 to more than 47 percent originated last year.

The housing market in Santa Clara is still appreciating at 20% per year. But it sagged when the Dot-Com bubble burst a few years ago.

In November 2000, eight months after the Nasdaq stock bubble burst, the median price in Santa Clara County was $510,000. A slide began the next month, with the median eventually dropping to $435,000 in November 2001, according to DataQuick.
Median prices fluctuated again in 2002 and 2003 before a continual climb began in the spring of 2003.

Meet the Jetsons? Not Yet

Meet the Jetsons?

Life for the Jetsons was no different than it was for the Flintstones. Dad works and worries; Mom stays home except when she’s out spending money; and families (like the power source one imagines for the Jetsons) were nuclear.
REAL life is the opposite. Robots aren’t working as housekeepers, but the nation has experienced enormous social change in the last 40 years.