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Benedict Evans 19 Aug 16
The entire Sun render farm for Toy Story (1995) had (v roughly) 1bn CPU transistors. Apple’s A8 SoC (iPhone 6): 2bn Unfair, but relevant
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Benedict Evans 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
That is, on a basic measure, a 2 year old phone now has more computing power than was used to render Toy Story. Power of compound growth
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Aaron Dunlap 🗽 #Impeach 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
actually that’s just reams of copy paper on shelves
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baba yaga 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
and many times we still struggle to play Pokemon Go and listen to Spotify at the same time lol
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Benedict Evans 19 Aug 16
Replying to @timothycomeau
not really, and an iPhone couldn’t render toy story.
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Tristan Harward 19 Aug 16
aha, the plot thickens. So what was special about the render farm? Massive parallelization?
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Riot Nrrrd™ 19 Aug 16
911.4 million transistors to be exact. (3.1 million per CPU, you do the math.)
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KnowNothingJonCrow 19 Aug 16
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KnowNothingJonCrow 19 Aug 16
not rack mountable, probably improvised power+cooling. Still, most cost effective UNIX in 1995; pre Linux
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Paul Milovanov 19 Aug 16
in flops? or measured how exactly?
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Benedict Evans 19 Aug 16
Replying to @wooglooskr @ATabarrok
scroll up
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Paul Milovanov 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
The 2^x free ride sure was nice while it lasted!
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Paul Milovanov 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
Yet here I am, San Francisco, mid 2016, getting internets over a rotten piece of copper. Can't explain that. (well, I can.)
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Jordan Miller 19 Aug 16
Ya, this is like saying the Apollo command module had less computing power than a calculator.
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Andraz Logar 19 Aug 16
Replying to @BenedictEvans
half of an iphone? Are you sure?
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Dmitri Kalintsev 20 Aug 16
Replying to @ScudsCorp
IIRC first version of Slackware came out around 93-94-ish.
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⁧ シーク⁨Sik 20 Aug 16
Ouch my neck
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Peter M. O’Donnell 20 Aug 16
Exactly. Music still hiccups, AppleTV scrolling sucks, app switch previews are still stale, kb still blocks 🙄😒
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