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 7401 Best Of, Fri, 26th Apr '13 6:13:39 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Maybe you could distribute some sort of nanomachines over an area - perhaps by plane - and have those take pictures on the microscopic scale?
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 7402 petersohn, Fri, 26th Apr '13 9:46:31 PM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
Stand aside!
Storage capacity is growing exponentially (though maybe not any more, as it begins to reach physical limits too), so it's not that big of an obstacle.

Anyway, the problem with computers is that storage capacity grows much faster than processing capacity, in overall making computers slower over time. Did you ever notice that boot time didn't really change over the last 20 years? If it did, it actually increased.
 7403 Fighteer, Sat, 27th Apr '13 11:10:49 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
That's because the complexity of programs grows in tandem with processor speed and memory capacity. Boot times are largely throttled by the speed, not size, of your hard drive, anyway. Get an SSD boot drive and watch that sucker fly.

edited 27th Apr '13 11:11:25 AM by Fighteer

Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
 7404 petersohn, Sat, 27th Apr '13 11:43:56 AM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
Stand aside!
And an operating system that doesn't load a bajillion of things I don't need. My work Laptop (Windows) has a boot + login time of about 10 minutes. My home computer boots below 1 minute for both Kubuntu (with KDE login time being slow compared to other windowing systems) and minimalist Windows 7. But as far as I remember, 20 years ago my 386 with DOS booted up about the same time (~1 minute). If I started up Windows 3.1, it was still much less than my work computer now.
 7405 Joesolo, Sat, 27th Apr '13 11:54:19 AM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
10 minutes? wow. My laptop is maybe 2, tops.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 7406 Nohbody, Sat, 27th Apr '13 4:21:47 PM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
I'm with Joe, 10 minutes sounds a bit odd. Christ, an old Toshiba craptop laptop I have with a P-75 running Windows 95 that I used to use regularly only took like 4 to get up to operating speed, so to speak. (It felt like 4 hours, but that's just me being an impatient SOB. tongue )

edited 27th Apr '13 4:22:22 PM by Nohbody

 7407 Fighteer, Sat, 27th Apr '13 8:14:38 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
I have an old, old self-built PC that takes 15 minutes to boot. By contrast, my Windows 7 desktop comes up in five or so.
Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
 7408 petersohn, Sat, 27th Apr '13 9:51:20 PM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
Stand aside!
I will measure it. Maybe it's not 10 minutes, but above 5 for sure. Some of my collegues who's been working there for a longer time that it was even much slower than Vista (now we are using 7, which has about the same speed as Vista). Interestingly having a faster machine doesn't help much, except for the newest ones which have SSD.
 7409 Best Of, Sat, 27th Apr '13 9:54:20 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
I don't think I've ever had a computer that would normally take 5 minutes to boot. If there's been an issue with a computer it might have made a habit of taking that long to boot but normally I think all of the computers I've ever had have taken less than 5 minutes to boot.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 7410 Kyler Thatch, Sun, 28th Apr '13 12:32:00 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
When that happens to me, it's usually a sign that I should do a routine reformat and reinstall.
And now it is your turn
Your turn to hear the stone, and then your turn to burn
 7411 petersohn, Sun, 28th Apr '13 10:15:14 PM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
Stand aside!
Back when I was using Windows XP, I did that about every year because of increasing boot times (it probably has to do something with the lot of junk I had to install to make it usable). Now that I'm using Linux most of the time, and I use Windows occasionally with a minimal install, I don't have such problems. My work computer boots up slowly, but fortunately it doesn't increase.

Edit: Is It Worth the Time? Huh.

edited 28th Apr '13 10:17:33 PM by petersohn

Shadowed Philosopher
I have ordinary hardware, and my boot time is around 10 seconds. Not sure what you people are doing wrong. tongue
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 7413 Tangent 128, Mon, 29th Apr '13 1:36:11 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
dy/dx
And the sandcastle is fading out...
Conversation is a contact sport.
 7414 Shadow Hog, Mon, 29th Apr '13 1:42:41 PM from Earth Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Avatar by Neoriceisgood
Actually, it completely faded out not that long ago. Now we're with the couple again as they go hiking.
Moon
"Is It Worth The Time?" was brilliant. Now I can save the time of calculating how much time I save by attempting to save time.

 7416 Fighteer, Tue, 30th Apr '13 7:02:54 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
What If #43: Train Loop.

Q: Could a high-speed train run through a vertical loop, like a rollercoaster, with the passengers staying comfortable?

A: No.

Very succinct. The rest of the What If? is dedicated to finding a way to actually loop a train without killing the passengers. My favorite part is the attempt to put a jet engine on the bottom of the train. [lol]

edited 30th Apr '13 7:03:25 AM by Fighteer

Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
I want Kat's glasses!
An alternative method would be to invent Inertial Dampening.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 7418 Fighteer, Tue, 30th Apr '13 7:49:31 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
We're going to make inertia wet? How would that help? tongue

edited 30th Apr '13 7:49:48 AM by Fighteer

Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
Not Actually Indie
Because it's softer when wet, obviously.
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.
 7420 Nohbody, Tue, 30th Apr '13 9:12:46 AM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
"Sadly, [jet-engine-powered trains] never took off. Fortunately, they never took off."

*snrk*
 7421 Fighteer, Tue, 30th Apr '13 11:21:38 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
"i will diminish, and go into the west, and remain a train" [lol][lol][lol]
Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
 7422 Demetrios, Tue, 30th Apr '13 12:36:11 PM from Northbrook, Illinois
[up][up]I get the feeling that wouldn't stop Black Hat Man.
 7423 Nohbody, Tue, 30th Apr '13 3:50:52 PM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
^ Very little does, beyond becoming bored with whatever his current scheme happens to be.
My favourite science comic quoting The Lord of the Rings makes my life complete.

 7425 Kamen Rider Ookalf, Wed, 1st May '13 1:44:32 PM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
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