[Beowulf] List traffic

Ellis H. Wilson III ellis at runnersroll.com
Thu Jan 12 09:55:41 PST 2012

I really should be following Joe's advice circa 2008 and just not 
responding, but I can't help myself.

On 01/12/2012 11:45 AM, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
> The biggest problem for this list:
> 1) The lack of postings by RGB past few months, especially the ones
> where he explains how easy
> it is to build a nuke, given the right ingredients, which gives
> interesting discussions.

The last post from RGB was a long, long discussion about how very wrong 
you were about RNGs.  You just don't get it.  It's okay to be wrong once 
in a while Vincent, and even moreso to just agree to disagree.  Foolish, 
unedited and inflammatory diatribes with a unnatural dose of newlines 
are what is killing this list and what that blog I referenced was 
specifically disappointed with.

So please, I'm begging you.  Stop writing huge emails that trail off 
from their original point.  Try to say things in a non-inflammatory 
manner.  Use spell-check, and try to read your emails once before 
sending them.  And last of all, remember that there are many people on 
this list that have all sorts of different applications -- not just 
Chess.  Your experience does not generalize well to all areas.

Speaking of which, for anyone who is interested in doing serious work 
with low-power processors, please see a paper named FAWN for an 
excellent example of use-cases where low hertz low power processors can 
do some great work.  It's by Dave Anderson of CMU.  I was lucky enough 
to be invited to the CMU PDL retreat a few months back and had a nice 
conversation about the project when we went for a run together.  There 
are some use-cases that benefit massively from that kind of architecture.



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