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  • Good, relevant historical review.

    But

    Isn't graphics technology now being adequately driving by the gamers? If the Unix workstation market migrates completely to commodity hardware with generic high-speed bus, doesn't that make commodity adoption of new niche developments easier?
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    Bill
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • Wew, wew, wew! We have a winner! The "completely missed the point" award goes to n1vux. No, you dimwit. I was drawing a contrast between "brand new things" and "just speeding up what already exists". Graphics card makers, driven by gamers, aren't trying anything new. The basic architecture for 3D acceleration was laid down by SGI in the mid 1990's. Adding fans doesn't count as innovation. My question was, who is making entirely new computer achitecture that might someday go mainstream after being an expensi
      • Who's calling whom names, youngster?

        Why do you assume innovation is only possibly on novel engineering workstations? Because that's all you've ever seen and you haven't read history of this and other industries? Or just stupid?

        Do you assume that progress can only come from cycling back around the "it's a new architecutre" merry-go-round? CISCRISC and "Let's create another layer of Cache" recapitulate the phylogeny as much as break new ground, but the new engineers are quite impressed with their inventiveness at (re)discovering the old solution to a system imbalance. The PDP-8 was a RISC reaction to a CISC world, long before either acronym was invented, but not an engineering workstation.

        Innovation is possible whenever some class of early-adopter are willing to pay a premium to get bleeding-edge features (and bleed a little too) and thus indirectly subsidize the R&D. The gap is eventually closed and then the innovation moves elsewhere.

        Engineers subsidized general computer architecture and peripherials development for years. That does not make it the only way.

        The pr0n industry early-adopters subsidized VCR and CD-ROM development, and probably a few other peripherals since. Football and movie fans helped subsidize the VHS VCR (in preference to the superior in quality Betamax, but first release ov VHS had tapes long enough for a game or a movie, and Beta didn't, and the market couldn't wait). Bible-study groups helped subsidize the CD-rom infrastructure, as it enabled distribution of full-text-in-parallel and concordance without a *large* stack of floppies. These industries have moved on ... to the internet. (And various other opportunities rather beyond the scope of this debate.)

        Now that you can buy enough "engineering workstation" for most tasks as off-the-shelf components, innovation has moved elsewhere.

        Much of the bleeding edge of hardware today is in the embedded space -- the better gaming consoles are better computing platforms for less than commodity "computers" costing some factor N more, hence the number of "Linux on " hacks (and vendor countermeasures).

        Clustering/interconnect & virtualization are other areas still rife with innovation today.

        Large SMP systems are borrowing more from mainframe stacks than from workstations today; the early adopters are business not engineers. This doesn't stifle innovation ... just innovation that might eventually trickle down to your personal computer museum.

        Regarding your red herring on Anime ... If Anime is about big eyes and sexual content, Betty Boop had it first. If it's about neat SciFI toys in cartoons, Dick Tracy had it first. And General MacArthur is still partly repsonsible for the twisted nature of Japanese pr0n to this day -- if you don't get that reference, look it up. I really don't care, however, what you do for your jollies.

        As to your final rudeness regarding "my blog", if you want your own private blog, you better host it on 127.0.0.1 ... or if vanity requires public airing without criticism, uncheck the [x] Allow Comments box.

        I should have guessed by your nick "scrottie" that I didn't want to know you.

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        Bill
        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;