Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Prepare to get schooled

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a computer science pioneer. She is credited with writing the very first computer compiler. She postulated and articulated the concepts that led to the development of COBOL, and popularized the term ‘debugging’. In short, she is one of the giants whose shoulders we all stand upon.

Thanks HackaDay for posting about her.  The video below seems simple enough, but she had a very interesting way of explaining latency in a manner that everyday people could wrap their minds around.  This right here can help you understand that every time we advance in how tiny we can manufacture our chips we can experience a leap in processing speed.  The power of this explanation is really its simplicity.



18 comments:

  1. cool stuff, following, keep it coming!

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  2. And I say now, they just found out the speed of light has been broken- I've always known this...*the world is flat

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  3. I loved it! That ladies awesome! I want a nano second!

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  4. She is going to give me a nightmare, seriously. And I hoped my nightmares would eventually run out of imagination!

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  5. That was really helpful, I get so mixed up when you get in to all the decimals, micro, nano, it all means nothing until you have something physical like this to equate it to.

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  6. That's awesome, never heard of her before.

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  7. Oh wow, I never knew it was a female.

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  8. very interesting stuff! i think ill watch more of her lectures. I am learning to program in C at this time.

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  9. Damn, she knows her stuff. That's a lot of Nano seconds

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  10. she looks more a he to me.

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  11. Yeah, school me! :D

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  12. I'll have to admit, she's a lot more fun to listen to than her image gives way to.

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  13. Lord Byron's daughter is known as the world's first computer programmer. Just thought you'd like to know, and you probably already do.

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  14. Wasn't there a SMBC comic on her recently?

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