dict vs kjBuckets vs ???

Tim Peters tim_one at email.msn.com
Sun Jun 13 20:55:27 CEST 1999


[Tim]
> Let's do a little math <wink>:  10M * 100 = ?, a lower bound on
> what you're contemplating.  Do you have gigabytes of RAM?

[Neel Krishnaswami]
> That might actually be reasonable, if you do a little more math. RAM
> is going for about a dollar a meg right now, so 2 gigs of RAM will
> cost around $2000. This is price-competitive with tying up a
> programmer for a week or two.

Alas, you still need to throw in somebody else to find and install a
motherboard capable of using that much RAM, and an OS capable of exposing
it -- we're bashing into the limits of 32-bit addressing here.  I had the
feeling the original questioner didn't have a 64-bit supercomputer just
sitting around waiting to be applied <wink>.

> I'm always surprised by how effective brute force and ignorance can
> be. :)

Oh yes, the above is temporary.  When the barbarians come knocking on your
door with an appetite for rape and pillage, it's rarely effective to point
out that this simply isn't the way it's done in your country <wink>.

the-shortest-distance-between-two-points-is-a-hammer-with-a-head-
    that-wide-ly y'rs  - tim






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