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I started learning web design to support my efforts as a singer/songwriter. I'm still doing that, but these days my actual job involves building intranet resources as well. My skillset is PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript (I'm a big fan of jQuery).


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answered Keeping Mac OSX up and sleepless while task / app is running
Sep
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comment Stop a Mac from sleeping while a bash script is running, then allow it to sleep as normal once complete
pmset noidle is deprecated: the man page says: This argument is deprecated in favor of caffeinate(8). See my answer.
Sep
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answered Stop a Mac from sleeping while a bash script is running, then allow it to sleep as normal once complete
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comment Ubuntu program most compatible with Microsoft Office?
Just stumbled on this question again. Want to revise your answer to LibreOffice, or at least mention it?
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Aug
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comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@peter You make a very good point, and thanks for explaining that. It's something I need to remember as a programmer. :) It's still a bit of a side issue for this question's purposes, though. My question was about why we can't get faster clock speeds; your answer is about why we don't currently need to.
Aug
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comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@user20574 - right, but on that analogy, we'd be carrying larger and larger laptops as we move to multi-cores.
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accepted Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
Aug
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comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@user20574 You couldn't, if you started with a room that would fit only one computer, unless you found a way to shrink the computers dramatically.
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comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
'multiple cores is like having multiple "computers" on the same device.' Right, but my confusion was, how do you fit them all in there? I thought "we can't go faster" was a symptom of "we can't shrink things much more."
Aug
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comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
"you need more physical space to put the extra core. However, CPU process sizes constantly shrink a lot, so there's plenty of space to put two copies of a previous design" Maybe this is getting at my original confusion. I thought "faster chip" == "higher density of switches", so I thought "To fit more cores, you have to shrink them. If you can shrink them, you are making them denser. If you can make them denser, you can make them faster. How are these not the same problem?" But I'm way out of my realm of knowledge here. :)
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