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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems

The cost of hardware is NOT the motivation for network computers.  The
motivation is the cost of support staff.

In general a computing system must fit the task at hand.  For any
model you care to present, I can define a problem that your model
will perform abysmally on.  That will always be the case.  The
notion of "one size fits all" is hopelessly naive in the field of

As for the claimed performance penalty for Java, implementing the VM in
silicon will negate all but the intrinsic language overhead.

In the final analysis, business cares only about solutions that are good
enough, no more.  The goal is a satisfactory solution at the lowest
possible cost.  Time sharing was a major improvement over the 
alternatives of the day.  

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Reginald H. Beardsley                                      rhb@acm.org

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