thetan wrote:First of all, the information economy (the internet) is about execution not about ideas. So get that notion out of your head.
Second of all, the problem is to vague. If you need 17 sec to calc something, then i have a feeling that the solution to the problem can be achieved faster then the current method in which you are implementing. So look at it as an engineering problem rather then a simple scripting problem.
The simple fact that a single script will be running CPU intensive for 17 secs per request is indicative that you're site will die really really fast under heavy concurrent load.
When these advances happen, they happen to many people simultaneously, so many people tend to see the next step forward at the same time. In 2003, we were all social network geniuses, at least compared with everyone in 1993.
Consider CU Community, a Facebook competitor started at Columbia University. Adam Goldberg, its creator, programmed his social network over the summer in 2003. It was more advanced than Facebook, with options for pictures and integrated blogging software, though it did lack the elegant minimalism of Zuckerberg's design. (Disclosure: Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is on Facebook's board, and The Post markets itself on Facebook.)
This phenomenon is age-old: It's called "simultaneous invention." Technology - and the conversation about what can be done with it - advances to the point that the next step is obvious to multiple people at once, and so they all push forward. In the end, one squeezes the others out by landing the patent, or the market share, and becomes synonymous with the invention. That's what happened with Alexander Graham Bell, who in all likelihood invented the telephone after Elisha Gray - and both of them came after Antonio Meucci, who couldn't afford the fee to keep his patent current.
tgoe wrote:Are you being vague because this is really just a cleverly disguised spam?
tgoe wrote:17s per year per user isn't really much different than a single php generated pageview by a loyal visitor... how exactly are you calculating this 17 seconds?
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