Macro-economic consequences of Moore's law?

By: David Hess (davidwhess.delete@this.gmail.com), April 21, 2017 8:03 am
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VertexMaster (nope.delete@this.nope.com) on April 19, 2017 8:13 pm wrote:
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> They were delivering orders of magnitude less features. You might not appreciate today's functionality but
> that doesn't mean developers are delivering "multiple orders of magnitude less functionality per MHz".
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> ...
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> That basically leaves the possibility that developers are just writing poor quality slow code, using
> poorly chosen data structures and algorithms. Most software today (more than ever) is written against
> standard data collections / algorithm libraries all of which have improved over time.
> - C++ STL, Boost etc.
> - Java Collections etc.
>
> Quality programming advice has never been more accessible with
> the explosion of internet resources (i.e. Stack Overflow) too.
>
> Excel 15 might seem like a bloated mess compared to Excel 1.0 to you, but the reality
> is that it has about 1000x additional functional points. Software is several orders
> of magnitude more complex and feature rich today than 20+ years ago. So yeah, it uses
> proportionally more memory. The performance "per/MHz" tho has probably gone up.

Yet despite better tools and more powerful systems, software bugs have increased and user interface performance has gotten worse, especially with latency. At least that is my experience in both application software and embedded software.
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