Yes im a Nerd

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  1. adamfilip macrumors 6502a

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    I was watching Star trek Voyager today and they were talking about how fast the ships computer can process information.

    they said. 574 Trillion operations per nanosecond
    well this ends up being 573,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 per second
    or 574 Sextillion

    checking out the current worlds fastest computer that can do 280.5 Trillion ops a second.. i did some silly calculations and figured.. 1. that the fictional voyager computer is currently about 2 billions times faster. and 2. that if supercomputer speeds increase 150% year on year. supercomputers will match the voyagers computer speed by the year 2072 :)


    yes im a nerd.. but i found it sort of interesting
     
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    I'm such a nerd that I feel like checking your work.
     
  5. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    you're off by a couple billion operations per second
     
  6. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Using your numbers, I got 2078, but I'm not sure, as I tried doing the math using a handheld calculator and the power of my slow brain.

    Either way, I've got you beat on nerdiness - I was watching an episode of Voyager and surfing these forums when I came upon this post and did the math.

    Also, kinda along the same lines - it would be interesting if someone could compare the supposed computer processing power of the different Star Trek ships with the max computing power of the time the show was made, and project that to see when we will most likely reach that level of actual power. If anyone has time to figure that all out, of course.
     
  7. Orlando Furioso macrumors 6502

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    according to jhu, and livingfortoday, you are a bad nerd. Bad nerd... bad.
     
  8. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I love Voyager, but I never bothered calculating the computer speeds. I wonder, did you take the bio-nural gel packs into consideration? :eek:
     
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I recommend the book "The Physics of Star Trek" by Lawrence Krauss. It discusses what of Star Trek's science is real, could be real, or couldn't be real.
     
  10. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I second that. It was really fascinating, and kind of scary that some of the stuff is actually possible (theoretically).
     
  11. onthat macrumors regular

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    honestly, I'm proud of you...that's dedication
    You're just as much a nerd as anyone though, I think it's funny that the term "nerd" can be considered an insult...everyone I know has at least one thing they dedicate themselves to. i.e. your dedication lies with science fiction, some girls dedicate themselves to fashion and all elements related. Some people are extreme sports fans, knowing every team and number that any individual has ever played under. People who lack such "nerdy" dedication are dry and boring, hell even potheads can become a pseudo-mcguiver when they need it...they can implement all necessary means in order to assemble drug related devices. But that's just my take on it...

    moreover, isn't the term "connoisseur" just a grown up term for "nerd"
     
  12. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    Lol, a nerd you may be, but nerds run the world. ;)

    On a side note, I like Voyager, but I love DS9. :cool:
     
  13. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a

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    Nerd happens. Carry glasses and use the internet.
     
  14. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    you may need to redo you call. moore law states computing speed doubles every 18 months.
     
  15. After G macrumors 68000

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    Moore's law isn't about speed, it's about transistor density.

    It's not really a law either, just an observation.

    Okay, done being picky for the moment. :D
     
  16. Atlasland macrumors 6502

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    God, you're such a nerd.
     
  17. munkees macrumors 65816

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    the real question is what version of mac os is it running? is it still using intel, or did apple move back to ibm (after purchasing them)?

    if it is intel, does it still have a wireless problem?
    are they using integrated graphics?
     
  18. Shamus macrumors 6502a

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    hehe this entire forum is one big NERD-OFF! All nerds from across the globe congrigate to discuss each others nerdiness on Macrumors!

    WOOH! BOOYAH! :D

    lol seriously, its great that someone is that dedicated to a television program. its also great that someone can be bothered spending the time yo work that out. I commend you, and all other participants in the International Nerd-Off Challeng.. *cough* i mean forum.
     
  19. ksz macrumors 68000

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    The future of the human race: We will either become nerdier (more analytical, logical, cerebral), or...well, all the other choices are pretty bad.
     
  20. neocell macrumors 65816

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    A show for you nerds on Star Trek science & technology, Sunday History channel.
    Linky
     
  21. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    hey, what does this have to do with macintosh computers?
     

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