World's Coolest Personal Computer

A PC maker submerges its computers to raise their clock speed

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By dunking the guts of its computers in liquid, Hardcore Computer, in Rochester, Minn., says it can dampen (yes, that’s the word it uses) temperature spikes, raising both reliability and performance through ”the fastest sustainable overclocking available.” Overclocked video cards and other components run at roughly half their normal temperatures.

Cofounder Chad Attlesey says that the speed of its flagship computer, the Reactor, is matched by hobbyists using liquid nitrogen but that their systems can’t run with overclocking for long periods of time. “The original Hardcore prototype has been running error free in my office for over four years.”

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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