posted on Apr, 9 2004 @ 04:03 PM
titan, I think I follow what you're asking here. You also bring up an interesting 'clue' as to your answer IMO. As does dbates as well.
You brought up the 'Commodore 64' and the fact that it got it's name based on the '64k' memory usage. Then dbates said that during his time at
school they used the method of 'Millions of Instructions Per Second (MIPS)' which took into account bus speed, processor speed, etc. The common
method of today and the recent past does in fact use Processor Type and/or Speed such as 286, 386, 486DX (33MHz), Pentium 100MHz (586 or 686 If I
remember), etc, etc...Now in the ?GHz range and so forth. The whole point is simply to show that the method used in identification has infact changed
even within our recent history.
Now the fact still remains that the 'Commodore 64' was more of 'Production Name' and not exactly the same thing. After all, for those who
understood more about computers did use terms like 8088 and so forth and may have even refered to the 'Commodore 64' using a more technical name as
well, who knows. Still, the possibility still remains that the 'Name or Term' used for computer capability might truely be different in Titor's
Future Timie Frame. In fact, the reason could be something to do with a revolutionary new method of Computer Manufacture also, which made a whole new
set terms in which to identify with the newer methods.
So while that does give a little room for Titor's claims to still be seen as valid, it still seems a bit thin to justify his response to the
question. He said:
"Ghz is not a useful measurement. Computers are no longer measured by their speed as mush as the number of variables (not calculations) they can
handle per second."
That's still a pretty lame answer. In fact, it's not even an answer at all. If what he said is true, GHz not used anymore, then I would expect him
to use whatever term they did use in the future, even if it wasn't completely understood by us in todays terminology. He could have just as easily
said "Ghz isn't used anymore, we use the term Vps, for example I use a 64M-Vps PC in my future home, meaning 64Million Veriable per Sec. or
something like that. Honestly it sounds like he wanted to give the impression that they had long passed Ghz speeds, but couldn't come up with a
believable 'Future Term' off the top of his head so he avoided giving a clear answer.
Plus the fact that Variables Per Second, Variables being something other than Calculations or whatever, just seems like a really shakey answer IMO.
I'm not saying it couldn't be true, but it sure doesn't sound very likely. It really sounds like he just didn't have a Good, Believable, High
Tech Word to use instead of Ghz. Although for as smart as he 'seemed' to be, I'm suprised he didn't just use something like Terrabytes or
something which would have been somewhat believable I suppose.