Thursday, March 20, 2008

Invented Here?

A news story describes a technological problem
Two major technology companies and two American universities are researching the problem
But it seems the problem has already been solved, according to a couple of bloggers.
Research and development is so fragmented these days, it is certainly possible that a solution already exists in some obscure corner. And large expensive research projects may not be good at producing small and simple solutions. So it is possible that Intel and Microsoft are wasting their research dollars.

But on the other hand, there are too many people - especially in software engineering - who have no real understanding of size. Small and simple solutions don't always scale. So it is just possible that Intel and Microsoft do know what they are doing after all.

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