maandag, 18 augustus, 2014 Een reactie plaatsen
So, at 2 this morning, my brain woke me up with the most brilliant idea on increasing the efficiency of data storage space that you will have ever heard.
Martin was so impressed with it that he didn’t even know what to say, although I did have to employ the accompanying ants on a matchstick comparison to explain the idea. Actually he may have been speechless because of that.
But seriously now, absolutely brilliant idea.
You know how we store physical data on a disk or card, just like you can put ants on a matchstick, right? Where ants are the data and the matchsticks are the storage device, right?
So what you do, is you make the data go from one part of the storage device to another, or in other words, you make the ants jump from one matchstick to another, and while the ants are in the air, you can use the now empty spot on the matchstick to put another ant on it!
Of course in order to keep this system going, in the nanosecond before the first ant lands the extra ant that you stuck on will now have to jump to the other matchstick, basically meaning you will have to keep the ants jumping from one matchstick to the next, ensuring that you have empty space on your matchsticks to stick your extra ants on.
If you do that with all the ants, at any give time you will have (for instance) 6 ants jumping from a to be or from b to a, and 3 extra ants occupying their previously occupied spots on each matchstick, also making six ants, and hey presto, where once you could only keep 6 ants on 2 matchsticks, by making shrewd use of the time it takes an ant to jump from a to b you can now store 12 ants!
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is my brain at 2 in the morning.