Bill Joy’s Law: 2^(Year-1984) Million Instructions per Second

The peak computer speed doubles each year and thus is given by a simple function of time. Specifically, S = 2^(Year-1984), in which S is the peak computer speed attained during each year, expressed in MIPS. -Wikipedia, Joy’s law (computing)

Andreas Bechtolsheim , Bill Joy, Scott McNealy and Vinod Khosla of Sun Microsystems


“It’s vintage wnj. When assessing wnj-speak, remember Eric Schmidt’s comment that Bill is almost always qualitatively right, but the time scale is sometimes wrong.”
-David Hough


“C++++-= is the new language that is a little more than C++ and a lot less.”
-Bill Joy


“Java is C++ without the guns, knives, and clubs.”
-James Gosling


So why did they decide to call it Java? The choice of this trademark is legendary, but how and why Sun eventually “went for coffee” is something of a lingering mystery — even to those involved.

Highlights of Bill Joy talk, re-broadcast

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