Computers

The figures quoted in both the Register article and the Topcoder page are both a bit misleading and confusing but what it appears to show is that Harvard Medical School paid a full time member of staff $120,000 over a year to produce some code that was 5.4 times faster than an existing piece of software code that they were using. They then ran a competition on Topcoder and within two weeks, someone had produce code 177 times faster again (and more accurate) at a cost of only $6000 in prize money.

Bet that full time ‘resource’ was a bit miffed that their years worth of work was for nowt…

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