A GFLOPS (i.e., a *gigaFLOPS*), is a billion floating point operations per second, and is a standard measure of the speed of calculation of computers.

These days you can put together, made from off the shelf parts, a computer that will run at almost 7 TFLOPS (teraFLOPS) – that’s 7,000 GFLOPS. That amounts to $0.16 per GFLOPS.

Now, the year I was born, 1961, you would have had to spend $8.3 * trillion* (in 2013-adjusted U.S. dollars) to generate just 1 GFLOPS of speed. That means that in the last 50-ish years, the cost of computing has decreased by on the order of

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**one hundred trillion times**So. Stop complaining that your computer is too slow. Instead, complain about how bloated modern software is.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLOPS#Hardware_costs)