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11 December 2019
Is there another real-world phenomenon that so perfectly illustrates the concept of exponential growth as emails?
Take, by comparison, the story of the chessboard and the rice. In this well-worn fable, an emperor is so grateful for the services of an IT consultant that he accedes to her unusual request for payment. Instead of cash in hand, the canny coder would like a chessboard with a single grain of rice on the first square, two on the second, four on the third and so on until square 64.
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Sounds cheap; is expensive. The final square contains a hill …