(Ed. note: I recently got this, and thought it appropriate to share as perhaps a Super Bowl halftime alternative.–Ed)
I’ve been reading Overclockers.com for a long while now, and I really liked this article, on a level beyond that of overlcocking.
I think there is something to be said about your comments, and analogy between the life of a person and that of a CPU. It can be taken one step further.
America is only starting to heal from the devastation of September 11, 2001. Our economy has not fully recovered, and people are still not traveling and going out as often as they used to. The risk of falling victim to a terrorist attack is no greater now than it was on September 10, 2001, and yet people don’t want to live with the risks now that they are aware they exist.
I whole-heartedly disagree with the choices people have made regarding this. You are right that it is all about “judging the risks against the rewards.”
I remember reading in a fairly recent article on overclockers.com that there is no longer a need for overclocking, but people just do it for the thrill and fun of it. If people do it for the thrill and fun of it, then who cares about the risks involved? It sure is worth it to see CPU, a step or two down from the highest model, running at a faster speed then the more expensive highest model CPU.
I am glad that you explained this risk to those who don’t know it exists, or think it won’t affect them, but I am even more glad that you recognize and shared with everyone the fact that no one would ever get any further without being willing to put their foot forward and accept the risks.