:) OK, then, I guess I need to move my scale around. I could have said that 31 and 32 are different orders of magnitude (log of 31 is 1.49, log of 32 is 1.51).
Using this (corrected) scale, 33 and 2 are actually two orders of magnitude apart (log of 33 is 1.51, log of 2 is of course .30). Two orders does count as 'several' orders, but a 16x difference, while large, is not gigantic. A recent improvement at work sped a database operation up from 5-6 minutes to about 15-20 seconds -- about a 20x improvement. I was happy with that.
Alex / talexb / Toronto
Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.