> if you are running on a local file system, notify is useful but polling
is not as expensive as it is over a network,
Maybe you were thinking of something tethered to a power cord? For
battery powered devices, polling is evil.
(Before dynticks got into mainstream, Desktop crowd using laptops might
not have noticed / cared, but with dynticks you suddenly start to see how
much less power your laptop uses and how much longer it can run when
polling wakeups get reduced radically.)