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Comment: Re:Fine ... (Score 1) 245

by ahabswhale (#47207881) Attached to: NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

They CAN provide the information requested but they have to shutdown the system to do it. Otherwise, they don't have space and the system will auto delete everything over a certain age. There's just no room to keep the system running without delete functionality active. You could argue that they should shut it down until it's audited but that would require you actually read instead of rant.

Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286

Actually my number is low but it depends on where you live. In large cities, about 97% of all cases are plea bargained. That said, I don't understand how this makes people unaccountable for their actions. Accepting a plea IS accepting guilt. They go hand in hand.

Comment: Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (Score 1) 636

by ahabswhale (#47158179) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant mutability in the sense that while the values in an array can change, the structure cannot.

As for how bad it is, I'm not that concerned. If you're using functional paradigms regarding values, this just isn't an issue at all. Functions shouldn't be modifying passed in structures in the first place. That's just a horrible, albeit common, coding practice.

Comment: Re:Who designed this, and what drugs were they on? (Score 1) 636

by ahabswhale (#47157579) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

So they're only allowed to do things that other languages have done? Also, given that there's literally thousands of languages, you can be certain that at least one other language has done this.

As for CoW semantics, there's no such thing as a mutable array. Even languages that offer such a construct (like Ruby) are just hiding the mechanics they use to reallocate memory. Swift is essentially exposing this to the developer. I agree it's a bit odd but not the end of the world. There are a millions worse things in languages that are very popular.

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