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Comment: Waste of money! (Score 2, Interesting) 370

by fluffykitty1234 (#30787612) Attached to: Why Counter-Terrorism Is In Shambles

If someone proposed that we spend a trillion dollars on building lightning rods around the country to save people from possibly being struck by lighting, you'd probably say, wow that's an incredibly dumb idea. But yet, the reality is, this incredibly dumb idea would likely end up saving more lives than what we've spent on the "war on terror".

Americans need to get a grip, we don't need the paternalistic government to protect us, after all on the last two airplane bombing attempts, it was the passengers that jumped the would be bombers. Let's all just relax a little, ask the politicians to stop spending money hand over fist in the name of safety, and let us live our lives.

If terrorism ever becomes a real problem, we can revisit this...

Comment: Re:Popular Java Myths (Score 1) 171

by fluffykitty1234 (#28227667) Attached to: Java's New G1 Collector Not For-Pay After All

As far as I can tell neither the compiler nor the JIT do even the most rudimentary of optimizations, like CSE elimination, dead code elmination, loop unrolling, inlining, etc.

Just write 1 function that spins in a loop doing something like:

for(i=0; i 100000; ++i) { a = 5; }

The Java compiler is a joke, if they even made a little effort Java could be so much faster.

Comment: Re:Not quite as impressive as it sounds (Score 1) 139

by fluffykitty1234 (#27980375) Attached to: Open Source Solution Breaks World Sorting Records

One other difference:

"we asked the Google File System to write three copies of each file to three different disks."

"On the larger runs, failure is expected and thus replication of 2 is required. HDFS protects against data loss during rack failure by writing the second replica on a different rack and thus writing the second replica is relatively slow."

Google is using 4x as many disks, but writing 1.5 as much data.

I'm actually more impressed that Google is cramming 12 disks onto a single machine, how do they get them to fit?

Comment: Re:The Only Change You Can Believe In (Score 2, Informative) 788

by fluffykitty1234 (#27491121) Attached to: Obama Administration Defends Warrantless Wiretapping

FISA says you can start a wiretap without a warrant, but you have to get a warrant eventually.

The thing is, what the NSA is doing now is tapping _all_ phone conversations and not getting any warrants until they get a hit, then they get a warrant for that one conversation.

There was a writeup awhile back, a guy that worked for AT&T basically told what was going on. In the main San Francisco telco central office, the NSA owns a huge room, where all communications are routed. This gives them a central point to tap and monitor all conversations. I'm sure they are doing this in all of the major metro areas as well.

From an intelligence point of view, this is really the only way to collect this data, but from a civil liberties point of view its a huge violation.

The "government" just thinks we're too stupid to know what's going on, and admitting what they're doing would be a huge black eye I guess. Especially since Obama could have shut it down, but chose not to.

Comment: Re:Making Available (Score 5, Insightful) 347

by fluffykitty1234 (#26887401) Attached to: Half the Charges Against Pirate Bay Dropped

You know, it's kind of funny. At this point they are trying to make a moral case for this: Giving people the tools to infringe copyright is wrong.

But in countries like the USA their are companies that sell guns (locally and abroad, even sold them to the evil taliban). People will stand up and shout "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Well I say selling guns is more morally objectionable than providing a tool to allow copyright infringement. Torrents don't infringe, people infringe! Err, something like that.

"Say yur prayers, yuh flea-pickin' varmint!" -- Yosemite Sam