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Comment: Re:Or so they say... (Score 2) 142

by pjt33 (#47852763) Attached to: Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

the situation is analogous to the poor dudes in gitmo. Everybody knows they're not terrorists, yet because they were seized illegally there's no way for the justice system to process them.

I'm puzzled by this one. Surely all the justice system needs to do is say "The U.S. Constitution binds the actions of the U.S. government even outside U.S. territory" and then admit a writ of habeas corpus?

Comment: Re:Would be nice to see Scala replace Java (Score 1) 94

by pjt33 (#47844811) Attached to: Scala Designer Martin Odersky On Next Steps

I'm not quite sure whether your question is "Why allow reference comparisons?" or "Why use == for reference comparisons?" If it's the former: if you look at equals(Object o) implementations, a lot of them begin with if (this == o) return true; It can be a major performance boost in some situations.

Comment: Re:C Needs Bounds Checking (Score 1) 98

by pjt33 (#47763307) Attached to: Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

The compiler doesn't always know how big that free space is, because there's no type or size associated with it. It's possible in some cases to do bounds-checking, but not in many others. It's a fundamental difficulty with the language, and it's impossible for the compiler to check all those bounds without help from the language or the programmer.

That's not quite true: the compiler could arrange to pass around more than just the raw pointer (or in extremis could maintain a duplicate of the malloc table and work out the bounds given the pointer), but the performance hit would be considerably more than for direct checking.

Comment: Re:Desensationalised (Score 1) 97

by pjt33 (#47719329) Attached to: The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

"This is /. after all" was intended to refer to "I admit not having read", but now that you point it out I suppose it is fair to say that most of the stuff posted is clickbait. I couldn't say in general whether that's because it's submitted by the authors of the links or because submitters can't be bothered to track back to the less sensational source.

Comment: Desensationalised (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by pjt33 (#47718909) Attached to: The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

I admit not having read the clickbait (this is /. after all), but I presume that the real story behind it is that an experiment to measure the muon magnetic moment has recently moved from Brookhaven to Fermilab to get access to more energetic muons. They're hoping to start measuring data in 2.5 years.

Comment: Re:And we're surprised why? (Score 5, Interesting) 58

Well, if we use the same kind of accounting principles that were used to try to extradite Gary McKinnon, this is an article about an intelligence agency causing potentially billions of pounds/dollars/euros of damage to computers, 99%+ of which were not "legitimate targets" for a black bag job. It may not be a surprise, but it's still rather embarrassing.

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